TV review: Fringe

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From the January 12, 2012 edition

“Fringe” makes a welcome return after a long winter break with an episode that gets back to what the series does best. A slow fall that included Peter’s (Joshua Jackson) absence in early episodes didn’t pick up much momentum with his return.

The new-timeline plot took fans away from what had made the series so strong, but things seem to be getting back on track as Peter tries to find a way back to “his” Olivia (Anna Torv) and Walter (John Noble).

After Walter refuses to help Peter once again, Peter decides to hop to the alternate universe to seek Walternate’s assistance. With Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) in tow to help Peter gain access to Walternate, we begin an exciting and action-packed story that ends with a couple of awesome cliffhangers.

This is the best “Fringe” episode since the midpoint of Season 3, and even though we don’t get any resolution on the winter-break cliffhanger — what the hell is Nina Sharp doing to Olivia?! — we do get some more info on the mysterious new shape-shifters’ origin.

It’s hard to know how, when or whether the “Fringe” writers plan to resolve Peter’s timeline conundrum, but if we get more episodes like this, it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch whatever happens unfold.