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Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11 is the first episode of the fifth season of FRINGE. It first aired on 28 September, 2012. Picking-up where Letters Of Transit left off, the science team, preserved in amber until 2036, joins the resistance forces fighting for freedom against the technologically-advanced invasion forces from the future. Reunited with his grown daughter after two decades, Peter and Henrietta set out to locate and revive Olivia to help in the battle against the fascist regime.
In a sunny urban park on an idyllic day, a young girl picks a dandelion and blows the seed pods into the wind. Her parents, Peter and Olivia lay in the grass and watch with pastoral delight as their progeny plays and explores. Without warning, a bright flash above the downtown skyline sends those in the park into a panic and running for safety. The young girl seems unaware of the pending danger as Observers begin stepping into this dimension from thin air. Peter rushes to grab his daughter and fails as he is overcome by light. He regains awareness as he is searching a triage tent for Olivia. Olivia is fine and resting according to the medical staff, but his daughter was never part of the equation. No children were brought in for medical attention. Peter feverishly continues his search for young Henrietta -- then jolts awake from the nightmare
he was experiencing. It's early morning in his daughter's apartment and he has spent the night on her couch. The invasion events, and separation anxiety from 'The Purge' decades earlier still haunt his dreams.
Walter is asleep on a nearby couch, so Peter quietly gets-up to check on Henrietta as she sleeps in her own bedroom. She was starting to wake and tells her father she is alright... is he? He leaves her be and she rolls over and locates her treasured necklace from the stack of pillows. Walter stirs from his sleep and checks out the window. 2036 is still
as bleak as when he went to sleep the night before. In the kitchen, Astrid
has already been 'up-and-at-em' for awhile. She has some tea ready for Peter when he joins her in the kitchen, although her biggest concern after two decades in Amber seems to be educating the holographic board game
that refuses to validate her word choice. Walter is his typical grumpy self and upset that he was allowed to oversleep - they should all be out there already searching for Olivia. Peter
wants nothing more than to find Olivia... but where to start? Walter remembers that the last time he talked to Olivia, she was right here in New York City at Columbus Circle
, just off of the southwest corner of Central Park
. She called him the day she disappeared and he could hardly hear her before the line went dead. Peter reminds Walter that was twenty-one years earlier, and that she could be anywhere now. Walter has to find her - Olivia was sent to retrieve a crucial piece of the puzzle - and his holographic blueprint means nothing without it. With it, they can finish the plan to defeat the Observers. Walter
recalls how he and September
devised the unique deception: after completing each component, the information was scrambled in Walter's mind as a precaution against cerebral scanning by any Observer
. Once Olivia returned with the component that was left at Grand Central Station
, the fragmented plan would become clear to Walter. Olivia was on her way back with the component when she vanished. Walter Ambered the science team just a few days later to protect everything. Peter reassures Henrietta
- if her mother is alive, they will find her.
Henrietta drives the group to Columbus Circle in
her van to begin the search for Olivia. Walter is dismayed at the condition of the once affluent part of midtown NYC - the graffiti-covered corrugated steel fencing lining Central Park is a travesty. Peter finds some high ground to look over the wall at the park, which has been leveled flat and contains acre after acre of soot covered machinery. What's the deal? Henrietta explains - every continent has a facility like this, the air on the planet is too oxygen-rich for the invaders and they need to generate some major pollution. What is good for them is bad for the natives though... the average lifespan is expected to decline to about forty-five years. Walter remembers his call from Olivia twenty years earlier, which, to him, was less than a week of elapsed time. He remembers that she was on the run. Astrid looks around from Peter's elevated vantage point and spots a nearby building that has been Ambered. Walter agrees that would be the place to start. He and Olivia had discussed the possibility of using Amber as a last resort to being caught by the Observers - and she had an Ambering device with her. Once they approach the building they can see they probably won't find Olivia there. Someone has removed the still encased bodies of the trapped from the site. Sounds like the work of Amber Gypsies.
