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.
From this episode, it looks like Dunham is starting to recover her memory. It will take time and it will pan out during the rest of the episode. I’ve gone onto Fringepedia to figure out this week’s code. Each of the glyphs that we see is a letter. It’s just a matter of putting them together. It’s kind of fun.
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.
Fringe is 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 bombings. It’s slightly a canonical episode, that relates to the main intrigue, but only in the periphery. I liked it a lot. The code for this week’s episode is BURIAL.
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A cop in Philly gets a call from a Colonel, making him active. He leaves his partner and goes to complete his mission. His is told to intercept a man with a briefcase at a station. When he starts talking to him, there are some weird electromagnetic flashes that zonk out technology. When he grabs the briefcase, a few moments later, his hand and body become frozen. He explodes.
Olivia is still with her therapist. He says that he taught Nina how to eat French fries. He knows that Olivia hasn’t been sleeping. She’s got pains from the accident, in her legs and her shoulders. Her headaches haven’t started.
Peter is trying to find a place for him and his father. Walter is being difficult. Astrid sees the case of bombing. There is no trace of explosives. They go to Philly and Walter examines the bodies. He finds a crystal in one of the bodies. Peter finds a shard. It’s a piece of a police, Peter Gillespie. Broyles is on the scene. No one has claimed responsibility. The crystal is actually an ear.
Peter and Dunham take a look at the security footage. There is a lot of interference. It happens 20 seconds before the bomb exploded.
Walter has partially reconstructed the police officer. There are some marks on his toes, for some kind of transformative serum. Walter stopped talking at 46 marks. Walter surmises that Gillespie was the bomb.
Dunham and Peter question the wife. During the interview, Dunham starts remembering scenes from the other universe. She remembers pushing a button on the elevator, the twin towers of the World Trade Center and William Bell talking to her. In the bathroom, Dunham finds a hiding spot. In it, are syringes and vials. Peter thinks that this is exactly what Walter deduced. The serum which transformed him into a bomb.
In Illinois, a woman is injecting herself with the same serum. When the serum is injected, her foot partially froze. The Colonel comes to see her the next day. Her name is Capt Burgess. He is sending her to DC. He tells her that Tin Man parameters are in effect.
Sims tells Dunham that she is suffering from some kind of aphasia. Parts of her memory are still asleep. When they wake up, she will remember.
B U R I A L
Walter suspects that Gillespie would have been injecting for over a year. He started injecting while he was still in Iraq. His whole unit was exposed to cyanide chloride. It was part of project Tin Man. It was redacted. Iraqi doctors worked on them. Peter says that he can track down the doctors with his connections in Iraq. Peter requests a jet, $20K, and a passport in another name. Broyles says that he will need a federal agent with him.
They fly to Baghdad. They find one of the doctors. The soldiers were exposed to a synthetic neurotoxin. They have been trying to counter the effect. They treated over 200 soldiers. Only a few survived. Three others survived, Diane Burgess, John Clump, and Chris Cavannaugh. The serum had a byproduct, it turned people into bombs when it built up in the system. Someone is triggering the people. The doc mentions the Colonel Raymond Gordon, the one who the soldiers reported to.
Walter does some experiments to find out what frequency was used.
Broyles briefs a counter-terrorism task force. Only Diane Burgess is at large. The others are in protective custody. Dunham says that the detonator is ColonelGordon, who’s gone off the grid. He’s a rogue operative.
During the briefing, they find where Diane Burgess is going. They think that the Colonel is also at the station. That’s not right. The bomb is detonated by the briefcase that she was told to retrieve by the Colonel.
The systems are scrambled. The signal is too strong. They can’t jam the signal. They’ve got 30 seconds. Burgess starts to freeze. Peter spots Gordon. He tackles him. He’s got some kind of device. Dunham has it. She destroys it and Burgess stops freezing. The FBI moves in to retrieve Gordon.
Initially, Walter was reticent about leaving the hotel, but at the end of the episode, he finds an apartment to live in.
Weiss aggravated Dunham enough so that she forgets that she is crippled. She isn’t crippled anymore and she no longer needs her cane. By making her think about trivial things, like how to tie a shoelace, it distracted her mind enough so that she could realize that she wasn’t hurt.
Gordon says that he had to send them a message. The Pentagon tells him about the Observers. They have been collecting info for decades and passing it right under their noses. The Observers are preparing for war, studying humans so that they can destroy them.
We see that the briefcase was passed to a strange man, who puts a lot of pepper on his salad. It’s the Observer. In the briefcase were surveillance photos of Walter Bishop.
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