|Air Date:||12 October 12|
|Written by:||Graham Roland|
|Directed by:||Jeff Thomas|
|Guest Cast:|| Georgina Haig as Henrietta Bishop|
Paul McGillion as Edwin Massey
Connor Beardmore as River Massey
Michael Kopsa as Captain Windmark
Shaun Smyth as Anil
Gaelen Beatty as Loyalist Scout
|Next:||The Bullet That Saved The World|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
- Introduction .pdf version
The Recordist is the third episode of the fifth season of FRINGE. It first aired on October 12th, 2012. The science team continues its resistance efforts against the oppressive invasion forces from the future and are diverted into the forest to retrieve part of the puzzling plan Walter left himself. There they encounter a strange subculture devoted to recording all of recent human history before the invaders have rewritten mankind's past.
SynopsisAstrid continue to bore their way deeper into the Amber embankment with the laser they modified. heavily forested part of Northwest Pennsylvania. The entire area is undeveloped with nothing around it for miles. The group decides they will make the effort to go there, even though they aren't certain what they are supposed to look for, or be doing. Security is a concern and they will need to avoid checkpoints on the long road trip. Astrid will remain in the lab and continue working on videotape restoration. Walter wants to remain behind and tend to his medicinal herb needs, but won't be
In the rolling pine forests of Pennsylvania, Family Bishop finds the exact coordinates they are searching for along a simple two-lane road carving through the wilderness. The long voyage in Henrietta's van finds Walter as testy as ever... certain he has blood clots because he wasn't allowed to stop and stretch. Peter offers up the reality check - Walter. We are fugitives. We can't stop every five minutes. Olivia looks around and is unimpressed - this is it? Trees. Shrubs. Roadway. Them. Henrietta confirms the coordinates with her electronic map - precisely beneath their feet. Walter - what were you doing out here two decades ago? Suddenly, everyone's hackles go up, and they start visually searching the underbrush around them. Was that a sound? Is someone there? There is - behind the tree. Walter is certain it was a wicked Tree Dwarf. As they start after the smaller individual, Peter is sticking with the pragmatic probabilty - it's a kid. Nicely camouflaged to boot. Henrietta is enjoying this, she always wanted to go on missions with Mom. Now she has one. Deeper in the forest and well away from the van, Family Bishop is surrounded by camouflaged men with substantial weaponry. These are not the dwarves Walter is looking for.
In a quieter part of the compound, Edwin leads Walter through a pair of metal storm doors on the surface and down a spiral staircase to the shelter below. A technician works at a console next to the
Topside, a young adolescent approaches the Fringe team with a stack of hand-crafted graphic novels. Edwin's son, and Fringe historian, River, is hoping to get a few autographs from the real deal on his artwork. River is a bit starstruck with his visitors - they are true heroes who stood and fought against the invaders before he was born. He has created more than a few comic tales about Fringe Division: some are based on accounts he has heard, others are just fiction he came up with. Peter appreciates the praise, and the strong jawline River penned for him. One panel in Olivia's comic catches her eye and gets her thinking - her cartoon self is holding and nurturing a female infant... around her, the floor is litered with the dead Observers she just shot to protect the child. Astrid calls from the lab and needs to talk with Walter. She has been working with the
High in a Manhattan skyscraper, Captain Windmark looks out of his office window at the traffic below. An assistant escorts two Loyalist security men in with news to report. The handheld holographic device they deliver has evidence of the rogue Fringe team Windmark seeks. Needing to change a tire, security surveillance caught them in the process. They're in rural Pennsylvania.
At the Resistance headquarters complex a few hundred miles away in The Bronx, Anil takes a call from a mole they have embedded in the Loyalist ranks. The news is not good. He knows what Windmark knows - where Fringe Agent Henrietta Bishop and her friends are located in the mountains.
Clear of the mine and back in the encampment, Walter splits off from the group to study the cadaver while the kids take a break and set-up some of the equipment they brought asphyxiation. Maybe the high levels of toxic gases being introduced into the atmosphere by the Observers are related. Prolonged exposure may have created the drastic immune response that led to this extreme skin condition, like a severe form of Psoriasis. Edwin Massey finds Walter, excited with the information he recovered down in the archive.
