Before discussing this week's heartbreaking episode of Fringe, I want to remind you good people that the soundtrack was released on Tuesday. The music from the show is amazing and the soundtrack has already made it through three gym visits. You can purchase the CD on Amazon, as well as the MP3 download version.
This second half of season two has centered around the relationship between Walter Bishop and his son Peter. Walter, portrayed by John Noble, has been tortured by the prospect of telling his son the truth about who he is. Juxtaposed against the fact that their relationship has actually never been better, you can fully understand why. Peter’s existence before becoming a civilian liaison for the Department of Homeland Security was nomadic. At this point in his life he feels centered and content. While forging an intimate connection with Olivia, he has also reconnected with his father and gone a long way toward forgiving him. All that ended in this episode.
The shape-shifting soldiers from the alternate universe returned under the guidance of Thomas Newton. Newton is attempting to bring something over from the other side. In order to accomplish this feat, three rods must be triangulated to create powerful vibrations to synchronize the two worlds. Newton tells his soldiers that they are working for a character called “Mister Secretary.”
Walter is able to jog his memory and realizes what the plan is. He creates a counter-vibration device intended to interfere with Newton’s device and close the portal to the other world. The showdown takes place on a bridge. Walter’s device is not working. Peter, flanked by a gun-toting FBI agent, jumps in to fix the software glitch. Olivia takes Walter off the bridge.
The vibrations created by the opening of the portal, disintegrate the FBI agent. Peter, surprisingly unharmed, can see a man on the bridge attempting to cross over. Finally, Walter’s device kicks in and the portal closes. The immensely powerful vibrations created knock Peter flat on his back. However, neither Peter nor the man on the bridge is killed.