The Human Kind
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|The Human Kind|
|Air Date:||07 December 12|
|Written by:||Alison Schapker|
|Directed by:||Dennis Smith|
|Guest Cast:|| Michael Kopsa as Captain Windmark|
Jill Scott as Simone
Shaun Smyth as Anil
Kett Turton as Briggs
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The Human Kind is the eighth episode of the fifth season of FRINGE. It first aired on December 7th, 2012. The team uncovers another videotape and Olivia sets out to recover a large magnet from a clairevoyant woman. Windmark tracks Peter to Henrietta's apartment and is lead down a path to his future demise. Walter and Astrid determine that the device in Peter's head may not be removed if he evolves much more.
In Henrietta Bishop's apartment, her father continues his calculations of probabilities that will deliver Captain Windmark to the right lab, Walter sits with Astrid and watches videotape #8 in the grand plan to defeat the Observers. The mission, according to the tape, hinges on recovering a large electromagnet from the town of Fitchburg, forty-six miles Northwest of Boston. Walter's lab and crawls up through the ducting to join her peers. Walter can see that Olivia is upset. Once she hands over the Observer tech and explains the circumstances, Walter grows concerned too. When did Peter implant himself with the tech - and is he manifesting any of the Observer traits. Olivia has seen Peter read time like the Observers and anticipate what she is about to say, also. If Walter can test this new device, maybe they can find a way to neutralize the technology - but he'll need organic material to run diagnostics. He has some of Bell's experiments in the basement. The brain of a preserved porcupine-man should do the trick. Peter calls Olivia and Walter insists on taking the call. Walter needs Peter to return to the lab so he can study what is happening to him. Implanting the tech may be really dangerous, and more than that, Walter needs him back to help him through the rough patch he is experiencing himself. Peter called primarily to warn the rest of the science team not to return to Henrietta's apartment, it has been compromised. About the implant, Peter is experiencing so much new capacity, and he is in complete control of it. After the call, Peter looks up at a nearby building, six stories above street level, Walter’s image appears on large billboards – as a wanted fugitive. Olivia needs to do something productive. She will head out to Fitchburg alone and try to locate the electromagnet that may, or may not, be waiting for them. Time to stick with the plan and not go rogue like Peter.
In Manhattan, Peter patrols the streets and attempts to determine a possible outcome that will alter Captain Windmark’s navigation through the urban confusion. Peter visualizes himself with a
On the rural side of Fitchburg, Olivia finds the scrapyard that Walter was referring to in his latest recovered video. The overgrown lot is lined with metal dumpsters and an assorted quantity of other industrial implements. As Olivia drives up, a young girl runs parallel through the rusting wreckage - excited that they have a new visitor. Olivia parks and walks to the center of the compound. Carlos is unloading a pick-up truck and greets her. Olivia comes to the point of her visit... she is there to barter for a heavy-duty industrial electromagnet. Carlos wasn't expecting that - he needs to go fetch the boss for this exchange. Inside the business, Simone is on the phone trying to work a deal with a potential customer who needs piping. She can sell the piping, but really needs to deal in food, not cash. A lot of folks depend on Simone and they are hungry. After the call, Carlos calls-up the security footage of Olivia waiting outside - she wants the magnet. Simone is exasperated - it's her. Carlos gets additional
In the lab, Walter
In the salvage
Back in New York City, Peter continues to stalk and plan the demise of Captain Windmark, this time from an abandoned office building overlooking Windmark's routine path from his office. Peter does a few advanced calculations in his head then visualizes Windmark leaving his vehicle on the street and appearing in the abandoned office space directly behind him - which Windmark has just done. Facing his would-be assassin, flip out of the way. Both men continue and land punch after punch as they crash through and into things in high speed. Both use their skill to step through trans-dimensional portals to regain the advantage during the battle royale, appearing behind one another to inflict more damage. Bloody and battered, Windmark gains the upper-hand and punishes Peter with Henrietta's final thoughts as he was preparing to kill her. Peter sees what Windmark shares telepathically... the idyllic day in the park that three year-old Henrietta was having with her parents, minutes before the invasion by the Observers started. Windmark puts a knife to Peter's neck but is knocked back before he can start slicing. Peter turns to defend himself and Windmark's lieutenant steps through a portal directly behind Peter, wraps his arms around Peter and stabs him in the left clavicle. Windmark charges back in to finish Peter off and receives Peter's boot to the chest. Now one-on-one with the lieutenant, Peter generates his own trans-dimensional window behind the Observer and uses the man's own knife to stab him in the chest and kill him. Injured, but not having lost his life to Windmark, Peter exits the building through another trans-dimensional portal. Windmark looks at his dead colleague and decides to take it to the streets and look for Peter himself. Windmark's portal drops him at a busy intersection nearby to study traffic, pedestrians and the entrances and exits of surrounding buildings. Peter is farther away, blending in with the foot-traffic on a narrow avenue. That stab wound is going to need some attention.
