FRINGE: A New Day in the Old Town
September 18, 2009 by Gretchen
Hey FRINGE fans – it’s Gretchen here and I’m super excited to let you know that I’ll be tackling Fringe this season for GMMR! I’m a huge J.J. Abrams fan and had high hopes for Fringe last season, but, like many of you, I was lukewarm on the first few episodes. Thankfully, I stuck with it and I was absolutely blown away by the back half of the first season. I can’t claim to be 100% caught up on all of the many theories and speculations about the show — but I’ll give you my take each week and I hope that you’ll share yours with me in the comments section below.
Fringe Science – The Cliff Notes Version
With a little help from one of Walter’s old lab experiment videos, we learned from a very tripped out woman about “soldiers from another universe” who are shape shifters. They can shift by pushing up a machine into the soft palette of the roof of their mouth, leaving three holes.
One of these soldiers was tasked to prevent Olivia from having her meeting with William Bell (remember the seemingly pointless car collision Olivia had on the way to her meeting with Bell during the season finale…not so pointless after all!!). The soldier flees the crash site, assuming that Olivia is dead, and shifts into a nearby body. Later, via a typewriter in the backroom of a repair shop, he learns that Olivia is not dead and that his new orders are to interrogate and kill her. He shape shifts into Olivia’s nurse and helps Olivia to remember all that she can. She remembers that she met with someone who told her about something that is hidden, but she cannot remember what or where. The soldier/shifter attempts to kill Olivia. Fortunately, Peter and team show up just in time to save her. Not so fortunately for Charlie, the shifter kills him and then shifts into his body!!!
Here and “Over There”
Previously, we saw Olivia narrowly avoid a serious car collision on her way to meet with William Bell. Now it seems that she did get into that car accident (planned and executed by the soldier who was trying to prevent her from meeting with Bell) but “after” she had already had her meeting. So, in addition to returning from the alternate reality, did she also return slightly back in time?
Things That Made Me Go Eewwwwwwww
An episode of Fringe is not complete without making me want to lose my lunch at some point. Tonight had two of those moments – first when the shifter broke his face (was that really necessary??) and then shoved the outlet into his mouth – yuck! Second was when Walter was enjoying a snack while still wearing gloves soaked in blood from the autopsy he was performing (not to mention the body with the completely exposed chest cavity just hanging wide open in the background) – double yuck!!
I Was Not Expecting That!!!
- The end of Fringe Division! Will Peter’s plan work to save it?
- Nina and Broyles — I guess I sort of saw that coming…but not really.
- Bad Charlie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let the Speculation Begin
- What did William Bell tell Olivia?
- What is hidden and where?
- Who wanted to prevent the meeting between Olivia and Bell and why?
- How did the new FBI agent get the code to obtain access to the classified Fringe Division files?
- How do the events of The Pattern relate to The Bible?
- For all you code crackers – tonight’s word was TOWER.
So what did you think? Is Olivia’s mission a little too “save the cheerleader/save the world”-ish for you? Will you miss Charlie or is the idea of Bad Charlie good enough to soften the blow? And where was Baldo…did I miss him?
BTW, if you haven’t yet seen the gorgeous picture of Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv on the cover of Entertainment Weekly you should definitely check it out. And if you’re into scoop and spoilers, pick up the EW Fall Preview issues on stands now.
Gretchen is a stay-at-home mom of two awesome little girls who has the good fortune of being married to a husband who is completely cool with her slightly out of control television addiction. During her precious few sleeping hours, Gretchen frequently finds herself ridding the world of pesky vampires and demons, as well as taking down fake secret branches of the CIA.