Letters Of Transit
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|Letters Of Transit|
|Air Date:||20 Apr 12|
|Written by:|| Akiva Goldsman|
|Directed by:||Joe Chappelle|
|Guest Cast:|| Georgina Haig as Henrietta Bishop|
Henry Cusick as Simon Foster
Michael Kopsa as Captain Windmark
Bradley Stryker as Rick (pimp)
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- Introduction .pdf version
Letters Of Transit is the nineteenth episode of the fourth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 20 April, 2012. The saga leaps ahead to 2036, where rogue agents from a marginalized Fringe Division recover most of the original Science Team after two decades encased in Amber. The Observers have most of the native population subjugated, oppressed and repressed as an inferior culture... but there is new hope.
They came from the future.
SynopsisBoston alley, a young Fringe agent walks through a graffiti-lined neighborhood on her way to the private, after-hours Epicenter Club. The doorman recognizes Henrietta Bishop and lets her through the locked security gate. Inside, Henrietta wanders Henrietta Bishop marches from the elevator looking to find one fellow Agent in particular. On the opposite side of the 'well-worn' Situation Simon Foster. Foster is talking to two subordinate agents and softly issuing some very discreet orders... cut down the dead Resistance Fighters that Loyalists have hung outside of one of Boston's historic 'destination hotels', and make sure the others don't get too brave in the aftermath. The men move off and Foster steps over to greet his subordinate - where the Hell have you been? Henrietta needs to talk to Simon, but not here. Publicly chastised by the boss, both of their tones change once they are out of earshot of co-workers. Privately he was worried, she's late. After an elevator ride to the bottom floor, they find solitude in the large interior lobby. Henrietta explains why she is errant... Rick. A Loyalist killed him. Simon is concerned for her judgment. It doesn't matter if she is with law enforcement, or not, dealing in 'Black Market' technology could make her a target too. Henrietta clarifies the circumstances. Civilian contact Rick was not running illegal technology in this case, Rick was satisfying an open order she placed with him way back when. An order she neglected to cancel - find out any information he can on the missing Fringe team. Foster is not pleased and more than a little frustrated. Bishop really needs to get over her fixation on this one issue... the original Fringe team isn't missing! They died two decades ago. Henrietta stands toe-to-toe with her good friend. Not true. The missing Fringe team is encased in Amber... she knows this because she has one of them in the lab.
Henrietta leads Foster to the Ambered Walter Bishop she has stashed in one of the quieter parts of the building. Simon is genuinely amazed at what he is seeing. Henrietta was right all along. She points-out to Simon the device in Walter's hand. It appears the Doctor may have triggered his own encapsulation. What was so terrible twenty
Upstairs in his office, Phillip Broyles gets an unannounced visit from the senior Observer at the Epicenter Club from the previous night. Captain Windmark saunters in to the office, removes his hat and places it on Broyles' desk, then parks his menacing self in a comfortable chair. After a nip of water from his boot flask, Windmark states his business - the deal with Rick's murder, as much as that personally pleases him, needs to be handled. Native-on-Native killing will not be tolerated on his watch in this era, there have already been four similar incidents this month. Broyles is familiar with the events of the previous night, but there aren't currently any leads in the case. The smarmy and unctous bureaucrat can't wait to wield his authority in the matter... bite my hand and I will put you down Agent Broyles. Handle this affair, or I will - and I don't think you will like my methods. Haggard from years of professional intimidation, Broyles gets the message loud and clear, then fires a shot of his own across the bow of the SS Windmark... what did you do centuries from now to land yourself such a nasty assignment back here in 2036? Windmark likes Broyles and has a smile and
Back in his 'unofficial lab', Agent Foster starts to work on extracting Walter from his golden stasis chamber. It won't be easy - the Amber that encases Walter is the good stuff... it can't be undone simply by converting it back to a non-solid state. A quick test confirms that. For a brief moment, Foster manages to convert a small sample to gas. Of course it immediately resolidifies and encases the tip of his index finger. In no pain, the only adverse impact on Simon is the utter delight the faux pas gives Henrietta. Encasement in this advanced Amber means Walter won't be able to emerge from it quickly enough before it recaptures him again. They need to find a way to dislodge Walter extremely quickly. There may be something in the Impound lock-up that may help.
