wendelah1: Charlie (Fringe) and Mulder and Scully talking together (altverse x-files-fringe)
[personal profile] wendelah1
To me, "There is more than one of everything," is the catch phrase for Fringe. It's also the high concept that hooked me on the series. For a certain type of viewer (and fanfic writer), a canon alternative universe is the Holy Grail of scifi television. The first season finale gives us our first tantalizing glimpse into Fringe's alternate universe, hints of its importance to our characters, and our first meeting with William Bell.

Truly, I love everything about this episode. I love how Olivia discovers David Robert Jones's soft spot destination by triangulating using the Fringe events (aka X-Files!) going back to the sixties. I'm gleeful as I watch Jones get sliced into two pieces as he attempts to cross over into the alternate universe. The episode is full of startling imagery and leaps of imagination: the boy on the soccer field who loses an arm, a gravestone for Peter Bishop, which means that the living, adult Peter must not be from our universe, and finally, an alternate universe so close to our own that we can catch momentary glimpses of it, a universe in which the Twin Towers are still standing.

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Writer: Jeff Pinkner (teleplay),J.H. Wyman (teleplay),Akiva Goldsman (story),Bryan Burk (story)
Director: Brad Anderson
Originally aired: 12 May 2009

Synopsis: The elusive David Robert Jones is finally tracked down. He attempts to cross to an alternative universe using the technology his disciples have stolen from Walter Bishop. Fortunately, Walter is able to stop him using his universe repairing ray gun. Olivia finally gets to meet William Bell.

Most Memorable Quote:
THE OBSERVER: Do you recognize this? (hands over a vintage coin)
WALTER: How did you get that?
THE OBSERVER: This coin looks similar to the one you're thinking of. But it is from another place. There is more than one of everything.

Links:
transcript
AV Club
Alan Sepinwall's review

Fanfiction:
Post-eps for this marvelous episode should be abundant, but there are none that I could find. Let's go write some!

If you know of any, post them in the comments.

And so we come to the end of the first season of Fringe. Any thoughts about the season as a whole? How did it stand up compared to past viewings?

The date for the start for our season two rewatch is still being discussed among the mods. The schedule should be up in a few days.
wikiaddicted723: (Olivia bad dreams)
[personal profile] wikiaddicted723
 Disclaimer:  Your very overworked mods, myself included, have decided to put this episode in with the rest of season one because, although it aired during season two, it is an outtake of the first one, and the format of the episode fits much better with it. Also, Charlie is still around, all happy gruffness and unmodified red blood cells, which has caused confusion more than once in fandom. 
 
So. As part of the 5 seasons of Fringe, there's a bunch of cases of the week that are, lets say, sub-par...and then there's this one. It is lacklustre in almost every aspect you can think of, except, perhaps, characterization, which I believe is one of the reasons it was pushed back to season 2 - on Walter's side, it deals with God and spirituality and hints towards  his want of redemption for the stealing of Peter, which was only made evident by the season 1 finale; and Peter and Olivia's dynamic is closer to the one present in the middle portion of season 2, with Peter taking on the role of her confidant after Charlie's death, than it is to that of the last few episodes of season 1. 
 
 
 
Writer: Andrew Kreisberg, David Goodman
Director: Frederick Toye
Originally aired: 11 Jan 2010
 
Synopsis:
A teenage girl appears brain dead and her mother removes life support so donor organs can be harvested. Doctors operate quickly, but the girl revives and recites a classified alpha-numeric code from a nuclear submarine. As odd as her resurrection is, and that she is speaking Russian, her condition is not what it seems - as she begins to satisfy her own agenda. This episode was filmed in 2009 during Season 1, but was left unaired until 2010.
 
