Regardless of that debate, “Bloodline” moved very quickly, as Alternate Olivia is kidnapped early on. She’s tied up (seriously, how many times has Anna Torv been tied up by crazy doctors on this show?) and forced to endure an accelerated pregnancy - super accelerated, actually.
Throughout “Bloodline,” almost all the alternate characters are fleshed out. We’re reintroduced to Olivia’s mother, and even Henry - the awesome taxi driver from the Season 3 premier - makes an appearance. “Bloodline” also breaks down a lot of the secrets between characters, with both Lincoln and Charlie Francis finding out about Alternate Olivia’s infiltration on the other side.
Towards the final act of “Bloodline,” it becomes clear that Alternate Olivia is having this baby whether she wants to or not. There’s tons of dramatic irony packed into those scenes since we know of her disease (the one that tragically killed Alternate Olivia’s sister and unborn child). We see a lot of pregnancies on television these days, but I have to say, Fringe handled the subject so well, slowing down and providing sufficient time to let the drama unfold.
Lincoln holding Alternate Olivia and telling her that he loves her was such a nice moment. Furthermore, her near death was really effective. On most shows, when the main character almost dies, I always think, “Well, she’s obviously not going to die!” but here, I was really unsure. Part of me genuinely believed that Alternate Olivia had died because the show could go on without her. That uncertainty really added to the drama.
By the end of “Bloodline” we’re left with two interesting revelations. First, the observer is back, where “something is happening” again! God, they are always so cryptic. Second, we’re led to believe that Walternate perpetrated this whole charade to accelerate Alternate Olivia’s growth. After all, it saved her and the baby, so it really wasn’t that bad. But I wonder why he needed to kidnap her, rather than simply explain all of this to her. Unless I completely missed the boat, and he really just wanted the blood sample... but I doubt that’s the case.
As I said, “Bloodline” was a really moving episode of Fringe that I didn’t see coming... at all. Did anyone expect Alternate Olivia to have a baby boy by the end of the hour? I certainly didn’t. I’m curious to see what Fringe throws at us next. Sadly, we’ll have to wait three weeks to see what happens with Bell-livia in the Regular Universe.
What did you think of “Bloodline?” Does anyone else like the Alternate Universe a little bit more now? Let me know in the comments!