I hope it's okay but I'm going to write about Fringe tonight. The episode is "Five-Twenty-Ten" and it aired last Friday and will be up in about six hours at Fox and at Hulu. I just don't want to get stuck blogging on Saturday so I'm jumping the gun, if that's okay. I'm hoping it won't be a big deal since it'll be online so soon. (I cover what's streamable so I'm a week behind on Fringe.)
Blair Brown was back, finally, as Nina. They needed her help because they wanted to get into Billy's safe that was blocked off by rubble. They were hoping she had technology that could get rid of the rubble. She did.
Billy is Walter's old partner. Leonard Nimoy played him. He's dead and missing his hand. (Or we think that, anyway.) Walter cut off his hand. Why?
Because he's supposed to have something in the safe to help them.
Walter is becoming more like the old Walter. Old as in before the show started. Remember, he was in a mental institution when the show started. He had Billy remove a portion of his brain so he wouldn't become evil. That portion was put back in at the start of this season.
Nina, talking about Billy, mentions her surprise about his actions and Walter snaps (with great hatred and force) that Billy never loved her. Nina can't believe it. She tells him he asked her if she could see the old Walter and now she can.
They get into the safe and find a device that does what we're not sure and Walter's David Bowie album. Walter's furious Billy stole it. He also finds a photo of Nina. He takes it to Nina and tells her Billy kept it and he did love her.
Peter plays with the device and two beacons surface outside. They grab them and head out -- Peter in a car by himself claiming it's for their safety.
Peter with the Watchers power (via the computer thing he put in his head) is able to predict their patterns. He swipes a briefcase and puts the very first Fringe case -- the airplane (I think) where people's faces melted -- in it. It goes back to the Watchers and they're dealing with flesh and so not able to come investigate what Peter, Olivia, Walter and Astrid are up to.
Walter ends the episode listening to "The Man Who Sold The Earth" off his Bowie vinyl album.
Olivia knows there's a huge difference in Peter and their ending is his telling her what he did.
Olivia: "That thing in their heads? You implanted one in yourself?
She tries to object but he's just focused on avenging Etta's death. This was followed, at the very end of the episode, by his looking in the mirror, reaching up to rub his scalp and his hair falling out.
Remember, all the Watchers are bald.
Knowing how many episodes were left, I'd said that Fringe would end in January. Reader Alex e-mailed to tell me it ends Friday, January 18th with a two hour finale.
So thank you, Alex.
He says his only real complaint this season is not enough Nina and Broyles. He also states he's glad Etta's dead because she was a good character but got in the way of Olivia and Peter.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"