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  • TV Series: Fringe
  • Episode: 6:02 AM EST
  • Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown
  • Written by: David Wilcox, Josh Singer, Graham Roland
  • Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
  • Network: Fox
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Fringe: 6:02 AM EST

The Doomsday Machine activates

By Kurt Anthony Krug     April 23, 2011

© Fox/Robert Trate

This episode had a tough act to follow after last week’s LSD-riddled, animated trip through Olivia’s (Anna Torv) psyche, but it’s still pretty good.

To summarize: Walternate (John Noble) activates his doomsday weapon at 6:02 a.m. Over There. This has ripple effects in the prime universe, including the death of a herd of sheep and its herders. Further, the doomsday machine in the prime universe also activated on its own at 6:02 a.m. Walter (also Noble) believes this happened due to quantum entanglement. When Peter (Joshua Jackson) tries to shut it down, the doomsday machine rejects him and sends him flying through the air and landing with a sickening thud.

Meanwhile, Fauxlivia (also Torv) is disturbed to learn that their universe’s doomsday weapon will destroy the prime reality. Walternate said that he must sacrifice Peter to allow her son – Walternate’s grandson – to live. She tries to cross over to the prime universe and fails. At the end, Walternate has her locked away.

There were some funny moments in this episode, particularly Olivia getting see the Walter full monty. There are worse things to see than Walter in the nude, but none come to mind.

Things are definitely not black and white in the Fringe mythos as alliances shift and the characters, such as Fauxlivia, demonstrate they are not as evil as people once thought they were. Walter realizes he did wrong by kidnapping Peter from Over There and seeks forgiveness from God while Peter is in surgery. The creators are definitely keeping people on their toes, not to mention guessing as the third season heads towards its explosive finale just two episodes away.


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lusiphur 4/25/2011 7:06:57 AM

 I thought this was a really good episode.  The tension is mounting for the season (not series!) finale in a couple of weeks.  I believe Fauxlivia's perspective has changed since her time over here and realizing she actually loves Peter.  Walter realized earlier this season that taking Peter and keeping him was wrong.  I think the weight of that decision is finally setting in on him.  I think, after last week's LSD episode, that the mood is going to change dramatically over the next 3 hours.  I am looking forward to sitting on the edge of my seat as the season winds down.

twomcs 4/25/2011 7:11:56 AM

 I still think this is the best show on tv right now and can't wait for the last few episodes! So happy its coming back for another season.



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