Back in Walter's lab, he and Astrid, continue working Astrid have discovered. They ran a diagnostic simulation of an Observer tech implant similar to his, and it's not good. The device completely reshapes the brain, and territory usually reserved for processing emotions is being co-opted in favor of logic functionality. Like an automaton reciting an encyclopedia, Peter is familiar with the process he has inflicted on himself. The nucleus accumbens in his limbic system is shrinking and emotional memory is being suppressed in favor of higher rational thought and expanding his cerebral cortex. Peter has no regrets about what he is doing and he is certain that Walter, of all people, can appreciate what it might feel like to tap into the full potential of the human brain. What has Walter worried is that the changes Peter has initiated by implanting the tech device is his brain stem may soon be irreversible. There won't anything Walter can do to get Peter back to normal. Peter is undeterred in his mission to avenge his daughter. He will manipulate Windmark's future - setting him on a path of Peter's design...
On a rural backroad through the woods leading out of Fitchburg, Olivia drives the large flatbed truck carrying the enormous electro-magnet needed to defeat the Observers. She places a call to Anil in New York with a request for some logistical support by the Resistance forces. She needs a place to store her rather cumbersome cargo. Anil can help - they have a warehouse outside of Boston. He will coordinate a rendezvous with someone that will meet her and lead her to the place, once she is a little closer in. Olivia ends the call early. Up ahead on the narrow road are a couple of vehicles that look like they have collided. Thru-traffic is blocked. On the turf are what looks like the dead, or injured. Olivia stops and hops out to investigate. She flips a body over and it is just a mannequin positioned to look like someone that was injured in the crash. Two highway robbers pop-up and ambush Olivia before she can defend herself. What's in the truck? Do you have any money? Caught at gunpoint, Olivia has her weapon taken from her and her image scanned into a portal handheld reader. The reader quickly seals her fate - she is money, or at least the bounty for her on Reward Wire is. Unwilling to submit, Olivia delivers a few kicks and punches before a pistol-whipping to the face drops her where she stands.
In his office, top security dog Windmark gets word of the Reward Wire call that is underway to claim the bounty on Dunham. He hears the caller's terms to get the money upfront, before handing over the captured fugitive. Windmark thinks for a brief moment... but yes, the terms are acceptable.
