The Boy Must Live
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|The Boy Must Live|
|Air Date:||11 Jan 13|
|Written by:||Graham Roland|
|Directed by:||Paul Holahan|
|Guest Cast:|| Michael Cerveris as September|
Michael Kopsa as Captain Windmark
Rowan Longworth as Michael
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The Boy Must Live is the eleventh episode of the fifth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 11 January, 2013. Walter finds more clues during sensory deprivation, helping the team locate September in his modest quarters. Captain Windmark reports to his Commander with a request for a variance in their grand scheme - and a requirement to capture the rogue Fringe Division science team. Young Michael sacrifices himself for the team.
The next morning in the lab, Walter and the science team, with Michael overseeing operations, generates an experiment to get Walter’s memory bank back to full capacity. Olivia checks on Walter to see if he is ready for the thought stimulating deprivation that she has previously endured more Peter coaching him from just outside of his salt water enclosure, Walter begins to mentally explore the surroundings he is bringing out of his repressed memory. Apart from the hair on September’s cranium, the home is otherwise unremarkable. How about outside the apartment? As the fog and overcast clear, Walter can see the top of the Empire State Building in Midtown Manhattan Astrid has been following along and triangulating as Walter describes his vision – it looks like September resides near the base of the Williamsburg Bridge, based on the angle of Walter's view. Her best calculations say that September’s apartment is in Brooklyn near the base of where the bridge used to be. Peter can only guess that if September is still alive, he could be living in the same place. The team might as well start its search there. Walter is upbeat and optimistic, a uniquely new outlook on life for him recently – let’s hurry down there.
In his office at the Observer Precinct in Manhattan, Captain Windmark sits and listens again to the garbled phone call Nina Sharp had in her office at the Ministry of Science recently. Collected from the sonic residue in Nina's office, the call has him focused and calculating the possibilities. Nina sacrificed her life to protect what she knew about the science team and their new charge - Michael, the young Observer progeny that eluded extermination as a genetic-engineered anomaly from the future. Windmark's lieutenant joins him with the news that Windmark's superior officer is prepared to meet with him presently. Windmark prepares for the short trip to the Commander's by donning his Fedora and overcoat, grabbing his briefcase and issuing his departing orders. Continue searching for the fugitives and alert me if there are any new developments. Windmark turns to his office windows, and instead of checking the weather or the traffic outside for his journey, he steps through the trans-dimensional portal he just created... and into the large domed plaza at his Headquarters. A quick check of the skyline confirms he hasn't gone far - 2609 AD Manhattan is just as smoggy, dreary and oppressive as he remembers it from his last visit home.Saint Claire's to join the Fringe Division - in the other timeline. And the joy and terror Peter brought to his life, like when he stepped into the Wave Sink Device. Walter can't explain what Michael shared with him - just the elation he feels. The bad news is the master plan to defeat the Observers was not part of the shared vision. Walter knows only that he feels more love for Peter than ever before - that is the source of his exultation, and now he has no desire to have any part of his brain removed to prevent a regression to his harsh, alter-superego self. Peter can live with that and grants a big bear hug to confirm the new contract. Olivia and Michael hang back and watch as the Bishop Boys reach a new level in their paternal bond.
In 2609 Manhattan, Anomaly XB-6783746, Michael, has been found and is being hidden in the past, in the year 2036. For what purpose? Windmark hasn't determined that yet, but in his reasoning, whoever hid the progeny child did so to ensure its survival - because they thought him important.
