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  • This sci-fi drama follows the exploits of FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv,The Secret Life of Us), jack-of-all-trades Peter Bishop (Dawson's Creek's Joshua Jackson)and institutionalized scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble,Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as they work the cases of the Fringe Division, a task force focused on fringe science and paranormal events. They face a rapidly spreading series of unexplained phenomena of the threatening kind, leading to unimaginable discoveries and events. Also cast in the series areThe Black Donnelly's Kirk Acevedo andBoston Legal's Mark Valley as FBI agents andThe Wire's Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles, a special agent for Homeland Security and head of the Fringe division. Alongside them are veteran actress Blair Brown andTake the Leadactress Jasika Nicole. Brown plays Nina Sharp, a veteran Chief Operating Officer of Massive Dynamic, a cutting-edge research company, while Nicole plays Astrid Farnsworth, a federal assistant. This highly anticipated sci-fi drama was created byTransformers / Star Trek / Mission: Impossible III's J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Fringe's pilot was directed by Emmy Award-winning Alex Graves (The West Wing) and produced by Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions and Fringe Element Films. The show was nominated for Emmys for special effects and sound editing, and has won several Saturn awards including Best Network Television Series and Best Actress on Television (Anna Torv).moreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 13

    An Enemy of Fate

    Aired 1/18/13

  • S 5 : Ep 12


    Aired 1/18/13

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    The Boy Must Live

    Aired 1/11/13

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    Anomaly XB-6783746

    Aired 12/21/12

  • S 5 : Ep 9

    Black Blotter

    Aired 12/14/12

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anna Torv

    Olivia Dunham

  • Joshua Jackson

    Peter Bishop

  • Lance Reddick

    Phillip Broyles

  • Blair Brown

    Nina Sharp

  • Jasika Nicole

    Astrid Farnsworth

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  • Quotes (647)

    • Walter: If you want to watch, you can come closer. You work here? Astrid: Yeah. I'm Astrid Farnsworth, assistant to Agent Dunham. Walter: Who? (Astrid points to Olivia in the sensory deprivation tank) Walter: Oh, yes! I'm Walter... ummm... Peter: Bishop. Walter Bishop. Walter: Yes, thank you. Peter: Don't mention it.

    • Nina: (uncovers John's body) How long has he been dead? Man w/Gurney: Five hours. Nina: Question him.

    • Olivia: His name is Peter Bishop. He's a high school drop out; an IQ at 190, but just 50 points North of Genius- misfit, nomad. Hasn't held a job longer then two months. He's been a wild land fireman, cargo pilot and briefly a college Chemistry professor. He falsified a degree from MIT and even managed to get a few papers published before he was found out. Sounds like a massive pain in the ass.

    • Olivia: I can have you on a flight back here in four days, but first… Peter: Let me save you the time. I'd rather stay here in Iraq. That's how much I want to see my father.

    • Olivia: I thought you were a genius. You must have had a system? Peter: Of course there was a system. The house was cheating. But you try and tell them that.

    • Walter: Excellent. Let's make some LSD!

    • Bishop: It's not an exact science... Peter: It's not even science!

    • Olivia: CDC says the Hamburg flight was caused by a synthetic compound, which is like saying rain is caused by a wet compound.

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    Notes (313)

    • There are eight pictures that appear when a commercial breaks is coming or for promoting the show. APPLE: the seeds in the apple are human embryos BUTTERFLY: the wings are made up of bones FLOWER: some of its petals are dragonfly wings and the center shows a Fermat's spiral FROG: has a symbol on its back for PHI HAND: it has six fingers HORN: has the Fibonacci spiral and has the number of PHI inscribed on the horn LEAF: has the delta symbol in the middle of it SMOKE: for a woman's face *in most of the pictures there is a small yellow dot.

    • Original International Air Dates: Australia: September 17, 2008 on Channel 9 Sweden: October 2, 2008 on TV4 United Kingdom: October 5, 2008 on Sky1/Sky1 HD Norway: January 1, 2009 on Tvn Finland: January 5, 2009 on MTV3 Thailand: February 7, 2009 on True Series Hungary: March 13, 2009 on RTL-Klub Germany: March 16, 2009 on ProSieben Belgium: May 28, 2009 on RTBF2 France: June 10, 2009 on TF1 New Zealand: July 1, 2009 on TV2 Poland: September 10, 2009 on TVN Slovakia: October 4, 2009 on Markiza Czech Republic: February 5, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Kirk Acevedo (Charlie Francis) and Lance Reddick (Phillip Broyles) previously starred together on the HBO series Oz.

