Fringe The Man From the Other Side S02E19 (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, Peter discovers by himself that he’s from the other side. Things don’t go well when they try to stop Newton from bringing someone through. My guess is that it’s Peter’s real father. Peter also blames his father for what he has done, which also pushed his mother over the edge. This is why he thinks that she committed suicide.

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A stoner couple discovers a man appearing from the other side. They are shapeshifters. One of them takes the appearance of the man. Another takes the girl.

The code for this week is BRIDGE.

Walter is trying to tell Peter that he is from the other side. Once again, they are interrupted by a call from Olivia. They are called in to the DB. The girl was found with three holes in the palate. The doobie didn’t have any lipstick on it, so Olivia surmises that there is someone else around. They find the man an something strange on the floor. It’s a sort of bulbous form. Walter pierces the shell. He finds mercury coming out of it. They find another of those shapeshifter dubbing devices.

They take the shapeshifter embryo to Walter’s lab. During the time of death, there was a strange interference around the site. At Massive Dynamic, they find that it’s not a language, but math. Some kind of surge from the Sun, only the one they find in the broadcast is slightly out of sync. Olivia suggests that it might have come from another universe. The researcher says that on rare occasions, the universes line up. This will happen tomorrow at 3:31PM.

The new shapeshifters will take the IDs of David Wu and Ben McAllister. Newton says that they will only get this chance in another 7 months. McAllister works in a bank. In the vault, they get ready to do something. They are planting some kind of device.

Walter pumps the embryo with electricity to make it develop. He is able to reanimate it partially. There is something wrong. It says to contact Newton and Daniel Verona. It says that it’s sorry and dies or stops functioning, whatever is applicable to this kind of creature.

Oh my, look, Aspirin, quickly, for some candles.
Walter to Astrid

They find Verona and take him in. Newton takes a pill and pretends that he has a heart attack. Verona is a medical examiner who works out of Boston General. Newton’s body is brought to Boston General.

Walter thinks that he knows what they are doing. They call in Olivia. He says that they are setting up three harmonic rods and activate them. The rods vibrate at just the right frequency and it will send it to the other side. Newton has agents in both universes. If they setup the same rods in the same place in each of the universes, whatever is in the triangles will be exchanged. They deduce that Newton will be doing the exchange on a condemned railway bridge. Newton and his boys are already there. They are all set. Walter has got a way to nullify the wave.

They arrive and find two cops waiting for them. One of them says that he has to call the sergeant. He uses his cellphone. Olivia’s suspicion is aroused. She shoots a shapeshifter in the head. Walter charges ahead with the SUV.

The resonance waves begin. Walter is smack in the middle of them. Peter arrives to help him. Olivia is still exchanging fire with the other shapeshifter. She shoots him when he tries to get to the Bishops. The other bridge starts appearing. Peter knows that something is wrong with the program. He tries to fix it. He sees someone walking on the bridge coming through from the other side. The FBI agent is disintegrated. The bridge disappears in a flash.

Peter wakes up in the hospital. He wants to talk with Walter. He says that he saw a man from the other side walking on the bridge. Peter knows that since he is OK, he’s from the other side, just like the man on the bridge.

Olivia comes to see Walter. She says that Peter is gone. He checked himself out of the hospital. He isn’t answering his cell phone and he isn’t at the lab.

The man from the other side must be the other Walter Bishop. Newton calls him Mr. Secretary.

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