An Origin Story

Season 5, Ep 5, Aired 11/2/12
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  • Episode Description
  • Peter takes extreme measures when the team learns of a way to stop the Observers from changing Earth's atmosphere and wiping out humanity.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Prosky

    Captive Observer

  • Michael Rogers

    Interruption Observer

  • Shaun Smyth


  • Ted Cole

    Scientist Observer

  • Paul Moniz de Sa


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  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • An Origin Story

    By thefanof, Jan 10, 2015

  • awesome episode

    By chrisalpha, Oct 10, 2013

  • My thoughts (SPOILERS)

    By SarmenMichael, Nov 05, 2012

  • not missing etta

    By mattgus, Nov 04, 2012

  • the twists never end

    By LorenzoitaModa, Nov 07, 2012

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Astrid: Hey, I ran into a bit of a fire hazard so there's no tape yet.
      Peter: What is that?
      Astrid: You see that white tubey thing? That is a propane tank for Walter's hibachi. And that see-through blob over there? That is a gallon of ethanol.
      Walter: Abner, why did you leave the propane tank there in the first place?
      Astrid: Someone wanted to cook bratwurst.
      Walter: Well, why is the ethanol there and not in the cupboard?
      Astrid: Because someone wanted to use the ethanol to clean the hibachi before they cooked the bratwurst.

    • Alin: Before you go on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
      Peter: I'm not worried about being destroyed. It's the Observers who should be worried.

    • Peter: I can feel you banging around inside there. But it doesn't matter what you find out, 'cause you and I both know... you're never walking out of here. Whatever the closest thing it is to fear that you can feel, I know that you're feeling it right now. You're not the only one with a skill for reading people.
      Captive Observer: You don't even know what you don't know.
      Peter: We'll see.

    • Captive Observer: I think of you as I would an ant colony as I pass by it. I don't care about the workings of the colony, why one ant is mad at or another or why one ant would kill another or not. To me, it is insignificant. And like an ant colony, you are oblivious to your limitations. You think the black over your head is dark skies... when it is really our shoe.

    • Walter: I have experience with this--this sort of pain, and you can't escape it by building walls around your heart. Or by breaking the universe. Or by vengeance.

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    Notes (2)

    • The premiere of the episode featured several ads of an Observer addressing the viewers, telling them to report technology infiltration to rewardwire as a promo for the new Halo 4 game.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: November 2, 2012 on Citytv
      UK: November 21, 2012 on Sky1
      Finland: February 5, 2014 on MTV3

    Trivia (1)

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

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    • William_Shatner Nov 04, 2012

      Why an origin story? Is it because Peter becomes the father of the observers?

    • CharmedOneP391 Nov 04, 2012

      I think it's because it's The Origin Story of how Peter became an Observer

    • CharmedOneP391 Nov 03, 2012

      Did Peter really just go there? This episode had beautiful dialogue, specifically between Walter and Olivia, when he gave her the tape with Etta's birthday party recorded. I truly loved the episode, and can't believe where they're taking the story.