Anna Torv continues to work harder than most actresses
FRINGE “Os” Review Season 3 Episode 16 – What’s weirder than flying thieves? Gravity defying osmium: normally the densest of elements, it’s now lighter than air. Even Walter, normally an expert in the weird and wacky, is mystified on tonight’s episode of Fringe, “Os.”
Let’s talk about that final scene first because it blew my mind. I didn’t think there was any way “Os” would come close to the terrific 1985 flashback of the previous episode, but then Olivia started channeling the late William Bell. Mind. Blown. Should we call her Bellivia now?
Walter prompted the return of Bell by ringing the bell that was bequeathed to Nina in Bell’s will. From what I understand, we first saw the bell in Bell’s office in the alterverse when Olivia first crossed over in season 2. At the end of her visit, Bell rung the bell and then Olivia returned to our universe. So was this Bell’s intention all along? And have the writers been planning this since season 2?
Up until this scene, the weirdest thing about Olivia in “Os” was that she was so happy. Her new relationship with Peter put a big smile on her face, and it was nice to see the two of them acting like teenagers. It all came crashing down, though, when Peter took Olivia to his secret lair and she realized he was the one who killed all those shapeshifters. Olivia looked like she had been punched in the gut, but I’m glad Peter has stopped lying. Even if his timing totally sucks.
It’s easy to focus on all that happened in the last ten minutes, but, prior to that, the episode was mostly about Walter. He’s feeling a lot of guilt over his part in unraveling the universe, and he’s really missing his best friend, Belly. Walter and Nina shared something of a moment too, right? I almost expected them to kiss.
I also have to mention all the awesomeness in that opening scene and elsewhere:
Jorge Garcia and Walter getting stoned
Walter and Yoko Ono? Really?
Baconberry cupcake frosting
Walter dropping the mint in the bottle of cola
Guest star Alan Ruck was great as the evil, mustached Dr. Crick.
Walter: “Everyone poops, dear.”
So, all in all, I thought this was another fantastic episode of Fringe. Anna Torv continues to work harder than most actresses, as she’s now playing THREE characters on one show. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of “Bellivia” on next week’s episode.