Down in the guarded archive, the entire science team gathers and is briefed by Massey on his findings. The three-dimensional record shows an entry
Yanking the weather-stripping from the van, Peter and Olivia get some alone time. He wants to talk about the mood she seems to be in, she wants to dismiss it. She isn't upset
Back in camp, the suit Walter envisioned Route 11 on the way in and know they're in the area. Massey insists the group leave, there aren't many ways in and out of the area. Walter wants to finish his quest. He needs copper for the lining of the protective gear... something they may be able to get from another isolated tribe nearby. Massey is desperate for the Bishops to leave. If security forces are on the way, they will be here by morning, and destroy everything. All of the archives will be lost. Determined to remain until he gets safe passage into the cave, all Walter needs is the copper. Massey warns that the other group on the mountain, though they may be able to get the copper, won't trade with anyone they don't know. Massey's son points out that his father has talked to the group on the radio before. True. But Edwin has never met them, and he only talks to them when it is convenient for them. Peter points out that Edwin is the best chance for getting the copper they need, regardless of his relationship with the other group. Peter will even tag along as an armed escort. Walter offers-up some medical supplies if they need barter for the copper. Massey still wants out of the deal... build the suit back in Boston, then return to the mine when the threat for capture has gone. Henrietta sees a flaw in that option. If the camp does fall to a security sweep while they are back in Boston, Observer interrogations of Massey's troop will reveal the Bishop clan was there, and headed for the mine for the same rocks that 'Donald' was after decades earlier. They would surely seal the mine for good, in that case. Massey won't yield. All of his people are at risk, and Walter doesn't even know what the rocks he is after will do. And the folks over in the next quadrant, they are bad people... there is no guarantee they will get the copper they are going to ask for. Massey finally yields. He will radio the other group with the request. He also needs time to say good-bye to River, just in case he doesn't
← In the radio tent, Edwin Massey makes a call to the other group that shares the mountain with them. The call to KA-42 is received in short order. The offer to barter receives a negative - they don't have the copper that is needed. Is Ivan available to speak with?
On the all-season dirt road leading into the heavily forested area, a convoy of Loyalist enforcers drive through the dark countryside looking for their target. The lead vehicle stops and takes a digital image of the prominent tire tracks in the dust - the tread matches the make and model of the van they are after. The road ahead runs higher into the mountains. The stop does not go unnoticed. Henrietta is nearby on reconnaisance and sees that their time is limited.
Fresh news Astrid has repaired the videotape to the point that Walter's specifics on the tape can be understood. She sends the improved version of the tape over videophone to the Northern Pennsylvania encampment. The science team watches as the recording tells them they are looking for a crystallized form of quartz that will create a powerful energy source. Without the specialized mineral, they will not be able to implement the final phase of the plan to defeat the invaders. Forty pounds of the quartz is required. Massey rejoins the Bishops after Astrid's call with good news. The other group has two kilos of copper to trade, but he is backing out of the trip down the mountain - they can make the trade without him. Massey hands over directions to the meeting spot and the schematics for the solar technology they use here in Barksville. Those folks will gladly trade copper for the solar tech. Be careful.
Back at the top of the mountain, Edwin Massey walks to the gold mine with a lantern and a pail. The sullen look on Massey's face suggests a noble choice has been made... a choice with dire consequences. A fellow citizen sits near the entrance to the mine shaft and questions his arrival. Henrietta and Walter sit and work in the main gathering space back in camp. A loud clank rattles through the cold night air, getting everyone's attention. The noise came from the gold mine.Peter and Olivia back in camp, the entire team and a half dozen locals hurry to the mine shaft entrance with flashlights to investigate.
Still stunned with tremendous loss, River Massey makes his way to the underground archive and steps into the sterile chamber to Edwin Massey, the Recorder of History, made history. Like other great men before him, he gave his life selflessly in pursuit of freedom... and a better future.
In the early morning light, Henrietta's black van moves quickly along the dirt backroads through the thick pine forest of Northern Pennsylvania. The Loyalist search convoy races to intercept the vehicle and cuts the van off so it can't drive anywhere. A Loyalist enforcer hurries to the passenger door, opens it and fails to find what he was after. The male driver is alone -
← In a widely devastated ghost town, Peter hotwires an abandoned car to replace the van they sacrificed during their evasion. Walter throws his box of 'special rocks' in the back seat and jumps in beside them. Olivia reaches back and gives her daughter a maternal squeeze on the calf along with a loving smile - receiving a reciprocal smile for the effort. Peter puts the Vista Cruiser station wagon in gear and sets out for the long drive back. Pleased with the choice of transportation, Walter rolls down the window, dons his sunglasses and beams - Now this is a ride.
- Mine Lore. The 1923 Peruvian mine collapse that Walter cited, in which cannibalism was a factor, is fictional.
- Coodies. The skin condition suffered in the encampment may have been considered Leprous, centuries ago, but in modern medical terms it is a Lichenification of the dermis.
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on The Recordist/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Did Massey ask KA-42 (Ivan) to take Henrietta's van to help decoy the Loyalists away from his compound and people?
- What was Walter's relationship to the 'Donald' that was captured while trying to remove rocks from the mine?
- Do the unique quartz rocks the team loaded with them in the station wagon cause the acute corrosive asphyxiation that killed Massey, or was it something else in the mine?
- Did the Observers that took 'Donald' twenty-one years earlier leave something in the mine to cause the aggressive corrosive asphyxiation?
- If so, did they intend to make it a permanent deterrent for anyone that might harvest the unique, and potentially powerful, quartz ore?
- If so, are there other unique ores in the mine that they intended to protect?