Before “Os” gets reviewed, Fringe got a nice article of support in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which encouraged FOX to give the show another season. Let’s hope those suits at FOX listen.
This episode featured some special guest stars: Lost alumnus Jorge Garcia and Alan Ruck, best known as Cameron Frye from the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and as Capt. John Harriman from 1994’s Star Trek: Generations. Garcia played a security guard at Massive Dynamic who smokes down with Walter (John Noble) at the beginning of the episode as a stoned Walter relates about his fling with Yoko Ono.
Ruck played Dr. Crick, the villain of this episode. In an attempt to make his crippled son walk, Crick experimented on patients with muscular dystrophy, giving them the ability to walk and float by using some kind of osmium-lutetium alloy. However, the effect is temporary and these patients are guinea pigs for his son, whom he wants to cure permanently.
Dr. Crick is a very sympathetic villain. You feel sorry for him, especially as his son tells him that he’s whole, despite the fact that he’s in a wheelchair. Your heart just breaks for him. Walter recites the Greek tragedy of Icarus, which is so appropriate for this situation. Here’s hoping that since the creators didn’t kill of Dr. Crick, he’s used in another episode.
The big surprise is the return of William Bell (who was portrayed by Leonard Nimoy, who has since retired from the acting business). Bell has possessed the body of Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) in the final scene. This’ll definitely put a wrinkle in her relationship with Peter (Joshua Jackson). A great set-up for the next episode.