Henrietta heads off to Impound with the correct paperwork she needs to see if she can liberate the piece of tech that might help free Walter. The creepy clerk there doesn't hesitate to name drop that he has Loyalist friends in Manhattan and that Simon is considered an untrustworty Fringe agent in that circle. His lax attitude and action toward the Resistance is notable. Henrietta is not intimidated by the smarmy clerk.. just give her the old Level-2 tech she needs and she'll be on her way.
Henrietta pays a visit to the Ministry of Science in Nina Sharp rolls out of her office in her wheelchair and gruffly greets the patient Fringe agent. Henrietta confronts Nina with a viable cover-story appropriate to the situation... the stuff Fringe Division needs is now six months overdue. Nina plays along so anyone within earshot can hear - Fringe Division is last in the pecking order when it comes to acquiring needed technology. Being lunchtime, the two women use the midday break to rally outside of the building and discuss the real reason Henrietta dropped-by.
Outside, the two move across the plaza toward the East River. Nina apologizes for the gruff demeanor. She can't hide her thoughts from the Observers the way Henrietta can, so she has to play the role fully. Has there been any progress with the blueprints they have for Walter's anti-Observer device. Some. They have gather for a chat. Walter doesn't remember Nina at all, and wanders over to the river as soon as his attention span shifts. Foster wants to know if there is anything Nina can do to help restore proper brain function to Walter. Getting Walter functional and finding the science team so they can save the world from the invaders is a great risk and the potential for great consequence. She can't help Walter herself, but he might recover some if they can implant the brain tissue that was surgically removed and stored at Massive Dynamic. He had brain tissue deliberately removed? Yes - and William Bell handled the procedure himself. Walter did not like the person he was becoming. Henrietta asks if Nina can bring it out to them. She cannot. The tissue is stored in a locked vault at the old Massive Dynamic building... across the river in Manhattan - Observer territory. No easy task getting in, or out.
While Simon and Henrietta get busy on the paperwork they need for access to Manhattan, Nina looks after Walter, staying on the esplanade next to the East River for the rest of her lunch break. Walter tinkers with her defective robotic limb while Nina talks on the phone with her one good hand. Simon is on the other end of the call and will be back soon to retrieve Walter. More fascinated with her arm than her conversation, Walter ends his annoyance with good news... her arm is repaired. Nina is delighted with the impromptu tune-up. Walter drifts again - a trip to the Circus would be nice.
← After making it to Midtown Manhattan through the throng of bald men infesting the area, Simon uses the security passcode given to him by Nina to enter the now abandoned Massive Dynamic Headquarters through its' shipping dock. Inside, as they make their way through the parking garage toward the heart of the building, Walter gets the eerie sense he has been here before. Of course he has - but his misfiring brain still won't let him remember. Nearly clear of the garage structure, none of the three notice the toe-high laser that activates security alerts at Fringe Division Operations in Boston. Underfunded and undermanned, Fringe Division is still diligent in what few duties it has remaining - so Broyles gets immediate word about the intrusion in New York City. That means the first order of busy is a phone call. Get Captain Windmark on the line.
In an old storage area filled with archaic office equipment and an ancient science team from decades earlier. Simon is curious about the strange (familiar) look Henrietta garnered from Walter back at Massive Dynamic. She doesn't know - Bishop still does seem a little strange. The equipment to dislodge the Ambered team is about ready for use.
Back at Fringe Division in the Boston Federal Building, Division Chief Broyles takes a video call from the Loyalist security officer that intercepted Agent Foster when he was infiltrating Manhattan at the rail station. The Loyalist lackey tells Broyles about the two people Foster had with him and the alleged familial status between Henrietta and Walter. The upshot security man wants to kick the whole affair upstairs to his boss, but Broyles insists he will handle it. Foster is a Fringe agent - and Fringe will police its' own. After the call, Broyles tells his man in Ops what he wants... activate the subcutaneous radio tracker implanted in Simon Foster and assemble a team to go after him.Astrid Farnsworth pops out of the Amber into Walter's arms. Henrietta quickly injects her with a cardio-pulmonary drug to stabilze her breathing following the transition from stasis. Walter is delighted that she could join the living - even though he botches her first name one more time. As good as it is to see Astrid, things may be more difficult on the next extraction - the wand Simon has been using is scorched... he can't blast the last member of the team out of the gaseous Amber.
