Fringe Recap - "Marionette" - Page 2
As the team digs deeper, they find that this isn't the only time this has happened - other people have had similar experiences with the strange but polite man first drugging them (he uses the old cold war spy umbrella trick! The umbrella has a needle in the tip, you accidentally bump into someone, the needle injects a drug that causes them to pass out), then harvesting some organ from them. Later, they learn that the organs are all from the same donor and realize that whoever the man is, he is trying to reassemble the donor, a young ballerina who committed suicide.
This brings us to one of the creepiest scenes I've seen on tv in a long time - maybe since the incest family episode of X-Files that gave me nightmares for years.
"We must keep your muscles strong."
Creepy polite organ harvesting guy? He has this complex pulley system setup in his basement and is using it to literally make the corpse of the ballerina dance…
I cannot describe this and do it any real justice - it is a visual moment and I suggest you go to hulu.com and watch it for yourself. Obviously, this is where the name of the episode, 'Marionette', comes from.
Both storylines come to a head when they catch the creepy guy and he tells Olivia that when he looked in the eyes of the girl he was trying to bring back, he just knew it wasn't her. This is what has been bothering Olivia - that Peter didn't know, didn't look into into the alternate Olivia's eyes and just know it wasn't her.
The whole 'look into the eyes and know' thing has been done enough that I almost think it's a tv trope at this point. I remember Buffy being hurt because Riley hadn't simply 'known' that Faith had switched bodies with her. Worse, she's hurt that he slept with Faith even though he didn't know it wasn't Buffy. Spock being expected to know which Kirk is the real Kirk in the classic episode of Star Trek Whom Gods Destroy. There's a similar scene in one of the Terry Goodkind 'Sword of Truth' novels, The Stone of Tears, I believe, wherein Richard is hurt because Kahlahn doesn't simply 'know' that it's him, can't sense it the way he can.Continued on the next page