In Brooklyn, Walter scans the upstairs windows of the apartment complex and recognizes which one he was staring out of during his recollected vision. That one. There! Inside the building, the foursome finds its way around the nicely decorated facility and locates doorway #211, the apartment that Walter is certain to hold the next key in the mystery of his missing colleague. After ringing the buzzer and a confident knock, a half dozen locks unbolt and September cracks the door open to greet his visitors. Walter - You're alive. I never thought I'd see you again. That's understandable - we were frozen in time... trapped in Amber for the past twenty-one years. The not-so-young Michael draws September's most heartfelt attention. He kneels down, lowers the boy's hood and looks fondly into his eyes.Henrietta. September explains what he can, amazed that Walter's memory was wiped so clean of all the details. When he disappeared from the Lab with his gunshot wound to the chest (The End Of All Things), his colleagues removed his brain implant as punishment for his repeated interference in the timeline. They studied him as he went through the biological reversion process to a more natural human state. He was deposited back in this timeline after they were through experimenting on him, which is fine by September, aka Donald, this era in history interests and appeals to him most. And the Donald alias? - from actor/dancer/singer Donald O'Connor and the classic movie, Singing In The Rain. The first movie he and Walter watched together after September was reverted and returned to the era. Michael has been waiting patiently and seems bored. September retrieves a small music box from a trinket case and cranks the small handle on it to release a familiar tune. Michael seems less disinterested and takes over the chore of cranking out the tune from the small mechanical device. Walter is curious about the boy's origin. September explains that Michael was, or will be, born hundreds of years from now in a laboratory, like all Observers. Well before that, in 2167, a scientist in Oslo, determined that the human intellect could be expanded by co-opting portions of the brain that has been previously dedicated to processing emotion, instead using it for cognitive function. That scientific breakthrough eventually led to the Observer population, where things like jealousy, anger, greed, and aggression were abandoned in favor of intellectual capacity. The downside was that society became so intelligent and efficient, that it lost perspective of the value emotion added to life... and things like empathy, compassion, and love were machined-out of humanity too. Even romantic love gave way to reproductive
In 2609 Manhattan, Captain Windmark is busy researching the history of the child progeny, XB-6783746, at the bio-reproductive facility that generates fresh talent from the gene pool available and selected to receive the brain stem implants used to further their society. The Observer scientist-in-charge calls up the data Windmark needs and notes that the progeny was pulled from the program before it had matured because its brain had developed differently than other offspring. Windmark is curious who may have had a unique interest in this individual - whose genetic material was used to create this progeny?
With the information he garnered from the historical database on genetics, Captain Windmark returns to his superior officer with the pertinent information, and a request. The genetic donor for the missing Anomaly was one of the original twelve science team that traveled back in time to observe primitive humanity. His codename is September and he was banished for sympathizing with the fugitives they are tracking in 2036 - the same fugitives who are in possession of Progeny XB-6783746. Windmark, however, does not know why they are protecting him. What he would like from the Commander is to suspend the current timeline protocol and travel to a moment in history where he can eradicate these individuals. The boss won't allow it, believing that the fugitives are inconsequential and pose only a minimal threat. Any disruption in current protocol at this point might diminish the nearly perfect chance they currently estimate in succeeding in their overall mission. Windmark is more intent on the small probability, one-in-a-million, the boy poses in contributing to mission failure - he should not have survived, yet he did. The Commander senses that something more has one of his top officers preoccupied. It does - Windmark admits that he has become consumed with ending the fugitives existence... an obsession he does not understand. Request denied. Protocol will remain intact.holographic blueprint Walter has will allow them to assemble the device that can get Michael up to 2167 to work his magic. Olivia has been relatively quiet, absorbing the information-sharing, then heads to the kitchen to grab a glass of water. Peter goes along to check on her - are you okay? Maybe. All of the time-travel, Observer-squashing, tech-talk has Olivia believing that in this deal, they are going to get their daughter back some how. The plan - resets time Peter! Olivia can see in Peter's face that he isn't entirely on-board with the concept. You don't believe it? No, Peter wants Henrietta back more than anything and wants to believe it will happen, but his pragmatism is overshadowing her optimism at this point - we've still
Back in his Manhattan office in 2036, and carrying on his duties, Windmark takes a briefing from one of his assistants and learns that September was detained at a mine in 2015 while extracting rocks from it. The reason he was collecting the specimen was not ascertained during questioning, but the former Observer was released and branded as a ‘known offender’. Windmark knows that labeled offenders are tagged and orders location measures be taken
A short while later, Captain Windmark and two of his subordinates step through trans-dimensional portals directly into September’s apartment across the East River from Manhattan. With pistols drawn, the two back-up men begin searching the apartment. Windmark seems fascinated with the piano and the sheet music. One man finds a bloody towel in the sink along with pointy tweezers. It appears the tracking chip has been removed and destroyed... the likely reason they were not able to track the dishonored Observer before they arrived. The cocoa mug next to the couch is still warm - someone was just here. Have footage from the surveillance cameras in the area reviewed immediately. Windmark investigates the bedroom. In the room, full of collectibles, a snow globe with local landmarks catches his primary attention. The flip of a switch on the sound system fills the space with soft, soulful jazz music.
