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.
The code for this week is WINDOW.
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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Some strange old man arrives at Vitas Petrol. He collapses. A bicycle courier is in the lift with him and performs CPR. The old dude is dead. Something is happening to his face. He expels some kind of gas from his lungs. It affects everyone.
Astrid is looking for Walter. He’s gone missing at some children’s center.
Dunham and Peter arrive at the scene of the incident. The dead man was Dutch. Mike, the courier, is in the bathroom. His nose is starting to bleed. Bishop and Astrid arrive with Broyles. They see Mike about to come out. Walter closes the door. They see his blood vessels rupture right in front of them.
Walter says that the building has got to be quarantined. The CDC is called in. Dunham and Peter are still inside. The CDC lets Walter get some samples so that he can run some tests in his lab.
The receptionist has become infected. Her nose is bleeding. Vandecamp was here to see Ames. He was here to sell some info. He didn’t have anything with him.
Rajan Vandecamp was an oil consultant. He arrived here 3 days ago.
Walter is trying to find out the personality of this virus.
The receptionist gets up and mysteriously appears somewhere different. They are looking for her. She launches herself out of the window. It looks like the virus is trying to infect other people. When she ran at him, Peter slipped in Vandecamp’s blood. He tries to clean up as much as possible. He goes to search Vandecamp. He says that this is the last chance that they have to find what Vandecamp came to sell. They send the CDC there.
Walter says that the virus wants to spread itself outside of the quarantine zone. The virus made the receptionist jump. There is a drill core sample in the briefcase. They found the source of the virus. It came from 10 miles down. Walter thinks that this might be the virus that wiped out the mammals during the last ice-age. Walter knows that he’s got a way to test who has been infected.
The CDC head honcho wants a level 6 site containment. This probably means nukes of some sort.
Peter is starting to bleed from his nose. Walter arrives with the CDC to test for who is infected. Olivia and Ames aren’t infected. Peter suspects that he is. He manipulates the swab so that he passes as uninfected. Walter is relieved. At the door, Peter is stopped by the CDC soldiers. They drag him back inside.
The CDC dude says that the army is going to move in to sanitize the premises. There is no alternative. If only one infected gets out, the whole world is in jeopardy. Astrid tries to make Walter leave, but he won’t.
Astrid is informed about what is going to happen but she elects to stay. Walter thinks that something must have killed the virus 75,000 years ago. It must have been ash from a volcano. Sulfur. They successfully conduct a little experiment. He informs Olivia.
Peter and some of the other infected are trying to get out. Olivia volunteers to spread some gas inside the building. This will allow them to save everyone inside. Peter knows that she is coming and attacks her. He takes her gun.
Dunham sprints away to be able to start the ventilation. She does so just in time. Everyone inside the building is out cold, including homicidal Peter.
Everyone is saved.
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