Brave New World, Part 2
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|Brave New World, Part 2|
|Air Date:||11 May 2012|
|Written by:|| Akiva Goldsman|
|Directed by:||Joe Chappelle|
|Guest Cast:|| Leonard Nimoy as William Bell|
Michael Cerveris as The Observer
Rebecca Mader as Jessica Holt
Gerard Plunkett as Senator Van Horn
Marcia Moulton as Nurse
|Next:||Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11|
|Previously:||Brave New World, Part 1|
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Brave New World, Part 2 is the twenty-second episode of the fourth season of FRINGE and the back half of a saga changing season finale. It first aired on 11 May, 2012. William Bell brings his captured colleague, Walter Bishop, along as he transports his vessel full of mutant creatures to a precise spot in the North Atlantic. Olivia and Peter locate and board the vessel as Bell's plan to collapse the two universes comes to fruition. The Observer hadn't witnessed this potential outcome before now - and others need to be warned as a result.
SynopsisThe pristine environment, with designer fauna and flora, is the life’s work of one William Bell, esq. This is his brave new Eden following the Genesis he has selected to dole out to his fellow mankind. With Walter Bishop by his side, it seems almost like divine providence that they are together again at this juncture, having not seen each other for years. This universe Bell is building took considerably longer than the seven days the previous existence took to assemble. And with only a few days to go… presentation over... the final piece of Bell’s terminus event has already been set in motion. The elaborate 3-D presentation around them in Bell’s stateroom aboard the cargo steamer Talos, dematerializes back into traditional furnishings at the flick of the remote control clicker in Bell’s hand. It is as good as done, the designed end of all that has been. Walter holds his tongue, he can see he will have his work cutout for him this one last time, if he wants to put Bell down for good. Maniacal hubris notwithstanding.
In Walter’s Lab on one of Harvard’s many campuses, the sun is just up and Peter and Olivia have Cortexiphan Jessica Holt is on the opposite end of a panicky domestic situation. Jessica is cashing in on the good-will reciprocation deal Olivia offered only a day, or so, earlier. Certain that she has been followed ever since she left Walter’s Lab, a nanite-free Jessica is busy barricading herself in her home. Holt has managed to divert her daughter for a stay with the separated father, but fears she is presently being aggressively targeted. Fifty feet away, in the first floor hallway behind her, a bald man in a plain black suit, tie and Fedora, silently monitors the phone conversation. With Olivia coming over in a worried time of need, Holt ends the call and moves to another part of the house. The Observer stalks after her, and after just a few seconds, seems to be fly-papered where he walks. The abstract symbols embedded in the flooring beneath his feet, the ones that just lit up - they may to responsible for his entrapment. Quincy seems sedate and unthreatening when the duo Broyles. He is in the office with the bad news about Astrid. She has been found after an anonymous tip and was taken to Boston General Hospital with a gunshot injury. Farnsworth is out of surgery and the medical staff has declared her in stable condition. The science team needs to converge on the hospital, and grab Walter too. What? We thought Walter was with her. He must be off his leash.
At Astrid rests in bed surrounded by her colleagues and a bounty of gorgeous flower arrangements. Propped-up and lucid, she is worried about where Walter is now. Know one can answer that for her. The last she was in contact with Walter, she was in the waterfront warehouse where she was found with her wound. Walter thought Bell was still alive and that they might find a lead there. Astrid, you weren’t found at the waterfront. Somebody must have moved you and called 9-1-1, which means they didn't want you dead. A crew of armed men confronted her and Walter - they probably took him. Welling with tears, and apologetically to Peter, Astrid recalls how she tried to protect Walter, but just couldn’t evade the situation. Peter understands – not to worry. Astrid recalls the address for them to investigate – something weird was in progress… strange animals and sounds. Olivia supposes the warehouse has been vacated by now. If they kept Farnsworth from dying, they knew that she would eventually reveal the location of the place. Time to head down there to see if they can find anything of interest. As Peter steps out to leave, Olivia reports to Broyles that she informed the Police Department about the concern with Holt this morning. Broyles will keep an eye on that investigation for her while she begins the effort to track down Doctor Bishop. Astrid adds – Be careful. Good Fringe Division advice from one who rarely gets to do the field work.
