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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The code for this week is REVEAL.
Fringe is one of the best shows on TV right now. It’s getting better and better, and I like it maybe a bit more than X-Files. Why? There are less filler episodes. Most episode deal with the mythology of the show.
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Strange things are happening in Manhattan. This is in the other universe. You can tell because coffee is extremely rare. This can’t be our universe. They’ve been having a lot of micro-quakes recently. There’s a bigger one. One dude wakes up and he’s got a butt on his chest, four or five arms, and a bunch of legs.
Olivia phones the Bishops. They are leaving for NYC. There were earthquakes in Manhattan. The façade of the building looks strangely re-arranged. They find merged people inside. Walter thinks it’s a quantum tectonic event. They find the dude. He’s still alive.
They ascertain pretty quickly that he’s from the other universe. Walter is the first one who notices. This is made clear when he says that the Pentagon and the White House were attacked on 9/11. They find another Pratchett face on his chest. Walter says that they are standing in two buildings, one of them comes from the other universe.
Dunham says that this is about Newton. This is what happens when two universes collide.
Newton was at the building 2 hours before the event happened. Walter remembers something and calls Peter. He knows what’s going to happen. In 1986, they sent a car over there. Later, a car from the other universe appeared. They can’t stop it. Dunham is the only one who can see the glimmer that precedes a switch. They gave this ability to Dunham. He wants to go to Jacksonville to recreate an experiment on Olivia. It’s going to happen at Olivia’s old daycare. That’s where Walter first was able to make this happen to her.
The daycare and surrounding area were bought and closed off by Massive Dynamic. Walter starts her on the Cortexifan. She wakes up in a forest. She sees her younger self. There are shadows chasing them.
What the hell is wrong with you? You did this to little children?
Olivia upon waking from her experience
They test her and it didn’t work.
Nina Sharpe arrives at MD. She hears dogs barking. She calls Broyles, who tells Dunham. Walter surmises that Olivia changed. She is no longer afraid and is able to channel her fear into anger. That’s why it didn’t work.
They go back to NYC. Peter comes up with an idea. It has to do with mass. They have a working theory, but they don’t have enough time. Olivia gets despondent and she gets scared. Peter is about to kiss her when she realizes that she’s scared. She goes out to the balcony and takes a look. She sees a building flicker. She takes her car there. They narrow down which building is about to be shifted. It’s a hotel. They start to evacuate. Olivia arrives on the scene. The building starts to buckle and there is an event. It disappears.
Olivia and Peter make plans to go out for drinks. Olivia sees that Peter is flickering. This means that she knows that he’s from the other universe. Walter begs her not to tell Peter.
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