Most Memorable Quote: 
WALTER: (announcing on the old film) Hello, I'm Doctor Walter Bishop. This is Test Subject Number Six.
PETER: (to his father) What happened to Subjects One through Five?
WALTER: (to his son) I believe the university settled with them out of court. They probably never had to work again. Not that they could. (continues to explain to all, as the film runs) I was asked to design an experiment to test whether cranial manipulation could increase a person's psychic capability. I applied electrical stimuli to various parts of the brain and measured each psychic response. The point is that my tests proved that manipulation of Broca's Area had the most dramatic effect on a person's ability to create psychic bonds.
 
 
OLIVIA: (playful) I'm just waiting to see if lightning strikes you.
PETER: (chuckles) Yeah. I -- yeah. I mean, who am I to say? Maybe there is actually something to it. People are free to believe whatever they want, right? Lisa's mother certainly does. However, until I see it with my own eyes, I'm gonna put my money on healthy skepticism. (takes a slow sip of beer) You're obviously a believer.
OLIVIA: My mother believed in God, but all the praying in the world didn't stop my stepfather from terrorizing her. And her faith just seemed to put her in harm's way. I'm worried that Lisa's mother is going to do the same thing. (answers cell phone, stands and walks) Dunham. Hello?

Links: 
 

Fanfiction:
If you know of any good post-eps, let us know in comments. For the moment, nothing rings a bell ;)
 
wendelah1: (Olivia in glasses)
[personal profile] wendelah1
"Midnight" has one of the best teasers of the series. The sleazy cheater you assume is the predator turns out to be the prey. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you don't. This episode has plenty of surprisingly little twists, plus lots of Charlie Francis and another mad scientist story. Rachel's appearances get ever more annoying. Seriously, why do the writers think anyone cares about this character? Her divorce is boring and her friends are ridiculous. Go home to Chicago already. The ending is great. Finally, we get some real dirt on William Bell.

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Writer: Andrew Kreisberg, J. H. Wyman
Director: Bobby Roth
Originally aired: 28 Apr 2009

Synopsis:
Two bodies have been found with their spinal columns exposed and drained of spinal fluid. The bite marks are human. The Fringe Team is called in to investigate. The perpetrator is the wife of a scientist who was working for ZFT. When he tries to leave their employ, to punish him they infected his wife with a strain of syphilis the scientist had engineered into a bio-weapon. Before the scientist dies of complications from his attempt to create an antidote to save her life, he records a video that ties William Bell to the activities of ZFT.

Most Memorable Quote:
PETER: Great, well, maybe we're looking for Dracula.
WALTER: (hardy laugh) Finally, son, you're opening your mind to new possibilities. But, no, there are no vampires, sadly. But it'll be something exciting, I'm sure.

Oh, how the Fringe writers loved The X-Files.

WALTER: If indeed there is a soul, we must consider then that there is still time for redemption. We're not being hauled off to be judged yet, Nicholas.

Links:
Transcript
Polite Dissent: "They almost made it for a complete episode without screwing up the science…almost."
Popular Mechanics: "Fringe Takes on Spinal Fluid: The Science Misses the Mark."

Fanfiction:
If you know of any good post-eps, let us know in comments. Special Request: I need an AU where Olivia gets to raise Ella. Maybe her parents both die in a murder-suicide?

EDIT: Here's that Rachel character study I wanted. It's set during "Unleashed," but I'm putting it here in light of all of the Rachel discussion.

Spiderwebs by [personal profile] rainer76.
I'd forgotten about it until [personal profile] casually_cruel mentioned it in comments, but I liked it enough to rec it at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van a few years back.

image from screencapped.net
kerithwyn: Captain Olivia Dunham, USS William Bell (Captain Olivia)
[personal profile] kerithwyn
or, the mpreg episode.

Fringe: winning at trope bingo since 2008.

Not a great episode, but our best Charlie spotlight, and the only appearance of his wife Sonia.

Unleashed


Writer: Zack Whedon, J.R. Orci
Director: Brad Anderson
Originally aired: 14 Apr 2009

Synopsis:
Animal rights anarchists ransack a laboratory and are killed by a ferocious hybrid creature. Walter's early work in 'Radical Transgenics' resurfaces after decades, and nearly costs a team member their life. Doctor Bishop's internal torment bubbles dangerously close to the boiling point as he starts to struggle with his sanity again.

