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  • TV Series: Fringe
  • Episode: The Man From The Other Side
  • Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole, Lance Reddick
  • Written By: Josh Singer, Ethan Gross
  • Directed By: Jeffrey Hunt
  • Network: Fox
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Fringe: The Man From The Other Side Review

Peter Learns The Truth About His Origin

By Kurt Anthony Krug     April 23, 2010

Fringe Review
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Those nasty shape-shifters are back. The episode opens with two teens listening to Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” and smoking joints. There’s a noise in an abandoned warehouse, the guy goes to investigate, while the frightened girl begs him not to go. In the next scene, a shape-shifter kills him. Seems pretty cliché in a lot of ways and this part of the story drags somewhat.
What many want to see is Peter Bishop’s (Joshua Jackson) reaction upon learning his origin. For the uninitiated, the ongoing subplot where Peter learns he’s the Peter Bishop from an alternate reality, one of the cornerstones of the Fringe mythos, comes to a head this episode.
It’s also revealed that Peter’s mother Elizabeth (played by Orla Brady, who doesn’t appear in this episode) committed suicide. He learned this while he was in Europe. Also, this was the only call he ever received from Walter when his father was in St. Claire’s, a mental institution, for 17 years.
As Peter confronts Walter about how he’s put it all together, he says that Elizabeth committed suicide because she couldn’t live with the guilt of raising a Peter from another universe, couldn’t live with the guilt that an alternate version of Elizabeth was grieving for her lost son. Not only that, Peter says it explains why he can’t remember much of his childhood.
Walter tries to explain himself and calls Peter “son,” to which the younger Bishop angrily responds that he’s not his son. He then demands Walter leave him alone.
What sold this scene is veteran actor Noble. His face has an expression of horror, shock, profound sadness, and the way his mouth moved but no words came out was well-played. To ratchet up the angst level, Peter and Walter were doing plenty of father/son bonding, finally getting along after so many years apart and so many years of bitterness. Peter even called him “dad,” which is possibly a first for the series (Fringe fans, take note: I’m new to Fringe and have just started watching prior episodes. If you can help me out with this tidbit, that’d be great).
At the very end, Peter is missing, according to Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and nobody knows where he is. It probably won’t be resolved next week as the musical episode is scheduled, which seems to be a tribute to film noir, something many are looking forward to. Joss Whedon really started something back in 2001 (that long?) with the musical episode, “Once More With Feeling,” of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, didn’t he? How I Met Your Mother has done a musical episode, now Fringe.
Quote of the week: “There’s more than 1 way to roast a reindeer” – John Noble and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole).
In-joke: Peter mentions a Star Trek convention. Leonard Nimoy, who has a recurring role on Fringe as Dr. William Bell, is best known as Mr. Spock from the original Star Trek series and seven Star Trek motion pictures. Furthermore, Fringe creators J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman were integral to last year’s Star Trek blockbuster movie, which rebooted the franchise and featured Nimoy.


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midwest216 4/23/2010 3:32:58 AM

Not at all happy about a musical episode next week. This by far is my favorite show on televison and I'm not happy one bit about a musical. Thought this show was suppose to be serious, how is this musical anything but?! I will watch with an open eye, but I pray this ties into what has been the plot lately and doesnt suck.

tacid 4/23/2010 5:25:46 AM

I have a feelin that the guy who walked on that bridge into our universe might be Walternate

joeybaloney 4/23/2010 9:08:49 AM

We were thinking the same thing at my house tacid.

Is next week's episode a musical? I didn't get that from the previews. I thought it was going to be Walter telling Olivia's kid a story giving that part of the episode the imaginary noir treatment.

Having watched from the beginning I am pretty sure that's the first time Peter has called Walter "Dad" to his face.

When are Astrid and Walter gonna get it on? You know it's coming. Look at the way they look at each other.

acidsquall73 4/23/2010 10:05:33 AM

I thought maybe it was Walter, too. Only thing about that is, if it is Walter, and he was able to do exactly what our Walter did, he would've been trying to do anything he could to keep Peter from getting in the middle of, or involved with anything related to his crossing. Even if he knew it wouldn't kill him, I would think, being a father, he'd want to have his agents do anything possible to restrain him while the crossing over happens. It would change things up a bit if the other Walter took over our Walter and the series continued with him. Don't think that would be very successful story-wise in the long run. But either way, I love when they keep that mystery when this stuff happens. And yes, this is also my favorite show right now.

Fluffhead 4/23/2010 10:40:19 AM

 I am 99% sure that was John Noble's nose under the mask of the guy that crossed over.

Side note, as soon as we found out last season that Peter was dead in our universe I called that Walternate (this was obviously before we knew about Walter giving him that moniker) would be the "bad guy" causing trouble over there.  

Time will tell if I am correct.

nohater 4/23/2010 12:07:58 PM

It was definitely 'Walternate.' And next week's episode is a musical. I'm assuming Walter is having a delusion.

ponyboy76 4/23/2010 6:43:21 PM

I also am like 99% sure that it is Waltermate that came through and who is "Mr Secretary". I  be that after he lost Peter, he probably ran into Bell and figured out  what Walter had done. He's probably been working all these years, on vengeance. He hates Walter for what he did and the alternate world he came from.

Next week's episode is a musical but as I read about it, its actually about Walter and how he sees the world. So, its going to be a crazy, trippy ride.

spiderhero 4/24/2010 6:23:19 PM

Only a B for this episode? A . Really. Great tension, emotion & John Noble truely is the star of the show.

spiderhero 4/25/2010 4:06:16 AM

Also, The Secretary is likely Walternate. Remember how the messed up shape changer appologizes to Walter? Presumably it does so for failing.

zalder 4/25/2010 7:46:15 PM

yea thought this was an A to.....but then loved last weeks episode to.

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