Fringe Neither Here Nor There S04E01 (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.

Peter has been erased from time, but his presence is still bleeding in through the seams, especially to the people who were linked to him the most.

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The code for this week is APPEAR

Olivia is having an argument with Bolivia. They are exchanging files in one of the bridges that Peter tore between universes. They don’t see Peter flashing in and out of existence.

An Observer meets with another Observer. They are talking about Peter’s erasure. Traces of Peter continue to bleed through the cracks of the timeline. The other Observer gives him something. He doesn’t want to do it, but he has to.

Lincoln picks up his partner Robert. He’s got a nice family. A bit later, they are chasing some dude. Lincoln gets him but he can’t find Robert. Someone is lying on top of Robert. He’s doing something to him. It was a shapeshifter. He jumps out of the window and runs off, taking on Robert’s shape.

Fringe Division is called in. The Observers are watching the scene. They say that Dunham used to know Lee before things changed. Lee isn’t happy to learn that Dunham is taking his partner’s body to her facility.

Lee turns up at Walter’s lab at Harvard. He wants to be involved. They get called to another crime scene. It was a woman in a car crash. Astrid is capturing a video feed for Walter to see. She’s in the field as well. Her name was Nadine Park. Lee notices a strange girl sitting by herself while her friends are talking with some cops. Her name is Olivia. She says that she heard the crash. She filmed it. She shows it to Olivia. There is a picture of the shapshifter with his face shifting around.

Dunham brings Lee into the fold. Broyles hands him some papers. He has to sign them so that he can work with Fringe. The first attack was three days ago. There is a room filled with bodies of the killer. Lee says that Robert took iron pills for his Crohn’s disease. They were partners for five years. I count about 35 or so bodies.

It’s like they don’t remember anything about shapeshifters. Or it’s because it isn’t a shapeshifter.

The Observer is shopping for some old electronics. He plans on using the stuff to erase someone from time.

Walter was hiding in the immersion tank. He says that there was a man in mirror. He was hiding from him. All of the victims suffer from some kind of health issue. These are all caused by some kind of heavy metal poisoning. However, now the levels in their blood have returned to normal. It seems like the killer is siphoning the metals out.

We see the killer injecting his transparent arm with something. He’s still looking somewhat silvery. Something strange is happening to him. He looks happy about it.

They trace the killer. His kill zones are centered on the commuter rail lines.

Dunham relates what happened to her previous partner to Lee. They corner the killer, but he’s too fast for them. He kills an agent and shoots another. Lee stays to take care of the fallen agent. Dunham goes after the killer. The killer is burning his files. Olivia has got him dead to rights. He’s fast and attacks her. He manhandles her. He’s also strong. She has to shoot him 7 times or so.

The injured agent says that they took his gun and that there are more than one. We see someone running around. Lee takes out his gun. He shoots it. It look like Robert.

There’s another shapeshifter waiting further away and taking Nadine’s shape.

Lee comes to see Dunham. Dunham released his partner’s body. Walter finds the hard drive of the shapeshifter.

Dunham takes Lee to a bridge. It’s housed in a military complex. It’s where the machine is. They are partly underneath Ellis Island. The bridge crosses into the other side.

Bolivia arrives. She says that they found the tech in a human shapeshifter. It was powering it. Before, they used to answer to Walternate. She says that she will look into it.

The Observer is powering up his device. He looks regretfully over where Walter is. He can’t pull the switch.

Walter sees Peter again. He totally freaks out.

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