Most Memorable Quote:
CHARLIE: You know, hunting this thing in the sewers... It's not a good idea, Liv.
OLIVIA: You got a better idea?
CHARLIE: Yeah. Don't get hurt for me.
OLIVIA: Well, that's not really very fair considering you would do the same thing for me.


Links:
Episode transcript
Seriable rewatch
Polite Dissent, medical/science reviews.

Fanfiction:
Hey, I have recs. Charlie-focused, not necessarily from this episode but some of my favorites.
Doomed by Neuroses-Isn't-Just-A-Word (Charlie/Sonia)
Redheads, Blondes, and Brunettes by Rainer (Charlie/Sonia)
The Long Kiss Goodnight by ziparumpazoo (Sonia/alt-Charlie)
More Charlie recs on my pinboard
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I don't have much to say about this episode except that the mysterious mute child does return, in season five, I believe. In time, all will become clear...

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Writer: Brad Caleb Kane, Julie Cho
Director: Frederick E.O.Toye
Originally aired: April 7, 2009

Synopsis:
Just minutes before the building above him is going to be demolished, one of the workers takes one last look around and discovers a mysterious mute child. The child has been living alone underground; the authorities want to know when and how he got there, and how he survived. For reasons that are unclear to me, the Fringe team is called in to investigate. Olivia forms a special bound with him. Meanwhile, a gruesome serial killer resurfaces. Naturally Olivia joins this investigation, too. She's a very busy agent.

Most Memorable Quote:
"My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies. No. That's the planets of the solar system... or at least was." - Walter (to himself, reciting a mnemonic device to remember the order of the planets from Mercury, outwards... then realizing Pluto is not considered a planet anymore.)

Links:
Transcript
A.V. Club review

Fanfiction:
No. Well, maybe. I'll look when I have a chance.
kerithwyn: Captain Olivia Dunham, USS William Bell (Captain Olivia)
[personal profile] kerithwyn
And here our story truly begins.

The first thirteen episodes can be seen as a prequel, an introduction to the players and themes of our show: science gone wild, ZFT, Walter hiding a secret about Peter's past.

We already knew Olivia was a hero. Now we learn she's a superhero.

(More on my extreme reaction to this episode in the comments. Suffice to say: Here is where my investment began. Actual fic would have to wait another season and a half.)

Ability


Writers: David H. Goodman, Glen Whitman, Robert Chiappetta
Director: Norberto Barba
Originally aired: 10 Feb. 2009

Synopsis:
Olivia's connection to escaped prisoner David Robert Jones becomes evident when he surrenders to officials and tempts her into a controversial test - of will and ability. The Federal Task Force investigates related cases where faceless victims have died from their orifices suddenly sealing shut.


Most Memorable Quote:
Among many:

PETER: Test One... of ten, by the way. Turn switch on. The recruit sits no more than twenty-four inches away from the device, but cannot touch the light board. Recruit focuses on light board. the object of the test is to systematically shut down the lights so that ultimately, none are illuminated.
OLIVIA: How?
PETER: Using all your magic powers, I guess.

and

EDWARD MARKHAM: Five dollars I can name at least one item on your night stand Olivia Dunham. Don't tell me... you're gonna like this - I'm never wrong. It's a gift... okay. Toni Morrison Novel, something by Obama, and/or the current issue of Bon Appetit.
OLIVIA: I'm reading 'Advanced Forensic Science' by Annemann. I keep it next to my gun.

Links:
Episode transcript
Seriable rewatch
Polite Dissent, medical/science reviews.

Fanfiction:
Leave recs in comments!
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I won't lie. I was not thrilled with this episode. But I am curious to see what the rest of you think so I am withholding further comment.

