Fringe One Night in October S04E02 (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.

Fringe Division on the other side needs help with a serial killer. He’s got a sane alternate on this side. Bolivia discovers more about Olivia.

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The code for this week is LIMBUS.

Some guy is in therapy. He’s shaking. He’s not in therapy. There is a tube going into his head. The liquid is fluorescent blue. The other man is adjusting the flow. Then something happens to the guy with the tube sticking out of his face. It looks like he dies, but he kind of turns to stone or disintegrates slightly.

Walter is covering up all reflective surfaces.

Kennedy, help me!
Walter to Lincoln

There have been 23 murders on the other side. The perp freezes the brains of his victims while they are alive. They’ve been asked to assist.

The killer didn’t leave a clue for the 22 first murders. On the 23rd, he left a hair. It was traced back to John McClennan. They have been searching for this guy for 5 years. Bolivia wants the John McClennan from their side over to get some insight.

Broyles tells Dunham that on their side, Professor McClenna teaches forensic psychology, specializing in serial killers. They won’t tell him where he is going.

Bolivia puts on a whig to pass as Olivia. Olivia accompanied McClennan. McClennan starts doing his profiling. The killer was designing schematics and ordering parts from overseas. He says that he hunts during the day and blends into his surroundings. McClennan starts noticing some strange coincidences between himself and the killer. He takes his victims when they are happy.

On a wall of photos, McClennan finds a photo of his father. Bolivia is losing control. Olivia decides to step in. They have to tell him where he is. McClennan says that his father saw the darkness in him and his father used a heavy hand to curb it. McClennan says that he does what he does to help himself. He wants to understand and help others like him. He’s never acted on it. Someone helped him find small moments of peace to hold onto. Her name was Marjorie.

Walter is very disturbed. He has yet to realize who he sees in the TV. Astrid says that his med levels are all over the place. Walter admits to tinkering with them.

Meanwhile, the killer is hunting for his next victim. Her name is Noreen Miller. She disappeared an hour ago.

John escapes. Olivia goes into Fringe Division. She says that she saw the photo of John’s father. They can trace the plates that she memorized.

McClennan finds the killer. He was about to drill into Noreen’s skull. John tries to convince him that he can help him, just like Marjorie helped him all those years ago. The killer doesn’t think so, and knocks him out. Then, he drills into his brain and hooks him up. There is another wire going into the killer’s brain. He is siphoning the happiest memories out of him.

Bolivia is curious about something Olivia mentioned, about being abused by her step-father. Olivia says that it ended with her killing him. Bolivia is surprised.

They arrive at the farm, but it’s abandoned. Lee thinks that found something. There as a group of structures. Lee finds a cellar.

The killer is reliving the memories as well. Lee and Olivia find John. Noreen is sedated. The killer is crying. He kills himself. They take John back home. The killer says that he took Marjorie from John. This might mean that John will turn into the killer. John remembers what Marjorie taught him but he can’t remember Marjorie herself.

Walter goes to bed and hears Peter talking to him. Walter tries to drown him out with Mozart.

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