FRINGE “Bloodline” Advance Review

FRINGE “Bloodline” Season 3 Episode 18Fringe fans let out a collective “WOOHOO!” on Twitter last night after executive producer J.H. Wyman tweeted the news that the show has been picked up for a fourth season. And I can’t think of a better way of celebrating than by watching tonight’s episode, “Bloodline.” Not only is it a must watch episode, it’s a way for us to keep the Fringe momentum going!

This week, Fringe gives Anna Torv a break from doing her Leonard Nimoy impression and checks in on things in the alternate universe. Well, it’s not much of a break since things aren’t going too well for Bolivia. She’s knocked up with Walternate’s grandchild and everyone and her mother is giving her a guilt trip over it. Really they’re just concerned since she’s pregnant, alone, and at a high risk for a pregnancy complication called VPE. It’s obviously a stressful time for Bolivia, but at least she has her mom to lean on for support, unlike the Olivia in our universe.

Unfortunately, Bolivia has some more pressing concerns than a high-risk pregnancy when she’s kidnapped by a mysterious group of people. Who are these kidnappers and what do they want with Bolivia and her unborn child? That’s where agents Lincoln and Charlie come in, and, as always, it’s great to see these guys. It’s obvious how much they care about Bolivia (especially Lincoln). Bolivia’s friends, her mom, her pregnancy—it all goes a long way toward making Bolivia a more sympathetic character. And that makes the thought that only one universe may survive all the more difficult.

As a Fringe fan, I should be used to the show blowing my mind with developments that are completely out there, but it constantly surprises me. The events in “Bloodline” are shocking and emotional, and I’m still trying to figure out what the implications are for the fate of the two universes. Fans are going to have a lot to talk about this weekend, so after you watch Fringe tonight at 9pm on FOX, come right back here and tell me what you thought of the episode.

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