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Fringe Premiere “A New Day in the Old Town”- Recap and Review

The season premiere of Fringe opens up the sounds of shattering glass on a crowded street in Manhattan, New York.  The driver of the vehicle that wrecked runs down the street and into an apartment, where he attacks the man he encounters in an apartment hallway.  After he’s got the man dead/unconscious, he sticks a wire down his throat and into his own.  After several seconds his face is transformed into the image of the man lying on the floor.

The scene cuts to Walter and Peter shopping for groceries and talking about Peter’s upcoming birthday.  While in the store, Peter receives a phone call and is called to the scene of the wreck mentioned above.  Apparently, Agent Dunham, his partner, was one of the drivers in the accident.  When Peter arrives, there’s a slight problem:  Agent Dunham is nowhere to be found at the scene.  While Peter is arguing with the officer, Olivia flies through the windshield of the car and onto the street.

At the hospital, the doctor informs Peter and Walter that Olivia has died.  Walter refuses to accept this and storms back into the hospital room.  While in the room, he finds that Agent Dunham really is gone, and he begins to cry.  After leaving the hospital, Peter heads to a bar where he is found by Broyles.  Broyles informs him that they’re being shut down by the government for not delivering results.  Peter leaves and heads back to the hospital to give Olivia his final goodbye.  While he’s in the room, Agent Dunham opens her eyes and mutters things in a foreign language and jumps up screaming.

The office staff at the hospital begins questioning Olivia, and she begins to recount the events before the accident.  She says that someone told her something that everyone’s lives depend on.

The next day Peter heads to the FBI office, but his card is declined due to the closing of the Fringe division.  The officer from the accident (Agent Jessup) says she will take Peter where he wants to go.  While in the car, she begins to question Peter on his past and the Fringe division.  The officer from the accident takes Peter to the home of the other member of the accident, the man who transformed his face.  In his house, they find a body, which is given to Walter for testing.

The man who transformed his face enters a gun shop, where he is given a set of keys to a back room of the shop.  In the back room, he begins to type a message on an old fashioned typewriter.  He types out “Mission Accomplished.  Target killed in fatal car crash”.  The Typewriter types back “Mission Failed.  Find Target.  Interrogate Her and then Kill Her.”

Agent Francis heads to the hospital to visit Agent Dunham.  He tells her the story of the domestic disturbance that took his partners life, and almost took his.  Agent Dunham tells him that she’s so scared and shaken she can’t even load her gun that’s hidden under her pillow.

Back at the lab, Walter is continuing his tests on the body found in the home.  He can’t find anything wrong with the actual body, but he does find 3 puncture wounds in the roof of his mouth.  He shows Peter, Astrid, and Agent Jessup a video of a girl who was having tests run on her many years ago.  She talks about the man who sticks the “3 nails in the mouth” and shape-shifts.

At the D.C. hearing, the senators question Special Agent Broyles over the relevancy of the Fringe division.  The panel of senators tell him without something physical to show for the human and fiscal costs, they can’t continue funding the division.  After the hearing, Agent Broyles meets with Nina Sharp to discuss what their options are saving the Fringe division.  The two share a kiss and she says “Do like you always do Phillip.  Save the day.”  Could this be hinting past occurrences between Nina and Phillip?

The shape-shifting man enters the basement of the hospital where Olivia is staying.  He sees a nurse outside and attacks her so he can shape-shift and complete his mission of “interrogate and destroy”.  While disguised as the nurse, he asks Olivia several questions about what happened before the accident.  When it’s obvious Olivia can’t remember, the nurse/shape-shifter attacks her and attempts to kill her.  Agent Jessup arrives almost immediately and shoots the shape-shifter twice in the back.  Unphased, he/she jumps out the hospital window and into the basement of the hospital.  The agents follow it into the basement, with Agent Francis finally cornering and killing it.

Back in the hospital room, Peter tells Olivia about Walter’s hypothesis: that the nurse was a shape-shifting soldier from another planet.  Walter repeats the Greek words that Agent Dunham said when she woke up after the accident.  Peter says that his mother used to say those same words to every night, which mean “Be a better man than your father”.

Peter brings Broyles the shape-shifting device they took from the shape-shifter after he was killed.  Peter tells him that’s the physical evidence they need and that if they can fix it they can have armies of people who look like whoever they want.

In the closing scene, Agent Francis is seen throwing his own corpse into the crematorium.  Apparently, the shape-shifter was able to shift into Agent Francis before the other agents arrived, meaning he’s not dead but Agent Francis is.

Wow!  What a premiere.  It leaves so many unanswered questions.  Where did Agent Dunham go?  Will the Fringe division still be shut down?  Why did Agent Broyles kiss Nina Sharp?  Where is the shape-shifter from?  When will Agent Dunham be back on her feet?  I can’t to see where this season goes!

