Fringe Johari Window S02E12 (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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For some reason, I had a few Fringe episodes lined up. Out of nowhere, within a week, I had 3 episodes to watch. Apparently, this episode had a bit of history behind it. Unearthed is an unaired episode from season 1, which is why Charlie Francis is still alive in it. Johari Window the episode of this week.

The code for this week is MUTATE.

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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A cop comes by a kid walking by himself on a road. His name is Teddy. When he looks at the kid again in the mirror and sees that he’s deformed. At the station, they have time to take a picture before some freaks with guns show up and take the kid back.

Walter and Peter are going grocery shopping. Walter is antsy because he was kidnapped from this grocery store. They get a call from Olivia about the missing kid and the dead cops. In the state trooper’s files, there are a lot of reports about deformed people.

There may be werewolves in these hills.
Walter

There is a strange humming in town. It comes from the military base outside of town. They have some big turbines. The Sheriff says he’s heard the stories. It’s the first time that he’s seen a photo. Some worried dude leaves the diner. This guy goes home. Teddy is at home with them. He looks normal again.

Peter tells Olivia that he’s worried about Walter regressing. He’s freaked out and doesn’t seem to be able to snap out of it. Olivia says that Walter is pretty normal. On the way to the hotel, a truck runs them off the road. Some deformed guy comes up with a shotgun. Peter takes Olivia’s gun when he shoots at the car. He returns fire. Walter wakes up and Peter shoots back a few more times. Dunham is probably sporting a 9-mil SigSauer. Plenty of rounds.

They find the truck a while later after the feds come by. Walter spots something in the woods. It’s a large blue butterfly. He says that he hasn’t seen one this large on this continent. Nearby, Dunham spots a blood trail. The feds find the body of a man a bit further on. It’s the man that was worried about Teddy. He looks dead. He is dead. Peter shot at some deformed man, not a man.

Broyles says that the army was there and running some experiments in the 70s. The files have been almost completely redacted.

Back at the lab, the man’s body has become deformed. The butterfly that Walter captured went back to being a moth.

They find out that the dead man was from Edina. He did some odd jobs in town. Walter thinks that he’s seen this mutation before. Apparently he did work on Project Elephant.  The song that Walter was obsessing about leads them to the law library. Walter has some files stashed there. They are of Project Elephant.

The Sheriff says that Joe Falls was living on the edge of town with his wife and his son. The Sheriff is talking to everyone. He’s involved. He’s also part of the deformed.

Peter finds some strange census data. It turns out that the Army was trying to manipulate sight to turn soldiers invisible. As they approach Edina, the moth turns into a butterfly. Within the confines of Edina, people appear normal. What changes is the perception of them.

The Sheriff is getting ready for war. He wants to kill the feds. Rose, Joe’s widow, is in charge of the machine. Walter told Peter about what they discovered. Peter told Walter to go back home. Naturally, Walter doesn’t listen and heads into town to find the source of the electromagnetic pulse. They find a large antenna. It’s Rose’s place. Rose is the daughter of the man behind the pulse, Edward Cobb. Teddy answers the door. Walter turns off the machine.

When Peter and Olivia arrive, the Sheriff starts shooting at them. Peter is fast enough to tell Olivia to duck. The machine is off. They all look like monsters now. The Sheriff has got the jump on Olivia. Rose arrives and shoots him.

Rose and her mother were part of the experiment. This happened without the knowledge of Cobb.

Walter pleads for Broyles to leave the machine on and leave these people alone. Broyles gives him the answer. They won’t report that they found the machine.

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