The Story: The Fringies are faced with the return of the mysterious Mr. Jones after his teleportation from the jail he was in. Mr. Jones holds the key to a bomb that could hurt innocent people and wants Olivia to pass a test before he reveals the location of the device. Olivia is also told that she might have been injected with a non-FDA approved drug with disturbing side effects, crafted by Massive Dynamic.
Pros: I really enjoyed this episode, a far cry from my ambivalent feelings about last week’s. This is the last episode until April (another hiatus already?) and the series went out with a bang. I’m really enjoying Olivia’s possible injection with a mind-altering drug, it’s in the vein of Alias one of my favorite television shows. If the series tries to keep the storyline original and not a direct clone of that previous series, I think it can be an interesting and riveting plotline. Finally we have the return of Massive Dynamic into the fold and it was shocker. The ending was amazing to me as you saw it coming, but it was still exciting. Hopefully Olivia will be delving deeper into Massive Dynamic’s child testing. I also applauded the return of Walter and Peter’s witty banter, something I felt was missing. Walter’s constant need for coffee cake was hilarious, along with his cow milking and I really think some humor is needed in this series to keep things from being too dreary. Mr. Jones was an incredibly unique and interesting character, hopefully if the ending is any indication he’ll return. The tests with Olivia were some of the best moments of the series. I know I always applaud the gore moments in the show and while the moment this time came a bit late, it was still well received.
Cons: Honestly the only issue I have with this show is that it takes too many damn hiatuses. Didn’t we just get through the last one? I also stress that I don’t want the show to take too literal a page from the Alias handbook with Olivia having some type of ability. It also came off a bit like Heroes; keep the Fringe world separate from any other world on television if possible.
Overall: Fringe keeps me going and the series ended on a cliffhanger that will keep audiences guessing until its return in April. I give it a 5/5.