Fringe Over There Part 1 S02E22 (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 WEAPON.

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?

The show explores the other side, as our main characters try to save Peter from his fate. The Observers intervene to show them what Walternate has planned for them. In the midst of it all, we see the other versions of Dunham, Broyles, and Francis. It’s kind of awesome. The Fringe Division of the DOD on the other side goes about and tries to stop the cracks in the fabric of the universe. These have been happening for 23 years, ever since Walter went through the looking glass to abduct Peter from the other side.

William Bell is back, but it looks like Walternate is running the show and it’s not looking good for Peter. All in all, I really liked this episode. It was a really good one, earning an A from me.

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On the other side, Fringe Division is thoroughly militarized. Francis, Broyles, and Olivia are part of a team. They have to patch a hole. Fringe Division is part of the DOD. Farnsworth is some kind of human computer, like a Mentat from Dune. They find a body of a man covered in cancer tumours. The man is from the other side.

Olivia, Walter, and a girl are on the other side. They are hiding from the Fringe Division. They have crossed into the other universe. In the sky, we see zeppelins.

The title card is completely red instead of being blue. 36 hours earlier, Walter sees surveillance of Walternate and Peter talking. Walternate says that if he comes to the other side he won’t be able to come back. Olivia is drinking in a bar. An Observer drops something on the chair next to her. It’s some kind of text with a picture of Peter in it. He’s in some sort of device. Olivia goes to see Walter, who called her in a panic. He says that after he got Peter to this side, an Observer came to see him. He said that Peter could never return to the other side, or he would be the end of this world. They go to Massive Dynamic. They are told by a researcher that Bell has crossed over so many time that the molecules in his body have become unstable. Nina says that Dunham can cross over. Dunham says that she cannot control it. Walter says that if enough Cortexafan children were together they might be able to do so. Broyles says that there are others. They woke up three cortexafan kids. There is a healer, a pyrokinetic and her friend who influences minds.

They are all gathered in the new offices of the Fringe Division, which they got thanks to Peter from Senate Intelligence.

Everyone is saying their goodbye to their loved ones. Walter washes Peter’s clothes. Walter says that he’s going. While they start working, James collapses. He’s covered in tumours. They made it to the others side. The firestarter doesn’t feel good either. This is how the episode started. The girl is starting to smolder.

The alternate Olivia scans in a bill from the other side into the computer. It gets flagged. They go to see Walternate. Fringe Division was put into existence to patch up the holes in the universe. Dunham read this in the ZFT that Walternate published. Walternate says that there is another universe on the other side. Walternate says that the invaders much be found. Dunham keeps telling Francis about the worms that he is leaking.

Peter wakes up on the other side. His mother is making some food. He’s been sleeping for 3 days. Walternate wants Peter to look something over. It’s the machine that was in the paper that the Observer left for Dunham.

Dunham, Nick, Firestarter and Water arrive in Central Park. Nina left Bell a message to meet them here. They hear the cops arrive. Bell betrayed them. Nick is shot and he dies. Firestarter starts a fireball and launches it at the captain of Fringe Division. He shot Nick. It incinerates herself, Nick’s body and burns the captain. Dunham and Walter are running through the woods. They have been separated. Walter was shot by Dunham². He goes to an ER. Dunham² tells her lover that the captain isn’t dead. He’s got 3rd degree burns on 90% of his body. He’ll need 3 months in a nanite regeneration chamber. Dunham² has got a strange little tattoo on the back of her neck. Dunham is watching them together. Bell finds her. He says that Walter is in trouble.

Walternate is looking at the machine and the piece of paper that shows his son on it. He’s planning on using it on Peter.

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