Fringe Olivia S03E01 (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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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 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 concentrates on Olivia and how Walternate is trying to make her become Bolivia.

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The code for this week is Amber. So at the end of last season, Alternate Olivia replaced Olivia and went back to our world. Meanwhile, Olivia is trapped in the other universe.

A psychologist from the other universe is trying to convince Olivia that she’s just had a knock on the head. That she’s from this universe. Walternate is watching the footage. He says that the treatments aren’t working. He wants to give Olivia another dose.

Olivia is taken away and given another dose. She’s had quite a few doses. They are injecting lymphocytes from the Alternate Olivia. Olivia manages to get away.

She uses a cab, gets some clothes, and goes to the opera house. She arrives just as they amber it.

Broyles gets Lincoln and Charlie ready to hunt for Olivia. They’ve already gotten a lead on her.

She has the cab drive her to MD. Olivia has got the same tattoo as Bolivia. When she comes out of the restroom, Lincoln is waiting for her. He’s all messed up. She manages to escape, but can’t bring herself to kill the alternate Charlie Francis. To escape, she made an impossible shot. Olivia isn’t a good shot, but Bolivia is an Olympic medallist. The treatments are working. Walternate and Broyles know this. They see the footage of the escape.

Charlie goes to see Frank, Bolivia’s main squeeze in the other world. Frank says that Marilyn is back in town. She came home when she heard what happened.

Olivia has the cab driver her to Tarrytown. It’s her mom’s place. Well, Bolivia’s mom.

Francis comes looking for her. Olivia has calmed down. Bolivia’s memories have taken effect. They surmise that the trigger was the adrenaline. It carried the lymphocytes across the blood/brain barrier. For all intents and purposes, Olivia has become Bolivia.

Peter is giving evidence to someone about what happened on the other side. Or maybe he’s being debriefed.

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