Two men remain embedded in the Amber. One was close to Astrid, but further down the line, a second man, William Bell is not a top priority. Astrid checks him out and Walter joins her. The look of derision on Walter's face is demonstrative. He only has one command for Astrid - shhh! - as he pulls a laser scalpel out for use.
← Just a few minutes after the latest extraction, Broyles leads his Fringe team into the catacombs where most of his old science team has resided for the past two decades. Before him stands one of his lead agents - Simon Foster - embedded Phillip Broyles looks around the dusty storage area and finds a fresh, partially-consumed, red licorice stick.
On a high speed rail trip clear of 'Observer-town', Astrid has a critical tone for Walter's hasty retreat - you just left William Bell behind in the Amber? Walter has no compassion for Bell, particularly after what he did to Olivia. Besides, they don't really need Bell anyway... now that Walter has removed the Amber-encased right hand of Bell. Astrid is stunned. In the back of the train, Henrietta studies the landscape as it zooms by, reflecting on the loss of her close friend Simon. Peter joins her with the promise that they will do whatever they can to recover Simon from his situation. Henrietta turns and studies Peter's face much like she did with Walter. Something is familiar to her - does he somehow know her? Peter can't imagine why he would since he has been trapped for two decades. Then it hits him - Henrietta?!?! She smiles and gets teary-eyed... of course they know one another -- Hi Dad.
- Generic and fictional, Letters Of Transit are credentials, uniquely-issued by an occupying force, that allow the bearer unhampered passage through a contested region or warzone.
- Observer Sighting. September appears to be out of the loop in this specific future, but was referenced as providing key information to Walter when his society was attempting to purge this universe. The occupation force of Observer's seems to have adopted Manhattan as one of it's enclaves on the North American continent. Basically, you can't swing a dead resistance fighter without hitting an Observer.
- Cultural References
- Star Wars. Walter blurts the phrase "these aren't the 'droids you're looking for" in his post Amber stupor. The line is from the iconic movie from the original Star Wars trilogy, 'A New Hope', and spoken by the sage senior Obi-Wan. The subtext of the episode suggests that Walter is the New Hope for the universe, though Peter may fill the bill in that respect.
- The Prisoner. Walter, in defiance of authority declares - 'I am not a number, I am a free man!' - a well-known line from the cult-classic TV series, The Prisoner, from 1967
- Blade Runner. The preamble mimics the classic cult movie, including background music and red highlighting of key words.
- Production Notes
- This is only the second episode that Anna Torv has failed to appear in
- A new opening splash for the futuristic episode depicts the mood and concern for mankind's future
|The security shack on one of the Liberty Island piers (The Consultant) indicates that it is the checkpoint for mooring slips 20 thru 36, a subtle reference to the year (2036) that Astrid, Walter and Peter gain freedom after decades encased in Amber|
- Dolami by Sebastian
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Letters Of Transit/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Did the Observers invade both of the universes they were monitoring, or just this one?
- What did Windmark do in his era that landed him the "crap detail" known as 21st Century Earth?
- What does Walter hope to accomplish with the Amber-encased hand of William Bell he removed?
- Why was the science team encased in Amber?
- Why is William Bell encased in Amber with the science team?
- Is the status of the universe(s) in 2036 a by-product of Jones' manipulation of mankind's future in 2012 (Season 4)?
- Is the status of the universe(s) in 2036 a by-product of Peter establishing the trans-universal bridge on Liberty Island in 2011 (The Day We Died)?
- Is the status of the universe(s) in 2036 a by-product of The Observer's intervention in Peter's and/or Olivia's ultimate destiny?
- Is Henrietta close with Nina because Olivia was close with Nina (foster mom) in the 80s-90?
- Why does Henrietta Bishop wear a spent bullet on a necklace?
- What did William Bell do to Olivia, decades earlier, to distance Walter from their longtime friendship?
- Why was Olivia not encased in Amber with the others?
- What "unexpected event" happened to September before Walter was Ambered?
- What is the Walter-designed 'Beacon' device (holographic blueprint) designed to accomplish?
- Doe it operate like The Beacon that was used to trap and hold September?
- Is Henrietta Bishop able to hide her thoughts from the Observers because of genetically inherited Cortexiphan abilities?
- If her ability is not inherited, was she subjected to Cortexiphan testing?