Sunday, April 04, 2010
'Fringe' Tells the Rest of the Story
Before Walter found a door into the other universe, he built a window. This allowed him to spy on his alternate universe self to see if he discovered a cure for what ailed both universes' versions of Peter (as we've seen the other universe is more advanced than our own). He watched himself get close, and then finally, other Walter (or Walternate as he called him) found the cure. But, his back was turned because he was talking to the Observer! So, Walternate didn't know that he had discovered the cure, but Walter did. This caused Walter to build the door to the other world where he planned to recreate and bring the cure he saw Walternate create and give it to the other Peter.
Once the door was built (much to the chagrin of his lab partner and Nina -- you just knew she had to figure into the story somehow), Walter went through. He made it in one piece, but unfortunately, the same could not be said for the vile of medicine meant to cure Peter. The glass had smashed leaving Walter with a wet pocket and no cure. Change of plans. Walter went to Peter, posed as Walternate and told his alternate wife that he had discovered the cure and needed to take Peter straight to his lab. It took some convincing, but he got her to stay home and he and Peter left through the door back to our universe. When they got to the other side, they fell through the ice into the freezing cold water. They would have died, but the Observer jumped in and saved them. We knew that part already, but why did he interfere? Because he had to fix the mistake he made by interfering in Walternate's lab which caused him to not realize that he had found the cure.
Once Walter got Peter back to his lab, he saved Peter and planned to return him to his universe. But his wife saw her son alive and didn't want to lose him again. Peter never knew the difference and the rest is history. Of course, it's all well and good that Olivia knows the truth (and us), but at some point Walter is going to have to tell Peter. Yikes! Talk about a tough conversation! And finally, how awesome were the opening titles in this one?? They were so 1985! LOVED it!
Fringe airs Thursday nights on Fox. If you missed this week's episode, you can watch it for free at Fox.com.