Fringe Peter S02E16 (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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The code for this week is PETERS.

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 episodes deal with the mythology of the show.

This episode tells exactly what happened to Peter. It details how and why Bishop went to the other universe in 1985, piercing the veil between universes for the first time. There were unintended consequences, things that will happen because of this.

It begs the question: would you destroy another universe to save your child?

At the end of the day, this was precipitated by one of the Observers. He got entangled in the story and this is what pushed Bishop to go to the other side to save Peter.

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It was announced that Fringe was renewed for a third season in early May. That’s good news. I wouldn’t have liked it if this show was cancelled. It’s one of the best shows on TV right now.

The code for this week is PETERS.

Olivia found out that Peter was from the other side.

At the US Army Research HQ in 1985, Walter is giving a speech and shows his findings. He shows them a mobile phone. The phone came from the alternate universe. He copied the phone. For the last 7 years, Bell and Bishop developed a window of sorts to look into the other world. Bishop shows them the window, which stretches the fabric between worlds. He shows them what Manhattan looks like in the other world.

The theme is all 80s-like! That’s kind of cool. They will split the narrative between 1985 and the present using the different font. They show Bishop spying on the alternate Bishop’s research. They are trying to cure Peter.

Walter gets a call from Elizabeth. She says that it’s time that he came home to see his son. Peter doesn’t look well. Peter dies.

They have a funeral.

That night, Walter shows Elizabeth the window and the other Peter on the other side. He did this so that she knew that somewhere, there was a Peter growing up and doing well.

Walter sees his other-self creating the cure. He also sees him talking with an Observer. The alternate Walter didn’t see that the compound needed to be stabilized and that he found a cure.

The Observer confides in other Observers that he made a mistake. He tells them that Bishop created a cure, but didn’t see it because he discovered him. He is told that he will need to take action.

Walter is developing the cure that the alternate Walter missed. He is making the cure for the alternate Peter. He plans on creating a wormhole into the other universe so that he can deliver the cure. He will go to the lake. If he creates a wormhole, he will destroy worlds for one life. Dr. Warren tries to convince him otherwise. Warren confides in Nina Sharpe, who calls Bell.

Walter arrives at Reiden Lake. He sees Warren in the distance with Sharpe. Bishop knows that Bell isn’t in this universe. He isn’t here anymore and he hasn’t been returning Sharpe’s call. Sharpe tries to stop him, but he goes through. Her hand went through as well. So that’s how she lost her arm. Walter smashed the vial of the cure as well.

Walter arrives and goes to see the other Peter. He tells Elizabeth that he found a cure and that he needs to take him back to Cambridge. Instead, they both step through the window. When they arrive, the frozen late water shatters and Peter falls in pretty deep. The Observer comes and saves them. This is what he had to do when he was told to correct his mistake.

Walter wakes up in a car with the Observer driving. The Observer says that the boy is important. He has to live.

Warren comes to help with Peter. She says that she was talking with Bell about Sharpe’s arm. Peter is doing better. Warren supposes that he is bringing Peter back to the other side. Elizabeth sees the other Peter.

Olivia gets a visit from Walter. Olivia has been ignoring him. He’s got the window with him. Peter had a genetic illness. Despite what he promised, he couldn’t ever bring himself to bring Peter back to the other side.

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