Fringe, S4 Ep3 – Alone in the World

Fungus-infested morgue

Astrid comes and tells Walter to look at something — when she moved one of the candles near the corpse, it went out. And some kind of other equipment shows that the corpse is pulling oxygen in. Then Walter notices that the amount of mold on the rib cage is much greater than it was when the body arrived. (Also, he hasn’t once gotten Astrid’s name wrong in this episode — maybe he’s going to reserve that for Lincoln from now on.) And then he realizes something and tells Astrid to quickly help him get the body inside the incubation case. As soon as they do, it kind of explodes and spores go all over the inside of the plastic. Yes, indeed, folks — it’s a giant fungus that killed the boys in the first place, and if you’ve never seen the X-Files episode “Field Trip”, get thee to a season six DVD when you can because that’s one of my favorites. Although, as usual, Fringe does the giant deadly fungus plot very differently and very well in its own way. Anyway, now of course Olivia and Lincoln are in danger because they’re about to be in contact with the other body.

But Astrid reaches Olivia before they get to the morgue and explains why they need to lock down the body. Naturally, she has the morgue phone on her speed-dial, too, but it rings and no one answers. We see one of the coroners start to get curious as the mold moves on the body (eewwww), and Olivia and Lincoln rushing to get there — but just as they arrive outside, there’s an explosion and all sorts of nastiness appear on the window in the morgue door. Lee goes to open it, but Olivia says they can’t. They need to get a team down here and seal everything off. As for the people inside the room, they’re already dead.

Fungus-infested morgueNext scene is the door being broken open, and Broyles, Olivia, and Linc enter wearing HazMat suits. (There are some other folks in said suits, as well, of course.) There are fungus tendrils all over the room, and gross-looking orange blobs in the middle of some of the tendrils, too. Broyles asks Walter through his earpiece what they’re dealing with, and Walter says it’s a mutation of a kind of fungus that releases neurotoxins into its host (which is, in normal cases, an insect). In this case, it’s also able to digest at a very fast rate, which explains the rapid decomposition they’ve seen. I hate fungi. I know the regular kind just help things decompose, but they’re just so revolting. I can’t understand how anyone could voluntarily eat them.

The fungi in the room are not attacking right now, Walter says, because they don’t have the ability to notice that there are people there. If they were to touch it, it might notice them, though. Eewwww. Walter is impressed with the organism’s ability to spread itself, but Broyles just wants to know how to kill it. Yeah, me, too. A strong dose of heat or UV light should do it, says Walter. Broyles gets someone on that for the hospital, and then tells Olivia to take a team to the tunnel. She points out that the fungus colony at the tunnel is probably much bigger than what they have here, so UV won’t be enough — and then when Broyles asks what she thinks they’ll need there, we get my favorite line of the episode. Olivia: “I’m thinking flamethrowers.” Heck yes. Have I mentioned recently how much I love Olivia Dunham?

Back at the lab, Walter is telling Aaron that the tests show no signs that he’s been infected by the fungus. This means he gets to go home — but then Walter notices that Aaron isn’t acting like this is good news. He tells Walter that not only is there no one at his home, but the neighbor who watches him doesn’t even talk to him. Wow, I’m super-impressed with this kid’s mother, leaving him by himself and not even bothering to find a babysitter who is, you know, good with kids. Walter can empathize — he says he knows what it’s like to have no family, so he invites Aaron to spend more time with him here at the lab.

1 2 3 4 5 6
Tags: ,