Fringe Night of Desirable Objects S02E02 (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.

I had hoped that we would learn what the meeting between Olivia Dunham and William Bell was all about. I guess I was wrong. For now, the intrigue seems to revolve around what Dunham can remember about the meeting. Agents from the other world also want to find this out by any means necessary.

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. Agent Charlie Francis has been killed and replaced by a shapeshifting soldier from the other universe. The new agent is a Junior Agent Amy Jessup played by Meghan Markle.

In this episode, the team investigates some mysterious disappearances in a total X-Files-like episode. Liked it a lot.

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In Pennsylvania, people have gone missing. A construction worker discovers a hand. He gets pulled into the earth and disappears. He wakes up and finds some bodies. Something inhuman comes to eat him.

In NYC, Dunham is discharged. Peter is there for her. Fake Francis is watching them. He’s the assassin from the future. Peter senses that something is wrong, but he can’t find what it is.

Broyles tells Peter that the funding that he has requested has come through. Peter shows him their next case. 6 people vanished in Pennsylvania, some of them almost vanished into thin air.

Walter is at the lab and trying to recreate Olivia’s accident. Walter thinks that she went to another universe. Walter tells her of the myriad of other universes, part of a multi-verse. He tells her that traveling to alternate realities has its consequences.

Peter arrives to pick them up to go to Pennsylvania. Another person has gone missing. The Sheriff is being difficult. She stops when a fly comes into the room. Peter calms the mood by talking about a fishing lure. She phones Charlie for help on some background checks.

Fake Francis goes to his communication rig. He needs to talk with his handlers in the other universe.

Walter discovers a paralytic compound at the scene. He immediately thinks about evolutionary mutants. Olivia notices something in the files. They check up on Hughes. His front porch is covered in mud. Olivia hears something strange in his house. It’s probably got to do with the fact that she went into another universe. She wants to find the person who is making the sounds. She asks Peter to keep Hughes busy. She doesn’t find anything and almost kills Peter. They bring Hughes back to the station. Hughes is a doctor who retired nearly 20 years ago.

He visited the families of the vanished people. He didn’t know them. He lost his son and wife 17 years ago. He thought he could help them. He declines to give them a sample of his blood.

Dunham is getting a check up. Nina Sharpe pays her a visit. She tells her to visit Sam Weiss, the man who helped to put her back together. Sharpe says that he can help her. He’s not a psychologist.

The FBI is going through the Hughes house. Junior Agent Jessup is there. She finds a clipping of Hughes’ family’s death. The cause of death was never found. They get an exhumation order.

Meanwhile, Hughes is using his teeth to grind down some metal in his holding room to fashion a noose. The grave of the baby boy is empty. It looks like the boy dug his way out. The monster is Hughes’ son. Hughes committed suicide.

Hughes’ wife Eveline had an advanced case of Lupus and was incapable of giving birth to a child. The monstrous child is going after the sheriff.

Walter finds that Eveline gave birth. The baby wasn’t entirely human. He uses some scorpion DNA and mole rate DNA. Hughes altered the baby so that it could survive its mother’s womb.

Olivia has another episode of hearing things that aren’t there. She’s convinced otherwise. She thinks that the boy is still at the Hughes place. Hughes’ son gets the sheriff.

They go back to the Hughes house. They find its lair. Olivia finds human remains. It manages to grab Olivia by biting her shoulder. Peter tackles it and manages to stab it. It tries to get away by digging up, but a car crushes it.

Dunham is in a car with Fake Francis.

It looks like Dunham has got enhanced senses. She hears everything around her. She goes to see Sam Weiss. The address leads her to a bowling alley. He tells her to expect headaches.

Fake Francis is told by his handlers that he has to make Dunham remember.

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