In the Observer precinct building in Manhattan, Peter has found his way to one of the electrical service bays in the heart of the structure. With a few tools, he pops the cover off of an electrical circuit box for an elevator and opens a wiring panel inside. After a quick check of the watch, to make sure his calculations work correctly, Peter snips a few specific wires to achieve the result he desires. Upstairs in the office space, Windmark approaches an elevator for a ride to a different floor. After pressing the call button several times, with no resultant elevator, Windmark decides he'll take the stairs instead. Peter waits in the electrical room, looks up and visually hypothesizes he was successful in getting Windmark to take the stairs,
Knowing she doesn't have much time left before she is hauled away and incarcerated, Olivia moves quickly to takedown the two profiteering felons holding her and Walter's electromagnet. After soaking a rag with a flammable liquid and placing it on the floor, Olivia configures the compressor with a hose and a long narrow tube - enough to fire a makeshift projectile at one of her new friends in the main workshop. Of the many projectile quality objects in the mechanical workshop, Olivia chooses to stick with an old family friend - the bullet her daughter had carried for years in memory of her. Olivia slides the deformed slug in to the makeshift barrel and sets her trap. A spark on the flammable cloth starts a cloud of smoke wafting about the shop. Briggs is inside the building, gathering his stuff for the drive to Sector 7 and rushes to see what is causing the smoke. With his pistol drawn he demands to know what is going on. Olivia is standing with her hands behind as if she were still tied-up. Before Briggs can finish his sentence, Olivia stomps on the foot switch she rigged, and her favorite slug finds its target - the middle of Briggs forehead, dropping him like a sack of potatoes. Olivia secures his pistol and heads into the larger shop to get the drop on Stratton as he returns from an errand outside. He wants to smooth-talk and quick draw Olivia in one move, but she shoots him before he can get his hand on his weapon. Boom! Olivia knows she needs to get going but takes a second to see where her heirloom slug wound up. Former felon Briggs was nice enough to let the bullet pass clean through his skull and lodge in the wood trim behind him. Olivia finds it and plucks it out to take with her. Sweet.Anil is arranging to store it in. Walter's shares his day with her - Peter came back. Walter tried to convince Peter to remove the Observer device from his brain... and that if he didn't do that soon, the process might be irreversible. Peter could not be swayed one iota and Walter is at wits end for what to do next. Olivia studies the bullet slug Henrietta carried around her neck for so long - maybe she can get through to Peter on this issue. Walter, do you know where Peter is?
In the pouring rain of Manhattan, Peter crouches on an isolated balcony five-storys above the evening foot-traffic in the plaza below. With his binoculars, he can see the comings and goings a couple of hundreds of yards away. Walter knew exactly where Peter was and Olivia made the long trip south to try and talk some sense into him. She knows that Windmark nearly got the Henrietta, or anybody for that matter. Olivia doesn't want to lose him again like she did when Henrietta went missing during The Purge. With what little emotion he has left, Peter recounts his battle with Windmark earlier that day - Windmark passed him the vision he drew from Henrietta just before he shot her... it was of her parents. The three of them were playing in the Park when the invasion began and life went wrong. Henrietta's last thoughts were her childhood memory of Peter and Olivia. So, tomorrow - Windmark will die. If Peter removes the implant in his brain before then, Windmark will survive tomorrow. Olivia is sticking to her guns. What if tomorrow is too late for the implant and it becomes permanent? Their daughter is not gone, she's still here with us. The love they carry for her, and share
- Power Tools. The petty criminals that hijacked Olivia back to their tool-laden workshop, Briggs & Stratton, are name play on the popular toolmaking corporation of the same name.
|In the crane structure above Kelvin Genetics (Five-Twenty-Ten), the spray-painted tag Oracle foreshadows the importance of Simone - an oracle of intuition, vision and divine knowing in the overall plan to defeat the Observers|
|— Plot Relevant Questions —||Address theories about questions on The Human Kind/Theories Ask minor questions on the Talk Page|
1) Do not answer the questions here.
- Did Walter meet with Simone's mother twenty-one years earlier and arrange for the electro-magnet?
- If not, what other gray-haired gent made the arrangements?
- If so, what did Walter say/do to convince her to build and store the device, then suffer the financial hardship of doing so?
- Was Simone's mother a psychic anomaly too?
- Did she know Walter years before he came to her with a request for the electro-magnet?
- Does Simone see something in Olivia's future that she did not share with Olivia?
- Did one of Simone's people call the hijackers and warn them that a Tier-1 Reward Wire Fugitive was headed their way?
- Did Peter retain any of the speed, strength, agility or mental prowess associated with the implant, once he removed it?
- Does Peter have an advantage over Windmark now that he has removed the Observer tech from his brain and is capable of more emotional, or less logical, decision-making?