Fringe The Firefly S03E10 (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 UNITES.

Walter wants to make himself smarter. William Bell extracted parts of Walter’s brain at his askance. Walter wants to think like Walternate.

The Observer brought a kid to talk with his father. The kid came from the other universe and had a message for him.

Dunham gets a package. It’s a book from Peter. She gets called to a case. Broyles is there. Bobby Joyce came to visit his father. He died 25 years ago. They see the son talking with the Observer as well. Walter knows Roscoe Joyce. He’s a keyboard player. They are at an old folk’s home. Christopher Lloyds plays Joyce. Walter wants to make Joyce remember. He was sleepwalking when he talked with his son. He doesn’t remember what was said.

Olivia gives back the book to Peter. She checked the dates. It was meant for Bolivia, not her.

The Observer stops a robbery. He is able to catch bullets with his hands. He saves a girl who was having an asthma attack.

Back at the lab, Walter is working with Joyce. Peter gives the book back to Olivia. It’s his favourite book. He says that Bolivia asked him about it. It was meant for Olivia, not Bolivia. Olivia feels out of place. Joyce starts playing the piano. He starts to remember but Olivia’s cell phone interrupts the session. Bobby told him that he would meet Walter Bishop. Bobby said that he was supposed to help him.

The Observer says to his colleagues that it has begun. He has set things in motion. The other Observer thinks that Bishop hasn’t changed. The initial Observer says that Bishop has changed and that he will do what he is supposed to. Walter is putting together a compound to heal his brain.

Ashram, come here!
Walter to Astrid

The Observer comes to see Walter. He wants to speak with him. They go for a walk. He says that each action has ripples in the possible futures. He says that they have upset the balance of the universe. He needs Walter’s help. When the time comes, he has to give him the keys and save the girl. Peter calls Walter. He wants to speak with the girl that the Observer saved.

Walter goes back to the lab. Joyce tells him that Bobby called him on the phone, years ago. They were on tour. He called to tell him about a strange dream. He dreamt of a bald man in a dark suit that took him to see him. He was dreaming about something that happened 25 years later. That was the last conversation he had with his son. Walter realizes that the truck that killed Bobby was the one driven by the girl’s dad. The Observer told him about the firefly that Peter caught instead of the one that a girl was supposed to catch. She stayed out trying to find another one. Her father went looking for her and his truck skidded at an intersection. He killed a pedestrian. When he lost his son, nothing seemed to matter anymore. That’s the reason he broke up his band.

Olivia and Peter go to the robbery. They talk with the girl that the Observer saved. Walter tells Astrid that he knows what the Observer is doing. He caused a chain reaction of events when he went to get Peter.

On his way to see his father, the Observer hits the squad car in front of Peter. Dunham goes after the Observer. Walter arrives. Peter asks him for the keys. This is what the Observer told him about. Walter gives Peter the keys. Peter finds the Observer. He shoots Peter with some kind of a blast and then makes his escape. Peter is still alive. Walter saves the girl.

Later, Peter collapses. Olivia saves him. The Observer ends up saving Walter’s life because it stopped Walter from drinking his serum, the one that was in the milk. Peter survived because he is young.

The Observers are talking. Walter was willing to let his son die. It was just an experiment. Now, when the time comes, Walter will be willing to let his son die again.

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