Fringe Subject 13 S03E15 (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. This episode fleshes out the back story and takes place during the 80s after Walter pierced the veil between worlds.

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The code for this week is SWITCH.

At Reiden Lake, Pete’s mom finds a message. It says ‘I am going home’. Peter is walking on the frozen lake. He’s got a rope around him and is trying to break the glass with a piece of concrete. His mother plunges after him into the frozen water. She’s trying to untie him, but he resists her efforts. In the end, she is successful.

The theme for this week is an oldie. It takes place in 1985. Walter is with the test subjects. Olivia is among them.

Walter goes to see his wife and son. It looks like the boy wants to go back to the other side. Peter has been here for 6 months. Walter thinks that the children are the key. They can cross over and take Pete with them.

Olivia is about to get beaten by her dad and she crosses over. Then she comes back for the beating.

The next day, Olivia is back in school. Walter calls her Olive. Olivia says that she fell. She is drawing an airship. She saw it on the other side.

Peter meets Olivia for the first time. Subject 13 is Olivia. They devise some tests to put Olivia under emotional duress. Olivia is a firestarter. She starts a large fire. Olivia has gone missing. Peter goes missing as well.

In the other universe, Walternate is drinking. Peter went missing 6 months ago. Walternate works at Bishop Dynamic.

Peter finds Olivia in the strange white tulip field that has been growing nearby. She’s afraid that they will send them home to her step-dad, who beats her. He says that she should tell Walter. They go back. Olivia tells Walter that her step-dad hits her. That’s when she crossed over. Then, Walter walks in. It turns out that she crossed over again and was talking to Walternate. Walter warns her step-dad that if he hurts Olivia again, he’ll make sure that social services and his government friends get involved.

Peter apologizes to his mom about running away.

In the other universe, Walternate still has Olivia’s sketchpad. Inside of it, there is a drawing of Olivia and Peter together.

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