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Fringe Finale: “There’s More Than One of Everything” Recap

We start the episode with Nina Sharp being rushed into a hospital after being shot at her apartment.  At the Fringe division office, Agent Dunham and other agents are watching the surveilence video of Nina Sharp’s shooting.  After running voice recognition on the audio of the recording, they identify the killer as David Robert Jones.  In the video, his face is covered in bandages, making them believe that he has undergone severe plastic surgery to become less recognizable.

Peter returns to the lab looking for Walter, but only finds Astrid, who is also in search of Walter.  Olivia apologizes for chastising Walter over the experiments he and William Bell did on her as a child, and they embark on a search to find him.  Walter is then shown walking through a graveyard, with The Observer “observing” as he does best.

Phillip Broyles is then shown talking to Nina Sharp, who is still in the hospital from her gun shot wound.  Nina tells Broyles she must speak with Agent Dunham immediately.  Nina tells Agent Dunham that William Bell is not the head of a terrorist organization.  She said Jones did work for Massive Dynamic 15 years ago, but he was fired due to misconduct.  Nina reveals that after he broke out of jail, he began making questionable phone calls to her.  She also reveals that William Bell has gone into hiding and only communicates with her electronically.  She warns that if Jones gets to Bell first, all the secrets they are looking for will be lost.  She also tells her that Jones stole a very powerful energy source from her bionic arm when he shot her.

Jones is then shown in the street with some sort of machine.  Using the stolen energy source, he tries to make some sort of warp-hole.  It won’t stabilize, but he does eventually get it stable enough to send the back end of an 18 wheeler through the warp porthole.  The camera zooms in on Jones, revealing his severely mangled face.

The Observer and Walter are standing on a beach when The Observer directs Walter’s attention to a house that he is supposed to be familiar with.  The Observer says he is to go inside and try to remember what he is looking for, and that he hasn’t much time.  Walter begins his walk towards the home.

Back at the lab, Broyles introduces Astrid to Nina.  They begin to question her about Walter’s recent behavior.  They tell them that Walter has disappeared, and Nina activates a search for Walter.  They find a picture of Walter exiting a train station, which Peter recognizes as the one near a beach house they used to enjoy visiting.  Peter volunteers to drive to the beach house and personally retrieve Walter.

At the scene of the warp porthole, as I will now call it, Agents Dunham and Francis learn that the truck that was cut in half by the portal was never made.  The VIN number and the serial parts numbers return no results, and the driver’s prints didn’t exist.  So where was the truck from?  Olivia tells Nina that the truck came from “nowhere”.  Olivia threatens to turn the world upside down looking for William Bell, and Nina laughs saying,”That’s just the problem Agent Dunham.  William Bell is not in this world.”

Jones is shown exiting a car at a soccer field while children are playing.

Olivia and Nina begin to explain the Bell situation to Agent Francis.  Nina then says that Jones stole the energy source in an attempt to open up the porthole to the “alternate reality” that Bell is currently hiding in.

Back at the beach house, Watler is in a mad dash to find the missing important object.  Peter begins to talk about memories they had at the beach house.  When he starts talking about the pancakes Walter used to make, Walter remembers where he hid the important object.

Back at the soccer field Bell was previously seen at, an eyewitness reports similar events that occurred on the street the day before.  A body that is cut in half is lying on the ground, leaving them to believe that the porthole was reactivated at the park site.

At the beach house, Walter is rummaging through old boxes when he finds the case he is looking for.  The case just happens to be locked.  Greeaaat.

Olivia, Nina, and Broyles are plotting out the locations where “pattern” related incidents occurred.  Nina believes she may understand the patter behind “the pattern”.  They pinpoint a location where they believe Jones will strike next with the porthole creator.

Peter and Walter open the box and find a device that Walter created to be able to quickly close the porthole in the event that a crisis emerged.  Peter and Walter make their way to the same location as Olivia, Nina, and crew by the direction of The Observer.

The people of the Fringe division arrive to find Jones has opened up the porthole and is going to cross over to find and kill William Bell.  Olivia shoots down all of his crew, but when she goes to shoot Jones, the bullet passes through him because he teleported out of jail, making him comparable to a hologram.  Peter uses the porthole closer as Jones is entering, cutting his body in half just like the person from the park.

At the lab, Peter and Astrid find a note from Walter saying that he has gone out for a walk.  We then see Walter in the same graveyard as before, beginning to cry over one of the tombstones.  We then see the tombstone, which says “Peter Bishop”.  Apparently, the Peter we see today was taken from the alternate reality when the current reality Peter died.

Olivia receives a call from Nina Sharp, who tells her she will hold up her end of the deal.  She instructs her to a hotel in Manhattan.  In the hotel, Olivia learns that Nina Sharp has exited the country.  Upset, Olivia makes her way to the elevator.  While on the elevator, the lights flash and the surroundings blink.  The elevator opens and she exits in a different office building.  She follows the receptionist into an office.  An unidentified man then enters the room, and he then reveals he is William Bell.  Olivia looks out the window to find that she is in Manhattan in one of the towers of The World Trade Center.

