Brave New World, Part 1
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|Brave New World, Part 1|
|Air Date:||04 May 12|
|Written by:|| Jeff Pinkner|
|Directed by:||Joe Chappelle|
|Guest Cast:|| Leonard Nimoy as William Bell|
Jared Harris as David Jones
Rebecca Mader as Jessica Holt
Samantha Noble as Doctor Benlo
|Next:||Brave New World, Part 2|
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Brave New World, Part 1 is the twenty-first episode of the fourth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 4 May, 2012. Citizens are beginning to spontaneously self-incinerate as pawns in a larger game to alter mankind's destiny. The Boston Metropolitan Area faces immolation as the power of the sun is focused on the fossil fuels below Eastern Massachusetts. David Jones makes it personal when he attacks and severely beats a member of the science team.
SynopsisBoston's Clane Center, the late afternoon sudden death by self-incineration as the body consume itself with internal immolation. One women, concerned she may suffer the same ashen impact with the ground as those around her, freezes in-place. Nobody move! She issues her tentative order to those in earshot still standing. Her intuition is telling her that the motion, or hurried pace, is what is causing the strange deaths. looking at prospective homes on the Olivia listens to the listings and immediately puts the kibosh on three of the potential Dunham-Bishop re-basing options based solely on location. There is a place in Lexington that appeals to Peter's sensibilities... it has all of the modern amenities, enough rooms - and a dog run. Olivia is curious. Does it have a nursery? Although she doesn't specify if her interest is for young plants, or young primates, the pending kiss suggests the latter. As always, calls from their employer interrupt the negotiations before they can seal their nursery deal. Time to get to work.
At the Clane Center, Walter and Astrid have found ringside seats just over on the secure side of the toxin-resistant yellow police tape. Half a dozen first responders in HazMat suits are investigating their way through the exterior promenade as those who were not stricken remain in the original "Don't Move!" positions that seem Victim Zero. The 'still living' are trying to maintain their self-calm, and a timid plea greets Walter as he approaches Neal. Do Something. Help Us. Walter spots a SPRINT 4G™ phone near the charcoaled corpse... perhaps the mobile transaction on the device is associated with these deaths? Astrid brings Walter into the 21st century with the revelation - this is just how people pay for things now. The victim probably just bought the coffee laying next to him with his SPRINT 4G™ phone, and associated credit card transaction software application.
Inside the building, Broyles briefs Olivia look around the interior of the building and examines a smoldering corpse near the bottom landing of the North Escalator lobby. His nattering about the corpse's watch perturbs Jessica Holt, one of the few that has survived the incident, and was unfortunate enough to become immobilzed within hearing distance of Walter. Frustrated with the lack of any noticeable action, Jessica is blunt - Is she going to die? And who the heck is he? Disoriented with her verbal directness, Walter flusters an answer - he is a human. Is she not? What she meant was - what is he doing here? Is he a doctor? Once they are on the same page as one another, Walter helps her settle down a bit... and could he draw a blood sample, please. Sure. As he draws her blood, he notices some smudging on her fingers, a little like toner. She doesn't know immediately where the discoloration came from, then looks around and supposes it might have been from the escalator handhold. Walter suspects he knows how the dead were infested.
Later, after Walter has shared his suspicion with the rest of the investigators, Astrid starts a detailed blood analysis right there on the spot while the guys in HazMat self-replicating robotic nanites. The attached device was generating them and it seems that those who absorb the nanites were overloaded with nanites after the slightest exertion - like a soda pop bottle after it has been shaken. As always, Olivia cuts to the chase... who did this and how do we stop them? Walter deosn't have an immediate answer and needs to get back to his lab to figure things out. Plus he needs one of the 'still-living' to study in more depth. Jessica Holt has been monitoring the conversation from her position, if time is running out on the living that are frozen in place, like her, then she will volunteer to return to the lab with Walter. Olivia wants to clarify with Jessica, does she understand what she may be getting herself into. Jessica does, along as the indemnity insurance covers her next-of-kin, she will be their nanite lab rat. Walter's lab, Jessica Holt settles in for whatever the doctor has in store for her. Resting on an exam table, Holt responds to Olivia's attempt to keep her calm. empathically absorbs the stress from the dying woman. In the process, Olivia also manages to absorb all of the electricity in the lab. Lights, equipment and computer gear all power-off. Jessica returns to a healthier state and only has one question... how did Olivia do that!? Olivia has no clue how. A few minutes later, once Walter has finished synthesizing the cure they were developing, Peter injects Holt with the remedy. Privately, Olivia corners Walter, looking for an explanation of what just happened. Walter Cortexiphan she has been treated with has given her the ability to kinetically manipulate the moving molecules associated with the spontaneous combustion phenomena.
Once Jessica Holt has gathered herself, and her things, Olivia walks her across campus to the police escort she has waiting. Olivia shows some pride in the bravery Holt displayed - volunteering to let Walter experiment on you isn't always the easiest thing. Holt just had to do something - her daughter depends on her, and she can't always rely on the father to be there for them. Olivia knows that all too well and hands Jessica her business card with the caveat to call if she needs more help. The two new acquaintances part ways and Olivia takes a call from Broyles... he knows who is responsible for the nanites.