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Writer: David H. Goodman, Brad Caleb Kane
Director: John Polson
Originally aired: 27 Jan 2009

Synopsis: The Fringe Team is called in to investigate two cases of individuals found dead with liquefied brains oozing out of their orifices. That jack-ass Sanford Harris keeps trying to interfere and undermine Olivia's investigation, but it doesn't work. She still saves the day, catches the perp, and saves her niece Ella from getting her brain fried, too. Also, Carla Warren's mother shows up at Harvard and she and Walter share a moment.

Most Memorable Quote:
BROYLES: No, you listen to me. What you're passing off as bureaucratic concern looks an awful lot like a personal vendetta, and if you push it I will stake my career on her behalf.
SANFORD HARRIS: (stands toe-to-toe with Broyles) Are you threatening me, Phillip?
BROYLES: You decide to go after Olivia Dunham, you're going after me, and all the red tape in the world won't protect you.

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club
Polite Dissent: "Another week, another episode of Fringe with painfully bad medicine — only this time with bad computer science as well!"

That pretty well sums it up for me.

And just in case anyone was worried, from Popular Mechanics: Fringe Fact v. Fiction: Could Your Brain Actually Turn to Goo?

Fanfiction:
If there is any, I haven't found it, and I'm not sure I would read it. But put it in the comments anyway.
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
And we're back!

Because "Safe" ended in a cliffhanger, with Jones escaping and Olivia being kidnapped, and "Bound" at least partially resolves that in what has to be the longest before the credit sequence I have ever seen, the episodes together almost work like a two-parter. I liked "Bound" much more than "Safe"; however, I liked "Safe" more after having watched "Bound."

Onward.

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Writers: J.J. Abrams, Jeff Pinkner, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci
Director: Frederick E.O. Toye
Originally aired: 20 Jan 2009

Synopsis: After they inject an unknown substance into her spine, Olivia manages to escape her captors. Fortunately, since the warehouse where she was held is empty before the FBI assault team arrives, she's taken some evidence with her and hidden it. By coincidence (or not?) an old adversary, Sanford Harris, has been sent by the Pentagon to do an internal audit of Fringe Division. Also, not by coincidence, an infectious disease specialist has died mid-lecture in a bizarre and exciting way. Olivia's team is called in to investigate. We also learn that Olivia has a sister, Rachel, and a niece, Ella, who is pictured above with her Magic Eight Ball.

Most Memorable Quote:
PETER: Get it, get it. get it!
(Walter regains his focus and throws a wastebasket over the organism)
WALTER (beaming happily): Things like this used to happen in the lab all the time. Makes me nostalgic.

Matchmaker!Walter:
Walter: I was worried when you were taken, too.
Olivia: Thank you, Walter.
Walter: Not as much as him, of course.
Peter: Walter.

Links:
transcript
A.V. Club Review
And for anyone who wasn't certain, from Popular Mechanics: Could Someone Really Teleport Out of Jail?

Fanfiction:
No, sorry. There should be. WRITE SOME!

1x10: Safe

May. 1st, 2014 06:45 am
wendelah1: Olivia Dunham looking cold (Olivia: it's cold outside and everywhere)
[personal profile] wendelah1
During the extended teaser, one of the team who is breaking into the bank safety deposit vault, says when some equipment malfunctions, "He can't leave that in there, we're screwed if he does." So what do they do instead: they leave behind a dead man with a bullet in his brain--stuck inside the wall! All of the critics seem to love this episode but I'll need to watch it again to figure out why.

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Writer: Jason Cahill, David H. Goodman
Director: Michael Zinberg
Originally aired: 02 Dec 2008

Synopsis: When Mitchell Loeb's bungling band of safety deposit box bandits leaves behind a man stuck in a WALL, the Fringe team is called to investigate. Naturally, all of the crimes link back to our very own Walter Bishop: the safety deposit boxes all belong to him!

Most Memorable Quote:
WALTER BISHOP: "Oh! Do you two want to use the room?" (to Olivia And Peter, after being rousted from bed in the middle of the night)

I LOVE WALTER THE MATCHMAKER!

Links:
Transcript
Sarah Stegall
Can People Walk Through Walls?

