This review may contain spoilers.
"The Abducted" can pretty much be considered the last "Fringe" episode of the 'trading places' arc we've grown accustomed to. Olivia (Anna Torv) knows who she really is, so she's finally ready to escape and go back home. Peter (Joshua Jackson) knows that the woman he's been in a relationship is not the Olivia of his world. Of course, neither of these are the simplest things -- Walternate's (John Noble) not just going to let Olivia go, and Peter's done a pretty good job of ignoring the fact that Fauxlivia's clearly not who she says she is from the beginning.
It's all kind of a big deal.
The case of the week focused on a creepy (rewatch the teaser -- you can't refute that) old man who kidnapped children in order to steal their youth. In this world, this man known as the Candyman -- he secretes sucrose through his sweat, according to Lincoln Lee, our resident exposition fairy and king of the Red Vines -- was a major villain two years ago, (luckily for Olivia) before Fauxlivia even joined Fringe Division, and victimized Broyles' (Lance Reddick) son. And as if he wasn't creepy enough, he does it all while wearing a creepy mask.
The creepy old men with the masks are always the worst, aren't they?
So Olivia saves the day -- as she does -- and rides off into the metaphorical sunset. Only, instead of riding off, she gets caught by Walternate and his security. But not before she sends a message back to our side. Now it's all on Peter to save the day.
On second thought, Olivia probably should've had the message sent to Astrid (Jasika Nicole) instead.
According to Lincoln, as of the 'Peter Bishop Act of 1991', child abductions are treated like a Fringe event. That's unsurprising given the entire Peter situation, and if you ask Walternate, "there is no crime more heinous than the theft of a child." That line right there explains the method behind Walternate's madness. He can excuse his evil genius ways, because as long as he has that belief on his side, he can never be as "bad" as Walter. Clearly, not everyone agrees with his rationale, since even Broyles (who's son was also abducted, even if he was returned) seems to think Walternate's a bit cuckoo during every scene they're in together.
This episode also brought the return of a popular guest character, Henry the cab driver. Again, he's here to help Olivia, and again, he let's her go her own way at the worst possible moment. Can't blame a guy for trying though.
What Didn't Work
Fauxlivia thinks "Casablanca" stars Ronald Reagan, and that still doesn't send warning flags Peter's way. Here's hoping the writers are going for a fallout from Peter not being able to see what was right in front of him without being told by a complete stranger.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
"Fringe" stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole. "The Abducted" was written by David Wilcox & Graham Roland and directed by Chuck Russell.
"Fringe" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
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