FRINGE RECAP 20 Season 3: Episode 22 “The Day We Died”

Posted: 06/03/2011 in FRINGE RECAPS


Season 3: Episode 22 “The Day We Died”

“Don’t let Krusty’s death get you down, boy. People die all the time, just like that. Why, you could wake up dead tomorrow! Well, good night.”


First off, a hearty apology for the lateness of this recap. I know I said it would be done by the end of May, but at least I’m only 3 days late. Also, this recap will not have the customary sections with titles, as the damn titles usually take the longest to come up with, and I am trying to get this out quickly because of how late I am.

Looking back weeks later at the last episode of the season, I cannot help but feel that FRINGE has entered an entirely new realm, not unlike LOST after the crazy finale of its 5th season. Back then, the big worry was that the timeline had been completely rebooted, and that everything we had learned about the characters had been, well… lost. Fortunately, the producers assured us this would not be so, and the season began with the introduction of the sideways world and all the weirdness associated with that.

Now, on FRINGE, we are faced with a similar situation. If Peter does not exist, then everything we’ve seen on the show is now moot, from a certain point of view. On the plus side, there is a huge difference between the reboot on FRINGE and the potential one on LOST. Which is this: despite Peter’s erasure from the timeline, we KNOW that the machine was still built. We know the Walters still learned of alternate realities and have a strong dislike for each other, and its safe to assume that Walter still crossed to the other side for some other reason, which explains why they are still speaking about working together to fix the chaos in their universes.

All of this boils down to the fact that much of what we’ve seen will still have occurred, just with slight variations. I’m sure there will still be callbacks to prior cases and that there will still be consequences for choices made in past episodes. And to be honest, I’m actually excited about this storyline. Clearly, they’ll have to bring Peter back, but for a while, it might be nice for them to continue the mythology without Walter’s guilt every time he sees Peter or the romantic filler between Olivia and Peter. If Peter was the ‘heart’ of the show, this means, for a few episodes at least, we’ll be treated to the nitty gritty bare bones of FRINGE, which could be exciting and intense.

As for the rest of the episode, I do have a few thoughts. Number 1, I really enjoyed the actress who played Olivia’s niece in the future, and I hope they find some way to bring her back in the future.

Next, I love that I called the fact that the First People might be time-traveling versions of our FRINGE team. I am curious about whether we’ll ever get an episode detailing their exploits, which I think would be really cool to see. And I also wonder what else they might have done in the past that could come into play later in the series.

Cyclops Broyles almost made me laugh, but in the end I kinda thought the weird eye was cool, though I wish we could have seen more of what it could do. I heard that the whole ‘Detroit’ adventure he and future Peter allude to is still something that might happen on FRINGE, with the executive producers specifically saying that they know exactly what happened in Detroit, and it may or may not explain why Broyles lost an eye.

I was kinda disappointed that the big ‘death’ they hinted around about all season was just future Olivia, as we all know she didn’t truly die, and I felt somewhat cheated. Sure it was sad, especially since she and Peter never got to have a child, but I knew they weren’t going to keep the show in the future, which meant she would of course still be alive in the past. I did kind of like the idea that she would master her telekinesis, even if it was a cheesy effect. I hope as the series progresses they don’t lean too hard on Olivia’s ‘powers’ for plots, but I would like to see more of what she can do.

Did Walter’s trial bother anyone else? I mean, I kinda of hoped we’d learn about some new atrocity he had committed that they put him on trial for, but to find out he had been in prison for over a decade for trying to save Peter’s life and accidentally causing the apocalypse just seems a little odd. Though now that I look at that sentence, perhaps causing the apocalypse is just cause for throwing a man in jail. I am curious about whether it was foreshadowing for a future FRINGE plotline where we actually see a similar case brought up and the FRINGE team has to defend Walter.

So two of the “fringe” terms in the opening credits were Water and Hope. I read an interesting recap earlier this month where the author speculated on the meaning of these words, especially in light of Peter. He recalled how Jean Grey was brought back to life in the comic books after the Phoenix Saga, claiming that she had been unconscious in a psychic cocoon beneath the water in New York Harbor. The recapper then theorized that Peter might be similarly brought back into the FRINGE story, having been somehow frozen and hidden beneath the water outside Liberty Island. I’m not entirely sure I buy into it, but I agree it is an interesting theory.

The other great theory I read recently came from Damon Lindelof   (one of LOST’s exec producers), who, after tweeting about how much he enjoyed FRINGE and its finale, said he guessed, “Joshua Jackson might be shaving his head next year.” Now, bear in mind, though some of the writers and producers of FRINGE still keep in touch with Damon, he is NOT privy to the secrets behind the scenes of the show, and this is just his guess, but I think it would be very cool if Peter became an Observer next season. First of all, it’d be cool because of the time travel possibilities. If Peter was an Observer, he could go back and visit all the pivotal moments of FRINGE that he is no longer a part of, and thus show us, the audience, how they still transpired without him. Secondly, it’d be cool because it would give us more insight into the Observers as they “train” Peter and explain who they are and what their mission is.

Ok, that’s it for this recap, and for this season. Spread the word over the summer, make sure to remind people that FRINGE beat the Friday night death slot, and has full confidence that it can maintain its standard of excellence for next season. It’s been fun recapping, and I look forward to the fall when we can start again and get some much-needed answers.






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