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Fringe “Midnight” Recap

Tonight’s episode begins with some guy in his apartment, with the news on in the background.  The newscaster is talking about a murder that was quite gruesome.  He then goes to a club, where he sees a girl that he likes.  So, they go back to his (or her) apartment and begin hooking up.  While their all over eachother, the woman slashes the guy across the face and he is dead.  His wife calls his phone, and it can be seen ringing next to where he is lying dead on the bed.  Apparently, the girl is the killer.

When the show returns, Olivia (Anna Torv) is at a little get together with some friends.  She meets an odd couple that are together but live completely separate lives.  Olivia’s sister then reveals her husband is filing for divorce.  Agent Dunham is then called away from the gathering to examine the murder that occured earlier.  In one of Walter’s hilarious remarks he compares the victim to a good shrimp cocktail because he is perfectly deveined.  Walter then suggests that someone ate his spine.  Well, that’s interesting.

Agent Dunham reports back to the office to give her boss the findings.  He also gives her a good divorce attorney for her sister.  Back at the lab, Walter is examining the body.  He finds that the lady that killed the man has an extinct form of syphilis.  The CDC explains that someone in a residential area requested a sample of that strain of syphilis, as well as other bacterium.  They make a trip to the house where the items were delivered and find a man named Dr. Boone.  They take him into custady for questioning.

They know Dr. Boone is associated with ZFT, the organization responsible for a lot of the craziness that goes on on the show.  Dr. Boone says he’ll give them all of the info as long as they get his wife back from ZFT, who has taken her hostage.  They find that the address Dr. Boone gives as the location of his wife is a restaurant in Chinatown that is using 5 times as much power as they should be.  They then go check it out.

Back at the lab where Dr. Boone was found, Walter believes he may have figured out what was going on in the house.  At the same time, Agent Dunham and the crew are on their way to the restaurant where Dr. Boone’s wife is allegedly being held.  His wife is nowhere to be found, so they call Dr. Boone.  He reveals that his wife, Valerie, was not kidnapped, but was infected with the virus that is being stored at the Chinese restuarant.  His wife is the killer.

We then see his wife in a car with another man.  They also start hooking up.  She gets very warm and starts shaking, apologizes to the guy, then forms sharp teeth and bites him in the neck.  The crew arrives to gather evidence for testing.  Back at the office, they show Dr. Boone the video of he and his wife in the park.  He is not in a wheelchair then, which he explains by saying that he fed his wife his spinal fluid as long as he could, which took away his ability to use his legs.  Dr. Boone reveals that ZFT creates these viruses in order to show off their skills to other scientists.  Dr. Boone says he can make an antidote as long as they bring his wife to him.

Back at Walter’s lab, he is discussing with Dr. Boone.  Charlie and the crew finds a victim’s vehicle, but it was stripped of all of it’s insides, including the GPS.  They go to one of Peter’s friend’s “chop shops” and he tells them where he found the vehicle.  At the lab, Walter and Dr. Boone are still talking.  Dr. Boone says he knows very well who Walter is, to which Walter replies, “That makes one of us”.  Once Peter and Agent Dunham arrive at the scene where the car was found, they discover another body that has been de-spined by Mrs. Boone.

Walter and Dr. Boone are still hard at work to make an antidote.  The authorities deliver the most recent victims to the lab.  Astrid (Jasika Nicole) finds that one of the bodies smells like alcohol.  Using a blacklight, she sees an entry stamp on one hand of each of the victims.  They now know that she is finding her victims in bars and clubs.  Peter makes a trip to a club in order to find Mrs. Boone.

The antidote is not working on the lab rats they are testing it on.  Dr. Boone says the antidote needs real spinal fluid to work properly, and says his own will be compatible.  He demands that Walter remove some of his spinal fluid to get the antidote working properly.  Astrid is strongly against it, but Walter knows it must be done.  Back at the club where Peter and Agent Dunham are, they locate Valerie but eventually lose her.  Charlie is standing guard at the door, and shoots Valerie with two tranquilizers.  They’ve got her now.

Back at the lab, Dr. Boone is suffering immensely from the missing spinal fluid.  Walter knows that he lied about having more spinal fluid to use.

Valerie wakes up slowly in the patrol car being driven by Peter and Olivia.  Peter and Olivia began discussing Dr. Boone’s sacrifice for his wife when Valerie wakes up completely and lunges forward on Olivia.  Peter shoots her with a tranquilizer again, which knocks her out of her violent state.  They arrive at the lab with Valerie to find that Dr. Boone has had a stroke due to the lack of spinal fluid.  They give Valerie the antidote, which causes her to scream and lash violently.  When she’s done, however, her frighteningly blue eyes fade to a more natural green.  Valerie is now cured, but Dr. Boone has died.  Walter gives Agent Dunham the tape that Dr. Boone made for her, complete with all of the answers regarding ZFT and his projects.  Agent Dunham meets with Phillip (Lance Reddick) and reveals that, according to Dr. Boone’s video, the cheif funder behind ZFT is William Bell.

That’s all for tonight’s episode!

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