Fringe

Season 3 Episode 6

6955 kHz

3
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

On This Side, 15 people across the Eastern Seaboard suffer amnesia after hearing the same radio frequency, and the Fringe team is called in. Meanwhile, Peter continues to work on the Other Side's mass-destruction weapon and pursue his relationship with "Olivia," unaware of who she truly is.moreless

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  • 6955 kHz

    8.5
    Whatever the frequency heard, the truth is only one: even in its weakest moments, the third season of "Fringe" continues to be better than all her past. And best of all the rest who entertains this our present.



    So let us be clear: "6955 kHz" was the weakest episode of the season. The slower and more like an "event of the week." But if we remember the old times weekly, we observed an absolutely remarkable progress and care completely different as regards the treatment of narrative. While the juice may not have the best interest of the world's concern to maintain the mystery until the end of the dock in the base structure of the series and always give space to the protagonists. And that's very, very, good.



    Thus, this sixth episode back to our world. As Olivia (Anna Torv) them. A strange radio frequency erases the memory of all who hear. The investigation begins and soon will hit a new block (and perhaps important) mythology: the first station numbers and the people. The first numbers are spoken in various languages, in a undetectable to the curious attempt to decipher. There is a pattern, say those conspiracy theories. They also say that the numbers have always existed and were created by the "first people". Beings that existed long before the dinosaurs. And what connects all this to the basic plot? The mere fact that these numbers give the coordinates for all parts of the machine that can destroy universes. That requires that Peter (Joshua Jackson) as a power source. Confused? Me too. But at the same time excited. It is a fascinating new mystery, which offered moments la Indiana Jones - the excavations - and an iconic villain in the school "Alias."



    All actions of Olivia and her partner - note that I did not say friend because it is not usual to shoot friends through the window - were only a means to convey to Peter as a mysterious machine. The device that Walter (John Noble) wants to avoid at all costs. It was a little repetition of "The Box", but now on a large scale. And so the first phase of the mission of the false protagonist seems to be complete. What will she do now? Now that our Olivia already knew where and who is ... I realized that you must flee.



    Another reference note was the extensive involvement of Astrid (Jasika Nicole) in the case. It was she who cracked the code and proved that a character is completely underutilized. It's good to see you with more space, more time is good to have the opportunity to deepen your personality. Note the desire to paint with more color the characters and thankfully not forgotten her.



    In conclusion, the most crush was very good. Raised new issues has added elements to the fascinating mythology and opened the door to one that is likely to be, and paraphrasing, epic. It's called "The Abducted" and is already for the week.



    The Best: Who are the "first people"?

    The Worst: Any lack of pace and structure almost looks like "The Box".moreless
  • Getting to the crunch time

    8.0
    It's episode 6 and its getting to crunch time I feel it. The other side Olivia is giving away to many red flags its not funny anymore. This has to end quick because the longer they milk this thing the unreal it gets. Hopefully they'll wrap this part up at least, they need to solve the Olivia thing already, the end of the world machine I would like it to continue on to get a better understanding of it. This is why I rated it a 8 it's pretty good it's the Olivia thing that needs to perish, it was fun in the beginning but shes starting to make a lot of mistake that keeping anyone from figuring her out is requiring a lot of luck and in reality know person has that amount of luck.moreless
  • 11/11

    7.0
    See, Fringe stops focusing on the other worlds for the most part and has a simple case that actually has real life relatability (people have been wondering about these number stations for decades) and you get a fine episode of Fringe. The show is well beyond the point where it can be saved, but we should enjoy the rest of the season while we can before it is over. I mean, it is not at Dollhouse level of bad yet.



    Walter had a few quirky things tonight and that is something that this show will need to address and continue with to keep going strong.moreless
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Unoriginal story, déjà vu elements, freaky guest, questionable Fauxlivia, interesting father and son relationship, exciting cliffhanger

    6.0
    Fringe's format works as long as the episodic story is good. That's why I was slightly disappointed by this installment. Indeed after three rocking scripts 6955 kHz's one felt conventional and nearly boring. Radio frequencies and number sequences are elements that have been used over and over. An idea is not dated as long as its execution is exciting but this time it wasn't the case. In the end we don't even know if the injured individuals recovered. Still they made the right move when hiring the actor who portrayed the freak of the week. As a newcomer I didn't even know who he was so the investigation outcome surprised me. However Fauxlivia's behavior is starting to annoy me because with all the mistakes she has made so far I'm amazed that the others haven't figured her out. It should be the case considering her situation mirrors Olivia's one in the parallel universe. I also question Anna Torv's acting because her facial expressions are not subtle enough. She should better fake emotions, it would definitely make her character more believable. But her spy skills are good enough and I wonder how they'll be able to uncover her true identity. As usual Walter Bishop's dialogs were very interesting and for once they also took good care of his complex relationship with Peter. Last but not least the cliffhanger was a direct connection to the next episode so I can't see anyone who could resist The Abducted. However I really hope that they'll swing things a little bit because some ingredients have already been used far too many times.moreless
  • Fringe transmissions!

