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Fringe: Safe

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 3rd 2008 8:34AM
Fringe - Safe

(S01E10) "Just when you thought things couldn't get any weirder..." - Peter to Olivia, on seeing a dead guy embedded in a wall


Wow, a lot of things started to come together in this episode. Let's analyze:

The guy in the wall. So we now know that the experiment we saw in last week's episode - where the guy grabs an apple through the wall of a safe - is being used on a larger scale. Specifically, to steal things out of bank vaults. Only, not everyone gets back through the wall.

The safety deposit boxes.
We pretty much knew that the contents were mysterious things that would bring ... something ... to light. But what we didn't know is that the contents of those safety deposit boxes were actually put there by Walter years ago. And that the box numbers were the same numbers he chants at night while he's trying to go to sleep -- the Fibonacci Sequence we learned about at the beginning of this season. Way to bring that back around.

Walter's time machine. We learned that Peter nearly died when he was a boy, from a rare type of bird flu. There was a doctor with a cure who had died years earlier. So Walter built a time machine to go back and get the doctor, but he didn't need it because Peter recovered. "In theory," said Walter, "it could retrieve anyone from anywhere."

Mr. Jones in the German prison. He's integral to all the strange things happening on the outside. In fact, he seems to be the Head Bad Guy. And thanks to the time machine, he's now on the outside with a captured Olivia. He also gives new meaning to the term, "Don't kill the messenger."

Olivia. Nina's still got John Scott hooked up in her gleaming-white lab, and she now knows that Olivia is harboring John's memories. I'm not exactly believing her when she tells Agent Broyles she had nothing to do with Olivia's disappearance. And Nina and Broyles seem to get chummier with every episode. She calls him "Philip" like they're old friends ... or maybe something more. And is Olivia the dumbest FBI agent ever? Why on earth would she get out of her car and try to run when the other cars surrounded her? She could have kept driving across the lawn! Not that I was screaming at the TV or anything!!!

Little Hill Field. Don't you think it would have occurred to the FBI agents to at least Google "Little Hill" and see what comes up? The abandoned airstrip was within driving distance, for cripes sake.

The Observer. Anyone see him?

Your thoughts on this episode?

Fringe' Show & Cast Photos

    FRINGE Walter (John Noble), Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia (Anna Torv) and Broyles (Lance Reddick) enter a governement warehouse to examine a mysterious cylinder found among the debris of a construction site explosion in the episode "The Arrival." Airs Tuesday, September 30, 2008.

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    FRINGE Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia (Anna Torv), Walter (John Noble) and Broyles (Lance Reddick) return to the lab to gather more information on a mysterious cylinder found among the debris of a construction site explosion in the episode "The Arrival." Airs Tuesday, September 30, 2008.

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    FRINGE Olivia (Anna Torv) chases a suspect through the woods in the episode "The Arrival." Airs Tuesday, September 30, 2008.

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    FRINGE Walter (John Noble, L) and Peter (Joshua Jackson, R) examine a mysterious cylinder found among the debris of a construction site explosion in the episode "The Arrival." Airs Tuesday, September 30, 2008.

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    FRINGE Olivia (Anna Torv) chases a suspect through the woods in the episode "The Arrival". Airs Tuesday, September 30, 2008.

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jasika Nicole attends FOX's "Fringe" premiere during the 2008 New York Television Festival at New World Stage on September 13, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jasika Nicole

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    Executive Producers John Wirth, Josh Friedman and James Middleton arrive at The Paley Center and TV Guide

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    Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Molly Stanton arrive at The Paley Center and TV Guide

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    Jesse Tyler Ferguson arrives at The Paley Center and TV Guide

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    Mark Valley arrives at The Paley Center and TV Guide

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devidia

Doesn't anybody wonder why the rest of the police squad didn't proceed to going to little hill? it's not because Olivia is caught by those henchmen, that the squad is retreating... total bullshit

May 19 2011 at 10:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jables

I could be wrong and I can't remember the source, but I remember reading somewhere that we wouldn't be seeing Mr. Bell for quite awhile.

December 04 2008 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danielle

Great episode!!! Ugh...I have to wait to January?! This stinks!!! Good catch on The Observer! I will have to check that out. Man...Im hoping to catch him on my own for once!

December 04 2008 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Samuel

I agree. I think the guy from prison might be Mr. Bell.

December 04 2008 at 7:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GerryofNorVA

Have to take these eps with a "grain of salt" since there's definitely some plausibility issues with rather mundane stuff, let alone the esoteric scifi material.

I agree with #14 that this ep pretty much equates Mr Jones to William Bell. Who else would've known the precise bank & box locations of the top secret equipment as well as know how to assemble and properly utilize it. Yep, that's your Mr Bell right there. Further proof you ask ? I think he requested the capture of Olivia on behalf of Nina's need for her.

Guess we'll all rewatch "classic" eps until it and LOST (!) return in January.

December 04 2008 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Stewart

This was the first time I saw the Observer, so I was happy about noticing that.

December 03 2008 at 9:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marcus Gorman

The apple trick was two episodes ago.

December 03 2008 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LRM

It's about time! Great episode.

December 03 2008 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andy

A good episode that pushed the show towards the direction it should be in though I do agree with the commenters who said that they didn't understand why Olivia ran from the car instead of shooting at her assailants.

Televisionary updated his five suggestions to improve the show and I do agree with them:

http://www.televisionaryblog.com/2008/12/finding-pattern-part-two-update-of.html

December 03 2008 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tom

Hallelujah!

December 10 2008 at 2:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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