Who knew you could track a human with a homing pigeon? Walter Bishop knew, of course. This week’s Fringe was filled with not so much shocking twists as really strange occurrences.
The first strange occurrence is an elevator falls to the ground and kills everybody in it. In actuality, the elevator was pushed to the ground and the people were electrocuted. Turns out that one person is missing from the elevator, based on the weight from when the elevator started moving to when it crashed. Some one who got on but didn’t die like the rest of the people. How is that possible? If he is the one who is controlling the electricity with a heightened magnetic field, it’s possible that he could levitate for just long enough to miss the brute of the impact. How does a guy get a heightened magnetic field? Experiments, of course.
Walter was charged with trying to do this exact experiment years ago, but he never perfected it. It seems some one else did carry on and they were quite successful. The only problem is they don’t tell people what kind of experiments they’re doing. Take Joseph, for example. Joseph was lacking confidence. He saw an ad in the paper advertising hypnosis as the cure for any problems. What could be wrong with that? Jacob Fisher is wrong with that. He was the head scientist as this particular advertised clinic. Oh yeah, and he’s completely crazy. Instead of helping the people who came to him, he performed extreme experiments on them, like making Joseph a human electrical conductor.
Poor Joseph. Not only did he kill an entire elevator full of people but now his abilities, that he can’t control, have taken the arm of his boss and killed his mother. And he can’t even call out for help because the phone line was fried. Good thing Jacob Fisher and his cronies are waiting right outside his apartment to take him and do more experiments. Or maybe that isn’t really a good thing. The good thing would be that Olivia, Walter, and Peter (who are becoming much more believable characters) are on the case and they’ve already found out who the missing elevator guy is Joseph and when they go to his apartment, they are able to find a perfect electronic fingerprint. Nope, that’s what I said. People leave magnetic fingerprints on everything but they’re usually too faint to read. Joseph, though, has that whole super magnet thing so Walter is able to life his from a cassette tape in his house.
Walter and Peter get the pigeons ready to track Joseph and they put GPS systems on the pigeons so they can follow them. Not too surprisingly, it happens just as Walter said it would and they are lead straight to Joseph. It’s just in time, too, because Jacob Fisher had him tied up and was doing more experiments to him. Olivia’s on the case, though, so the bad guy is caught and Joseph is taken to get help.
Remember how I said there were strange occurrences? If Joseph was the first, then the second would definitely be Olivia seeing Agent John Scott on multiple occasions. This isn’t some normal ghost or hallucination, though. He actually kissed her in one of them. Fearing she was going insane, she opened up to the one person who’s been there, Walter. He said that when Olivia and John were connected telepathically, some of John’s memories and energy stayed in her brain. Now Olivia’s brain is trying to work out this other set of thoughts in her head and it’s coming out in the form of John appearing to her. Huh. That doesn’t sound so crazy, really, given all the other things that have happened to Olivia in the past month or so. The next time that she sees John, he’s walking down the street so she decides to follow him. It leads her directly to a room full of boxes and papers. I guess Agent Scott was conducting his own investigations of pattern happenings. And he had way more information than Olivia and her crew. But who was he working for? Maybe we’ll get the answer to that next time.
Next time does look interesting, too. Good thing Fringe bounced back so quickly from that lame silver cylinder episode or they would’ve lost me forever. Man, I’m so easy.