Fringe Stowaway S03E17 (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 Bill hijacking Olivia’s body and some girl trying to kill herself.

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The code for this week is ERODE.

Bell is being examined by Walter. He says that Olivia can accommodate his consciousness for a few weeks, but he plans on staying for a few days at most. Walter has to find him a more suitable receptacle. He gave Olivia some tea on the other side in his office. The soul magnets were in the tea.

A couple commits suicide. The woman survives the fall and walks away.

Peter is shown footage of the falling woman. Walter thinks that this is spatial decay caused by soft spots between the universes.

Another guy in the FBI is looking for the woman. He’s Lee’s counterpart from the Fringe Division on the other side. He comes to see Broyles and says that the woman’s name is Dana Gray. She was murdered 18 months ago. Her murderer was killed. She died instantly, but her body disappeared. She’s done this before to other people. She’s done this 4 times before.

Her body is being held together by an overtly strong EM field. Bell keeps hitting on Astrid. Astrid is creeped out. They come up with the idea of a compassionate soul vampire. She might be stealing energy from her victims. Her victims are ones who have already tried to commit suicide.

Dana works for a suicide hotline. She uses this to find her victims. Peter and Lincoln find her employer. She was struck twice by lightning and saved more than 37 people via the hotline.

Dana has found her next victim. He talks about hurting people on the train. He’s placed a bomb on a train station. He tells her as much and then shoots himself. She calls 911 then hangs up.

Peter and Lincoln figure out that Dana is trying to die from her reading material. Dana was spotted at recent suicide. Something has changed.

Dana is researching about a sinner named Azriel who was condemned to Purgatory. After years of suffering, angels lifted him to Heaven after God refused to do so. When the angels explained to God, he agreed and let Azriel into Heaven. The last suicide victim was talking about Azriel.

Brian was nuts. They find a receipt for 20 lbs of plastic explosive. Dana is on the train trying to find the bomb. She’s got it in her lap.

Lincoln thinks that Dana is trying to kill herself with a bunch of people to ride their souls to Heaven, like a stowaway. They have her number and try to call her. Peter tries to talk her down, but he’s not successful. They trace her to a train. They stop the train but still haven’t found her. She’s in some field. They see an explosion. They find her body. She’s finally dead.

Lincoln enjoyed the case. He tells Peter to call him if he never needs help.

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