Henrietta leads the science trio to a neighborhood that may yield some results in the hunt for Olivia. The multi-cultural ghetto thrives with the rhythms and characters one might have expected in the
dregs of an oppressed society - the black market thrives at this street fair. Walter takes a fancy to a silent Geisha as she sits and rocks on the crowded sidewalk. Once the group gets close to their destination, Henrietta gives directions for the rest of the hike. She can't get any closer because someone may recognize her as a Fringe Division agent - and that won't help find Olivia. She gives her father something to trade, in case he needs information. A wad of cash will help, but a small pouch of walnuts may be more valuable. The six ounces, or so, she hands him is worth about $3,000 (USD)
. Peter and Astrid press ahead and find the proprietor they were directed to. The man interrupts his soup long enough to rack a shotgun into Peter's face, intending to drive off the noob. Peter guarantees the businessman that they aren't on the Loyalist side of society - they are just concerned family that want to check the latest Amber harvest. After they gain entrance, the suspicious owner activates a red security button. Walter has remained behind with Henrietta and is enamored with the grown women. To him, she will always be the young girl he remembered. For him, it was only two months ago that he took her to the pier and let her ride the carousel. Peter and Astrid wander through the viewing area inspecting all of the recently liberated Amber casings. One gold coffin gets their attention, but it is not Olivia. Peter returns to the front desk hoping to find out more, but information is expensive on the black market. The wad of cash doesn't seem to buy much, but as soon as those walnuts hit the counter... the info starts to flow. Someone fitting the description was sold recently - a blonde with a device in her hand. Yep. Late twenties, black leather jacket. Sold to?
In his apartment, former rare book entrepreneur and conspiracy theory aficionado, Edward Markham
sits on his couch watching an old TV western. He accidently spills the contents of his spoon on his coffee table and dutifully cleans the mess from above the Ambered face of Olivia Dunham
. His doorbell rings
and he immediately goes into defense mode - loudly invoking his Native Rights, as provided under Statute 23-D. Peter recognizes his old associates voice and calls to him. Markham turns off the television, grabs his shotgun and claims Markham is dead - a hero that was saving children. Peter knows better and breaks open the door... disarming the haggard old man before anybody gets hurt. Where is Olivia? Markham is startled - Peter is alive and he hasn't aged one bit. Peter knows Markham bought the Ambered Olivia. Markham was, and is, infatuated with Olivia and has been since he first met her years ago. His hope was to someday free her from the Amber and hopefully become the focus of her affection. Peter finds Markham's new coffee table and Astrid grabs the gurney that was used to wheel Olivia into the apartment. Henrietta takes a minute to study her mother while Markham gripes about the financial setback he incurred acquiring the Amber encasement.
Back at the black market Amber dealers counter, he makes the call that he thought he might, following the visit by Peter and Astrid. He has dialed the Loyalist Hotline number and is prepared to sell them information about his visitors - the people that are highlighted on 'Reward Wire'.
Downstairs in the alley behind Markham's apartment, Henrietta and Peter finish sliding Olivia into the back of the van. What is keeping Walter? Henrietta rushes back upstairs to bring Walter down while Peter preps the vehicle
for departure. Upstairs, Walter has been distracted by the many novels Markham has collected and wonders if he can take a science-fiction classic. Markham could care less... his fantasy is pretty much ruined. The bald man at the front door with the pistol is ready to make his day even worse. He levels his weapon at Walter and before he can doing, Henrietta interdicts and shoots him. An Observer appears from thin air inside of the apartment and Henrietta gives the order for Walter to run. Before she can shoot the intruder, he blasts her with his energy weapon, sending her careening across the hallway. Markham collapses, repeatedly pleading for his life - please don't kill me. Distracted by Markham, the Observer turns from Henrietta briefly, then turns back just in time to see her fire her weapon into his chest. Peter hears the approaching sirens and finds his daughter rushing from the building. She is okay, but what happened to Walter? He should be down by the van already. Loyalist security forces arrive and flood the alleyway with a hail of bullets. The van barely makes it through the narrow back streets to safety - they have Olivia, but what are they going to do about Walter? The senior Bishop never made it clear of the apartment complex. Loyalist and Observer personnel quickly surround Walter with the directive... Don't Move!
