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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  • I just hope the twist isnt; BOlivia is actually Olivia still stuck over there.

    • that would be BRUTAL. Jeff and Joel are WAY smarter than that!

      • God, that would make me run around screaming like a girl

        • BUBBY

          i think walternate peter olivia and baby p will live in the saved universe. walter will take responsibility for starting all this and activate the machine destroying earth 1. they’ll probably be a wind machine and a tunnel of blue white flashy stuff. spn cheesy style. “dad no!” says peter reaching across the expanse….SNOOZE

  • Anonymous

    Oh my gosh, what a high. Best episode next to Entrada (both written by the same writers). Still shaking. I know Walternate was behind it. How else would he get Peter’s DNA. Will have to watch again and again.
    Don’t know if I can wait 3 weeks for a new one. Fringe rules!

    • Anonymous

      correction to my post. Entrada was written by Pinkner and Wyman.

    • Anonymous

      Cortexifan – I agree! Walternate’s involvement surprised me– I just didn’t see it coming. And he was so creepy in that scene at the hospital. But my favorite part had to be Lincoln declaring his love for Bolivia when he thought she was dying. Wow, that melted my heart 🙂

  • J Twist

    Why did Walternate set this up- he already had b-Olivia’s trust? Shows that he is not as sincere as some believe.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, that’s a good point. Walternate could have just told Bolivia that he had a way to accelerate the pregnancy that meant she could have the baby despite the VPE. She probably would have done it voluntarily. What’s he up to?

      • Anonymous

        I believe he couldn’t be sure Fauxlivia (as Walter calls her), would choose a very dicey procedure over an abortion. If she died like her sister, her mom would be devastated. Also, kidnapping her gave Walternate control in case she refused or she had to be sacrificed to save the baby. One pov was that they let her escape, but another is that if she hadn’t, they may have just gotten rid of her for future convenience and blame the ‘kidnappers’. You know she’ll be butting heads with Walternate over Pete Jr. sooner rather than later. It ends up being a really clever way of getting baby on board early to advance the story.

      • Anonymous

        I agree with elroboto. I don’t think this procedure has been used to prevent VPE before. It wasn’t guaranteed to work. Based on her conversation with her mother I think Olivia would choose abortion over any procedure not guaranteed to work. Olivia cared about her own life while Walternate cares only for the child. If Olivia died then he could just say the random kidnappers did it.