Fringe Olivia In the Lab With A Revolver S02E17 (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 ENERGY.

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.

We found out what exactly happened to Peter in the last episode, 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.

In this episode, Olivia has trouble being dishonest with Peter. She can’t sleep. Walter asked her to keep this secret, but she wrestles with it over and over again. This is because they have become closer. Peter sees that she is keeping him at arm’s length and interprets it in a different way. He thinks that Olivia is no longer interested in him romantically.

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A guy named Neil Wilson meets with a lawyer. He was exposed with something when he was a child. He thinks that she went to the same school as he did. She remembers Lloyd Becker. She tells him this. He touches her arm. Later, she discovers a rash, which becomes boils. She’s got them all over her body now.

Olivia has got trouble sleeping. She goes to the bowling lane to see her buddy. She says that she’s experiencing things. He says that her lack of sleeping has nothing to do with this, it has to do with a previous decision that she regrets. It wasn’t the right thing. She says that she agreed to keep a secret. Dunham gets a call. She has to leave.

Walter wants to take Peter skiing. I think he knows that Olivia will tell Peter the secret. Broyles wants them to look at Miranda Green’s body. The coroner studied under Walter. She’s got epidural blistering and tissue necrosis. Two hours before, she was fine. They look like malignant tumours, sarcomas. Walter uses a UV-blacklight to find the point of origin of the cancer. They see fingers there, a right hand.

When you open your mind to the impossible, sometimes you find the truth.

Miranda worked on cases against pharmaceuticals. She had a meeting with Neil Wilson an hour before she died.

Olivia has another sleepless night. She tells Walter the next day that she will tell Peter the truth. Walter wants some time to prepare him. Otherwise, he will never forgive Walter.

The barista remembers her. The guy she was with looked pretty sick. He says that he looked like he had a cancer.

Neil Wilson isn’t doing well. He meets with Lloyd Becker Walter thinks that the man took something from Miranda so that he could prolong his life. They find Becker the next day. He died the same way as Green.

Astrid finds five more victims. Olivia recognizes Timothy Ober. She doesn’t know from where.

Olivia’s friend drops by past midnight to play a game of Clue. He makes her think of something. She remembers the height chart from Jacksonville. She shows the list to Peter. All of the victims are from the list. Walter is baking Miranda’s skin to get a print from the killer. They tell him that the killer is targeting Cortexefan kids. The energy transfer that the killer is using, it might not work on everyone. He could only work on Cortexefan kids. Dunham thinks that Nina Sharpe has a list that she didn’t tell them about.

Olivia goes to see her. She says that she knows about Peter and will tell him. Sharpe thinks that she won’t tell him. Sharpe says that she came to have her talk Olivia out of telling Peter the truth.

Neil goes after another kid named Nick. Nick’s aunt gives him Olivia’s name. She has no contact with her nephew.

Meanwhile, the mad scientist is running the print. They get a usable print from the skin. They don’t find a match. Dunham finds out that the killer is James Heath. The latest victim was his sister.

Olivia leaves her apartment and runs into Neil. He’s waiting for her. She tries to get into her apartment. Neil overpowers her and disarms her. She has enough time to call Peter in a panic. She’s got the upper hand. He sees the files that she was studying. He says that a man came to see him in the hospital. He said that he could fight the cancer because of what they did to him when he was younger. His sister stayed with him in the hospital. She died from his exposure. He got better. He’s been trying to find the man from Jacksonville. Peter arrives with backup. They take him away.

They put him in a drug-induced coma. The cancer has stopped progressing. Someone tried to activate him. The man sounds like the one who hired by Sanford Lewis to activate Nancy Lewis and Nick Lane. Heath’s ability was a side effect. Broyles tells Sharpe that they need to find them first.

Dunham comes to see Walter. She says that Walter is right. Telling Peter the truth will probably do more harm than good. Bishop wants to put things right and he plans on telling Peter the truth.

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