Fringe: Season 5, Episode 3

The Recordist (12 Oct. 2012)

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After piecing together the videos of Walter's plan Olivia, Peter, Walter and Etta head to rural Pennsylvania to retrieve essential materials for the plan. There they encounter a group of ... See full summary »

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After piecing together the videos of Walter's plan Olivia, Peter, Walter and Etta head to rural Pennsylvania to retrieve essential materials for the plan. There they encounter a group of archivists who may be able to help with some local obstacles. Written by David Foss

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When Olivia is describing to Peter the wall of missing persons behind him, the "mind's eye" visual shows a wall of missing persons fliers, one of which states "LAST SEEN JUNE 12 2033". The current year is 2036 and they have been frozen in amber for 21 years since 2015, so the wall being recalled and described was from 2015 or earlier, making the 2033 date nonsensical. See more »

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Best Episode of this Season so far: "For The Record"
13 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Human Beings have an insane obsession with documenting things. Going back to the earliest of Civilizations, to Today. Sometimes that documentation forms the basis of a religion, sometimes it becomes the basis of an entertainment. This is because it is Human Nature to grasp onto a thing, and wanting to hear more, they will create more.

What do people do, when they have to leave their homes and live in the forest? They continue to Document things, and sometimes, even make comic books out of perceived Heroes. In this case, Fringe Division.

Walter and Astrid are continuing to dig Tapes out of Amber: Right under the very noses of the secret Observer laboratory at Harvard. Walter De- Ambers a large quantity of Marijuana at the same time his Doppelganger in the Video Tape ingests some.

The Tape instructs them to travel to rural Pennsylvania, and a flat tire has them stopped on the side of the road for an instant - Long enough for an Observer video device to find them, and Windmark sends out the Loyalists.

Meanwhile, Fringe Division comes to a remote wooded area and is met by a strange community - A Community which supports one person: A Man who oversees a huge library of crystals documenting events since the Invasion of The Observers. But the price they have to pay to be left alone is that they have to suffer the effects of The Observers Pollution of the Earth's Atmosphere.

Walter's Objective is down in a Mineshaft, and no way to get down there without being "carbonized" by whatever thing is down there. Walter knows a way to do it, but it requires metals that the camp they are visiting do not have, but another camp nearby may have some.

Paul McGillion is Edwin Massey, "The Recordist"-His son "River" (Connor Beardmore) has been idolizing Fringe Division, he is the one who draws the Fringe Comic Books, which is a curt nod to the Fringe comics that Joshua Jackson wrote the summer before last, telling the tale of how the pieces of "The Vacuum" were left in place.

I am still dismayed that there are only now 10 episodes left, this is the first episode of this season where Fringe Division is back to the "Investigate and Solve" thing they do best. Walter finds out what is causing "X Conundrum," solves it, and Peter and Olivia implement the solution. Not this time. In this episode, Peter and Olivia still have healing to do, and Olivia still has trouble dealing with her original loss of Etta, and somehow still can't accept that Henrietta is there, with them now, and that family that she lost is whole again, even in the strange landscape they are now meandering through.

The Parallel of this episode is of course, The Masseys, father and son, passing knowledge down the old fashioned way. This is a family which is about to face loss, the way Peter and Olivia faced it, right before "The Purge."

Meanwhile, Loyalist Hummers are in the area, and have found the trail of Etta's Van. Can Fringe Division get what they came to get, then get out, before Loyalists catch them?

In order for that to happen, the loyalists need to be diverted away from the colony of The Recordist. But Fringe Division finds an old friend, and Walter finds a new pair of Sunglasses. "Now, that's a ride"

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