At the Federal Building, Olivia and Peter join Broyles to security footage from the crime scene. Ten minutes before people started collapsing from self-immolation, David Jones is clearly visible in the service bay of the suspect escalator. The bad news and good news are one in the same - at least they know Jones is in this universe. Olivia presses on the bigger issue - how is the nanite attack related to Jones' mission of collapsing two universes to create a third? Has Jones found another way to do that now that the Wave Sink Device on Liberty Island has been shutdown?
Back in his lab, Walter continues his study of the nanite threat they just defeated. Close inspection in the microscope reveals the chimeric structure of the nanites and suggests something even worse. Astrid joins only one man that could design and create these nanites in this particular fashion: →William Bell←
Onboard the freighter full of hybrid creatures, David Jones finds his way to the bosses' stateroom with the bad news - Agent Dunham has stopped them yet again. Not surprised at the notification, William Bell turns from the window with solace for his lieuetenant - don't be so sure. David Jones on the grand scheme they have undertaken. Bell is not worried about Olivia getting the better of them recently... this is only one small segment of a much larger game. A game much like the partially completed battle on the large chess table in Bell's office. Jones doesn't remember ever seeing the pieces move. Bell explains that the last move was about two decades earlier. And that patience is the one skill needed above all others. The art of the game is taking advantage in the aftermath of the opponent's small victories. Bell thinks that the pivotal piece still in play is the "Bishop" - which must be sacrificed promptly. Jones picks up the not so subtle entendre - he will take care of Bishop.
In the Massive Dynamic office on Liberty Island, in what, until recently, was a joint facility shared by parallel universes, Walter makes his case to Nina amid the packing boxes. Olivia has brought Walter down to New York Harbor to confront Nina on the Bell issue. Nina dismisses the Massive Dynamic, Jones had access to many projects and could have easily duplicated Bell's research. Walter knows better - it was the hand of Bell! Olivia is curious to know more about Bell's alleged death seven years earlier on New Years. Nina remembers seeing Bell dead at the hospital after the car accident, but a week before New Years. Walter disagrees - Bell visited him at Saint Claire's - one day before the New Year - 31 December 2005. Nina is tired of the focus on Bell. Yes - she loved him but the car crash was just a cover story for his death. Bell had Lymphoma and was losing the battle for his life. He staged the accident so he could take his life on his own terms - going out on his terms and not as a vulnerable man. No matter what case Walter makes Bell - Nina is certain the Bell she knew would not try to destroy the universe. Walter is determined to prove the certainty of Bell's involvement... he needs Olivia to call and have Peter meet them.
In Saint Claire's Hospital, Walter sits in a familiar old room and somberly waxes nostalgic about the past few decades. On his desk, old notations embedded there give him pause to think about the current crisis the team faces. As he leaves his former billet, he meets an orderly who may, or may not, be kidding about the doctor returning to stay. Luckily, Peter finds Walter and steers him to the new administrator's office before the comment by the mop-wielding staffer sends Walter into emotional panic. In the administrators' office, excusals are made for bipeds'. With the logbooks before him, Walter's keen olfactics take over as he sniffs a familiar scent rising from the paper binder. Can he take the logbook back to the lab with him? Of course he can.
Back in Olivia's apartment, Olivia works on salad prep while Peter vents about Walter not giving up on the Bell issue or the log book.
- The Observer watches the emergency response outside of the Clane Center from a semi-restricted view behind the ambulance.
- Literature. Brave New World is a highly-acclaimed Aldous Huxley novel from 1931 about a dystopic future as mankind approaches the end of the 25th century. Only a handful of people run society while the rest of 'humanity' is laboratory bred to satisfy various class roles and castes. One basic law applies - 'Conform or Die'. Follow-up novels Brave New World Revisted and Island were written decades later.
- Name Play. Actress Samantha Noble portrays Doctor Benlo, the relatively new Administrator at Saint Claire's Mental Hospital. Benlo is an anagram for her last name, and that of her father, master thespian John Noble.
• Eyes Without a Face by Billy Idol - (sleepy mall version)
• Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine
• It's Only Life by The Shins
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Brave New World, Part 1/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Did William Bell use the alias Dr. Simon Paris (Grey Matters) to visit Walter on New Year's, a week after the purported death of William Bell?
- If not, did someone other than the William Bell that Walter knows visit him on New Years?
- Does Nina believe William Bell died, as she described, or was she part of a conspiracy to fabricate his death?
- If neither, is Nina aware of the manner in which Bell did die, or the manner in which he fabricated his own demise?
- Was the public nanite infestation and the concentrated sunbeam attack a ploy to activate Olivia's dormant kinetic abilities? (Ability)
- Is Olivia's ability as 'empath' - in this case drawing the fever from Jessica Holt - one of the devised tests for Cortexiphan experimentees?
- Is Jessica Holt a victim in the nanite attack, or complicit in its' execution?
- Is the William Bell from the alternate universe alive, and involved in the plot to combine the two universes into a singularity?
- If so, did he use Bell's illness and death to assume much of his identity, and gain access to vital information and resources, much like alternate universe Nina Sharp did during her mission?
- Did Olivia establish an empathic bond with Jessica, or did she simple drain the nanites of their electrical stimuli - much as she drained the lab of its?
- Did Bell sacrifice Jones to test Olivia's kinetic abilities?
- If so, was this (kinetic manipulation of Peter) one of the several tests previously devised to measure Cortexiphan test subjects?
- If not, what purpose did eliminating Jones from 'the game' serve?