Peter is getting closer to joining the anti-Human League, losing his emotional
standing as his intellect begins to eat the rest of his brain, and Walter finally figures
out how the "tech" works.
This is one of the gushiest Fringe
's you'll ever see - and
there was an expectation throughout that a choir of angels would alight on some
damaged plain and start singing "All You Need Is Love" while a montage of happy
Peter-Olivia moments played across the screen, sending us all into weep-ravaged
sleeps (the montage was there but the angels never showed up).
Olivia Gets Her Own Tech
Olivia is sitting in a running car in a dark, wet alley, waiting for something. She
watches as men wash away RESIST signs so that the Observers' posters are visible
instead. Suddenly, Daniel hops in the car. He apologizes to Olivia for taking so long
and hands her a dirty towel wrapped around an instrument. As he unfolds it in her
hand, she can see. "Is this what Peter used?" Olivia asks. Daniel says yes. At the base
of his cranium, that is where Peter inserted the "tech."
The tech that Daniel gives
Olivia comes, he says, from one of his men, now dead. He begs Olivia to give it to
Dr. Bishop and, if Walter is able to figure out how it works, to let Daniel in on the
process. Olivia says yes, Daniel hops out into the cold night and she is left with what
looks like an eyeglass screwdricer, a long tip on a short blocky eraser of sorts.
Planning Windmark's Death Scene
Meanwhile, Peter is working furiously at his board, writing out a series of events
that follow Windmark's every move but we don't know when this is going to
happen. It is clear that he is using his newfound intellectual skills to make incisive
plans to kill Windmark, whom he blames for Etta's death.
The Anti-Human League
Peter is now seeing almost everything in the blue - he has now managed to go
far enough that he speaks in a robotic monotone, even to Olivia and to his father,
as if he were the star of some self-important Scifi film (Fringe
never seems self-
important so this is why it's so jarring). He is keeping an eye on the Observers,
having already blown some up quite horribly the week before when the great
briefcase switch took the Resis work to the next level. And his showdown with
Windmark has been determined, each dangerous minute of it. But is all this mind-
bending mind usage going to save the world?
In the meantime, Walter and Astrid are back at the lab, using the tech from Olivia to
observe in a fresh brain. As it rolls around in their super-MRI machine, the cerebral
cortex begins to grow over any other part of the functioning organ. It is clear
that this is how the tech works, pushing aside human emotions to make way for
superhuman intellectual growth, As amazed as they are, it occurs to Walter that he
is very close to losing Peter altogether, as is Olivia. If Peter continues to use the tech,
he will lose his emotional side completely.
Daddy, I'm Not Giving Up
Olivia is sent forward to a sad commune in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, which looks
more like a set from Godspell, filled with rusty automobiles and greasy-haired
guys hanging around piles of tires and other rubbish. While Olivia is off to retrieve a
truck with a giant magnet on it, Peter returns to his father.
Against Walter's heartfelt pleas about losing emotional engagement in his life, Peter
remarks that he is going to make sure that Windmark gets his and the only way
to do that is to continue to allow the tech to give him the special skills he needs to
carry out his mission. Peter claims the tech makes the Observers better in math
than humans are - and it's that intellectual superiority that is going to give their
malefeasance its growing power.
The Oracle and the Giant Magnet
Olivia makes it to the dumpy commune, where she is confronted by a Dave Grohl
lookalike who goes off to fetch songstress Jill Scott, playing a beautiful Oracle who
knows why Olivia is there. They can see Olivia as a hologram inside their office. The
Oracle goes to meet her and tells Olivia that she has been waiting to give her the
truck and magnet for many years and that, as soon as diesel fuel arrives, it is all hers.
The Oracle seems truly pleased to see Olivia but, when she runs to get Olivia a drink
while she waits, a young child, a girl with dark hair (who looks like something out
of a Tim Burton movie with her sharp bangs and preternatural social grace), makes
conversation with her. Eventually she spills that the people in the place are keeping
a sharp eye on Olivia and that they know that she is a wanted criminal.
Jill Scott arrives just as Darby is called away and gives Olivia a largish container of
water. "What's in it? A sedative?" Olivia asks. Jill Scott feigns misunderstanding -
and drinks the water herself to prove that everything is okay.
The Oracle tells Olivia that she knows she is in pain from a loss and that her
daughter is still with her. Olivia spends a long thoughtful pause leaning over the
magnet truck before thanking the Oracle for her help. She is teary but determined to
She manages to get the truck started and gets out of there, Jill Scott waving in a
Peter and Windmark
Peter has a face-to-face Matrix-like showdown with Windmark, in which they
both acknowledcge what Peter is doing, both in terms of using a tech and tracking
Windmark's every move. They whoosh around, stabbing at each other and
disappearing and reappearing so that you aren't quite sure what is happening
Windmark shows Peter what Etta's last thoughts were - they were of her parents
the day they were in the park together.
When all is said and done, Peter has killed an Observer who has injured Peter but he
escapes back to the lab for the final showdown with Windmark, who is still moving
forward on his trajectory just as Peter had laid it out on his board.
The Baby Doll Accident
Olivia ends up running into what looks like a car accident in which a child with
blond hair has been injured, thrown from one of the vehicles. As she turns it around,
she sees that it is a dummy. Out of the bushes step two guys who ask her what she
has for them - she says she has nothing on her, no money, nothing they would want.
They pass a scanner over her and see that she is wanted. "You are money," they tell
her, not meaning to steal lines from Swingers
. After a tussle, they get her to their
lair and toss her in a cell alone.
Escape for Olivia
Since most places in Fringe
look like auto body shops, this new place is no
exception and Olivia uses what tools and items there are in the area to break free
from her rope bonds and set a fire to bring the kdinappers running into the room.
Once there, she sets off her Rube Goldberg machine to shoot into her attacker's head
the single bullet she had been wearing on a string. She knows that Etta has been
giving her some divine intervention and she takes the bullet out of the door after it
had passed the mean guy's head and puts it in her pocket.
Olivia gets a call from Walter as she gets ready to leave. She brushes off his
comments about the cuts on her face and is relieved to hear that Peter is with him.
She rushes out.
Love Is All Around
Olivia gets back in time to find Peter hunched at the top of the lab, waiting for
Windmark to walk past the fountain below at the predetermined time - Peter has a
knife and is waiting to take him down.
Olivia tells Peter about the Oracle and that Etta is still with them. If Peter continues
to allow the tech to take over his brain, it will be like Etta died all over again for
Olivia. She says that the love their child had for them, which Peter saw, is with them
and no one can take that away. They share a poignant montage of themselves, in
love and with Etta.
Suddenly, as Windmark starts to walk past the fountain, Peter pulls out his knife.
Assuming he was just going to follow through on his self-appointed mission, Fringe
watchers sighed. Olivia gave one of her elegantly misery-stricken looks and . . .
PETER USEES THE KNIFE TO REMOVE THE TECH FROM HIS OWN NECK
. As the
pain floods into his face, Peter moans, falls forward into Olivia's arms and she tells
him, "I love you."
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