Fringe Immortality S03E13 (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?

This episode takes place in the other universe. Bolivia investigates some bugs. At the same time, her boyfriend proposes, but retracts his proposal when he learns that Boliviai is preggers with someone else’s child. She is going to give birth to Peter’s kid.

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The code for this week is ROMAD. (Radio Operator Maintenance and Driver?)

In the small recap, we see our Broyles closing the eyes of a dead Colonel Broyles from the other side. I don’t remember seeing this, but it happened on the other side.

We see Bolivia waiting for her boyfriend arriving in an airship. Their Broyles has gone missing.

Some guy gives another guy a drink. The drink contains something poisonous. He barks in the bathroom and then the guy salvages something from him. We see a bunch of cockroaches escaping from the bathroom stall. He’s some kind of hollow man?

This episode takes place in the other universe.

She goes to the Empire State Building. Some bugs ate their way out of a guy. They can’t ID the bugs. The bugs die soon when they escape the body. They catch a live one.

At the DOD, they are examining the piece that Bolivia brought from the other side. The lead scientist says that there was a breakthrough using the Cortexifan that they salvaged and synthesized from Olivia’s brain. He shows Walternate some footage of a test subject developing telekinetic abilities. The scientist wants to use children.

Francis and Bolivia go see Foster, some kind of bug girl, who has a crush on Francis because of the spiders in his blood. Skelter beetles used to live exclusively in sheep. Sheep died out 10 years ago and so did the beetles.

At Fringe Division, they are clearing the passengers of the airship. Frank is there to help. He’s the CDC liaison. They put out a Fringe Alert on skelter beetles to see if anyone knows something. Frank tells Lincoln that he is planning on proposing to Bolivia. Lincoln immediately tells Bolivia.

They get a call. A scientist says that Armand Silva was working on skelter beetles. They were always escaping from his lab.

Meanwhile, Silva has poisoned another guy. He salvaged the beetles. Fringe is called to the scene when they found the guy’s body.

Joan Chen plays Walternate’s lover. Walternate has doubts about what he is doing.

Frank tells Bolivia that Silva was close to a vaccine for the avian flu. The vaccine was based on an enzyme found in the skelter beetle. Bolivia is trying to find Silva through the stuff he is using to clone the beetles. Frank gives her the engagement ring before she leaves. She says yes.

They trace some supplies to a warehouse. Lincoln gets trapped in a freezer. Bolivia is captured by Silva. He gives her something to drink. It’s his skelter beetle potion.

Lincoln gets free of the freezer. He pulls a gun on Silva. The tac team arrives. They take Bolivia to the hospital. It turns out that Bolivia isn’t infected. She’s preggers. The final host was Silva. Silva has infected himself with the poison. He hatched a skelter beetle queen. With his last breath, Silva asks Lincoln to ensure that they spell his name right.

Frank and Boliva split up. He’s not the father of her baby, Peter is.

The lead scientist tells Walternate that he’s got another idea on how to bring Peter back to this universe. It has something to do with Bolivia’s pregnancy. Walternate shows up at Bolivia’s apartment. Frank moved out all of his stuff. He says that she’ll have all of the resources available to Fringe Division.

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