Fringe The Abducted S03E07 (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?

Olivia tries to escape the other universe, but fails, even when she gets help. However, she manages to send Peter a message.

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The code for this week is ESCAPE.

Some guy is shaving his head. He performs ablutions while reciting some verses, and puts on a mirror mask. He goes after some kid in New Yonkers. He abducts him.

This episode takes place on the other side.

Olivia goes to see the cabbie that helped her last time. She wants to get into the DOD facility on Liberty Island. She needs his help. Henry decides to help her.

Fringe Division is called to a kidnapping. A per the Peter Bishop Act, all kidnappings are seen as a possible Fringe event. They find a sucrose residue in the prints. Sam says that it’s the Candyman and he’s back. It’s been four years since the Candyman took Broyles’ son. He had him for two days. When Broyles got him back, he wasn’t a little boy anymore.

It’s like the Candyman drained the life out of them. The kids all had incisions on the back of the neck. The victims have massive internal degradation. Some of the kids reported that they were being held by two men, an older man and a younger man. Christopher Broyles was one of those. My guess is that the Candyman takes the life force out of the kids to rejuvenate himself.

Olivia asks Broyles to re-interview his son. Broyles refuses. His son will be lucky if he makes to live to 18.

Olivia talks about her suspicions to Sam. She thinks that the kids saw only one person. The Candyman is draining the hormones from the pituitary gland to make himself younger in some fashion. Sam agrees with her hypothesis.

Broyles allows Olivia to meet Christopher. Broyles is told by Walternate that this Olivia will be pulled out of the field tomorrow morning. Bolivia’s mission is almost complete. They won’t need Olivia anymore. He makes it sound like they will terminate her. He tells her that both men said the same prayer.

Through the pitch dark comes the cleansing fire.
Candyman prayer

They trace the prayer to the Astoria Church in Queens. He gives them the roster of the men belonging to his church. Dunham interviews the suspect without knowing. He’s become younger already. She figures it out but he’s pretty quick. She finds Max. He tries to shoot her, but she shoots him dead with a few shots to the body. Wyatt has been extracting hormones from kids for a while. He appeared to be in his early twenties. His driver’s license shows him to be in his 70s.

Olivia makes her appointment with Henry. However, she figures out that Reverend Markus taught Wyatt how to do the science part. Broyles told the Reverend that his son could ID the voice of his kidnappers.

The Reverend is already on location. He wants to silence him. Broyles shoots him. Broyles tells Olivia that she needs to go. They are onto her. Olivia goes to Liberty Island and dopes herself up. She puts herself in the tank and crosses over to the other side. She’s there for a few moments and leaves a message for her team. Walternate gets her and sedates her.

Peter gets a call from the cleaning lady that Olivia intercepted. The message says that Olivia is trapped in the other universe.

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