    • This episode began at a special time, 8:00 PM. In addition, its original airing was with limited commercials, allowing the 81-minute long episode to complete its airing at 9:35 PM.

    • This episode had an exclusive FREE preview UK screening on Saturday 4th October, 11.00am on the Apollo West End.

    • The cow acquired in Bishop's lab was to be a regular, but unfortunately this particular cow only appeared in the pilot. The production crew was unable to get permission to bring the bovine across the border from Canada to the USA where the remainder of the series was filmed. Recasting was required.

    • The press kit of Fringe sent by FOX contained an audio recorder with the voice of Lance Reddick on it.

    • This episode was released in CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1.

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    Trivia (336)

    • Trivia: The glyphs first seen here form a code that spell out "observer."

    • Trivia: Right outside the Massive Dynamic building you can see the symbols for a pen and a rose. This is a clue to Christopher Penrose and Dr. Claus Penrose, who appear in the next episode "The Same Old Story."

    • Hidden Phrases During the beginning credits the words "Observers are here" can be seen. During the dream sequence the words "He's Not Dead" appear on a tombstone.

    • Trivia: The car they pull out of the garage resembles an MG sports car but the traditional MG logo was altered to MD, Massive Dynamic.

    • Trivia: When Olivia visits Massive Dynamic to find out about Richard Steeg, The "Observer" can be seen briefly walking down the street outside the building.

    • When the plane is losing height and going through some turbulence the screens are not folded. In case of an air emergency that's one the first thing that is done.

    • Trivia: The "leaf" is the first object out of the items shown before each commercial break to appear in an episode.If you look in the middle of the "leaf" you can see a triangle or Delta symbol on it. It appears on the Massive Dynamic handprint scanner.

    • When the various governmental agents enter the plane on the tarmac, the oxygen masks are deployed, apparently for no reason.

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    Allusions (38)

    • Peter: You're telling me, what, my father was Dr. Frankenstein?

      Referencing the book by Mary Shelley Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. The story is about Doctor Frankenstein who creates a living being out of the parts of dead people, a being that turns against its creator.

    • The Kip Brothers by Jules Verne This novel featured solving a crime by obtaining a latent image from the retina of the murder victim. Walter Bishop would have had to read this novel in the original French, since the first English language edition wasn't published until May 2007.

    • Broyles: What it looks like he's doing is watching. Observing. Which is why we refer to him as "The Observer." Referencing the Marvel Comics character, The Watcher: a powerful but enigmatic bald humanoid alien whose purpose is to observe and record events of significance.

    • Peter: Your friend, he's a tall guy, right? Pink? Big fuzzy ears?
      Referencing the 1950 movie Harvey, in which the main character, Elwood P. Dowd, claims to have an invisible friend that takes the form of a 6-foot-tall pink rabbit which only he can see.

    • Walter's lab note: "I Sing the Body Electric" Referencing the poem from the Walt Whitman collection Leaves of Grass (1855) . The same title was also a short story by Ray Bradbury in an anthology of the same name, as well as an episode of the original Twilight Zone based on Bradbury's story.

    • Astrid: What's up, Chachi? Referencing Chachi Arcola, The Fonz's nephew on Happy Days. Scott Baio played the character, who proved popular enough to be moved into a spinoff, Joanni Loves Chachi with Erin Moran. The series only lasted two seasons before being cancelled and Chachi returned to Milwaukee to hang out with his uncle.

    • Olivia: The man was clever enough to Star Trek himself out of a maximum security German prison. Referencing the 1960s cult series created by Gene Roddenberry and its several spinoffs. The allusion refers to the transporter, a device that the crew use to beam up and down from their ship to the plane's surface. Roddenberry created the concept to avoid the cost of modelwork showing a ship landing and taking off every episode.

    • Title: Referencing the poem "The Road Not Taken", by Robert Frost. "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

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