Fringe Bloodline S03E18 (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 is about the lengths that Walternate will go to ensure that his legacy lives on through Bolivia’s child.

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The code for this week is FATED.

Walternate knows that Bolivia is preggers with Peter from the other side. Bolivia is getting tested for some disease. She’s very likely that she has it. Her baby is at risk. If she has it, she might have to get an abortion. One of the Observers has been watching her. She tells Lincoln about her suspicions. He sends over a security team. She gets abducted. This episode takes place on the other side.

They trace her through their Echelon satellites but it’s pointless. The kidnappers dumped the tracker. They are performing experiments on her, injecting her with something. It’s got something to do with her baby. They are injecting the fetus with something. I find it strange that they give her oral painkillers instead of injecting her with something.

Lee is worried because of the fact that they knew about the trackers. They are organic-based technology. Someone either sold it or it must have been an inside job. Astrid notices something strange. A vehicle has been circling her building. It’s Henry. They question him a bit. He’s been worried about Bolivia. He’s talking about meeting Olivia not Bolivia.

The doc tells Bolivia’s mom that she is a carrier for VPE and as such, she’ll need to have the fetus aborted or she could die.

Lincoln is told by Walternate about Bolivia infiltrating the other side’s Fringe Division. He also learns that Bolivia is carrying Walternate’s grandchild.

Bolivia’s belly has grown very big. Bolivia tries to escape. It looks like she’s in Chinatown. She is able to call Lincoln. Henry and Lincoln find her. The baby is born and Bolivia is still alive.

One of the docs who was involved gives a genetic sample of Bolivia’s child to Walternate’s aide. Walternate was behind the whole thing. I guess he wanted to ensure that his grandson would be born.

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