FRINGE: The Bishop Revival

January 29, 2010 by  

Has anyone else geeked out as much as I have and read the “Fringe” comic book series? If so, you would have already known what was revealed in this episode – that Walter’s father was a Nazi scientist. Plus, you’d be privy to some insider scoop regarding the killer and how he came to be in present day Boston – more on that below.

When Blue Blood is Bad

The Fringe team is called into action when 14 members of the same family all die of suffocation while attending a wedding — even though there was no lack of oxygen in the room. Before she dies, one of the victims, a Holocaust survivor, notices a short man with glasses standing in the room. She appears to be both shocked and horrified by this man’s presence.

Back at the lab, Walter examines one of the bodies and finds the blood inside to be blue, indicating a lack of oxygen. Using this information and a single cinnamon scented candle that Peter found at the wedding, Walter postulates that a heat source (the candle) was used to release a toxin into the air, which only affected a select set of individuals. As he begins to examine the molecular structure of the toxin, he is startled to see a seahorse pattern in it, the signature of his father.

The man formerly known as Robert Bishoff was a Nazi scientist who played on the side of good by selling secrets to the Allies and attempting to hide potentially dangerous discoveries from the Nazis. He smuggled his research by recording it on the pages of German books. Those books had been in Walter’s possession, but Peter sold them in an attempt to lash out at his father, back when Walter was in St. Claire’s.

Walter fears that the killer has gotten his hands on Grandpa Bishop’s research so the team begins to track down the buyer of the books. In the meantime, another similar killing occurs. This one targets individuals with dark hair and brown eyes. It becomes clear that the toxin can be used to target specific groups, based on their genetic make-up.

The buyer of the books turns out to be a false lead, but the team does manage to find the real killer’s evil laboratory and figure out his next move. Unfortunately, the killer has left behind a hot beaker full of badness with Walter’s name on it and Walter nearly dies. As they always say, payback is, in fact, a bitch and Walter concocts his own toxin, which he releases at the World Tolerance Initiative summit, taking down the bad guy before he strikes again.

Broyles doesn’t love Walter’s tactics, but he lets it slide. Peter returns Grandpa Bishop’s books to Walter and Walter begins to go through them, finding an old photo of his father with the killer, who looks no younger than he looks now. ****SPOILER ALERT****** In the comic series, a young Walter Bishop and William Bell are accidentally transported to Nazi Germany in a time-traveling device, where they meet up with Grandpa Bishop. They need to perfect the device in order to return to their present time, but they fear leaving behind a working time machine with the Nazis. According to the comic, Walter manipulates the device in such a way that the next traveler, a fleeing Hitler, is sent WAY (think dinosaurs) back in time. However, this episode implies that the device was later fixed and used by at least one other..

Family Matters

  • I love that in the midst of all of the science, mystery, and murder, that Fringe is, at heart, a show about family. It is so much like “Alias” – where all of the crazy spy action never superseded the core family drama of the show.
  • Where are they going with Peter and Olivia? One of my favorite things about this duo is the lack of a romantic relationship. I definitely see them as much more brother/sisterly. There have been a few references lately that make me think that having them become romantically involved isn’t entirely out of the question.
  • One such reference was Walter’s discussion with Peter regarding a potential marriage between Peter and Olivia and whether or not Olivia would call Walter “Dad”. I know that there are all kinds of theories about who Olivia’s real father might be…I don’t think that Walter is a favorite candidate, but this line definitely teases that a bit.
  • We are used to seeing Peter be tough on Walter, but this was the first time that Walter was really tough on Peter. Even when Peter returned the books to Walter, I didn’t get the feeling that everything was made right.

One last thing – I’m no longer looking for The Observer in every episode. Are you? If so, is anyone finding him? I’ve become more interested in spotting the glyph objects in the various scenes – such as the killer eating the apple when he was in Peter/Walter’s house. What are you seeing? What am I missing? Clue me in below and definitely check back next week after the Winter Finale – looks like it is going to be a good one!

P.S. For all you code crackers – tonight’s word was FATHER.

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.

Comments

6 Responses to “FRINGE: The Bishop Revival”

  1. karen on January 29th, 2010 12:48 pm

    My husband and I bought the comic book last week , thus I already knew what was coming with the all the nazi things, the time machine took me by surprice, I though it was destroyed,guess I was wrong also do you know if fox is picking up season 3? when is the next comic coming out?

  2. John on January 29th, 2010 4:01 pm

    I didn’t read (or even know there was a comic), but the show implied that however he go here the Nazi didn’t use time travel. Walter mentioned the telemeres on his chromosomes showed he was 100. If he had just jumped ahead 60 or so years and not lived them he would still be young genetically.

    He either is a clone (they can have old telemeres) or found the secret of staying young.

  3. adam on January 29th, 2010 4:48 pm

    I thought perhaps Walter knew that Peter and Olivia would marry in the future because he had been there and seen it.

    When the show moved to Vancouver, the actor playing The Observer couldn’t come with them, so he’ll only be in a handful of episodes…which sucks.

  4. Kimber on January 29th, 2010 10:04 pm

    I also had no idea that a comic even existed, but good to know! I probably won’t read it, as I’m not really into comics, and I haven’t had the urge to read any others that have been based on/followed television series’. But it’s cool that you are, and so hopefully you can keep us all up to date with what’s going on in the comic series!

    I swear that Walter called Astrid “Ostrich” when he discovered the blue blood in the lab, and I had to laugh and watch the scene over and over again, just to be sure I had heard it correctly. I’m always amazed that he can call her things like “Astrix” and “Asteroid” one minute, and then get her name correct the next minute. Keeps me on my toes – much more than watching for The Observer. I have to admit, I never purposely look for him, so I’m probably missed a lot of sightings!

    As for Olivia and Peter – I think I shipped them early in the first season, but I agree that they seem to have more of a brother/sister relationship, and I think he genuinely cares for her, and vise versa. But I’m not really feeling any sexual chemistry between them at all.

  5. Gretchen on January 30th, 2010 8:24 am

    John — I see your point on the 100 year old chromosome thing and its true that I couldn’t reconcile it with my travel theory, but because Walter killed him with no final explanation, I’m choosing to settle on time travel. I guess, for whatever reason, I find time travel more plausible than eternal youth…which is strange since I keep investing money on all kinds of anti-aging creams…

    I can’t say that I’m an avid comic reader so I’m not sure what the future of the Fringe comic series is (sorry, Karen). I mostly leave it up to my husband to find stuff which he thinks might interest me, so if and when he brings home a new issue of Fringe, you guys will be the first to know.

    I missed the Ostrich comment, but I always do enjoy Walter’s variations on Astrid’s name. Kimber, you watch “Glee”, right? So you probably enjoy when Sue Sylvester calls Emma everything but Emma — I always get a kick out of that, too.

    Adam — good call on future Peter and Olivia, but I really hope that you’re wrong!!

  6. Kimber on January 30th, 2010 9:53 am

    Hey Gretchen! Yes, I AM a Glee viewer too, so Sue’s variations of Emma’s name totally give me a rise as well. I love that she always calls her “Irma”, and that nobody every corrects her! I think sometimes Astrid corrects Walter, but she doesn’t do it consistently. Too funny. Makes me want to randomly start calling people by other names too.

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