FRINGE Recap: ‘Brave New World, Part 1’
May 5, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
You know those moments where you feel a show has been leading up to something for a while and finally they tip their hand just the teeniest of bits? Well, welcome to FRINGE’s “Brave New World, Part 1.”
If you haven’t watched it, go watch it now! If you have, maybe push that lemon cake to the side and let’s get talking about what went down…
(Apologies in advance because I am sick and this isn’t going to be as in depth as I’d like. But I want to at least really jump start the conversation versus delaying this and hoping I snap out of the sick brain fog.)
The biggest news of the night? William freakin’ Bell is back! (At some point, typing those words won’t make me break out into a ridiculous grin. That day is not today.) And not only that, but it’s revealed he’s actually David Robert Jones’ boss. Because, you know, David Robert Jones wasn’t enough for our team to handle, we had to add arguably Walter’s equal — and the biggest threat to his sanity — to the equation. And while Jones is frustrated over Olivia starting to embrace her powers, Bell seems amused.
Of course, just because DRJ and Bell were working together doesn’t mean that they were above throwing the other under the bus. Instead, Bell sent Jones on a task where DRJ brutally attacks Peter, who with Olivia, is trying to prevent Boston from being destroyed by satellites. But Jones, you can’t just attack a Bishop and get away with it…Olivia, in one of the coolest moments of the series, manages to telepathically take control of Peter’s body (including popping his dislocated shoulder back into place) and basically puppet masters Peter into taking Jones down. Jones dejectedly realizes he was the sacrifice Bell was willing to make (“I was the bishop.”) and seemingly dies after losing half of his head — again. (I say seemingly because let’s be honest — both DRJ and Bell were dead in the old timeline. Who the heck knows what these writers will whip up next?)
Elsewhere, Walter was convinced Bell was alive, but no one quite believed him. Eventually, he and his hunch (with the assistance of Astrid, since he can’t drive himself) made their way to a facility where the Noah’s ark creatures are now being stored. When he and Astrid are caught, they try and make a run for it before she get shot in the back and collapses. As Walter is cradling a rapidly deteriorating Astrid, Bell makes himself known and greets his former partner. Just what Walter needs to be…alone, as one of his biggest allies is dying in his arms and being greeted by the biggest potential threat to his well-being. Yeah, this won’t end well.
A few other things of note…
- William Bell from Over Here or Over There? I’m leaning towards our world (his “Hello, old friend” wouldn’t have been needed if he wasn’t from here), but what turned this man so bad? Bell wasn’t the greatest human in the original timeline, but he also sacrificed himself for our team…what did Peter’s absence in existence do to change things so much that this man is so evil?
- Why does Olivia not remember her powers? I realize she wasn’t totally and fully in control of her abilities in the old timeline, but you’d think she’d have more awareness given that she has those memories now.
- As much as I adore Rebecca Mader and am thrilled she was on the show, Jessica Holt’s part in the first hour of the season finale was so tiny that it’s almost a disservice because we know things can’t be that clean with her in hour two.
- Did seeing Bell in amber lessen the impact of his return in “Brave New World, Part 1” for you? And for that matter, did seeing Astrid fine (albeit, just freshly deamberized) in 2036 lessen the impact of her being shot?
- Please, oh please, can we have a Blair Brown (Nina), John Noble (Walter) and Leonard Nimoy (William Bell) scene in the finale? This needs to happen.
- That lemon cake laced with Cortexiphan has to be foreshadowing, right?
Quote of the episode: “It’s my hunch, and I’m quite capable of pursuing it on my own. So peace out.” – Walter to Astrid.
What did you think of the first part of “Brave New World”?
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