    8.0
    This episode brings us back to the Fringe Prime universe, but the stage has definitely been set for the two concurrent storylines to merge in the near future. The mythology elements introduced at the end of the second season have come back in full force, and I love where certain elements are going.



    I've always been fascinated by the "number stations" (though not enough to listen to them obsessively), and I liked the simplified treatment they were given in this episode. They kept the essence of them intact, while adjusting them to the mythology of the series. I'm familiar with the fringe theories that humanity has been around much, much longer than commonly accepted in mainstream science, so this was a nice touch.



    It also suggests that both Fringe Prime and Alt-Fringe, as one would expect, have a common ancient history. Walternate wanted Peter to be the core of the device in Alt-Fringe, ostensibly to destroy Fringe Prime. This new plan appears to involve digging up and assembling the device in Fringe Prime, and then tricking Peter into using the device there. One would assume that is Fauxlivia's "Phase II": helping Peter with the process of assembly, keeping Walter in the dark as to the device's nature, and twisting him around psychologically to ensure the "right" universe is targeted.



    Oddly enough, this feels like it could be used as a means of resolving the war between universes rather quickly and definitively, should the series be moving towards a premature end this season. I can envision a scenario in which the device is part of some final endgame. It may not be a bad idea, given the current situation, for the writers to take the show in that direction, end the season with a hard resolution, and then plan for a new story should a fourth season come along. I'd hate to see them put all this creative effort into a story that doesn't have a chance to end!



    The Vacuum is an odd name, but it does tie into the notion of parallel universes and general cosmology. I would assume that any device attuned to the fabric of the universe on the level described would be tapping into the "zero point energy" or, more broadly, the "vacuum energy". That's another nice injection of real-world science.



    This episode resolved any speculation I might have had regarding Peter's feelings about Fauxlivia. Either he's hiding it tremendously well, or he is letting his love blind him to her little slips and mistakes. A couple of them seemed very obvious, especially when certain characters commented on it, so it may just be a matter of time. (And certainly so, if Olivia returns to Fringe Prime to escape her fate in Alt-Fringe.)



    Walter's progression in this episode was tragic. His anger and worry over Peter's decision to study Walternate's device was blistering off the screen, so knowing that his confident promise to put together the Vacuum will ultimately fulfill the very thing he wanted to avoid is crushing. How long would it take for Walter to realize what the Vacuum is? And by then, would it be too late?



    One last thing I loved about this episode was the emphasis on Astrid. I've never had a firm handle on her character, but I like how she was allowed to shine while solving the puzzle. That was some of the most interesting content of the episode, and it shows how well Astrid balances Walter when Peter is running around in the field.moreless
Clark Middleton

Clark Middleton

Ed Markham

Guest Star

Mark Acheson

Mark Acheson

Murray Harkins

Guest Star

Raul Herrera

Raul Herrera

Bomb Tech

Guest Star

Ryan McDonald

Ryan McDonald

Brandon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Trivia: On one of the books at Markhams, you can spot a seahorse glyph.

    • Alternate Earth general differences:
      - John Lyly, the Renaissance English poet and playwright, either never existed or never wrote Euphues, which contains the line, "The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war." Gemini isn't familiar with the phrase, "All's fair in love and war," which derives from it.

    • Trivia: The child summing up the numbers over the radio is speaking Afrikaans, a derivative language from Dutch, Flemish, German, and other languages.

    • Fox press releases and the closed captioning say that the bookseller's name is "Markam." However, the sign on his store clearly says "Markham."

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen in the background, between Bolivia and Broyles, at the building where Bolivia kills the shapeshifter.

    • Trivia: The glyph code for this episode is DECAY.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Astrid: An ancient people who evolved before the dinosaurs just vanished without a trace? It's... it's absurd.
      Walter: Wh-why should we be so arrogant as to assume that we're the first homo sapiens to walk the earth? History is full of extinction events: climate change, meteorites, Atlantis.
      Astrid: Atlantis? Peter, come on. Help me out here.

    • Bolivia: If you knew that only one of our worlds could survive, and if it was up to you, and you alone, to defend your side, you'd have no choice, right? I mean, you would have to do what you had to do no matter the cost to protect our world.
      Peter: There are billions of innocent people over there, just like here. People with jobs, families, lives. I got to believe there's another way. And whatever my part in all of this is I got to believe there's another way. There's always hope, right?

    • Walter: The human brain is a miracle--a most resilient organ... a storage unit for everything you have known, seen or felt. It's all still in there, whether or not you're conscious of that.

    • Walter: Nina! If I had known you were coming, I'd have baked a cake.
      Astrid: He means that. Literally.

    • Walter: Creation and destruction. I suppose we'll have to hope for the former.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Kevin Weisman is identified in the Fox press releases as "Gemini," but that name or ID is never used onscreen. He is only referred to by his alias, Joseph Feller.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: November 11, 2010 on Citytv
      UK: November 16, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Latin America: December 7, 2010 on Warner Channel
      Australia: January 19, 2011 on GO!
      Germany: February 28, 2011 on ProSieben
      Finland: October 12, 2011 on MTV3
      Poland: February 27, 2012 on TVN
      Czech Republic: February 4, 2013 on FANDA

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