Fringe Entrada S03E08 (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 finally manages, against almost insurmountable odds, to make her way back into her own universe. Bolivia also managed to escape. Both Olivias are back where they belong.

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The code for this week is CROSS.

We see Peter getting the call again from NYC about the real Olivia. The message says that Olivia is trapped in the other universe. He goes back to bed with Bolivia but Peter is suspicious two hours later, he gets up and snoops around. He checks her MacBook but doesn’t manage to break some of her secure files. She wakes up. He pretends he’s sending an email. He asks her a question in Greek. She didn’t know what it meant. Olivia told him the phrase. She’s got a gun on him now. She throws him a syringe and tells him to inject 5cc. He complies, but not before telling her that if she has done anything to Olivia, he’ll come after her and kill her. Peter is paralyzed.

Bolivia reports that her cover is blown and that she needs an extraction.

Peter realizes that Bolivia took the wrong computer. She took his MacBook, not hers. They both have MacBook Pro 17s. Bolivia realizes her mistake quickly enough.

Walternate gets the message that Bolivia’s cover was blown. Walternate’s pet scientist wants to know if they are sending back Olivia alive or dead. Broyles comes to see him. He informs Broyles of the situation. On his way out, he sees them manhandle Olivia.

Walter is trying to find a way to the other world. Bolivia took a piece of the machine that they were looking for. They trace the bakery that Bolivia was using. Peter finds the right spot but the guy denies knowing Bolivia. Peter finds his laptop on the premises. They find the quantum entangled telegraph. Peter finds that she is in Penn Station, Newark.

Broyles goes to see Olivia. It looks like they’re getting ready to lobotomize her. It’s worse. They are going to cut out her brain and send her back. She begs him to save her, to let her escape, so that she can get to the other side. A nurse walks in with several hypodermic syringes. Broyles talks it over with his wife. She tells him that they need to restore hope. They are going to perform a vivisection. Broyles arrives just in time to save Olivia. She’s paralyzed. He injects her with adrenaline and they go to the other lab. She finds that the tank has been emptied. The alarm sounds. Broyles is going to get her to Boston. Walternate might have a sensory deprivation tank, just like Walter.

Bolivia is at the station. She is met by a shapechanger. He injects her with something in both hands and the spine. Peter finds her. Bolivia comes out with a hostage. It’s obvious that Bolivia has got the shapechanger in her hands, not a real hostage. Peter figures it out and shoots the shapechanger. They have Bolivia in custody.

Olivia gets into the sensory deprivation tank and injects herself with Cortexafan. She’s back in the right universe. Astrid calls Broyles. While Bolivia is in the truck, her hands are glowing. The injections are miniature harmonic rods, which enabled them to cross over before. They open up the truck and find Bolivia gone. She’s back in her universe.

The man in the typewriter shop goes to see someone. He is injecting him with something. He is able to walk again. He delivered the object to the man. It’s the missing piece.

Olivia wakes up in the hospital. She tells Peter that he saved her life.

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