Fringe Reciprocity S03E11 (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 his week is ALTER.

Broyles and his team arrive at a military base. They were able to unlock Bolivia’s computer. At the base, they are assembling the machine. There is an EM spike. The computers and metal things are acting up. Bolivia stole a piece of the machine. Something is happening. The machine is moving. Peter is bleeding from the nose. Peter triggered it.

Peter comes back home. He lies to Walter where he has been. He makes a PB&J sandwich.

The next day at MD, Peter is undergoing some tests. Walter isn’t happy. He wants to see Billy’s research about what he did to him. Peter’s heart rate is a bit elevated. Dunham is called to a case.

Broyles comes to see Astrid. He wants her to go through Bolivia’s mission files.

A guy named Michael Baird was found dead in a fountain. He was a shapeshifter. His data storage disk was removed. He’s on Bolivia’s files. Broyles tells her to shut down the mainframe. Broyles thinks that Walternate has got a spy and he knows that they have Bolivia mission files. She lists the shapeshifters.

The doc tells Peter that he’s fine. The doc is the plant. He reacts strangely when he hears about the mole. They are testing the possible shapeshifters. Nina tells that William created a retro-virus to regrow his brain matter. Walter starts to snort the serum immediately.

Peter asks Olivia not to read Bolivia’s files. Olivia wants Dr. Falcon questioned as well. Falcon left work early. He is the mole. The FBI sends in a team to his place. They find him dead. He was a shapeshifter and his data storage disk is missing. He was killed in the same way. The body is sent to Walter. Walter is acting strange, like a chimp. It has to do with the serum he snorted. They find blood under Falcon’s fingers. It leads them to Brandon Fayed, Nina Sharpe’s chief scientist. He has been conducting the tests to find shapeshifters.

A shapeshifter is running around. It kills a homeless guy and assumes his appearance. The whole process is pretty disgusting. After he’s done, Peter arrives and shoots him in the head.

Brandon passes the test. It’s not him. Olivia wants to go over Bolivia’s files. She muscles her way in. Astrid has no choice but to let her go ahead. She figures out a basic substitution code based on Olive. They have got the last two names of the shapeshifters. The bad news is that Peter already killed Bermudas.

Nina calls Walter. She wants to talk with Peter. Olivia told Walter that Peter was at MD. This makes Walter suspicious. He checks out Peter’s room. He finds out that Peter had circled Michael Baird’s and Falcon’s names.

Peter is about to shoot the last shapeshifter named Zack. He is duped by a dummy. The shapeshifter is about to torture Peter when Walter arrives. He distracts the shapeshifter long enough for Peter to kill the shapeshifter. Peter is extracting the data storage disk. He didn’t learn anything from the other disks.

Olivia phones Peter to tell him that they have found all of the shapeshifters. Olivia and Broyles arrive too late. Peter and Walter have gone.

Walter thinks that when he touched the machine it weaponized Peter. Peter mentioned that he was tired of being reactive.

Brandon found three more of the First People books. A few years ago someone started a similar search. It was William Bell.

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