Season 5 Episode 5

An Origin Story

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 02, 2012 on FOX
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    Fringe "An Origin Story" Review: If You Can't Beat Them, Become Them

    This episode was exactly what Season 5 needed, with a dark turn and grim focus. I'm kind of scared of what's next.

  • Episode Summary

    Peter takes extreme measures when the team learns of a way to stop the Observers from changing Earth's atmosphere and wiping out humanity.

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    • An Origin Story

      The scenes with Peter and The Observer were really entertaining and compelling television. You rarely get drama like that these days, well-acted, well-written, just well-thought out, but when it comes around it is appreciated.
    • awesome episode

      A lot of things here..

      Good episode.
    • My thoughts (SPOILERS)

      I really love this season. You can really see how far the Fringe team has come and how much of a family they are.

      I was happy to see that Olivia watched the tape Walter gave her. Olivia used to struggle with showing her emotions but when she cried while watching the tape and called Peter and told him that she loved him, it showed me how far Olivia has come and also shows me that her bond with Peter will never be broken.

      When Peter took the Tech out of the Observer's neck/head, I was saying to myself "Don't put it in your head Peter." Then he went to the mirror and made an incision on the back of his neck.. by now I was screaming at my TV "Don't do it Peter!!!! Don't do it!!!!!" I am terrified of the consequences. Will Peter lose all his emotions, like the Observers or will be the same Peter just with the Observers capabilities?? I hope his personality stays the same.. It will be interesting though, will be able to move like the Observers? Will he be able to read people? Can Peter now teleport? I hope Peter has all these capabilities but still is the same Peter Olivia loves.

      My thoughts on why the Observers still got their delivery after Peter fired the anti-matter:

      Peter shot the Anti Matter, so let's say the Observer's in the future did get sucked into a black hole and it took years for them to contain it.... They are still in the future... So all they had to do was send the equipment again to the same time and location. Peter may have disrupted the future observers for years but we are still in the past and they could have just re sent the equipment once the black hole was contained. It would have been years for them in the future but just an instant for The Fringe team in the past.

      Once again the performances of Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble were outstanding.moreless
    • not missing etta

      don't know why. prob not with us long enough. agreed that peter and his emotions get the best of him,but that's good for drama i guess. i can't blame him for how he feels at all. but any time we become the monsters we lose,so we need him to come back, our heros can't become monsters and remain our heros...seemed a bit more like a reg fringe story with the fantasy ,portals,sci fi happenings...i still miss the "old fringe"...but i don't think that has to mean i am not with the new evolution of the story...i think i am still reacting to it being near over...bummer!!!moreless
    • the twists never end

      Peter nooooooooo!!
    John Prosky

    John Prosky

    Captive Observer

    Guest Star

    Michael Rogers

    Michael Rogers

    Interruption Observer

    Guest Star

    Ted Cole

    Ted Cole

    Scientist Observer

    Guest Star

    Shaun Smyth

    Shaun Smyth


    Recurring Role

    Abagayle Hardwick

    Abagayle Hardwick

    Young Etta

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • 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.

      • Peter: Can you feel that? The pain of a piece of you being torn out? That's the pain a father feels when he loses a child.

    • 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

    • ALLUSIONS (0)