|Air Date:||18 Jan 13|
|Written by:||Alison Schapker|
|Directed by:||PJ Pesce|
|Guest Cast:|| Michael Cerveris as September|
Michael Kopsa as Captain Windmark
Seth Gabel as Agent Lee
Eugene Lipinski as December
Rowan Longworth as Michael
|Next:||An Enemy Of Fate|
|Previously:||The Boy Must Live|
|Transcript — Additional Images|
- Introduction .pdf version
Liberty is the twelfth episode of the fifth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 18 January, 2013. The team engages their desperate final plan to defeat the Observers as Olivia embarks on a dangerous mission through the alternate universe into the heart of enemy territory to recover Michael from Windmark's scientists.
In the Observer's Precinct Headquarters in Manhattan, one of Anil's top 'contacts' is on the job and fishing for information about the captured child Observer. Phillip Broyles corners a top-ranking Loyalist officer that works closely with Captain Windmark and asks about the high-value detainee that was taken into custody the day before. Where is the detainee being held? The Lieutenant is under strict orders not to share that information with anyone... it is a 'need to know' kind of thing. Broyles assures him that he has a need to know - Fringe Division has been tasked to reinforce the security detail for that detainee. Well, that is news to the Lieutenant. Broyles won't let the man wiggle away from the original question. There's supposed to be a measure of cooperation between their Departments. Where is the detainee? The Loyalist officer is worried about the recent protocol changes following the internal security breaches they have been suffering lately, and counter-espionage personnel like the Dove. Does the Lieutenant think that Broyles might be the spy? Naw. The detainee is in Detention Camp 17 on Liberty Island.
On Liberty Island, in one of Camp 17's science laboratories, Michael sits, strapped to his chair and awaiting his fate at the hands of Windmark. With his typical menace, the lead enforcer for the invading Observers removes his hat and takes a seat facing the persistently September, what is his interest in taking him from the future and hiding him. Staid and focused, Michael gives Windmark a taste of the communication he was asking for. Michael reflects Windmark's words back into his own mind, echoing and uncomfortable at the same time. Windmark sways and closes his eyes to regain his concentration, then realizes Michael's mind has inflicted a small hemorrhage in his sinus cavity. The trickle of blood from his nose catches Windmark off-guard and a quick wipe with a handkerchief means the questioning will continue. Not one to be easily intimidated, Michael concentrates and ruptures the blood vessels in Windmark's right eye when science team's plan to defeat the Observers. Windmark his seen enough - run a thorough diagnostic on the Anomaly. Find out what it is. Liberty Island. And what's worse is the facility he is in is like a fortress - not even Broyles has access through the five layers of security in-place there. Broyles sends a three-dimensional schematic of the Liberty Island facility for the team to review, then highlights the East Wing Neurological Research Unit. That is where Michael is and what Walter suspects is the worst scenario possible - they are going to experiment on his young, bald amigo. About the most that Broyles can offer is maritime support... a boat to get to the heavily defended and monitored island. But that option has almost no chance of succeeding because of the multiple redundant alarm systems. If one is tampered with, the others automatically lock the place down. Olivia is thinking outside of the paradigm that the others have limited themselves to. Why endure the traps and snares of this universe when a potential avenue of access may be totally undefended? What if she were to crossover to the alternate universe, voyage to Liberty Island, then step back into this universe and snatch Michael from his security handlers. Astrid reminds everyone that Olivia has already drained the Cortexiphan from her
Below Walter's Lab, the team makes its way down to the storage basement and the Cortexiphan stored there. Walter is certain that the 25 year-old drug is still good. He and William Bell concocted it with a shelf life of 127 years. Astrid wants to know how they are going to get the Cortexiphan to activate Olivia's ability quick enough to help Michael... when Olivia was tested as a child by Walter, she received controlled doses over an extended time before she manifested any of her talents. Walter believes Olivia's neural infrastructure developed a unique network when she was young and in the drug trial for Cortexiphan. Everything is all ready for her to be reactivated - essentially a large dose now would merely jump