Several people develop retrograde amnesia, the Fringe Force discovers pieces of a great device, both Olivias find themselves in difficult situations, and the conspiracy theories grow loopier. I only hope the “First People” amounts to a cover fantasy created by Walternate, because otherwise, it pushes the show a little too far into Tinfoil-Hat-Silly. Yeah, even for Fringe.

Still, we’re left with much over which to puzzle– and the writers gave Our Astrid something to do.

Rather incidentally, after watching Walter and Nina share a joint, I had to wonder how recently and how often the writers have been on a contemporary college campus. Their comments seem to reflect a series of media cliches, rather than historical and series realities.