Fanfiction: nope. Please leave your recs, self-recs, and newly written post-eps in the comments.
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I didn't remember much about the episode except the visuals from the teaser. Massive Dynamic, as always, is somehow connected to the Fringe event. This time, it takes place at their New York offices! No wonder Olivia is suspicious! Also, we meet Peter's old girlfriend and watch him beat the crap out of someone!

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Writer: Julie Cho, Zack Whedon
Director: Frederick E.O. Toye
Originally aired: 25 Nov 2008

Synopsis: After giving a sales presentation at Massive Dynamic, a businessman is attacked by super-creepy metallic butterflies entering through ventilation system. He panics, plunges through the plate glass window and falls to his death. Enter the Fringe team!

Most Memorable Quote:
OLIVIA: Walter, what was the Bible for?
WALTER: Well, you're taking untested psychedelics, lying in saline with an electric charge in the base of your cranium. Among other things, I thought it appropriate to pray you don't get electrocuted.
OLIVIA: Praise the Lord.
WALTER: Amen.

Yes, Olivia goes into the tank, AGAIN! Yawn.

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club recap
Polite Dissent
LA Times

Fanfiction: Not this week. I've been too busy reading TXF badfic and playing Fanfiction BINGO to read good Fringe fic. Leave your recs/self-recs/newly written post-eps in the comments.
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
It was a dark and stormy night...

"The Equation" is worth watching because of John Noble's stunning performance as Walter Bishop at his most vulnerable. And that's about all I have to say about this episode, except that I found the villain's willingness to abduct and torture a young child so repugnant that when she died at the hands of her co-conspirator I barely blinked.

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Writer: J.R. Orci, David H. Goodman
Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Originally aired: 18 Nov 2008

Synopsis: When a young musical prodigy is abducted by a woman using a device with green and red blinking lights, it triggers a Fringe investigation because of its resemblance to a number of previous abductions over the past ten years. Conveniently, Walter Bishop makes a connection to an inmate he knew from St. Claire's Hospital. At Olivia's suggestion, Walter agrees to interview his old friend to try to get information that would lead them to the kidnapped child.

Most Memorable Quote:
PETER: The best lie—the one that's easiest to remember with consistency—is the one that's based on the truth.

Links:
Transcript
Polite Dissent
Fringe's Mad Scientist: The Mind of Walter Bishop
A.V. Club recap

Fanfiction:
I'm so late getting this up that I haven't even looked. Please leave your suggestions/recs/self-recs/links to newly written post-eps in the comments.
wendelah1: (Olivia)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Just as the title says, this is the episode where we meet the Big Bad Wolf, one David Robert Jones. We're also introduced to ZFT, a cabal of mad scientists who enjoy experimenting on humanity and bragging about it, too! We find out that Olivia speaks fluent German, and has an old boyfriend who thinks about her but never calls. We also discover to our horror that our resident mad scientist Walter Bishop used to experiment on Peter when he was a child.

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Writer: J.J. Abrams, Jeff Pinkner
Director: Brad Anderson
Originally aired: 11 Nov 2008

Synopsis: When a nightmare-inducing bio-engineered parasitic life-form is found literally squeezing the life out of Broyle's old friend Agent Loeb, the Fringe team is quickly assembled to save his life.

Most Memorable Quote:
Peter Bishop: "I’ve never had a conversation with a dead guy before. Forgive me if I don’t know the rules."

Links:
Transcript
A.V. Club Recap
Polite Dissent
Sarah Stegall
And last but not least, Scientists Say Fringe Parasites are Far From Realistic: Hollywood Fact vs. Fiction.

Tell me something I don't already know...

Fanfiction:
Nope, but I found a great one for "The Arrival": Help Wanted by Rheanna.
Leave your recs, including self-recs, in the comments and I'll edit them in. Or write us a post-ep for this episode!
wendelah1: Astrid and Walter from Fringe (Astrid and Walter: working)
[personal profile] wendelah1
The plot is familiar to anyone who watched The X-Files, and as for the science—they weren't even trying this time around. The hallucinations Olivia continues to have of her deceased lover John Scott are by far the most intriguing thing in the episode.