As Windmark stands and assesses September's jazz preference, one of his associates joins him in the bedroom. Windmark looks down at the strangest thing - his subordinate's foot is tapping in time with the music on the hard oak floor. Odd - yes, as the two share a brief glance of ignorance as to the cause of rhythm. Not so odd is the realization that a flashing green light over the door suddenly turns red as a small light bomb in the apartment detonates in an attempt to assassinate them. Instinctually, both men immediately establish and transit a trans-dimensional portal to the street below before they are totally engulfed by the quantum event. A quick check of the second-story home confirms they barely escaped with their lives.
September leads Walter to his storage garage and both enter to recover the components needed to complete the device they designed two decades earlier. September immmediately locates the few parts and pieces they require, then realizes that Walter wanted to be alone in the garage so they could talk privately. Walter tells him about the encounter in the Harvard lab where Michael touched him and imparted all types of experiences and memories to him. Michael shared his awareness of a separate timeline where he and Peter were pulled from Reiden Lake by September. The hitch that Walter is just figuring-out is that when September told him - The boy is important. He must live - he was talking about his son... Michael must live.
Outside, Walter and September return to the minivan with a few of the items they need to go ahead with the plan to defeat the Observers. September needs to gather a few more items elsewhere and will join them later when he has collected the rest of the components. Everyone wishes September well, including Michael his son. September squats low to make eye-to-eye contact with Anomaly XB-6783746 and touches his hand - he will see him again... that's a promise.
- Full Circle. September lives next to the East River in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Northwest Brooklyn in 2036, following his disbarring from the ranks of the Observers. Near the East River in Williamsburg is where the first Beacon (The Arrival) bored to the surface in 2008, September's first Observer-centric episode.
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- Are September and Michael sharing thoughts/visions when they press their hands against one another's?
- Has September lost all of his high tech-induced abilities, like time travel, or has he retained a few of the more subtle ones?
- Was there something specifically encoded in the jazz music that caused Windmark's Lieutenant to spontaneously start tapping his toes?
- Did Michael turn himself over because he knows that action, in and of itself, is part of the plan to defeat the Observers?
- Did Michael give Walter the vision of his own demise in order to get Walter to self-eliminate from the equation, not unlike Nina did?
- Is Windmark genuinely obsessed with capturing the fugitives, or is he being guided onto a unique timeline path to his own demise?
- Unaware that Peter has removed the tech implant from his brain stem, is Windmark adjusting his routine, paranoid at the possibility he is being manipulated?
- Did September intentionally take a separate route from the science team, knowing that Michael was at risk of capture, or intending to turn himself over to Windmark?
- Are September and Michael working to defeat the Invaders in accordance with the goals of the science team and Resistance, or are they operating in support of a separate agenda?
- Will killing the ancestors of the Oslo scientist that is responsible for the Observer bio-technology, now, in this century, serve to eliminate the Observers from the future?
- Are Peter and September able to temporarily implant Observer tech devices long enough to escort Michael to 2167 to meet the scientists developing pre-Observer bio-evolution?
- Does Windmark plan to ignore his Commander's directive and violate timeline Protocols to corral the fugitive science team outside of 2036?
- Will Windmark calculate the science team's objective of interference in 2167 and attempt to intercept and eliminate them, or Michael, there?