Fringe The Box S03E02 (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?

Bolivia is working with Newton to get stuff done in this universe. She reports back to the other universe and things are going pretty well. However, more and more, it becomes apparent that Bolivia is different from Olivia.

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The code for this week is Alert.

Some men have been paid to dig something out of the basement of a family home in Milton. They open the box and the lights flicker. Something happened to them. Everyone is just staring into space, with their eyes clouded over.

Newton is meeting with Bolivia. Newton removes her tattoo. He works for her.

Bishop shows the plans he took from the other side to Broyles. Walter doesn’t want to help because he thinks that it’s dangerous.

The Fringe Division is called to the house. They find the dead bodies, as well as their attackers.

Bolivia reports to Newton about his failure. He only hired two men, not three. No one is supposed to be able to withstand the device. Someone did.

Walter and Peter go to MD. The will of William Bell is read. Nina and Walter are each handed letters from Bell.

Dunham has gone off the grid to find Blake, the man who survived the box. Bishop finds her at Blake’s place. She goes outside to report to Newton. She doesn’t see that Blake is watching her.

Walter realizes that sound had something to do with this.

Blake comes to see Bolivia. Blake is deaf, that’s why the box didn’t affect him. She hands the box over to Newton. She shoots Blake in the head with a silenced weapon. She got his body there and Peter knocks on the door.

Astrid tells Walter that he needs to tell Peter what happened and why he did what he did to save him. Walter apologizes to Peter. Peter says that he can’t talk about this with him. Bolivia sees blood seeping out of the bathroom. She starts fooling around with Peter to distract him.

Newton leaves the box in a subway station and leaves. Fringe Division is called to the station. Peter wants to go after the dwarf. He has to have some kind of protection. Walter needs Bolivia’s gun. She fires two shots right next to his ears. This will give Peter temporary deafness. He’ll have up to 3 minutes. Peter finds the dwarf. His head explodes. The box is a piece of the weapon from the other side. The box is broken, so Peter has to try and disarm it. Bolivia arrives just in time to save him from the train.

Walter goes to open the safety deposit box that Bell left him. Bell left him MD. He’s the sole shareholder.

Bolivia reports that Peter has the 1st piece and that he is fully engaged. Now, the other side wants her to work on Bishop.

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