Fringe Os S03E16 (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?

I don’t know about this. I’m not that hot on implicating emotions in ways to affect other worlds. It seems a bit unscientific and I would have preferred a better explanation than this. There is a nice little surprise at the end of this episode.

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Walter is getting high with Kevin, one of the security people. He finds William Bell’s office. He finds some papers and he wants to go through them. He wants to remember how he thought before.

The code for this week is EARTH.

A robber gets shot. For some reason he floats away, like he’s weightless.

Peter is working on the memory discs he took from the shapeshifters. Dunham gets a text from Broyles. They are going to the site where the robber is floating. They stole Osmium. It’s twice as dense as lead. It’s the densest element on Earth. The robber must have been weightless for some time.

One of the robbers goes see a man. He’s involved in some experiments. The robber looks pretty bad.

The effects are wearing off from the floating man. He becomes extremely heavy.

They trace the keycard to a warehouse. Olivia and Peter go there. At the warehouse, the robber meets with the same man. The robber is sick. The robber dies before the man can administer a treatment. The man then starts cutting up the robber. He sees Peter and Olivia arrive. They find a freezer filled with bodies. The high concentration of Osmium killed them. He’s making the heaviest element on Earth float.

All of the men were handicapped before. They were eager volunteers. The man is at a handicapped basketball game. He’s recruiting new volunteers. The man has a handicapped son.

Lutetium was mixed with the Osmium. It’s another rare and heavy element. It’s found inside meteorites. He might get it from the Museum of Science. The new recruit is breaking into the Museum of Science to salvage some Lutetium.

They stop them, but the floating kid is about to float away into the sky. Peter makes an incredible jump to land on the kid, who was about to float off. He tackles him back to Earth.

The man says that he combined Osmium and Lutetium and somehow the result was a molecule that was lighter than air. It was part of a contract he was doing for the DoD.

Walter thinks that this is poppycock. He’s responsible because of the things he did to this world. He keeps referring to soul magnets. It’s about implanting some magnets into some vessel. All that is needed is a trigger. He refers to a bell on Nina’s desk. He tolls it.

Peter tells Olivia about his research. He shows her his lab. Olivia hears the bell. She’s Bell. She says that the decoder key is at her office, at MD. She’s Bell.

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