Fringe Recap - "The Abducted" - Page 2
Due to the kidnapping of Walternate's Peter so very long ago, the Fringe Division in the alternate reality is always called in whenever there is a child abduction. They arrive and begin gathering evidence, including a strange residue on the fingerprints found at the scene. The residue turns out to be sucrose, sugar, secreted through the skin of the suspect.
A serial kidnapper named 'The Candyman' has returned. If they can't find him and find the boy, his 'youth' will be stolen from him and he'll be returned a broken, weak child.
The tension has been building this season as Alternate-Olivia causes mischief in our world while Walternate tortures and messes with our own Olivia in the other world. If you'd told me that I would be genuinely enjoying, and looking forward to, a back and forth, this world that world storyline six or eight months ago, I would've pointed you to the craptastic last season of Lost and laughed.
But the writers for Fringe are really pulling off a compelling storyline. I find myself caring what happens to this alternate Fringe Division, to the agents there. This episode illustrates that really well, given that Alternate Broyles has a personal investment in catching the Candyman - his own son was one of the kidnapper's victims. When Olivia asks to interview him, Broyles responds with a tight lipped, teeth-clenched, "My son probably won't live to see his eighteenth birthday." He explains that his son's health has been in steady decline since the kidnapping and you feel for him. It's a poignant moment.
Just as I find myself caring for these alternate characters, they, in turn, start to care for Olivia despite odd things she says or does (leftover remnants at first, unintentional slips as time goes on). As far as I know, only Broyles and Walternate are aware of her true nature - the rest of the team simply thinks it's their 'Liv'. Broyles didn't want her on his team at first, but when she saves a kidnapped child, and then saves his own son, he warms to her.Continued on the next page