Fringe 4.15 “A Short Story About Love” Review
The episode “A short story about love” was a long time coming. To be honest, we all wanted to know what would happen next between Peter and Olivia. For those that do not watch Fringe, it might be a bit hard to believe, but knowing what was going to happen was an actual physical need. The episode was mainly about how Olivia was coming to grips with her fading memories and what would happen to her as time went on. Though the thought of losing yourself is problematic, she only saw it as an opportunity to be with Peter again. This was of course until she realized that she was faced with a world where she loved a man that she would never have. She never at any time thought of letting go.
Olivia was able to make Lincoln feel for her what she felt for Peter, but she was not able to see that their situations were similar. In her defense, she was losing her memory rapidly, thus, making it hard for her to remember how close she and Lincoln were becoming. The scenes between her and Lincoln were well played and Lincoln’s tangibility was very clear. Given what was going on between Peter and Olivia, the case of the week was disturbing. It focused on a severely burned man, who was stealing the life out of men passionately in love with women, and then using their essence to capture and kill their girlfriends and wives. The amazing thing is that none of the women he encountered screamed when they saw him. He was a strange man in their house, who looked like he had just come out of a horror movie, and yet they did not seem scared.
This episode of Fringe was particularly emotional. The scene between Nina and Olivia was sensational, especially since Olivia told Nina that she chose to go with love, even it meant that she was giving up the life that she knew in order to feel something that very few people have the opportunity of feeling. The relationship between those two should not end, since it has allowed Olivia to become vulnerable, which would otherwise have been impossible has Peter not been erased. The discussion between the two was tear inducing.
Walter was finally able to stop Peter from leaving town and found out that Peter had a document implanted in his eye. This discovery led Peter to September’s room and he found out that he had always been at home. He was erased, but unable to be eliminated, possibly because of his love and the love of others for him. From this episode, it was nice to learn that the Fringe team would not try to tear our couple apart. Were you not glad that the Fringe team was invoking the power of love by not introducing a new timeline, but by altering the one they were in?