In 415, Olivia makes a choice. The choice that is pro-love. Many people have expressed their concern and/or dissatisfaction or disappointment over this, saying she was just giving up the memories of her current life for those that she had before, those that had Peter in them. Some thought her decision was too biased towards having romantic love and having a man in her life. They asked, what about her other relationships that have been previously established, specifically that of Nina, who had raised her like a daughter? Doesn’t that mean anything to her? Some felt her reasons were selfish, not considering the consequences of her choice.
While all these are very valid questions and concerns, for me, personally, her choice in favor of love and happiness was a good one. When the love you feel for another is the strongest force you’ve known in your life, I don’t know how else you could choose against it without being happy. And I think that’s what Olivia was going through. She had to make a choice and it wasn’t an easy one. Letting go of precious relationships she’s had when she wasn’t even assured that Peter will ever want her again was a big risk. All because of the overwhelming love she feels for him. It seems for her, there’s no turning back. She’d rather embrace this new life than live a life where she would just settle and live with the hole in her life instead of pursuing that which could fill it. And not just anything or anyone can fill it. She will not settle for anything less than what she feels for Peter. She decides that’s the kind of person she wants to be, seeing it as better than what she has now. And isn’t that what happens when we pursue this?
When we decide to be better, it means letting go of the past, no matter how good it was, and transforming yourself into a new you. Or in Olivia’s case, the old her. Here we see the true impact that Peter’s absence in her life come to the fore. She knows that she was always better when he was with her. And that in no way diminishes her own capabilities to stand on her own and be independent. She’s again just a lot stronger and a lot better with Peter by her side. And isn’t that what love brings? A transformation into something better? Something that you never thought you’d be capable of prior to knowing and feeling that love. And that’s what Peter is to her. His love is transformative both to her and to himself. And together they help transform the world as well.
I personally love her current relationship with Nina and even Walter, which in some respects, seems a lot better than how it was before, given how nurturing they were to her. However as much as it pained Olivia to let go of these important relationships, she has hope and she trusts in these very same people and relationships that she is willing to give up and “forget” to accept her choice at happiness and to build something with her once more and not give up on her. I think this is incredibly brave of her, risking losing the only relationships and people that valued her and cared for her, only so that she could pursue what she knows to be the truth, what she knows would ultimately bring her true happiness. She risks being completely alone in the hopes of ultimately not being alone.
Some people also say her decision made her weak, thinking she has succumbed to love. On the contrary, as I mentioned, having love and being in love makes one stronger, it makes one bolder, it makes one incredibly fiercer. Ask anyone truly in love if they would be willing to die for their beloved and they will say they would. The prospect of losing what you hold so dear, what you love, can rouse one to fight to the death in order to keep it. This is what great love stories are made of. And that apparently is where Peter and Olivia’s story is about. Fringe is indeed a family drama, a love story, masquerading as a sci-fi series. Its major themes speak of humanity and the human spirit. Of love and longing. And all this against the backdrop of science fiction.
The producers have indeed been very truthful to their audience about the story they wish to tell. Some had different expectations and are disappointed now with the direction of the story. But, as painful and exhausting it is to be on this roller coaster of a ride I’ve strapped myself onto for close to 4 years, I’m learning to just drop some of my initial thoughts and expectations of the story, and just enjoy the journey, that I have faith in. That the journey and the end will ultimately be quite satisfying. And at the end of all things, I will remember Fringe and go, “What a ride!”
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