Olivia parks the SUV out in front of the Boston Harbor warehouse and she and Peter finish the conversation they were having in the car as they walk to the business entrance, along the now empty mooring.
Inside the warehouse Team Fringe finds the last thing they were looking for – like a trophy on a stand, the Observer has been discarded in the center of a nearly vacated storage bay. Peter rushes forward to assist his recent ‘associate’ and gets the expected understatement of the month – ‘I am not here of my own volition.’ Olivia has her pistol out and sticks close to Peter, in case any of the warehouse crew are still around. Jessica Holt has brought the fly-papered, trans-dimensional traveler here… and her stepping from cover with her pistol leveled at Olivia’s head confirms it. Holt wants them away from her catch-of-day and for Olivia to discard her weapon.
This is not one of the impossibilities any of them ever imagined. slumps to the place he was just standing. Olivia gets to work tending to his wound, while Peter asks if September has information on Walter's wherabouts. No - he has no intel about Doctor Bishop. Olivia has full memories now of all timelines she has participated in and recalls the visit September initiated at the Brooklyn Opera House. Remember? The one where he stepped through a trans-dimensional window with a gunshot wound? Where he said - in every version of the future that she, Olivia, would have to die? Nope? September has no recollection of that because it never happened. Or... it hasn't happened yet. That must be it. Regaining his strength and preparing to continue his mission, he sees that he must investigate the future and find out what he meant when he told Olivia about her unavoidable demise. With fresh blood on his chest, September hopes he makes it back to her soon, then turns and exits through the Möbius Brane he spontaneously generated - either directly to the Opera House, or to the future. With sirens approaching, Bishop and Dunham have no patient to treat but they do have Jessica Holt to show for their work. She was their only lead, but in her current state - it does them no good. Peter thinks not and kicks Holt's fancy pistol aside to get her ready for an ambulance ride to the lab. Having assisted Walter a few times on this particular topic - Peter sees no reason why they can't still question Holt.
Back in Walter’s Lab, about twenty-five minutes later, the first responders to the waterfront warehouse have deposit Ms Holt in one of Walter’s examination chairs, and Peter starts connecting electrodes, measuring equipment and control apparatus as a preliminary for the Fringe science they are about to do. Olivia, not normally hands-on with the Fringe deadies, prepares a lengthy, thick gauge Nina Sharp arrives with two of Massive Dynamic’s finest. They have the suitcases with the high tech cranial gear that will get Holt chatting post mortem. Nina knows what she is doing – connect gun-sized piece of support equipment and loads it while her men admire the woman’s beauty… then drives a heavy duty spike into the side of Holt’s head as if she were roofing a new house. Thwtpp! Nina is going to need to talk other timeline details with Peter about just how he knew about this secret proprietary technology (Pilot) that belongs to Massive Dynamic. Thwtpp! Nina plants a second metal post in the opposite temple with instructions to maintain the interviewee’s body temperature at roughly eighty-five degrees. As Peter steps away to gather the necessary ice for that task, Nina huddles with a somber Olivia to offer some comfort – if Holt knows anything about Walter, soon they will too. Olivia is still trying to process the facts and the evidence… Holt manufactured their entire interaction? Why? The nanites were a huge risk to her life – and she was counting solely on Olivia to save her? And the deal with Jones -- they were counting on her to save Peter? Nina’s read on events-to-date has her reflecting on Bell’s belief in the unique powers that Cortexiphan children might develop. Does she know why William wants to activate Olivia specifically at this time? No, Nina does not, but she is certain that Bell’s knowledge of Olivia’s compassion and capacity for feeling, regardless of her trans-timeline memories, is why she is being targeted. Bell needs something specific from her - something only Olivia can provide.
