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Fringe Season 2 Episode 1: A New Day In The Old Town

fringeAm I the only one who turned off last night’s new episode of Fringe and thought, “huh?”

The show opens with a car crash which doesn’t seem that unusual since most of Fringe’s episodes begin with some incident that the team needs to investigate. But we quickly find out that the victim is Olivia Dunham, who has amnesia, well, at least when it comes to her recent trip to an alternate universe, and is pronounced dead. That’s not her only problem. There’s also a mysterious shape-shifter on her tail who is trying get information that she can’t remember.

But its not long before Peter is on the shape-shifter’s trail along with Walter, Charlie and a new agent, Amy Jessup. Of course, Walter is able to connect the shape-shifter to an experiment he did years earlier, this allows them to track him down and Charlie kills him, or so we think.

The episode doesn’t pick up right where season one left off so we still aren’t clear about Olivia’s conversation with Dr. Bell or the full spectrum of the other world, especially since Olivia doesn’t even remember. We are reminded of the key story lines from season one like the fact that Peter may be from an alternate reality.  In this episode it is Peter’s birthday and he mentions that Walter is acting strangely, even checking his breathing while he is sleeping.

We’re also reminded of the semi-sexual tension between Olivia and Peter while she is in the hospital recovering. Its a sweet moment where they both admit how happy they are to see each other again.

We see another tender (and simultaneously creepy) moment between Agent Broyles and Nina which is sure to mean trouble down line. Broyles meets with her while he is in Washington D.C. trying to save the Fringe division, which he does, thanks to some help form Peter.

By the end of the episode, we find out Charlie was killed and replaced by the shape-shifter. This won’t be a surprise to most fans as Kirk Acevedo who plays Charlie very publicly announced he had been fired at the end of last season. It was actually more of a surprise to see him in this season at all.

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One Response to “Fringe Season 2 Episode 1: A New Day In The Old Town”
cgfringefan - September 22nd, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Observer sighting. First 10 seconds of the episode just after the shapeshifter gets out of the car. He’s walking across the street at the bottom.

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