I'm really liking Fringe in spite of its obvious X-Files similarities and overarching deep-rooted mysteries that often leave us with more questions than answers. On paper, I shouldn't like this show for exactly these reasons, and yet, I do. I think it's the fact that the show does wind up giving us answers each week. By the end of the episode, we have a very good idea as to why the "freak of the week" has his/her ability and that it's linked to Walter's early research for the U.S. government. And you know what? That's enough for me right now. I don't spend the entire hour confused, wishing for more revelations, or scratching my head like I do with Lost and now (to an even larger extent) Heroes. We know that all of this weird stuff is related to the Pattern and that Massive Dynamic is involved, but the rest is still unclear. Did anybody catch The Observer exiting the elevator right before this week's electrically charged man entered the elevator? I have a feeling that this will be a pattern for the rest of the series, so keep an eye out for The Observer each week. He really is a harbinger of bad news!
Meanwhile, Olivia is having a little trouble sleeping and it's beginning to ware on her. Of course, seeing your dead ex-boyfriend could cause a little insomnia from time to time. But the worse part is, she's not just seeing him when she's sleeping. He's showing up at work and asking her to trust him and telling her that he really loves her (always). He even managed to prove it by guiding her to a secret basement where he appears to have kept track of cases that fit The Pattern. When Olivia opened the box of his personal effects, she found a gorgeous diamond ring that was more than likely intended for her (and inscribed with the word "always"). So, is Walter's hypothesis about her "hallucinations" correct? Or, is her ex somehow reaching out to her from the grave? If so, does Massive Dynamic have something to do with it, and as such, it's all a ploy to find out what Olivia knows? Or, will this ex-led journey that Olivia is on lead to her to information that will prove that he wasn't the bad guy in all of this? I'm not sure, but I'm loving this new element of the story.
Fringe airs Tuesday nights on Fox. If you missed last night's episode, watch it for free at Fox.com. Photo courtesy Fox.