Back in her apartment, Henrietta and Peter prepare to blast Olivia free of the Amber the same way Walter and Astrid were freed. Peter handles the control panel
that temporarily turns the Amber to gas, while Henrietta fires the crowd control blaster that drives Olivia clear before the gas can resolidify. Olivia is flung across the room to the far wall and falls to the floor, gasping for air. Astrid rushes in to administer the syringe that will help Olivia with her transition back among the mobile. Olivia calms down after the traumatic extraction and, glad to see Peter, wants to know where she is. 2036. She tells him he she Ambered herself - he knows - they all did. Olivia looks over his shoulder and sees what might be a familiar face... her daughter? Yes. Peter makes the introduction. Henrietta, come meet your mother. Gladly. In quiet teary revelation, Henrietta steps forward for soulful hugging duty. She believes she was four years old the last time she saw Olivia. Olivia remembers that she had just turned three the last time they were together. Olivia looks around and sees that someone is missing. Where is Walter? Bad news - Walter was captured by Observers earlier in the day. Peter tells Olivia about the plan devised by Walter and September, and wonders if she has the device he sent her to New York to recover. She does, and removes it from her bag to show everyone. The shiny metallic tech device is about the size of a hand and has three flexible legs hanging fron the centerpiece, much like a spider has eight. Olivia doesn't know how it operates, and nobody in the room knows where Walter, the guy that wanted the device, was taken.
In the Napean Building, a facility commandeered by the invading Observers, Walter sits in a stark, dank room, restrained in a chair. Captain Windmark
enters to begin
his interrogation of Walter, someone he is very interested in getting to know. The same goes for the rest of Walter's science team. Windmark hangs-up his overcoat and hat and is curious - how is Walter still alive. Uneasy with his intimidating host, Walter avoids eye contact and starts to think of old European opera. Windmark is already in Walter's head and hears the music as Walter hears it. The cerebral scan has started. Walter misses music - no? Walter verbally confirms the comment. There isn't much music in 2036. Windmark says music is tolerated, but personally, he just doesn't understand it... tones, rhythms, harmonic vibrations, etc.... Music amazes Walter. It helps him to shift perspective and see things differently. Windmark pulls up a chair. The interrogation is about to get real for Walter. Windmark sees little hope for Walter, and while admitting he finds Walter interesting as a human being, he could care less if Walter winds up as a vegetable as result of the interrogation he is about to initiate. The choice to cooperate, or not, is Walter's.
In The Bronx
, just north of midtown Manhattan, Henrietta escorts her new resistance fighters to a low key hideout run by her good friends. She makes entry when a laser retinal scan verifies her identity... but everyone else needs to wait outside while she checks in on her crew. Inside she finds Anil and
his lieutenant, Klopinski. The mood inside is somber when when finds the Resistance fighters sharing a pint over the corpses of a colleague. Elias was shot earlier in the day. Henrietta shares a swig and a nod to her dead associate - now she needs Anil's help. Outside, Olivia and Peter have a heart-to-heart chat while Astrid keeps an eye on their surroundings. Peter never thought he'd see her again, paricularly after he stayed in Boston to continue looking for their missing daughter, while Olivia relocated to New York to press the fight against the invaders. With the grief they shared individually, they didn't have the resources to help one another through their loss. Peter wasn't going to give-up on the perfect little soul they brought into the world, and Olivia wasn't going to give-up on the world that they brought that perfect little soul into. Henrietta gets the go-ahead from her mates and invites the former Fringe Division
team inside the Resistance field headquarters. Anil is honored to meet the fabled resistance fighters from two decades prior, and he knows what the device is that Olivia had secured with her in Amber. It is a Transilience Thought Unifier. Model-11 to be specific. It doesn't carry any information, but it does access the information that you might be carrying - retrieving specifically marked thoughts in your mind, before unifying them. The concept is that anybody trying to read your mind won't be able to make sense of the data that was marked. The TTU-Mk11 descrambles marked thoughts when 'you' are ready to understand what they mean. Peter supposes that is why Walter needs the device. There are memories and concepts in his brain that were placed there by September about how to defeat the invading force... Walter will never know what that implanted information is without the TTU. Astrid has been keeping her eye on the multiple security monitors that feed city-wide data into the Resistance labs. She finds Walter as he was being taken into custody at Markham's apartment. Anil has a method to cross-check cameras for Walter as he is transported across the city. Peter reminds everyone that the TTU is needed for Walter to access the data in his mind, but it is also possible that his captors may be able to extract the fragmented information too. That may already have happened - and he could have given away Henrietta's position within Fringe Division.
Back in Interrogation, Walter has chosen silence over cooperation, and Windmark has adjusted his line of questioning from 'sinister polite' to 'mental massacre'. How did Walter and the others get out of the Amber? No response equals cerebral anguish and Walter convulses in his restraints. Why was Walter important enough to free - what was he expected to contribute to the Resistance effort? There are more convulsions and brain trauma on the menu for Walter, when Windmark senses - Walter has been 'partitioned' - he was given fragmented information that somebody intended to protect.
