Fringe A New Day in the Old Town S02E01 (Fox)

Fringe intertitle, image via Wikipedia
Fringe intertitle, image via Wikipedia

It’s fitting that this show will premiere on Fox, since this was the network of the X-Files. Fringe has got much in common with the X-Files, yet it is different. Fringe is the latest show of wunderkind J.J. Abrams. Like most new shows, the pilot was leaked on the internet a few weeks ago.

Just like a few other shows, like True Blood, I’m happily surprised by Fringe. The production values are great and I’m enjoying it a lot. A lot of money has been pumped into this show, and it just looks fabulous. The protagonists are also an interesting bunch. There isn’t much more that we learn of the Pattern, but Massive Dynamics is most definitely deeply connected with those events, even though they aren’t sharing their information with Agent Dunham.

I think that this show takes a few common elements from Alias, especially for all the things that concerned the mystic scholar Milo Rambaldi. The same kind of esoteric science is involved in this show. It’s done very well. I’d actually like to see this type of mystic science have more of an impact on the show. It would suit the show very well. A bit of the supernatural wouldn’t be bad either.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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In the season finale, Olivia went to the other universe to find William Bell. What’s most annoying in the second season premiere is that we don’t get any real answers for what happened during this meeting in the other universe, only that agents were trying to stop this.

The other bad thing about this season premiere is that it ends pretty quickly. I mean, I wanted some kind of answers, but that wasn’t in the plans. Hopefully we will learn what this whole meeting was about, the one between Olivia Dunham and William Bell. It was frightening to see the World Trade Center intact in the other universe. Is this the only other universe, or are there a myriad of others?

By far, Fringe is one of the better shows that I watch and I can’t wait to see the next few episodes. Unlike Lost, Fringe viewers can enjoy the show one episode at a time, but there is still a lot of elements that only make sense when you see them as a whole.

I’ve read that there are some nice tie-ins with ARG or clues to more what goes on in the stories. It makes Fringe a great re-interpretation of the X-Files. There is also a new agent that joins Fringe Division and something frightening that happens to Agent Charlie Francis. The new agent is a Junior Agent Amy Jessup played by Meghan Markle.

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In Manhattan, a bunch of cars have been damaged. A man goes running about. He attacks some guy in a loft and manipulates his face. It looks pretty messed up, almost un-human-like. He pulls out a strange device. One part of it goes into the unconscious man and another goes into his. It enables him to take his appearance.

The cops on the scene are told that Olivia was driving one of the cars.

Walter and Peter are grocery shopping. Peter gets a call. They arrive on the scene. Agent Jessup is waiting for them. She doesn’t know where Olivia is. She says that no one was in the car when it crashed. Jessup is trying to find out more. Walter goes into the car and starts it. There are a few strange sounds and the car starts. He leaves the car and a few moments later Olivia comes crashing through the windshield. Dunham is brought to the hospital.

Broyles cleans up after Jessup. Olivia isn’t regaining consciousness. The doctors aren’t very optimistic. Walter doesn’t believe that she isn’t dead. Olivia hasn’t got any brain functions. Olivia is clearly dead. There is nothing that Bishop can do.

Jessup hacks into the files of the Fringe squad.

Peter comes to find Rachel in the hospital. She’s been beside Olivia. She tells him that Olivia had a living will. Life support will be terminated in the morning. Peter bends down to cradle her. When he does so, she spouts some Latin and wakes up. She says that there is something important that she has to do, but she doesn’t remember.

Peter goes to the Federal Building and finds out that his credentials have been revoked. When security tries to get him out, Jessup arrives. She’s got the file that Peter wants on the back seat. The driver was speeding up when he hit Olivia. His name is George Reed. He tells her that the Fringe Division has been suspended. They find George Reed dead. He was the driver.

Jessup tells him that Fringe Division has been shut down. They get Walter on the case and Jessup sends the body to his lab.

Alien killer dude goes to get a typewriter. It’s a code word for a key and a room. The room contains a desk. The typewriter is linked to the other universe. At least, that’s my guess. He reports that he prevented the meeting and that the target has been eliminated. The typewriter replies that the mission was a failure and that the meeting occurred. He requests new orders. The typewriter writes of its own accord, probably by someone sitting in a similar room in the other universe. He is to interrogate Olivia and eliminate her.

Peter brings Jessup to Walter’s lab. Walter has found three marks in the mouth of the victim. He remembers something about a tape. A woman was under a cocktail of drugs and talks about the man from the other universe with the nail machine that goes into the mouth. Then they are able to shapeshift. They can look like anyone.

Francis arrives at Olivia’s bedside. Olivia confides in him that she doesn’t know what happened to her. Olivia is trying to load her gun. She isn’t able to.

Meanwhile, Broyles is getting his ass kicked by a Senate Oversight Committee. He makes a passionate plea. He needs to prove why Fringe Division is needed. Nina Sharpe is there with him on the steps of the Capitol. She kisses Broyles and tells him that it’s paramount that Fringe Division is kept operational. Massive Dynamics have tried and failed. It’s up to Broyles and him alone.

Jessup had put an alert out. A body was found not far from the accident site. The shapeshifter is still trying to accomplish his goal of killing Olivia.

The alien killer is at the hospital. He ambushes a nurse to get into her head. As the nurse, he gently interrogates Olivia on what happened. Olivia remembers that she met with someone and then was sent back into the accident. She doesn’t remember who she met. He told her something. She says that something is hidden. The alien killer wants to know where it is hidden. Olivia doesn’t remember. Now that his mission is completed, he jumps on Olivia and tries to strangle her. Jessup arrives and shoots him twice. He jumps out of the window and lands on his feet. He runs away. Peter is with Jessup. He checks up on her and goes after the alien killer.

The alien killer corners Charlie. He shoots her twice. The others come running. It’s unclear whether if the alien killer was able to take Charlie’s form.

Peter repeats what Olivia told him in Latin. It’s not Latin, it’s Greek. His mother used to tell him that every night before he went to bed. It means be a better man than your father.

Peter brings the shapeshifting device to Broyles. It’s broken, but he wants Broyles to use it as proof and leverage to keep Fringe Division operating. He wants them to call the shots.

Astrid and Walter have a little birthday party for Peter. Olivia is able to load her gun.

At the end of the episode, we see that the shapeshifting soldier from another universe has taken over Francis, whose body is disposed of unceremoniously.

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