An episode that mixed Fringe's procedural format with this year's decision to focus on the mytharc, while alternating the story between two parallel universes, "The Box" was an effective and enjoyable hour that, while over familiar in respect of the concept, made me more interested in how season 3's going to pan out...
Sebastian Roché), to apparently collect various items with the intention of constructing Walternate's doomsday weapon Peter (Joshua Jackson) has the schematics to. Elsewhere, William Bell's death becomes headline news, with Walter and Nina (Blair Brown) attending the reading of his Last Will & Testament -- which makes Walter the sole shareholder of billion-dollar company Massive Dynamic.
The storyline was rather basic -- another example of the alt-universe's forces searching for a mysterious, deadly component in our dimension – but it's the little touches I'm enjoying right now. It's a masterstroke that the alt-versions of Fringe's characters are all better adjusted people than our versions. Of particular relevance here, Olivia is far more outgoing towards Peter, who she's managed to charm effortlessly, and reveals she even likes music and dancing. And the slippery fact that Walter was responsible for starting this inter-dimensional war is certainly very juicy, although I'm waiting for alt-Olivia to realize that, really, Walter's actions were never malicious and he's a penitent man. It also seems likely that Pete and "Fauxlivia" will develop a deeper romantic relationship, only for the real Olivia to reappear and cause a bizarre love-triangle, but that should still be fun to see play out.
So far; a solid and intelligent start to the season, making the most of what seems to be a stroke of genius in splitting our time between two universes, and two sets of characters. Torv is doing particularly fine work with this new context to play, although I'm a little concerned it will possibly mean less time spent with "our" Walter, as his alt-version isn't as compelling yet.
WRITERS: Josh Singer & Graham Roland
DIRECTOR: Jeffrey Hunt
GUEST CAST: Blair Brown, Artine Brown, Kyle Cassie, Eric Lynch & Sebastian Roché
TRANSMISSION: 30 September 2010 -- Fox, 9/8c