Fringe (2008/2009) – Safe, and Bound

Things are quickly coming to a boil for Olivia (Anna Torv), Walter (John Noble), Peter (Joshua Jackson), and Astrid (Jasika Nicole) as Safe gives us a story that begins to tie some threads together while delivering our first real cliffhanger ending.

Written by David H. Goodman and Jason Cahill, this episode first debuted on 2 December, 2008, and there wouldn’t be a conclusion until the beginning of the new year!

Someone is using tech that will momentarily allow for physical matter to pass through walls and is using it to break into bank safety deposits around the country to steal… something…

All of the threads that have been laid out, Jared Harris’ Jones, John Scott’s (Mark Valley) continued presence in Olivia’s life despite being dead, Little Hill, and the mole in the bureau, are being drawn together.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the safety deposit boxes belong to Walter, and what is hidden in them could be truly dangerous.

Massive Dynamic, who has John’s body in suspension, learn that the memories they may be looking for could be in Olivia’s head (who may be mistaking them for her own), and so everything comes together rapidly, and horrifically, leaving the viewers gaping as Jones impossibly escapes his German prison and Olivia is kidnapped… possibly by Jones’ people, or those of Massive Dynamic. And could they be the same thing?

This episode races along and is damned entertaining. We are allowed a very quick peek at an Observer (Michael Cerveris) and it’s amazing to realize the series is only ten episodes in and is very sure of itself, its casting (love every time Kirk Acevedo’s Charlie shows up, and I totally have a bit of a crush on Astrid), and its direction.

Thank goodness I didn’t have to wait almost a month and a half to see what happened next…

Bound aired on 20 January, 2009 and was written by J.J. Abrams, Jeff Pinkner, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci.

We deal with Olivia’s kidnapping and resolve it before the opening credits of the episode, though they did come seventeen minutes in. She frees herself, gathers some evidence and even gets a lead on who her abductors may be.

Meanwhile an immunologist dies in a horrific way, and Walter discovers a connection between the cause of death and the evidence Olivia recovered. As they move to protect another immunologist that they believe may be targeted a shade from Olivia’s past returns, Sanford Harris (Michael Gaston). She filed a sexual assault complaint about him before which has now been overturned, and he’s back with a vengeance, conducting a brutal audit on the Fringe division.

But Olivia and the rest remain on point and are actually able to discover the identity of the mole in the division, Mitch Loeb (Chance Kelly), and when confronted with the evidence hints that everything they’ve done has been to protect Olilvia. Is that a lie or there some truth there?

There’s lots going on throughout, I love Kirk Acevedo’s role as Charlie, and as much as I adore Astrid both Peter and Walter treat her as nothing more than someone to get them snacks in this episode. We also meet Olivia’s younger sister, Rachel (Ari Graynor) who comes to visit amidst some domestic and life trouble. Finally, the cause of death for the immunologist is truly disturbing, and makes for more creep.

I am loving my revisit of this show!

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