Undersail and out to sea off of Boston Harbor, the Talos steams across the choppy waters in the bright midday sun. In Bell’s stateroom, Walter demands to know what Bell could
throws the ON switch that will hopefully get the newly dead red head chatting about Walter’s situation. Activating the cranial halo on the corpse drains most of the power from the lights and the non-essential electronics that are in use. With her synapses just starting to fire again, Holt’s eyes rotate randomly,dropped below the minimum red baseline needed to keep Holt in the game. Within seconds, Holt climbs back above the threshold and regains awareness. Her roaming chameleon eyes return, and she starts spewing out random and incoherent strings of memory. Where is her mom? Her childhood bicycle was blue…. Olivia takes a crack – Where is Bell?! Then Nina - Jessica, look at me. William Bell. Where is he? Holt is still in play mode and sings an old, perhaps cryptic, ditty about a man that is all wet - ♪A man must be blind or be out of his mind to go out to sea once more.♪ Peter steps in – is Bell on a boat?! Jessica Holt’s reanimation time is fading quickly… Bell needs an energy source… as her eyes finally focus, she slips back into her rhetoric: “We're all expendable in the wake of creation - Noah was a righteous man, and he brought onto The Ark every creature to populate the new world. Two by two.” Olivia has grown impatient and angry - Damn it, Jessica, what energy source? When Olivia grabs the corpse to shake it, much of the connected electronics short out, most of the laboratory lights explode and the local fusing breaches. As acrid smoke rises around them, Olivia wonders - Did I just do that? Yep. Nina has the good sense to get a gauss meter to check for electromagnetic energy. Olivia is riddled with a monstrous EM signature. That’s it. Bell has been so busy trying to activate all of Olivia’s Cortexiphan talents, it could only mean that she is supposed to be the energy source that collapses both universes. Nina has an idea how to turn this around to their advantage, locating Bell, and hopefully Walter, in the process.
SAIC Phillip Broyles briskly enters his Situation Room on what is probably its busiest day sincejoint task force are manning phones and researching leads as Massive Dynamic scientists and technicians put Nina Sharp’s plan into motion. One Agent has the latest info on William Bell’s tramp steamer, the Talos. It left harbor a little after Ten in the morning and in fifteen minutes had vanished from radar contact. Peter figures in the six hours since then, the vessel may be as far away as two hundred miles. Broyles makes a beeline to Nina for an update on Olivia. Sharp tells him about the extraordinary electromagnetic field Olivia generating – it may just be that Bell plans to use her to power the universe collapse. Nina doesn’t believe they can do anything to stop the energy potential she has, however, Olivia is resonating at 392.6 hertz, the same harmonic convergence that Bell would expect at the epicenter of the collapsing multiverse… the place he and his cargo ship to be to survive his Apocalypse - the 'calm at the center of the storm' (Welcome To Westfield), and Walter may be there too, if Bell still has him. Nina has her folks reassigning satellite tasking as they speak and reports start to flow. An odd squall has formed eighty miles east of the harbor… Bell’s safe haven? And the earthquakes are returning, all within seconds of one another. That’s it – the collapse has begun. Alright. Broyles has one directive for his staff… focus on
In a quiet briefing room well away from the hub of activity that is attempting to locate and deal with William Bell, Olivia has taken a self-imposed timeout to deal with the gravity of her involvement in the future of all mankind. Peter had noticed when Olivia slipped from the Situation Room and gave her a few minutes of private time before joining her. With his arm in the sling, following the beating David Jones delivered the night before, Peter hauls a chair from a nearby table, sidles-up close to his girl, throws a leg over and plops down for a 'who-loves-you?' pep-talk, It's gonna be okay. The pained smile on Olivia's face tells him she genuinely appreciates the effort to keep her propped-up. It's been a busy few months - I wonder what Bell has planned for me next? And no. Olivia doesn't think things will be okay. This whole affair is just as bad as when she was Cortexi-tested as a kid. It was all so scary and intimidating with Bell and Bishop in Jacksonville. And she felt so alone the entire time - and this, feels just like then. Nothing has changed and Olivia still feels like that little girl... Bell is still experimenting on her and using her. Peter begs to differ - something has changed. This time, she is not alone. A comforting 'soulmate' hug sells his point and promises a safe outcome.