start her trans-dimensional powers, and her neural network would be as powerful as ever, at least temporarily. Olivia is more concerned about how long, or short, a period she would be reactivated, than about her health. Peter is more worried about the dangerous side effects. A massive dose, or any dose, has always been unpredictable. Exactly how will Olivia react? Seizures? Heart failure? Phase completely out of existence? Burst into flames? Yes, yes. Walter agrees that the risk involved is substantial - but he will do what he can to abate that risk as much as possible. Olivia is set on under-going the treatment and liberating Michael from Liberty Island. She reminds Peter about their commitment to see this mission to its completion: Michael is the lynchpin in that plan, and what else can they do so their daughter's sacrifice will not be in vain. Both feet in... that's the deal. Reluctantly, Peter concedes the point, but what if the Observer's are in control of the alternate universe too, when she gets there. What then? Stumped for a second, Astrid brainstorms the answer - let's take a peek. On the other side of the storage basement is the trans-dimensional viewing window that Walter used 51 years earlier to peep into the alternate universe, his counterpart lab there, and Peter's bedroom when he was terminally ill
In the Neurological Research facility on Liberty Island, Windmark watches as Michael receives an initial injection to begin the experimentation to see what makes him tick. The shot is designed to render Michael motionless from the neck down so his body functions do not interfere with the diagnostic evaluation they will be conducting from the neck up. A neural analyzer is lowered over Michael's head and activated. The cranial structure of the Observer anomaly is immediately visible on a nearby screen for Windmark to study. Dissatisfied with the hospitality he has been receiving, Michael scours slightly and generates another nosebleed for Windmark to deal with. Straining to maintain his composure, Captain Windmark exits the laboratory with instructions to be contacted when there are results from the testing.
On the southern tip of Manhattan, the science team arrives in the van from Boston and stops at Battery Park to get the closest view they can of Liberty Island from shore, without driving around to New Jersey. The plan is to quickly unload the trans-dimensional viewing window and take a quick, smart look across the Alternate universe Lady Liberty is intact and beautiful. The mission is a go, but first they will need Anil to get them into a safe local hideout with medical support - Olivia's Cortexiphan treatments are going to be physically rough on her.
Somewhere in far southern New York, the science team is led to, and granted access into the Resistance-maintained hideout that will allow Walter to mega-dose Olivia with Cortexiphan under a modicum of medical support and oversight, in case it all goes wrong. Anil's medical support, Tobin, a field surgeon for the Cause gathered what he could on short-notice, but doesn't have the defibrillator
Back in the safehouse, Astrid sits at Olivia's side while everyone waits for her to regain her senses. Walter takes a minute to make peace with Peter and discuss the peril Olivia is about to face. Sacrifice is difficult to deal with - both know that all too well. Walter wants to share more with Peter, something - a decision he made, is weighing heavily on his mind. Peter waits for Walter to share what he is thinking, but Walter demurs from the situation in favor of reviving Olivia. Olivia is not quite ready to depart her slumber... between her ears she is dreaming about her daughter and the bonding they generated when Henrietta was young, and recently before Windmark eliminated her. Olivia's waking thought is encouraging - the plan to defeat the Observers will prevent the 2015 Invasion and her daughter will never be in peril. When Olivia does manage to get her eyes open and focused in the real-world, Walter and Peter appear and disappear as the Cortexiphan she took induces fleeting visions of the universe she intends to visit soon. Time to leave the safety of the hideout and find the location of Fringe Division in the parallel universe, or at least where they left it two and a half decades earlier. Walter has a wristwatch for Olivia to take with her. With only a few hours until the heavy dosing wears-off, Olivia needs to get in-place on alt-Liberty Island, cross back into this universe and nab Michael, then egress back to the safety of the alternate universe before returning here. Side effects may include; dry-mouth, disorientation, hallucinations, lapses in time. Patients suffering these symptoms should contact their favorite mad scientist immediately and not operate heavy machinery.
