‘FRINGE’ Photo Recap: “Pilot”

Sadly, Fringe is on hiatus for another two weeks, so here’s a little something to keep you going until then. That’s right—I’ve gone back to the beginning and created a photo recap of the very first episode of Fringe. After being entrenched in the drama of season 4, it was a challenge to go back to season 1 with everything we know now (Alternate universes! Doppelgängers! Lincoln Lee!) but I tried to put myself in the mindset of the first season. Oh, who am I kidding, no I didn’t. But it sure was fun to make all those Polivia innuendos! I hope you enjoy this blast from the past while we await the next new episode of Fringe

Everything started off great. If by “great,” you mean “ripe with impending doom,” because we all know that when a J.J. Abrams show opens with a plane, it’s not going to end well. And sure enough…

And with that opening scene, Fringe made a bold statement that this is a show that will feature weird, gruesome deaths on a weekly basis. Then we moved on to TV’s next favorite thing: sex! Too bad it was with Square Jaw (ugh). He and Olivia were knocking boots in this esteemed establishment:

After a fun late-night crime scene party in which the team confirmed that everyone on board was in fact super dead, Olivia & co. headed back to HQ to spend the next several hours identifying all the passengers, during which time Broyles gave Olivia the death glare, and Charlie was adorable.

Good riddance, Square Jaw. Just kidding, he didn’t die. That would’ve been too easy. But he did get splashed with some sketchy chemical compound that turned his skin all weird and see-through. Whatevs, no one cares. Except apparently Olivia. Come on girl, you can do so much better.

Rather than accept the fact that her boyfriend is dying and there’s nothing she can do about it, Olivia decided to blatantly defy Broyles’ orders and fly to Iraq (because what’s a quick trip to Iraq in the middle of the week when you work for the FBI?) to find Peter Bishop so he could accompany her to the loony bin to visit Walter and get his input on Square Jaw’s unfortunate skin condition.

After some adorable flirting (or in Olivia’s case, blackmail) Peter agreed (sort of) to go back to the U.S. and do his part to impress Olivia help her get access to Walter.

Olivia is so good at making Peter do things he doesn’t want to do. It’s like they’re already in a relationship! Ah, how lovely it is to see the beautiful beginning of their epic love story. But back to Walter and his crazy-beard…

Next up? Family road trip! Man, that must have been a fun and only-slightly-awkward car ride. Thank God Walter was there to make amusing comments and overshare about his urine.

To the lab!

After Olivia recovered from her LSD nap, she used the FBI’s facial recognition program (or a really really fancy version of Paint) to identify the creepy guy who blew up Square Jaw. Then she tracked him down and went after him, without even stopping to eat a doughnut. How does she do it?!

Meanwhile, this was happening:

At the creepy culprit’s home address, Olivia and the entire FBI came a-knockin’.

You just got Dunhammed. Also, props to Peter for thinking on his feet, and sweeping the bad guy off his. These two make such a great team I can’t even stand it!

After Broyles saw what a BAMF Olivia actually is, he was changed his tune, and actually realized that he totally needs her and her ability to deal with insanely strange occurrences.

Don’t worry—she’ll come around. Speaking of coming around, look who woke up from his coma:

Olivia went to go interrogate Captain Creeper about his evil motives and whatnot, but she didn’t like what he had to say…

Nobody runs out on Olivia Dunham! Especially when she risked her life and took homemade LSD to save their life and they don’t even have the decency to explain their seemingly sketchy hidden agenda! I hope you accidentally stab yourself with the corner of your inordinately square jaw, you ungrateful douche. But before that, car chase anyone?

Ugh, stupid Square Jaw. I’m glad he’s (mostly) dead. Now Olivia can move on to someone who truly deserves her. You’re up, PB!

Somewhere in a sketchy hidden lab at Massive Dynamic, Nina was having some quality time with Square Jaw’s corpse… (Because she wasn’t creepy enough already…)

My, how far we’ve come. Remember back when Massive Dynamic was just a vaguely villainous super-corporation? And Olivia didn’t know about her Cortexiphan abilities? And Peter was just a regular guy presumably from this universe? Good times. I hope you enjoyed this stroll down memory lane with our beloved Fringe crew. There will be more to come as we continue to wait out this unbearable hiatus.

As always, thank you to FringeFiles.com for providing the screen caps of this episode, and thanks to TV.com’s brilliant Price Peterson, whose hilarious Vampire Diaries photo recaps were the inspiration for my own. If you’re looking for something else to pass the time until March 23rd, you can check out my full written recaps of Fringe over at TheTelevixen.com. Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to tweet us about all your thoughts and opinions on Fringe or anything TV related!



Posted on March 8, 2012, in Fringe Photo Recaps, Television and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the great flashback.

  2. OMG.

    The pacman thing KILLED ME.

    Along with all the P/O subtext.

    You, my friend, are a genius-amazing-person-thing.

  3. Brilliant. As always. Never ceases to amuse/amaze me. Keep it up!

  4. I love it!!! I want more!!!

  5. OMG I can’t believe you did it!! You’re my personal hero now, I love you 4ever and 5ever

  6. And I’m in love with all the Polivia and screaming LMAO with Square Jaw, this is the best

  7. Thank you. you are too funny 😀

  8. Square Jaw LOL never liked JS

  9. ROFL! Thanks so much for the wonderful screencap recaps.

  10. Loved it, need a good laugh! “ur hair is so shiny” it’s true though.

  11. Nice! Memories….and rewatched DVDs…

  12. I think I just peed a little!

  13. this was hilarious! I loved all the Polivia jokes and the square jaw! LOL!

  14. I loved this. It made me laugh a lot. I hope you do another one 🙂

  15. I rewatched the Pilot today, and how far we’ve come! It’s crazy! Great recap, I laughed every.single.time. you mentioned “Square Jaw”, which was a lot!

  16. i have a cold and i laughed at all the jokes but i was in pain. SO WORTH IT! I LOVE THIS!

  17. That is awesome. All the sexual tension.

  18. Just completely laughed my way through the whole thing, yet again!

  19. Thank you for the, as always, hilarious recap! So much sexy brooding from Peter this entire ep. ❤

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