Fringe White Tulip S02E18 (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 SECRET.

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, Walter tries to explain to Robocop that changing the past won’t help matters. It doesn’t do much. The day is replayed in parts because Robocop can travel in time.

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Holy crap, it’s Robocop and he arrived from the other universe/another time on a train. Everyone in the same train compartment is dead. Peter Weller is good news.

Walter is writing Peter a letter about where he is from. He puts it in his pocket. Walter has been avoiding Peter all week. Peter asks Olivia if she knows what’s up. She flat out lies to him and denies knowing anything. Peter knows that something is going wrong.

They are all called to the train. All of the people inside are dead. All the lights are out as well. Broyles tells Dunham that a guy crossed paths with the young man who made the grisly discovery.

At the lab, they discover that the victim’s mitochondria were drained of ATPs. They trace the guy to a coffee shop. The barista says that he comes here all of the time. His name is Alistair Peck. She also says that he draws mathematical formulas on napkins. They raid his place. He’s some kind of astrophysicist. He teaches at MIT. Peck is watching them carry away his research. He walks inside and promptly gets arrested.

Dunham finds some surgical tools. Walter sees that Peck has implanted a Faraday cage into his body. He starts flashing and winks away. He appears back at the train station.

The day starts over again. The teen says that the man told him that he was sorry that he had to go through this again.

Broyles tells Dunham that the prints match Alistair Peck. He was part of a classified NASA think tank. At Peck’s place, Dunham experiences déjà vu. Peter finds templates for machine parts that were handmade.

Peck is using the gears in his body. He’s implanted a lot of machinery into his body.

Peck’s obsession was time travel. His fiancée was Arlette. At MIT, the professor gives them a few books that Peck was trying to get published. Walter goes through them quickly. He says that Peck might be able to travel in time. Dunham discovers that Arlette was killed in a car accident ten months ago. Walter surmises that they just witness at 12-hour jump. That jump killed a bunch of people. If he jumps back 10 months, the casualties will be in the hundreds.

They trace Peck to his lab at MIT. Walter wants to talk with Peck before they apprehend him. He might be able to stop him from jumping. Meanwhile, Peck is implanting a gear into his body. Walter appears. Walter tells him that he knows why he can’t jump back then. He can only jump back to the train. He approximated the time curvature using a 7th order polynomial. He should have used a 9th order polynomial due to the distance he wanted to travel. Walter tells him about Peter and the other universe. He can barely live with himself, because each time he looks at Peter, he is reminded of what he has done. Walter had disconnected the microphone. The FBI storms the place. Peck jumps. He jumps back to his place to adjust the polynomials. The FBI has got him surrounded. He jumps again, 10 months into the past. He stops Arlette but they both die when the truck hits them. The car wasn’t moving. Before jumping, he left a letter for the Professor at MIT. There was a letter for Walter Bishop.

Walter burns the letter for Peter and receives the letter from Peck. It’s a white tulip. Walter talked about this. He was waiting for a sign from God. If he saw a white tulip, then maybe God would forgive him. This means that maybe Peter will forgive him too.

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