The team drives through the back alleys of this universe's New York City to where they expect Olivia to find the alternate universe Fringe Division Headquarters when she crosses over. Walter sends her on her way with a hug, then a kiss on the forehead. Astrid reminds Olivia brane between universes and materializes intact in the alternate universe and right on target. The dirigible airship overhead confirms it. Still vigilant in the defense of their universe, the rapid response staff in the building immediately picks-up on Olivia's transgression into their space - the breach is just outside. Before Olivia can find her way through the front door, she is surrounded by agents with their pistols drawn. In the lunch room, Senior Agent Dunham gets the word of the breach on her earclip comm device. Agent Lee, and her genetic duplicate, Fringe Division Agent Dunham have led a happy existence Amber will do that for a gal. But tick-tock, time is running low and Olivia needs some serious help now. After a quick sit-down and recap of the situation with the Observers, Olivia shares that her daughter was the one that liberated the science team... oh boy! - the Cortexiphan might be playing tricks on Olivia. Walter did warn of hallucinations, but standing on the opposite side of the room is Olivia's pre-school daughter... listening intently to the conversation. Olivia tunes out of the gossip mill temporarily and her vision blurs - when she composes herself, her daughter is gone and her pals sense she is disoriented. Are you okay? Sure, but she needs to get cracking on the rescue mission to Liberty Island. Walter's guestimate wristwatch says she only has two hours of Cortexiphan capability remaining. First, Olivia needs a lift to Liberty Island, then when she returns there with Michael, she will need another ride to Battery Park so she can rendezvous with the science team in her fourth and final transition between universes. Lee gets busy coordinating the transportation while the two Olivias share a reflective moment - a lot has changed since
Back in this universe, and Walter's Lab, September diligently moves forward with assembling the device that is intended to defeat the Observers once and for all. With several cylinders of lime green liquid refined from the strange quartz ore recovered by the team, the growing apparatus gains a key component and nears completion. One last part, a reactor core to initiate the massive amount of power generated by the device, is inserted and tested for functionality. The subsystem powers-up and displays maximum capacity is possible once the device is deployed - good news - until the initiating reactor slowly fades and decays into a worthless chunk of metal. September will need to adjust the plan and find the type of
Captain Windmark returns to his era in 2609 AD Manhattan with an update for his commanding officer. The Progeny Observer is profoundly unique with an intellect more advanced than their own and a capacity for emotional responsiveness far greater than the native humans. Not even the diagnostic equipment they have can measure the Anomaly's capacity... which is incomprehensible. Windmark anticipates that the fugitive science team intends to utilize the boy to defeat the invading forces. The boss is troubled by the entire affair - but there may be opportunity to advance the Observer cause and their own evolution by studying Michael. Disassemble Michael and preserve the pieces. Windmark fears the worst - and would rather destroy Michael and eliminate the potential threat completely.
After quickly escorting Olivia to Department of Defense Headquarters on Liberty Island, Lee and Olivia get a few seconds to catch-up on things while Dunham pops into the Facilities Office to double-check that they are heading to the part of the compound that will allow Olivia to immediately find
... THWUMP! Olivia
Olivia and Michael return safely to the Department of Defense, but are no where near their support team, Agents Lee and Dunham. As the two set-out on foot to get
... WOOMF. As planned, the science team is ready and waiting for them back in this universe. Everyone rushes in to greet Michael and friend and get the gang into the van and moving. Olivia is frazzled after 4 Cortexiphan crossings, 2 Observer beatings and a light show in less than three hours, but she has the presence of mind to warn everyone - they know she was there and escaped with the boy... the team doesn't have much time before the Observers will be coming for them.
In his office at the precinct in Manhattan, Captain Windmark sits and makes notes as his Loyalist Lieutenant is 'called on the carpet' to report. The Lieutenant was one of only three officers who knew the location of their high-value detainee, Progeny XB-6783746. Windmark needs to know if that information was shared with anyone. The Lieutenant feels the gravity of Windmark's menace more than ever - so is completely forthright with the man who could aneurize his brain with one thought. Sir. Agent Broyles is the man I told. But he said, you said....
In a large, understated apartment complex in New York City, dishonored Observer explorer, September, finds his way to Apartment #513 and an old colleagues door. Retired Observer, December, answers the door with a somber greeting, 'I never thought I'd see you again.' September isn't there for the lively chit-chat. Walter Bishop is back and they have the Observer progeny. September is calling in an old debt - he needs some support.
|Windmark's interest in the Statue of Liberty (The Boy Must Live) foreshadows the pivotal events that happened on Liberty Island with the experimentation on, and subsequent rescue of, young Michael|
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on Liberty/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Why did September feel that December owed him something?
- Was the young man in the photo with Bolivia Dunham and Agent Lee their son, or her son, Henry?
- If the team was worried about Olivia arriving in front of the alt-Fringe Division HQ, why didn't they just use the viewing window like they did at Battery Park?
- Why did the team have to unload the viewing window from the van to use it - would it not have worked equally as well from the security of the vehicle?
- Does Walter have any of the tech that David Jones used to transit universes?
- If so, why did he not use it to reduce the Cortexiphan burden on Olivia when she first crossed over?