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Writer: Julia Cho, Jason Cahill
Director: Christopher Misiano
Originally aired: October 14, 2008

Synopsis: Mild-mannered deliveryman Joseph Meegar just wanted more self-confidence. He didn't want to start randomly causing electrical machinery to malfunction and elevators to fail. He didn't mean to kill his own mother. With the help of Meegar's own Walkman and a flock of pigeons, the Fringe team locates Joseph and rescues him from yet another Mad Scientist's mad schemes.

Most Memorable Quote:
WALTER: I know we've only been together for a short time, but I think I'm going to miss them. Such majestic creatures. (about the carrier pigeons they are about to release from their cages)
ASTRID: They're rats with wings. You'll get over it.

Links:
Sarah Stegall
LA Times
A.V. Club
Polite Dissent

Fanfiction:
Nope. If you have recs, please leave them in the comments. Or, write a post-ep and leave a link to it in the comments. ♥
wikiaddicted723: (Default)
[personal profile] wikiaddicted723
This is the episode that changes everything. It is the first real piece of unique mythology that we get from the show and, in light of later seasons, the one that introduces the real adversaries in the war that Walter and William were preparing for. Probably. I've always found it extremely convenient that they dropped hints about both the observers and the alternate universe being potential adversaries, but I guess that's what good writing is about: not necessarily having a rigid plot, but being able to tie up loose ends with panache.
More interesting things that this episode hints at: that elusive previous Fringe Team, which was apparently also under Broyles' authority. By the information given to Olivia, Fringe Investigations seem to go as far back as the 70 or 80, which lines up fairly well with all the work Walter and William were doing. There is also the issue of William Bell as a personification of the Walter-that-was, since he very rarely shows up but always seems to be the one in pro of disregarding ethics and laws, even if the case can be made for it being due to Walter was the Unreliable Narrator in that it is always him who is telling these stories, and William is always his scapegoat. 




Writer(s): Jeff Pinkner; JJ Abrams
Director: Paul Edwards
Originally Aired: September 30, 2008

Synopsis:


The appearance of mysterious cylinder triggers odd behavior and surprising revelations. A bald, eyebrowless man who has been seen in previous episodes speaks for the first time. Walter tells Peter the truth about a near-fatal experience from Peter's childhood.

Most Memorable Quote(s):

"Open your mind, son, or someone may open it for you." - Walter Bishop

"[About The Observer] It took us a year to spot him. You did it in three weeks." - Philip Broyles


Links:

Transcript


Golden Spiral Media Podcast for Episodes 101-104

IGN Review



wendelah1: (Olivia)
[personal profile] wendelah1
When we were doing last year's re-watch, my husband and I agreed season one had the most gruesome imagery of the five, and this episode continues the trend. "The Ghost Network" provides yet another connection to Dr. Bishop's old research, and to The Pattern.

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Writer: David H. Goodman, J. R. Orci
Director: Frederick E. O. Toye
Originally aired: September 23, 2008

Synopsis:
Following an apparent terrorist attack on a city bus, the Fringe team investigates a man who was able to visualize and create a drawing of the disaster--before it happened.

Most Memorable Quote:
"I wasn't going to tell you this, but he said he loved me too." - Charlie Francis, to Olivia about John Scott.

Links:
Transcript
Podcast by Two Geek Minimum for episodes 2 and 3. He nitpicks the episodes to death, so a man after my own heart. However, he rates episodes in cortexiphan syringes. Yes.
Review by Sarah Stegall.
Recap at iO9. Wacky writing. "Also, special notice to Fringe team: Pianos do not add anything to this show. Please stop with the piano thing." Okay then.
Polite Dissent review: Science nitpicks for Fringe episodes! I think, I think I'm in love. Thank you, 'rith!
5. Cleanliness is next to Godliness
If a mad scientist ever drills in my brain, I would hope that — unlike Dr Bishop — he (or she) would at least use sterile technique.
YES!

