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FRINGE - TV GUIDE: Critic's Guide to Weekend TV: Hell on Wheels, Fringe, Homeland, and More!
Nov 4, 2011
by Matt Roush
Pick of the night: The return of Fox's Fringe (9/8c) was delayed a week by the thrilling Game 7 finish of the World Series, but the episode manages to hit an emotionally fraught home run, with Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) finally back in the flesh, a "scientific anomaly" (Walter's words) confounding a Fringe team that no longer recognizes him. "If I'm not supposed to be here, than how am I back?" Peter wonders, and that's an excellent question for all of us to ponder. But first, the team must deal with another of those pesky shape-shifters with the creepy see-through skin, targeting former Massive Dynamics scientist Malcolm Truss (Arye Gross), a specialist in cellular regeneration and replication.
As Walter (the wonderful John Noble) looks into the eyes of the man who could be the son he lost 25 years ago, destroying two worlds in the process, and Malcolm considers the effects of his own experiments, we are reminded again of William Bell's cautionary philosophy: "Some things are not ours to tamper with. Some things are God's." If that's not classic sci-fi, I don't know what is.