This week's we're watching Peter and Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver and... oof. "Peter" is a masterclass from John Noble, who succeeds in doing what should not be possible in the middle of two episodes revealing Walter's most heinous crimes: forcing the view to empathize with him. Meanwhile, in present day, poor Peter is truly baffled as to what the frick is going on with his little family as Olivia and Walter struggle in their own ways to do the right thing. When Fringe is good, it is truly excellent.
After a rather rote and distasteful Nazi episode, we finally, FINALLY get there. We've talked about it all season. At Last. It's Jacksonville! We finally get to the other side of the Olivia's Trauma coin this week, as we take a trip to the Florida Center for Scientifically "Necessary" Child Abuse. Poor Olivia has to pull out all the repression stops this week, and that's before she gets the final blow of Peter's otherwordly glimmer. Things can always get worse!
This week on Fringe, it's some hardcore "the X-files did it category" with a mutant town, and then we get a little too close to home as our second episode is all, hey guys, isn't it crazy to have a rogue virus? The eps are trope-y as hell, but still fun in their own ways, and our heroes get to save the day, which is always nice. Then Walter drops some accidental super-secret info on Astrid, who continues to have her life taken over by general Fringe drama.
This week we've got a gross but fun squid-alien bursting through the mouth episode of the week to start off. Although it doesn't have much meaningful impact, it's full of horror and good character work. After that, we've remembered we're dealing with a major problem: frozen head guy is back and causing trouble. He's going around de-braining people in order to re-brain Walter, which he ultimately does. He plays Olivia because he knows she's got a heart of gold, even after she straight kills his whole team.