Aboard William Bell’s modern Ark, Walter makes a passionate plea for his former
Arriving at the coordinates passed to them by the Command and Control team in the Situation Room, the three-ship helicopter formation establishes a visual holding pattern at about Wallflower), Olivia likely has as much juice in her system as the Olivia that Peter knew from his timeline of origin. That means she can power the breach and together, in physical contact with one another, jump between worlds. Nina is certain that Olivia’s extraordinary talent won’t fail her now… talent that has always been latent, talent she was denied knowledge of. That, or they jump in the ocean and die when the universes collapse in a few minutes. After a few seconds comprehending what has to be done… what they have to accomplish, Peter and Olivia slide the cargo door open and step out onto the left skid of the hovering helicopter. Peter studies the dropzone
With a firm grip, the two freefall through clear skies and across the dimensional barrier harboring the Talos as the two universes consume themselves. In the eye of the storm Bell fabricated, the weather is still quite violent. Peter and Olivia land roughly on the top of one of the stacked containers lining the main deck. Peter’s dislocated shoulder from the night before doesn’t respond well to the abuse and he nearly bounces overboard after landing. Olivia’s powerful grip, the one that got them to this dimension, won’t let Peter go and he quickly scrambles to his feet. He’s a tiny bit surprised they pulled that off. Armed and ready to put an end to things, Olivia and Peter follow a gangway below decks Yeats - echoing a passage about love of simple living and love of nature. Walter is familiar with the writing Bell is treating as scripture to his Apocalypse, but hasn’t wandered far from the display box with Bell’s pistol. Contemplating using it to ship’s bell he has on display… and gives it a ring… the harmonic resonance of the bell, disrupts William Bell’s presence in this universe. Within seconds, he evaporates into the trans-dimensional ether and out of sight with the assurance – they would have been so happy in his new Eden. On the other side of the room, Peter is going through his own private Hell as he lays the woman he loves flat on her back – lifeless.
Brave New World, Part 1) in his lab that was laced with pig brain... it self-sealed shortly after he sliced it open. Peter balks at the next step where Walter takes the letter opener and starts shiving it into the back of Olivia’s skull, near her brain stem. He has to do it – he needs to establish an exit path for the lead slug that went in through her forehead. With entry and exit wounding pretty much aligned, Walter looks around and finds a briefing pointer for the next bit of indelicate surgery. He telescopes the pointer out and crimps it with his teeth to ensure it doesn’t retract. With the three foot aluminum shaft that was just in his mouth, Walter takes one end and inserts into Olivia’s entry wound like an arrow into a quiver. He fishes around looking for the bullet in her head, knowing full well that time is running out. If he succeeds, any damage he is doing currently should repair itself when the Cortexiphan kicks into high gear. Peter cringes as the metal probe squishes and squeaks inside his girlfriends’ skull, then grimaces when Walter finds the spent slug and drives it out the back of her skull with a solid rap from a desk stapler. The bloody, goop covered, bullet that ‘saved the world’ plinks onto Bell’s leather clad desk and Walter slinks the aluminum pointer from Olive’s noggin. With the sense of urgency gone… the Bishop men go into wait-and-see mode, hoping that Agent Dunham returns to the living. Peter is ready to give up after a half minute of excruciating emotional duress. Slowly, the wound in her forehead heals, and Olivia begins to show signs of vitality - and the lads are nearly reduced to tears as she does so. It worked! .
On Capitol Hill, Senior Homeland Security Agent Phillip Broyles meets with a familiar colleague and gets the official word on Congressional actions following the incident with William Bell. Parked behind his desk,science squad will have full access to the specimens, as need be. Van Horn is grateful and shares the well wishes of the Oversight Committee that monitors and funds Fringe Division. The good news is that a significant increase in funding is being programmed for the operational and scientific resources that Broyles manages. The better news is that Agent Broyles' Reserve commission as Colonel is being upgraded too. The National Command Authority and DoD have decided to promote Broyles to Brigadier General, and on behalf of everyone, Van Horn assures Broyles that he has earned it. A proud handshake confirms it and closes the private meeting. Outside, waiting on the Capitol steps for Broyles, Nina Sharp is curious about the outcome of the meeting with the Senator as the two start to head-off together. Before he gets to the part about the promotion, Broyles tells Nina about the fully-funded Science Division he just inherited… too bad he doesn’t have anyone to put in charge of it, unless of course she wants to run it. The offer catches Nina by surpise, and tickles her funny-bone as she takes his arm. The thought of her working for him leaves them giggling like teenagers.
