So, last week on the headfuck-a-thon known as Fringe, time was going all screwy thanks to a bloke in his basement who was altering time in order to perfect a formula his alzheimer’s-ridden wife was working on. Why they didn’t just call in Doctor Who I will never know. Also, Peter realized that he was deposited into a different timeline and wants to try and find a way back.
So we pick up this week, with Olivia suffering from unexplainable, late-night migraines. Thankfully, she has access to a 24 hour pharmacy and it just so happens that she spots Lincoln in a 24 hour cafe as she walks past. Of all the co-incidences in the world, this one has to stand out. I can only surmise that Agent Lee is nocturnal and/or never sleeps. Regardless, he is, once again, rocking those glasses and if I didn’t need another reason to watch this fabulous show, he would give me one. It’s no surprise that Olivia is getting the hots for him – he practically oozes sex appeal. If somebody could just wrap him up and give him to me for Christmas, that’d be just superb. Thanks.
Meanwhile, whilst Lincoln and Olivia do the 3am breakfast challenge, we suddenly see a man walking home (also at 3am; what is with these people?) and he believes he is being followed. He sees no-one, so he thinks he is imagining it, but of course this is Fringe, so naturally his assailant is invisible. Cue a grizzly death and the arrival of the opening titles.
We now see Peter being escorted around a supermarket by an FBI lackey who wants to make sure he doesn’t commit some vile act of nefariousness. He attempts to get a toy for a child that can’t reach, but the lackey does not let him, citing his orders to limit his interaction with other people. Quite why Peter did not make his face collide with his fist is beyond me, but I do like the occasional violence in shows so it’s probably wise not to listen to me. Peter says he has been investigating Fringe events for three years, and never thought he would become one. Well Peter, there are far more mysterious events in the world that we will come to later.
At the crime scene, those glasses that Lincoln rocks must enhance him with super vision as he spots a miniscule piece of broken, bloodied glass amidst thousands of similarly sized pieces. He correctly states that ghosts don’t bleed, and we then see this weeks bag of evil emerging from, what appears to be, a bath of milk. If this is what is turning him invisible, we should all get to it right now. It’d be good for us, but not for the cows. Anyway, the milk-bather finds himself in an elevator with a woman and when she departs with another man, he looks at himself disappearing into thin air. Pity you can’t carry those milk baths in a more portable form, eh?
Back at the lab, lovable Walter discovers residue on the body, which turns out to be chameleon-like cells, and they link it back to a baby that lived for four days back in 1989. They find out that the baby was born with an unclassified genetic variant, giving him the nickname of ‘Eugene’ (U-gene. Get it? Look again. Now? Great). Olivia suddenly gets another migraine which I suspect is because she has obviously been fantasizing about what she would like to do with Agent Lee. It would be a fringe event if she wasn’t!
At her apartment, the woman whom U-gene had stared at like a creepy stalker, finds herself alone in her home, with a dog and Mr Invisible himself. There’s leaves all over her bed, a sudden slamming of her front door and quite how she didn’t vacate the apartment at that very moment citing poltergeist activity, is beyond me. U-gene is slowly dying, yet he clearly has enough time to perform a heist on a flower shop all for the benefit of scaring a poor woman to death. I’m sure he’s a hoot on Valentine’s Day.
We are then treated to a nice exchange between Peter and Lincoln at his home. Lincoln brings him blueprints for the machine, as Peter believes it will help him return to his timeline. The last time he used it, he watched his wife be murdered and the world steadily turn to excrement 21 years in the future, before returning and being wiped from existence. What he hopes to achieve this time around is unknown. He recognizes that Lincoln has feelings for Olivia, but as it’s not ‘his’ Olivia that Mr Sex-on-legs is going for, he doesn’t mind.
At the lab, Walter demonstrates that they will be able to find U-gene by using ultraviolet light, which he uses to show them all Stuart Little, who he has made invisible and hidden inside a maze. Back at the apartment, they evacuate the building and it suddenly starts to look like the area of the Torchwood building, back in series 2 of Doctor Who, that the Cybermen were hiding out at. There is cross-over potential here, I tell thee. Olivia has an unfortunate encounter with U-gene, who nearly lets her plummet to a certain death, before escaping into the depths of the city. Or so they think. He has one last encounter with the crush he nearly spooked to death, before slumping to the ground and dying. How sad.
Olivia informs Nina of U-gene’s death, and wonders whether her own experimentation that she endured as a child made her emotionally stunted. Naturally Nina tells her otherwise. It’s a sweet exchange, until later on. The biggest Fringe event in this entire show is why people have still not cottoned on to the fact that the Massive Dynamic logo looks practically copied and pasted from the Nintendo 64 logo. It’s a mystery, indeed…
Back at Fringe HQ, Peter drops by and gives Lincoln a present – a pair of new glasses. At this moment, I suddenly hate Peter for trying to make the king of glasses wear something less sexy. Why don’t you just sod off back to your timeline and take your choice of glasses with you? I love you really. Olivia suggests another 3am rendezvous, but as she prepares for it, gas starts to seep into her apartment from under her door. Two men burst in, fiddle with a security camera they’ve likely installed in her house, and inject her with something. It turns out that this is the reason Olivia has been having migraines, and in turn, nocturnal breakfast with Lincoln, and she won’t remember anything from the last two hours. They leave, but it is revealed that Nina herself is behind the operation. Why the little…
This week’s episode was good, but it didn’t really feel suitable to use as the ‘Fall finale’. The one after this was supposed to be ending things until January, but the evil baseball saw off those plans a couple of weeks ago! Regardless, season four of Fringe is continuing to hit stride after stride so it’s extremely unfortunate that the dwindling ratings will likely kill off this fantastic, well-written, show come next May. Waiting until January for the next episode is going to be a slow, painful experience.