Last week was a nice breather, if a little corny at times, but we'll allow it because it's Fringe. This week we got back on task with what could also be classified as a filler episode, but it was just as juicy as any of the mythology episodes. The main showcase of Northwest Passage was Peter Bishop, and Joshua Jackson shows us why he's one of the main players of the show. More and more each week we are reminded that he is the only Peter there ever will be in any reality, and if we lose him, we may never know where to go next.
Peter helps a sherrif from Noyo County, Washington investigate a case he believes to be the work of Newton and the shapeshifters. It turns out that Newton is looking for him, but it doesn't have anything to do with the case. The last minute shock of seeing who Mr. Secretary may have been noticable from a mile away, but the moment played as perfectly as it could. Meanwhile Walter is having trouble coping with life without Peter, and prepares for the possibility of being sent back to St. Claires mental hospital.
In short appearances, Olivia, Broyles, Walter and Astrid each show how much of a family the group has become, and how shaken it is by Peter's disappearance. Peter shows that he doesn't need the rest of the group to figure his way around a case, but he is certainly lost without them. The episode feels different from many other episodes of Fringe, and really evokes The X-Files, but it does so intentionally and tastefully, that it passes off as more of a tribute to the old show.
Next week we head into the final stretch with the first part of the epic finale.
8.5 out of 10