Fringe Concentrate and Ask Again S03E12 (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 HATCH.

Nina is going through some of William’s stuff. There is a book from Dr. Spock. Ha! She goes to a safe to retrieve Die Ersten Menschen, The First People. He had a copy of the book in German in his safe. All of the books say the same thing. They were written by different people in different languages. The books say exactly the same things.

Some guy receives a doll and is poisoned by it. His bones start breaking. He collapses onto himself. Dr. Warren Blake was killed. He was a scientist. It was his birthday. The delivery device was a doll and it was sent by Madison. Olivia is able to trace who sent the package. He’s a former marine named Aaron Downing. The bio was from the military. Four years ago, Aaron resigned from the service. He lived off the grid. When he surfaced again, he bought the house for cash. They found something downstairs. They found the bio agent. Peter sees him outside and runs after him. A car ends up hitting Downing.

They found the ex-wife. She says that her husband worked as a private contractor. She got preggers. The baby died. The docs said that there was something wrong with Aaron. Aaron thought that he was exposed to something. Dr. Blake was the scientist overseeing that project. There were two other men in Aaron’s unit and their babies died during the same time. Madison died of some kind of bone disease.

They get a call from Walter. He wants to visit Simon Philips. He was thrown out of the Cortexefan trials. He had developed the ability to read minds. Simon is a bit of a recluse. He can’t hear Olivia. They are immune to each other. Wait, does that mean that she cannot bring him over to the other side? Nope. He has isolated himself so that he won’t hear anyone else. He’s reticent because in Boston, he’ll hear everyone else. Olivia convinces him to come. He tries to read Downing. He gets something. He writes down some words. It makes them think about Project Jellyfish. There was another attack. Three senior execs at a chemical company were killed in the same fashion.

Nina digs about Project Jellyfish. She asks Broyles to come. The CIA are involved. He was also paid off. They found a location for him. Meanwhile, the two soldiers are constructing suicide vests powered by the powder.

They are targeting Congressman John Thorn. He was a former general. He was in charge of Jellyfish. He will hold a fundraiser at the Maryann Douglas wing at the Fine Arts Museum. They are sending Dunham in with Simon. Near the kitchens, Simon IDs one of them. Dunham manages to kill him. He doesn’t have a vest. They go back out there and Simon IDs the other one. Dunham arrives just in time to shoot him in the neck. This was just before he detonated the vest. The Observer was here as well.

Simon hands over a paper to Olivia before he goes back into his house in Vermont. He said that he read Peter’s mind. It says that he still has feelings for her.

Nina is working on The First People editions. She traces them to Sam Weiss who was counselling Olivia after her return. He says that whatever frequency Peter vibrates at will determine how the machine will react. It depends on his state of mind. It depends on whom he will end up with, Bolivia or Olivia. Whichever he chooses, her universe will survive.

What I can tell you is this… That device can either be used as a tool of creation or as a weapon of destruction. Depends on your point of view. And Peter Bishop is uniquely tuned to operate it. Whatever frequency Peter’s vibrating at will determine how the machine reacts… Depends on his state of mind, which, in turn, will depend on who he ends up with. Olivia from here or Olivia from over there. Whichever one he chooses, it’ll be her universe that survives.
Sam Weiss to Nina Sharp

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