Fringe The Plateau S03E03 (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?

This episode takes place in the other universe. The lymphocyte graft that Olivia got isn’t completely making her Bolivia. Parts of her old life are still coming through, and these parts are what save her from being killed in this episode.

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Some nutter arranges for the death of a blonde woman in Jersey. He uses coincidences to make it happen.

This episode takes place in the other universe. Olivia heads to Fringe HQ. The code for this week is Breach. Walternate and Broyles are watching her. Walternate tells him that Olivia can move between worlds. That’s why they need to convince her that she’s Bolivia.

Two people were killed by buses two days in a row. The Fringe team is called into action. Olivia is among them. Lee is there. He looks better. The woman’s name is Jillian Foster. Lee finds a pen on the scene by the mailbox. Pens are pretty rare. They are no longer made. Lee thinks that the pen might have started a chain reaction.

At the scene, Olivia hallucinates Peter. She tells Frank, who tells her to tell someone else, like Broyles.

There is another accident. At each accident, they find a ballpoint pen. Olivia corners the guy, but he does something really strange to get away. He throws a bike over the underpass and jumps on a van. It’s like he can compute the odds and manipulate them to his favour.

Milo, the guy who is causing all of this, is confronted by his sister. She shows him something that his mom left him. She signed him up for something that’s causing this. Apparently they have been calling.

Olivia finds a connection between the victims. They go to the Bryant hospital. Once there, Olivia hallucinates Walter. They see some pens. They question some doctor. He recognizes all of the victims. He says that they are looking for a patient. They were working on smart drugs. He shows them Milo Stanfield. He had an IQ of 52. They gave him 5 treatments. Every time, his intelligence increased exponentially. They returned his IQ to his initial level. It looks like he’s predicting the future and killing the people who would have been involved in regressing him and/or capturing him.

They go see his sister. They find out where he went.

Meanwhile, Milo predicts their arrival and a way to kill Olivia. He thought that Olivia would use her oxygen pump, but he didn’t know that Olivia is from the other universe so she escapes death. Olivia tackles him. Francis shoots him when he tries to escape.

They aren’t able to reverse the process on Milo. His thoughts can now only be interpreted by a machine.

Walternate’s scientist Brandon is working on a way to make Olivia shift.

Frank is leaving for Texas to deal with a smallpox outbreak.

Olivia hallucinates Peter. He says that she survived because she didn’t follow protocol. She doesn’t know the protocol. Peter tells her that she’s not Bolivia, she’s Olivia from the other side.

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