It’s pretty awesome to be treated to mid-season mini-finales; it forces networks to work really hard to make sure that, after the sometimes really long winter hiatus, viewers are going to come back for more. Supernatural really worked their last show, and so did Fringe. As mentioned in the last couple of reviews, Fringe episodes are becoming better and better, and it bode quite well for this episode. And boy, did the Fringe team deliver.
Already, for the second week in a row, the opening is quite gruesome, which makes me wonder if the producers are upping the icky factor in a bid to grow into the show’s potentiality. Once again we are taken into a psychiatric institution – a running theme in Fringe, it seems. It’s a good thing Walter Bishop is a fictional character; I felt quite bad for him, once again taken into a place he’d much rather forget about.
Guard: Are you’re Dr. Bishop?
Walter: Yes. And I’m perfectly sane.
At said psychiatric hospital, we meet with Joseph Slater, who, in the opening scene of this episode, was undergoing a rather gruesome brain surgery in his room, courtesy of the mysterious ‘omega boss’ Olivia Dunham was warned about by William Bell and the very goons that found his head and connected back to a body.
We soon come to discover that Joseph Slater has been cured of schizophrenia – which, by the way, is impossible. And Fringe Division figures out that apparently frozen heads to just get up and go places, as the identify the intruder who performed pro bono surgery on Joseph Slater as Thomas Newton, one of the frozen heads that were stolen.
Just to complicate matters a little more, we also soon discover that Joseph Slater isn’t the only one whose psychiatric disorder is miraculously healed, and all of these miraculous recoveries are correlated with the presence of a scar on each person’s scalp. Odd, to say the least.
Fringe Division soon figures out that each of these patients had foreign brain tissue implanted in their brains; someone was basically using them as a storage container. And soon, we figure out whose brain tissue was being stored: Walter Bishop’s.
Wanting to bring the other dimension Peter into this world after this world’s Peter passed away, Walter created a door that also opened the way for a possible invasion, as William Bell warned Olivia Dunham about last season. To keep the information safe, Walter Bishop’s hippocampus was removed, as per William Bell’s suggestion, but, it seems, with Walter Bishop’s consent, and placed for safekeeping in our three miraculously healed psychiatric patients. But now Thomas Newton needs that information; he took back the pieces of Walter Bishop’s brain tissue and, using an apparatus that seems to detect the brain’s electromagnetic field, is ‘fitting’ the pieces’ to electric impulses within Walter Bishop’s brain’s impulses, thus temporarily restoring his brain back to normal.