Fringe Thursday-Mrs. Bishop Tells Peter a Bedtime Story

I was intrigued by the fact that Walter told Ella in “Brown Betty” that he never told Peter bedtime stories, that he was too busy. We know he was working on a cure night and day until his son died. I wonder if he found it too painful to be around the Peter we know as a child because he knew what he had done?

My favorite line from the episode:”My mother doesn’t love Peter.” Go Ella-I love that kid.

So here is a story I think Mrs. Bishop might have told Peter one night when he had trouble going to sleep. Disclaimer:None of Fringe is mine.

Mrs. Bishop Tells a Story

“Once upon a time,” Elizabeth Bishop began.
“This isn’t going to be about a girlis it?”
“No, Peter.”
“All those Princess things start that way.”
“This story is about a Prince. Now do you want to hear the story or don’t you?”
“Sure Mom, go ahead.”
“Thank you.

Now, once upon a time there was a beautiful Queen who wanted nothing more than to have a child to love. Her husband was a powerful wizard and so one evening he gave her a special potion to drink. Nine months later, the Queen had a beautiful baby boy.”

“That’s not how you get a baby. Carla told me.”
“She did, did she? Well this is a story and it was magic.”

“Now also in this kingdom there was an evil witch who also wanted a child, but the wizard refused to give her the potion because he knew that even though she was beautiful and seemed kind and generous she was truly an evil woman. He warned the Queen never to leave the Prince alone with the Witch, but the Queen soon forgot the warning because she and the Witch became such good friends.

One day the Queen was terribly busy and she left the Prince alone in the garden with the Witch. The Witch was always very kind to the Prince and she loved him in her own wicked way. She gave him a box of toffee and told him not to tell anyone.”

“What’s toffee?” Peter asked.
“Candy.”
“You never let me have candy.”
“It’s bad for you and-”
“It will rot my teeth,” Peter said in a resigned tone.

“The Queen did not allow the Prince to have candy either and so the Prince hid it. Late at night when everyone was asleep the Prince ate the candy. The toffee was enchanted and it made him very sick. The Queen was very frightened that the Prince would die. Nothing that the Wizard did worked because the Prince had been made from the Queen’s love and his magic.

One night he was desperate and he made a magic mirror. In the mirror he saw a kingdom that was just like the one his Queen ruled. It also had a wizard and a Prince. The wizard used his most powerful magic and traveled there. The prince in the Mirror Kingdom was sick as well. The wizard was sure that his magic could cure this boy and that he could bring his own Prince to the Mirror Kingdom and their wizard would cure his Prince.

Alas the wizard was too late and when he returned with the other boy, the Prince had died. He knew he could still save one Prince. However once he was well, the Queen begged him not to return the Mirror Prince but let her raise him as if he was their child. He agreed, because he loved her. ”

Mrs. Bishop was relieved to see that Peter had fallen asleep. She had just reached the doorway when Peter spoke.
“What happened to the other Queen?” Peter asked, his voice coming out of the darkness.
“What do you mean?”
“The one the wizard stole the little boy from. She never got him back. She loved her Prince just as much as the other Queen right?”
“It’s just a story Peter,”
“Maybe the other Queen died of a broken heart or maybe she became an evil witch. If she knew what happened, maybe there was a war.”
“Go to sleep Peter.”
“It’s not right. Not fair. Something bad should happen to the Queen who kept him. Will you tell me the rest tomorrow?”
“Not if you don’t go to sleep, right now.”
“Okay, night Mom.”
Mrs. Bishop stood in the doorway of Peter’s room and watched him sleep until she heard the front door open and close. Then she went to talk to her husband.

Fringe Thursdays-Why Everyone Should Love Olivia

There is some crap floating around the internet that Agent Olivia Dunham, played by the very talented Anna Torv, is hard for viewers to connect to. I for one don’t understand it and hopefully after you read this blog you will agree with me or at least revise your opinion of the character.

JJ Abrams in a interview on E! with Kristen that Anna Torv owned the role of Olivia from the moment she auditioned. He said that she like Olivia is “Smart, Funny, Beautiful and Tough.”

The first moment we see her in the pilot, is not as an FBI agent, but as a woman who has apparently just had a very good time with her boyfriend in a cheap motel. I think there is a reason that we see this private Olivia first, so that when she is at work in her Agent mode, we always know that that softer person is there underneath.

Olivia is in several sticky positions when the series starts. First, she’s having an affair with a co-worker, always more dangerous for the female half, she is an interagency liasion and her past history as a US Marine Special Investigator is making her relationship with her new boss very hostile. In fact, he calls her, ” powdered sugar on a glazed donut.”
That’s okay, because Olivia calls him a “petty bastard.”

However, Broyles isn’t the only person that she doesn’t think very highly of at first glance. She is sure even before she meets Peter, that he is going to be, “a massive pain in the ass.” This is a woman who is afraid to tell the man who has told her he loves her that she feels the same way. She is the first to admit that she is not good at the “relationship” thing. So how is it that by the end of their first case she has impressed Broyles so much that he offers her a position in the Fringe division and Peter goes against his instinct to get as far away from what is going on as possible? Broyles and Peter both go from calling her honey and sweetheart to treating her as an equal with all the respect that entails. The Peter and Olivia relationship goes so far that Peter is willing to do anything for her.

The key to Olivia Dunham and the love and loyalty that everyone comes to feel for her comes from a core part of Olivia’s personality, one might even go so far as to say it is the thing that forms the very core of her being. The first thing that becomes apparent about Olivia is that she would do anything for someone she loves. She stands up to her boss, bluffs Peter out of Iraq, gets Walter Bishop, a man she does not particularly like, from a mental hospital and participates in dangerous experiments all to save John Scott’s life.

We have been shown over and over again that this loyalty and sacrifice is who she is. Olivia saved her family from an abusive stepfather at a young age, she shelters her sister and niece in a time of crisis. Most recently she was willing to go back into a building full of infected people at no small risk to herself to rescue Peter and in last week’s episode put her life in Walter’s hands again to try and reawaken an ability to save thousands of lives of people she didn’t know.

This is why no matter how the team is torn apart and it is coming, I have no doubt that Olivia can put Peter back together, reunite the team and save the world. It’s who she is.

10 Things I Like About Fringe

1.It was created by JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci(the guys who made Star Trek fun again and did a few other little shows like Alias and Lost)

2. Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nichole and John Noble

3. It gives me something fun to do with my daughter and when they are eighteen it is harder to do than when they were five.

4, listening to following the pattern.

5. Puzzles, glyphs, finding the observer, not waiting until season 5 to get to the good mythology.

6. Once Lost comes back Feb. 2, there will be two reasons to watch TV

7. Lines like this: “There are no flying monkeys in the grocery store.” -Peter to his father Walter(Johori’s Window Season 2)

“Do you ever get the feeling that this job makes you less normal?”- Olivia to Peter(Johori’s Window Season 2)
“Absolutely.” -Peter’s reply to Olivia

8. Olivia Dunham and Peter Bishop are the best sci-fi partners since Mulder and Scully.

9. It’s easy to catch up on if you just started watching or want to. Season 1 is available on DVD(it has the most special features I have ever seen for any series) and episodes of both seasons are available on Hulu, the WB and I-tunes.

10. It is funny, scary, icky, romantic, suspenseful and sad all at once and you can learn some freaky science too.