Fringe – Episode 3-18 Review

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, but Fringe has been renewed for a full 22-episode season, which means we’ll see more of this incredible story play out. It would be a shame if we didn’t see a conclusion since the writers really went out on a limb with all the twists and developments they threw in, and now we don’t have to worry about the possibility of that happening.

“Bloodline” returns the show back to the other universe where Olivia is pregnant and troubled by the high likelihood she has a condition which will leave both her and her baby dead. Quickly, the episode spins into high gear with Olivia kidnapped by a group of shadowy doctors.

While the episode is Olivia-centric, as we spent a lot of time seeing her react and escape, but the reactions of her colleagues are perhaps the most interesting. As we’ve seen by now, they’re not bad people, following orders based on the assumption that the other universe is at war with them, starting with Walter’s theft of Peter. And as Charlie and Lincoln learn more about where Olivia was and how Walternate was involved, they begin questioning the ethical issues.

Other than that, I’m not too keen on this episode. I know I was supposed to be feeling something when Olivia was delivering the baby, but I was oddly unsentimental, not caring about Lincoln, the baby, or Olivia, even when she might have died. Maybe it’s because the baby being born was sprung too quickly or that Lincoln was a little creepy. The final twist of Walternate receiving the blood, following the Observer fake out, was nicely done, but the episode, overall, didn’t have the kick of a top-notch Fringe episode.

Score: 8.7/10