In the Napean Building, interrogation gets much more intense for Walter. Windmark is curious how Walter is able to fragment his memories... was it one of his kind that partitioned his mind? It would have to be - to make the thought separate but retrievable. Windmark demands that Walter reorganize the thoughts as best he can. As he mental scanned, but begins to gasp and convulse at the intrusion. Windmark sees something in Walter's thoughts - a plan.
One designed to defeat the invading forces from 2609. How? Windmark attempts to access Walter's thinking even further, hoping to help organize the memories. Walter resists and is congratulated - he is fighting off the cerebral scan much better than was thought possible, even though the blood from his nose suggests otherwise. Windmark supposes that he may need to bring in a Thought Unifer to fully withdraw the hostile plan stored within Walter. It may take weeks to extract the plan that way... matching the specific biologic encryption Walter possesses, but the information will eventually flow. Walter manages a chuckle of defiance before Windmark scans deeper and the convulsions return. Windmark sees what Walter let seep out - the vision of a young girl (Henrietta) playing at the park. How is this small child helping Walter? What is her name?
In the bowels of the Resistance headquarters in The Bronx, Peter and Olivia talk privately about their daughter. They have so much they want to share with her and learn from her. Being with her again is like living a beautiful dream... but trapped inside of the horrible nightmare that is 2036. Henrietta has been reviewing the security camera footage following Walter's arrest. Bingo! They know where he is being held. The bad news is that building security is tight there and none of the Resistance fighters have ever gotten in. Anil has an idea. They have some untested tech they have never used against the Observers before. It makes an infiltrator appear dead - any cerebral scanning comes back negative. The good news is that they can use it much like a Trojan Horse to go after Walter. The bad news is that if they use it this one time, the Observers may grow wise to the tactic and the Resistance
will never be able to use the technology again. Should they use it now to rescue a single man, or wait so they can use the tactic to kill hundreds of the invaders? The vote is to go after Walter now. The plan in his head may be just what the Resistance needs to win the war once and for all.
In the secure receiving area outside of the Napean Building, Henrietta drives up in her van and gains access with her Fringe credentials. Once on the grounds, she presents her delivery for inspection - a couple of body bags with 'dead' resistance fighters that Windmark wanted brought in. The Loyalist guard that greets her knows Henrietta, and seems to be having a better day, slightly infatuated with her presence. A team of guards remove the bodies from the van and load them onto gurneys to roll into the building. With the door to the van closed, Astrid slips from the storage area that she was hiding in. The inspection of the bodies isn't over as the bags are unzipped and the contents checked. A quick electronic scan shows no sign of life in the body bag with the corpse of Henrietta's recently demised associate from The Bronx, or the one with Henrietta's father.
With Peter checked through security screening, Henrietta heads inside the building with her Loyalist admirer. He is proud to boast his recent promotion to Level Six, and he has news about her boss - they found Agent Simon Foster encased in Amber along with William Bell. It seems Foster was a double agent that worked with the Resistance forces. That's all he knows and has no idea where Foster was taken. Maybe if Henrietta asks Windmark, he could
tell her. He probably wants to talk to her about Foster anyway.
In the interrogation chamber, Captain Windmark continues to brutalize Walter with his cerebral scanning. He can see that the physics implanted in Walter are above Walter's ability to comprehend - and stones. What are they used for? Walter doesn't know and is suffering for it. The coercion to yield to Windmark's control is excessive - what is the plan to defeat the Observers?
In the morgue, Henrietta wheels in the body bags along with a Loyalist escort. The man immediately declares his intent to pilfer a watch and boots from the dead. Without hesitation, Henrietta draws her weapon and shoots the guard, then quickly revives her father from his 'simulated' death. The two find their way past Loyalists working in their offices and Peter freezes and snaps open a lock to an exterior access door where Olivia has been waiting. Together, the armed trio find the mechanical room with the large ventilation de-purifier that pumps carbon monoxide throughout the building.
Peter flips open a wiring panel on the pump and clips a few wires that cause the machine to malfunction... causing the building alarm to sound and generate the diversion that they wanted.