Fanfiction:
Well, I've been looking hard. If you have post-ep recs, please put them in comments and I will edit them in.
kerithwyn: Captain Olivia Dunham, USS William Bell (Captain Olivia)
[personal profile] kerithwyn
Today's episode: 1x02, "The Same Old Story."

Olivia and Charlie
Oh, you say the sweetest things.
Only to you, Charlie.

(Dialogue not from above scene)


Writer: J. J. Abrams, Jeff Pinkner, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Director: Paul Edwards
Originally aired: September 16, 2008

Synopsis:
A woman conceives, carries to full-term and births a baby in the span of minutes, dying in the process; the baby dies after aging 80 years in three hours. This leads the investigators on a search for a serial killer harvesting brain parts for his own survival and raises questions about biotech cloning of 'cultivated soldiers'. (from Fringepedia)

Hey, everyone, it's the pregnancy horror episode! Good to get this theme out of the way quickly...at least until season 3. (Callbacks: "The Abducted" and "Bloodline"; Penrose's name comes up in "Of Human Action.")

Most Memorable Quote:
BROYLES: Thank you all for convening at this late hour. Forty-three minutes ago, we were alerted to an incident at the Wallace Bromley Medical Center. While the details are still coming in, it appears to be another anomaly whose mysteries and origins remains the sole purpose of this committee. I called you together tonight to introduce you to my new team, who will now be responsible for investigating all these events. Hopefully, they will have more success than our last.

...where is all the fic about the previous team, I ask you.


Links:
Episode transcript
Seriable rewatch, commentary including links to previous rewatches
Polite Dissent, medical/science reviews.


wendelah1: (Olivia in glasses)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Welcome to [community profile] fringe_rewatch. We'll be watching and discussing two episodes per week, every Tuesday and Friday. Today we begin with the pilot.

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Writer: J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Director: Alex Graves
Originally aired: September 9, 2008

Synopsis:
Special Agent Olivia Dunham is assigned as liaison to a joint FBI/Homeland Security task force investigating the mysterious deaths on Flight 627, which arrived from Hamburg at Logan International with everyone on board dead, their bodies in an advanced stage of liquefaction. After Olivia's partner, John Scott, is exposed to a chemical cocktail in an explosion, his body begins to decompose in a similar way to the victims on Flight 627. Desperate to save John, Olivia must speak with scientist Dr. Walter Bishop at the mental hospital where he's been institutionalized for the past 17 years. Because of Dr. Bishop's research into fringe science, Olivia is certain he can save John. As Walter Bishop's visitors are restricted to his immediate family, in order to talk with Walter, she must convince his estranged son, Peter, to help her.

The Fringe pilot is an exciting introduction to the principle characters, the recurring themes, and the central focus of season one: The Pattern. The investigation into Flight 627 is the precipitating event. It's the red pill. The yellow brick road. It's Olivia Dunham, heading down the rabbit hole in search of the truth.

Most Memorable Quote:
There were so many to choose from!

BROYLES: They're calling these events "The Pattern." As if someone out there is experimenting, only the whole world is their lab. You've seen it now. You know.
OLIVIA: I don't want to know. I have a job.
BROYLES: This is a more important job. Anything, anybody you need you can have.
OLIVIA: I like the job I've got. And the man I do it with, which you seem have deduced on your own.
BROYLES: Look around. You see all these people going about their lives? No idea what's happening around them and what they're in the middle of?
OLIVIA: I just want to go back to before.
BROYLES: Dunham, I don't think you can.

Links:
Review by Sarah Stegall
Pilot Transcript
All the reviews on Metacritic, if you're curious.

Fanfiction:
If you have recs for the pilot episode, put them in the comments. I'll edit them into the post. Or you could write us a post-ep...
Darkness Before Dawn by [personal profile] elfin: What the Redverse John Scott was up to. Okay, not exactly pilot fic, but hey, John Scott+good fanfic=Happy Wendy.

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