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Fringe Episode: "Jacksonville"

Season 2, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: A bizarre seismic disaster in Manhattan leads Walter to believe the incident was not geological in nature, but may be related to his experiments with William Bell conducted decades ago in Jacksonville. In the hope of preventing another catastrophe, the Division heads to Florida, where Olivia is forced to confront the traumatic events of her childhood.
Original Air Date: Feb 4, 2010
Guest Cast Sarah Edmondson: Pauline Hess Ryan McDonald: Brandon Jim True-Frost: Ted Pratchett
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Season 2, Episode 15
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Length: 43:59
Aired: 2/4/2010
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Fringe Episode Recap: "Jacksonville" Season 2, Episode 15

"Jacksonville" opens with an event we've been waiting for; a building from the other dimension crosses over into ours, killing and deforming everyone inside. As Walter explains, in order for the universe to right itself, a building from our dimension will be sent to theirs — and the only person who might be able to tell what building it will be is Olivia.

"Jacksonville" was an interesting beast. Most of the mythology-heavy episodes this season have been quickly paced and information heavy, but this one was more leisurely paced and the information given out slowly over the entire episode. Some people may have found it frustrating, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It left room for the characters to breathe and absorb what was going on, whether it be Walter putting on an old pair of glasses or Olivia sitting in a charred room we've seen once before.  

But I'm getting ahead of myself. The wonderfully horrifying beginning provided enough unforgettable images that I was spending half the episode trying to shake them, giving the creators the opportunity to arrange all the pieces at whatever pace they wanted. Seeing poor Pratchett (The Wire alum, Jim True-Frost) stuck with a few too many limbs and another head in his chest is likely to stick with me for awhile.

After Walter and Astrid investigate Pratchett's body and the belongings from his office, Walter explains the experiments he and Belly first performed in alternate dimension travel. The two sent a car into the other dimension and they got a car back — 11 minutes later and fused to a statue of John Harvard. This is the universe's attempt to balance itself and since a building from their dimension was sent to ours, one from ours will be sent to theirs. And the only way to identify the building is by a "glimmer" that objects and people from the other dimension give off, and of course the only person who could possibly see it is Olivia. She was, after all, the one who named the effect when she was a young girl being tested with Cortexiphan by Walter and Belly.

Olivia has since lost her ability to see the glimmers but Walter is hoping a quick trip back to Jacksonville and an injection of Cortexiphan will solve this problem. Except they can't quite recreate the circumstances that got Olivia to see the other dimension when she was a little girl. Her fear as a little girl somehow acted as a channel to the other side (and apparently also gave her Pyrokinesis abilities) but adult Olivia is a big hard-ass and doesn't scare so easily.

I was a little bothered earlier in the episode when Olivia didn't seem the least bit disturbed by Walter's almost casual discussion of the experiments he performed on her when she was a girl. Fortunately, she had plenty of thoughts on the topic later in the episode when she frequently brought up the fact that Walter experimented on innocent children. I often think of this when Olivia and Walter are together; it has to constantly be in the back of her mind that he and his experiments shaped her more than anything else in her life. He is the reason she is who she is, good or bad.  It's an interesting dynamic that always bears some nice dramatic results when it's given its due.

Walter, Peter and Olivia return to Massive Dynamic with their tails between their legs, believing they've failed. But when it comes down to the 11th hour and Olivia believes all hope is lost, she is able to tap into that fear from her childhood (or maybe she just really didn't want to kiss Peter) and identify the building about to be sucked over to the other side by its glimmer. Broyles calls in an evacuation and Olivia makes it to the building just in time to almost be sucked in to the interdimensional hole along with one of the building's employees (typing sentences like that makes me love this show even more).

At episode's end, Olivia arrives at the Bishop's house to go out for drinks with Peter and all seems right with the world — until Olivia notices Peter's glimmer and Walter begs her not to tell him the truth. What an evil, evil cliff-hanger to leave us with, but what a relief it is that we will get that part of the mythology explained once Fringe returns April 1st.

Until then, what did you think of tonight's episode? Did you find it as satisfying as I did? Or were you hoping for more? Talk about it below.

Random Thoughts:

• The thought of living in a world where Nixon made it on the silver dollar is truly horrifying.

• Oh yeah, Newton was responsible for the dimension-shifting building. That was kind of tossed off, but it really wasn't that important for this episode.

• The combination for the lock on the Jacksonville complex was 05-20-10, which neatly coincides with finale season. What major event could this portend?

• When Peter and Olivia were on the playground the glyphs from the commercial breaks were on the wall behind them — only they looked like normal schoolyard decorations.

• We were just talking about a Peter/Olivia romance last week and lo and behold they really started building it this week. Wonder how one of them will manage to screw it up before it even starts.

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"Jacksonville" opens with an event we've been waiting for; a building from the other dimension crosses over into ours, killing and deforming everyone inside. As Walter explains, in order for the universe to right itself, a building from our dimension will be sent to theirs — and the only person who might be able to tell what building it will be is Olivia.

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