As Windmark prepares to wrap-up his interrogation of Walter, the safety klaxon sounds. All-in-all, he thinks Walter's brain is interesting - it should make an excellent specimen. After Windmark leaves the chamber to check on the alert condition in the building, Walter's rescuers blast open a back door to the room and hurry in to free the prisoner covered in cranial blood. Peter and Henrietta blast two Observers as they carry the stumbling and exhausted Doctor Bishop down a corridor toward Olivia, who is armed and covering the exit door to freedom. Peter and Olivia shoot another half dozen security responders as they make their way to the van that Astrid has ready to race out of the compound. After breaking through the barrier at the front gate onto the public streets, attention turns to Walter's condition. Astrid comforts the damaged man. Walter is hurting bad - is there any music for him to listen to. In the aftermath of the escape, Windmark reviews holographic security footage of the intruders in his compound. He sees two things; Fringe Agent Henrietta Bishop, a Native that he had no issue with until now, and the young girl he envisioned while cultivating Walter's thoughts.
Back in Henrietta
's apartment, Walter
regains his senses. Weary and battered, the first thing he sees is Olivia
, alive and healthy. The vision brings him the only delight of his day. Peter
is nearby with the thought device Walter sent Olivia to retrieve - but it doesn't work. Walter takes the device in hand and it immediately activates... it must have been designed just for him. Walter isn't sure why the device is needed. Olivia tells Walter they should be able to unscramble the fragmented bits of information in his mind that was put there by September. Walter is uncertain - what information? What plan to defeat the Observers. It is obvious his time with Windmark has left Walter damaged... partially wiped of his memory. Astrid
presents the hand that Walter took from William Bell
the day before in the Amber field they were locked in. Walter has no idea why he would need Bell's
hand. Astrid reminds him of what he told her, they need it so they can access one of Bell's storage facilities. Walter gets angry and frustrated with his condition. He has failed himself and the world that was depending on him. Everything that was needed from Walter's memory seems to have vanished, or had been extracted when he was with Windmark
. The plan to defeat the Observers is gone. Later, as Walter rests on the couch, a bright reflection strikes the wall in front him. His attention is drawn outside and he leaves the apartment in a robe, boots and underwear to explore the source of the light. Across the street, he finds a half dozen compact discs dangling from some debris like an infant's mobile. An abandoned gym bag next to the makeshift artwork has more disks - and they are loaded with music. Walter flops into a derelict cab parked at the curb and slips a disk into the player on the dashboard. A pop anthem blares and immediately begins to set Walter's mind right. A beautiful flower towering through a crack in the cement jungle catches his eye. A tear follows.
- Transilience: A theory of being where different forms emerge as the physical state takes on, or absorbs different properties: an abrupt change or variation: transitioning or passing from one state of existence to another.
- Glyphs. Butterfly collections are all around Etta's apartment. A seahorse key chain hangs from the visor in the taxi as Walter finally gets to listen to music.
- Cultural References
- Star Trek. An Observer states, "Resistance is futile," just before attempting to shoot Walter at Markham's apartment. This is a famous line from Star Trek episodes/movies used frequently by the Borg, a collection of various humanoid species enslaved as cybernetic drones as their queen attempts to defeat technological and resource rich societies and assimilate their sentient lifeforms into one 'Collective' (hive mind) society.
- Only You by Yaz
- On My Side by Indangered Species
- Gruss an Des Worblental by Spiel des Indanterie-Regiments
- Song for the Unification of Europe (Patrice's Version) by Zbigniew Preisner
1) Do not answer the questions here.
2) Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.
- Why does Peter dream that no children were transported for medical care after the arrival event in the park?
- Did September implant the partitioned concepts for the anti-Observer device in Henrietta, instead of implanting them in Walter?
- Is Henrietta able to block the cerebral scans of Observers because of an ability given to her by September?
- Why does Olivia remember Henrietta's specific age when she last saw her? (age 3y-1m-5d)
- What are the stones that Walter was thinking about while being scanned and wiped?
- Why was Walter thinking of the young Henrietta when he was being scanned and not the grown woman he had spent the past two days with?
- Why is there a one year discrepancy between the time Henrietta remembers last seeing Olivia (age 4) and the last time Olivia says she saw Hemrietta (age 3)?
- Was Henrietta fed memories of Olivia for a year by September while being given her ability, and/or partitioned/implanted with the tech data needed to build anti-Observer devices?
- When, and why, did William Bell return to join forces with the science team before being Ambered?