In a moderately busy hallway through a Boston General Hospital ward, Peter sits and contemplates the day’s ordeal while Walter rests his eyes for a few minutes and postulates about Olivia’s condition. With all of the
Peter knocks on Olivia’s open door as she gathers herself for release from hospital care. He has something she might want to see – the realty section of the local paper. Their house-hunting efforts may have just paid-off. While he was waiting for the verdict on her health, Peter discovered a small, two-storied residence in nearby Brookline that fits the criteria they had in mind when they started looking to buy… it’s perfect, and just the correct dose of normal they’ve been longing for. Her smile says “well done”, but her demeanor suggests she has another, higher, priority she wants to vent first. Not reading her vibe, Peter reflects on what he has been hearing for quite a while now – the Observer’s prophetic, ‘in every version of the future, Olivia had to die’... which she accomplished in Spades today – but only for a few minutes. Peter never wants to lose her ever again, and seals the sentiment with a kiss on the cheek and a gentle hug. Peter just starts to read Olivia’s body language and can sense something is pressing her – what? Did the doctor tell her something that she is hesitant to reveal? Not exactly, but yes. She… Agent Olive Dunham, is very much – pregnant. Whew. The subtle excitement of the announcement spreads rapidly to the smiles on their faces, not to mention the two look-ie loo-s standing in the doorway. Viral smile syndrome quickly claims the faces of Astrid and Walter too as Olivia and Peter share the most romantic of pre-nuptial kisses.
Late at night in his lab, Doctor Walter Bishop takes a break to satisfy his appetite with a toasted white bread PB&J sandwich. Softly whistling an infant’s lullaby, he perks up when he gets the impression he is not as alone as he thought he was. Not there for a snack of his own, Walter’s unannounced guest, September, stealthily appears a few feet away with another ominous prophecy – They are coming, we have to warn the others…. Who is coming?
- Talos. The name of Bell's ocean-going cargo vessel, Talos was a Greek god of myth that was more creative, and a better inventor, than his uncle, the god Daedalus
- Cultural References
- Star Wars. Peter references the iconic movie with the phrase "Jedi Mind Trick", referring to Olivia taking control of his movements in order to defeat Jones in physical battle (Brave New World, Part 1)
- Continuity Errors
- Placement. In the final act pregnancy announcement scene, Jackson's left hand is consistently on Torv's jowl in the two-shot looking over her shoulder at his face. In the reverse two-shot looking at her face, over his shoulder, his hand is no where near her jaw.
|The signage 'Eden' on the exterior of Bell's waterfront warehouse (Brave New World, Part 1) foreshadows the mission of Genesis that Bell undertakes with his modified creatures|
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1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Did The Observer have prior knowledge that Walter, specifically, would have to kill Olivia, in this or any timeline, to prevent the collapsing of the universes?
- Who is 'coming' that merits a visit by The Observer to Walter's lab to warn him personally?
- Who are the 'Others' that The Observer tells Walter they need to warn?
- After Olivia was eliminated as his power source, and he rang his ship's bell, where did William Bell 'evaporate' to?
- If Bell didn't go anywhere, did he simply cease to be... erased from the timeline?
- Does Bell have extended knowledge about the Observers, above and beyond that of the Fringe Task Force and Massive Dynamic?
- Did Bell exploit future technology to create the Stasis Runes, much as Neil Chung (Making Angels) exploited the recovered Observer device from Reiden Lake?
- If not, was the technology given to Bell to intentionally capture Observer's that might interfere with his grand scheme?
- Is Bell's sole intention to create a new universe to satisfy his assumption that since he was created in God's image, it was his destiny to become God?
- If not, what other objectives does he intend to accomplish beyond quelching his megalomania?