Fringe Marionette S03E09 (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 is back but she can’t forgive Peter for being with the other Olivia. It’s ironic, since Bolivia was essentially the perfect honeytrap.

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The code for this week is ADAPT.

Some guy gets abducted, experimented on, and knocked out. Before leaving, the killer called 911. The paramedics find that the guy’s heart was cut out but he’s still alive. The killer has got the heart in a cooler.

Dunham is in Broyles’ office and tells him what happened. She says that Walternate synthesized Cortexafan from her brain. Broyles tells her that she is still not cleared for duty yet. She tells him about the other Broyles.

-And by intimate, I mean sexual.
-Yeah, I got that.
The Bishops

Broyles shows up with Dunham. She’s been cleared for duty. The victim spoke without a heart and died 3 minutes later. They find that the victim had heart surgery before. Peter finds a lot of drugs. The victim still has reflexes. Rigor hasn’t set in.

Dunham and Peter go to see the doctor who prescribed the meds. Peter tells her that he came back to this world, he came because she asked him to. He really thought that Bolivia was Olivia. They learn that the victim had a heart transplant. The meds were part of an anti-rejection regimen.

The killer is has just implanted the heart into a woman. She looks dead.

Walter managed to isolate a compound that slowed down the degradation of the body.

Do you think that possibly they replaced her with a robot?
Walter about Olivia

Olivia doesn’t look very happy. She’s kind of freaking out and cleaning out everything that Bolivia touched. She finds Peter’s clothes in the washing machine. She starts to cry. The next day, Astrid tells Olivia that whatever feelings Peter had they were about Olivia not Bolivia.

They have found out that a lot of organs have been harvested. They are all from the same person. The killer is about to harvest the corneas.

The donor is Amanda Walsh. They find the guy who got the corneas but they were already removed. Amanda was a ballerina. She killed herself. She was clinically depressed. She did a lot of group therapy. They find out that she was cremated. She wasn’t cremated and there are no human remains, just some pulped wood. Broyles confirms that her body was stolen. The funeral home covered it up.

The killer has put together a human marionette out of Amanda’s body. That’s messed up. She doesn’t really move like a ballerina anymore, more like a zombie.

Peter and Dunham are going through the records of all of the people who were in therapy with her. Dunham is being quite bitchy to Peter. Peter finds Roland David Barrett, some kind of scientist working in cell decay and regeneration. He is the heir to a fortune. Peter thinks that he could actually reanimate a body.

In his lab, Roland reanimates Amanda’s body. The FBI arrives. They arrest Roland. He says that he looked into her eyes and it wasn’t Amanda.

Walter finds Amanda dead.

Olivia tells Peter that she can’t fathom why Peter didn’t see that Bolivia wasn’t Olivia. Olivia says that Bolivia has taken everything.

The Observers are watching the Bishops.

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