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 FATHER.
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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There is a wedding. We see footage from it. It’s a Jewish wedding. The groom has an asthma attack. An old woman spots someone she knows from her past. She points at him and collapses. The rest of the guests get grey in the face and start dying. The man leaves.
Dunham arrives on the scene. Walter is driving the car and drives over the trashcans.
-Purple never goes out of style.
-Do you think she’ll call me dad?
There are a total of 14 victims. They are all on the groom’s side of the family. Dunham spots that the grandma was a Holocaust survivor. She’s got a number tattoo from the concentration camps. This makes sense. The man looked like a Nazi. An über-Nazi.
They find the groom who’s still mysteriously alive. But not for long. All of the victims were direct descendants of a Holocaust survivor. The blood of the victims is blue. These people suffocated from the inside out.
They find a candle that doesn’t match the others. They find some poisons, but this makes Walter think of the Nazis, who were pioneers in this sort of thing. Walter surmises that this was a dry run for something bigger. There might be something similar happen recently.
The Nazi is buying some very hot tea. He takes a compound from his jacket and puts it in his tea. The water in his tea starts to boil.
There are 9 more victims. None of them were related. They find the way that the toxin was delivered. This time, they went after all of the people who had brown eyes. The killer is on the scene and asks about Dr. Bishop. He remarks that Walter looks exactly like his father.
Walter analyzes the toxin. The toxin can target specific groups. The poison itself contains chromium trioxide, which is highly regulated. Apart from the genetic targeting, the poison is rudimentary. Walter finds an inert carbon seahorse in the structure of the toxin. Walter says Das Seepferdchen. He’s seen it before and knows who made it. This was the nickname for someone, Walter’s father. He was a Nazi. Well, not really. He was a spy for the Allies. His father helped develop this formula. The formula is hidden in the books of Walter’s father. There is a problem. Peter sold them all ten years ago. Walter blames Peter. This is how they got a hold of the formula.
The killer must have found it in one of the books. Dunham and Peter go to the used bookstore where Peter sold the books. Dunham knows that Peter didn’t sell these just for money. He sold them because they were amongst Walter’s favorite possessions. They were sold last year to Eric Franco.
The Nazi is mixing up a new batch of product. Dunham and Peter arrive at his place. They find it filled with Nazi paraphernalia. He arrives. He’s not a Nazi, he’s an artist. One of the books was used in a collage that depicts Hitler.
Apology NOT accepted.
Walter’s DNA test on the killer revealed that the man was over 100 years old, which is unlikely, but it makes sense since he’s a Nazi. Peter surmises that the toxin was used to make the Nazi weapon.
Meanwhile, the Nazi is conducting further tests. They trace the compounds to a residential address. They arrive at the right house. The Nazi is preparing a chemical bomb for the FBI while he makes his escape.
Creating the master race by a process of elimination.
They find Walter’s sweater on the scene. The toxin was targeting Walter Bishop. They get him out just in time. They see that he was creating an ID badge for some event. Peter recognizes it.
The Nazi arrives at the World Tolerance Conference. Peter and Dunham tell Broyles what is up, but he needs to follow protocol. There will be a number of foreign dignitaries at the event.
The Nazi places the powders in the spots for burners. Walter has come up with something. He wants Astrid to take him to the site of the conference. He’s got a wooden crate emblazoned with some Nazi symbols. Peter finds the source. The first victim is the Nazi. He calls Bishop a traitor. Walter had synthesized the toxin to target the killer.
Peter brings the books that he could salvage back to this father, who’s happy. In the photos, we see that one of them had the Nazi. He hasn’t aged a day in 70 years.
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