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.
The code for this week is AVENGE.
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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Someone is getting the last rites. It’s a young girl. She’s put off life support. They start dissecting her to harvest the organs. She gets up before they cut anything out and screams 663 Alpha Echo 9 3, or something close to that effect.
Lisa Donovan is a high school girl. The numbers are a sequence for a petty officer named Rusk in the Navy. They are also launch codes for ICBM. They ask the girl. When Olivia mentions Rusk, Lisa starts talking in Russian. It’s like she’s spouting it automatically.
Rusk was fluent in Russian. Lisa was in a coma.
Walter thinks that Lisa’s aneurysm made her psychic. The mother is refusing to have Walter examine her. There was something creepy about Lisa’a priest, other that he’s ginger. Later, Lisa calls him. She says that she keeps seeing Rusk. She’s at some junkyard. She says that Rusk was killed here by another man. Peter finds a 9mm shellcasing. They find his dead body in the trunk of a car. Lisa has a seizure.
Rusk was shot in the head. He has been dead for 3 days. Maureen Donovan arrives with the padre.
What time did your daughter’s resurrection happen?
Walter thinks that some kind of energy transfer happened between Rusk’s death and Lisa coming back to life. Walter says that in a sense she is possessed. The padre doesn’t believe this. Maureen wants these memories that Rusk’s soul put in her out of her. Maureen asks for Walter’s help. Walter thinks that he can’t really help the girl. She is sick.
Dunham finds out that Rusk was sick. Probably because of something that happened on the ship. He was poisoned with radiation. He was given a highly experimental radiation inhibitor. He’s been on medical leave since this accident 6 months ago.
Walter thinks that he can extract Rusk’s memories from Lisa. Dunham wants to find out who killed Rusk at the same time. They start giving her some drugs to relax Lisa’s conscious mind.
I recognize Maureen Donovan. She’s Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks.
Walter thinks that Rusk’s soul was transferred into Lisa. Rusk-as-Lisa says that her killer had some injury on his arm. They trace him. He’s an ex-Navy SEAL training with CO6, an anti-terrorism squad. They find him but he tries to do a runner. Francis takes him down.
Walter says that Lisa’s brain waves are being masked by Rusk’s. He duped Peter and left the lab.
Jake says that Rusk deserved what he got for what he did to his wife. He was beating his wife Teresa. She hired Jake to kill Rusk. He told Rusk that Teresa was sending him to hell. This means that Rusk-as-Lisa will go after Teresa.
Rusk-as-Lisa has got a gun on Teresa in her home. Dunham, Peter, and Francis are heading to her.
Peter arrives. He tries to bring Lisa’s consciousness back to the front of her mind. Francis uses a tranq gun on her. Peter managed to coax her back. Lisa is fine again.
Even as a scientist, sometimes, I have to rely on faith.
At the end of the episode, we see that Rusk is possessing another person who was going to die because of an accident.
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