FRINGE “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” Review

FRINGE "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" Review

FRINGE “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” Season 3 Episode 19 Review – While FRINGE may have traveled to an alternate universe and back the last two seasons, in this episode they take a “trip” to an unexpected destination. In the race to save Olivia and William Bell’s consciousness the stakes are high and difficult choices face both Peter and Walter. The fact that the title of the episode is the longform name for LSD should give you an idea of what a long strange trip this will be for all involved. Are you ready for the Fringeception?

Tonight’s episode has Walter still trying to transfer the Bell part of Bellivia before it’s too late. In a last ditch effort before losing Olivia all together; Walter, Peter and Bell use LSD and electromagnetic brain wave syncing to enter her mind and try to draw her out. What awaits them is an interesting and bizarre world created by Olivia’s subconscious, but dangerous for the new arrivals. The chase that follows takes many twists and turns, both in locations and Olivia’s history. At the end we have Olivia back via Bell’s sacrifice, and she’s ready to face whatever comes, even if it’s the man who’s going to kill her.

I have a feeling tonight’s episode of Fringe is going to polarize the fan base a little into the “best episode ever” and the “meh” camps. While the whole time in Olivia’s mind seemed a little too close to Inception (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?), I thought it fit in great with the feel of the show and the Fringe universe. I give credit to the writers (Jeff Pinkner, J.H Wyman, Akiva Goldsman) for taking the concept and giving it their own spin while using it as a way to develop Olivia’s character. While drug humor isn’t something new on this show, tonight it was a good counterbalance to the Fringeception storyline. Animating the characters inside the mind was kind of cool and unexpected, but I can see why some of the fans on Twitter found it distracting or annoying.

The acting in this week episode was excellent all around, and each actor/actress had great scenes. I especially enjoyed Peter and Broyles tripping on the LSD, you can tell the two had some fun in those scenes. John Noble played a wide range of emotions tonight very well, in particular his last scene where he’s mourning the loss of Bell. Finally, if Anna Torv doesn’t at least get an Emmy or Golden Globe nomination for this season then the award system should be scrapped all together. While she was good as Bellivia at the beginning of this episode (loved the eyebrow raise), the last scene between her and Peter was even better.

Favorite Parts of Tonight’s Episode:

Walter to Astrid: “Astro, are we ready?”
Astrid to Walter: “Just about, Wally.”

Walter to Peter: “This may be a weird time to ask, but have you ever tripped?”

Peter on LSD about Broyles Broyles: “He’s bald….I think he’s an Observer”

The zombies in Olivia’s mind that look like Brandon from Massive Dynamic

Olivia about her sketch: “I dont know. I havent seen him before. but I think hes the man who’s going to kill me.”

So what did you think of tonight’s episode? Is William Bell truly gone? Will we see the mysterious man in Olivia’s sketch before the season ends? How will Walter react to losing Bell again? Let me know in the comments section, I look forward to hearing from you.

Next week the battle between the universes kicks into overdrive as Walternate turns on the Doomsday Device. Will the Fringe team in our universe be able to save us? To find out tune in to Fringe next Friday at 9 PM for “6:02 AM EST”.