Fringe Brown Betty S02E20 (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.

Nothing much happens during this episode. In fact, Walter tells a story to Ella, telling her about what happened to Peter and him. Even though the story doesn’t progress, it’s a really good episode. Most of the show takes place in this weird universe, like something from the 1940s mixed up with the ’10s.

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Walter is smoking some weed and decides to put his lab in order. Olivia drops by with Ella, her niece. Rachel went to Chicago. She asks Astrid to babysit. They still haven’t found Peter.

The code for this week is HEART.

Ella wants to hear a story and Walter obliges after much prodding. The story shifts to the story that Walter is telling. It shifts to a sort of gumshoe detective movie from the 40s. Dunham is a detective about to call it quits when a girl arrives. She wants to find her sweetheart. She wants to find Peter Bishop. On the other side of town, Peter went into hiding with a mechanical heart.

Dunham goes to see Lt Broyles. She note that the girl found in Bishop’s pocket is the logo of Massive Dynamic. Dunham goes to see Sharpe. She says that Bishop is a con-man. She also says that Bishop is dangerous. Dunham calls Rachel to talk, but she overhears her struggling. She finds her dead in her apartment. Her heart is missing.

Death seems to follow you around Dunham.

Dunham takes her address book. She finds a check for Dr. Walter Bishop. He hired Rachel to hire Dunham to find Peter Bishop. Bishop makes ludicrous claims, like he invented bubble gum, flannel PJs, hugs, teddy bears, elephants, liquorice sticks, chocolate bars and rainbows. It’s really funny. Since it’s in the story, it’s true. His latest project is singing corpses. All of a sudden, the 3 dead bodies start singing in his lab. He also talks about the glass heart he invented. Someone slipped into his room and stole it. For now, he’s got batteries in its place. The heart is priceless.

Dunham has to hire her old assistant, Esther Ficklesworth. Dunham is assaulted by a one of the Observes. He cuts her chest deeply with some kid of device. Later, Esther helps her out. She draws the device and goes to the patent office, who says that MD designed the device. The device was used to cut open Rachel. It’s a quantum laser. A prototype was stolen some months ago.

Sharpe says that they are called the Watchers and their threats aren’t idle. Dunham tails Sharpe. Esther says that William Bell founded MD and has disappeared. Over the last few years, no one has seen him. She sees Dunham talking to Bell through one of those windows into the other universe. Dunham gets hit from behind. She wakes up in binds and on a ship. Sharpe and the Watcher are there. They put her in a box and dump her in the water. Peter Bishop opens the crate. He’s on a dingy.

Bishop takes her to his hideout. He was following her because he had heard that someone was looking for him. I have to say that Anna Torv looks best without any make up. She’s a great natural beauty, and I like her best without any, her über-hottness just radiating out. He shows her a map with 147 pins, each one represents a child that he hurts. He steals children’s dreams and replaces them with nightmares. His inventions come from the dreams of children. Peter shows her his chest. The glass heart is inside of him. He was born with the glass heart. He was willing to give it to Walter for the good that he had done. A bunch of Watchers arrive. They try to get Peter. Olivia and Peter fight. When Olivia gets one of their guns, they all disappear. They have also taken Peter’s heart. Peter says that he’s dying. Olivia needs to put batteries into his heart. She makes a mistake and Peter just stops being alive for a moment. And then, he’s OK.

They go get the heart from Walter.

Ella doesn’t like how the story ends and changes it. Peter splits the heart into two so that they could both use it.

Astrid drives Bishop home. An Observer is watching them. He informs his companions that the boy has not yet returned and that Bishop doesn’t seem to remember the Watcher’s warning.

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