Season 2 Episode 8


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 19, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Fringe team closes in on the mysterious Observer after they investigate a bizarre abduction case in Boston, MA.

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  • The things we do for love

    The beauty of Fringe that it combines the creepy scientific side of a Sci-Fi series without losing touch of the feelings of the characters. This episode played on the softer side. We know a bit more about the observers and why they are here. While we are introduced to August who felt love towards a young girl and tries to save her through out the years.
  • August

    Expectations are always the one ingredient that touches the palate. If you do not have them, or if they are low, before a good show great is huge. And vice versa, ie when they are very high, before an ordinary action, the good is poor.

    It's hard to detach ourselves from what we expect from a certain episode, especially in an era in which we inflict on information from all sides, every second. This would be an episode of mythology, rather, heard us, would be an episode devoted entirely to the theme Observer. Any fan of "Fringe" put the bar up there, we are talking about one of the most emblematic characters of this universe, one of the icons of this strange science that would take 40 minutes inteirinhos just for you. What happened is that "August", despite having some good times, proved a disappointment.

    We begin with the title that is not a month. It's a name. August is an observer, not the one we already knew, but another. He starts the episode to do what they do best: watching, watching a young girl who ends up kidnapped, even in daylight. It's always a good start, those binoculars and futuristic weapons, that growing chaos that only quiets the generic. That said, the investigation begins and the two questions arise, one old and one new one: who are these people and why kidnap this girl?

    And the answer is that the episode leaves much to be desired. Let us begin by observers, on the one hand it was interesting to see more than one, see them at the table with their strange pleasures spicy, watch them solve a problem with one of his, on the other we leave here without any new information. The comparison of the tube with liquid was quite interesting, they watch the weather as a whole and choose the precise locations where they want to appear, always in great moments of history. They have appeared a lot lately which leads us to the conclusion that something serious is going to happen, because we have known for a long time. But then why watch? For what purpose? What is your role in the war between the two worlds? And out here ....

    Jumping to the conclusion the girl turned out to be also unsatisfactory. Since the beginning we are led to think that she will have an important role in future history, in the course of events. If the observer protagonist saved Walter and Peter - allegedly because they are important - we were led to believe that this beauty could be more a character to go down in history. But no, it was just a platonic love, of an impossible love. The solution found by the Observer to save your loved one was interesting - it has the important - and his words on the brink of death when he realizes that he felt, were very well achieved, but this was not looking for lyricism. Because this solution turned out to give only the color of the case this week, and these we have to spare.

    The Best: The Beginning.

    The Worst: Much vine and little grapemoreless
  • More Info on the observer

    Good episode eventhough when it came to investigations it wasn't much. This episode was mainly about the observers and why they were here. They explained enough to keep us satisfy for now, I think it was some good writer describing why they are there. It was also shocking one of the observers said that he loves the person he saves from the airplane cash by kidnapping her.
  • Frustrating, but beautiful and exciting

    A classic, then predictable, tale of a non-human entity that discovers its own humanity ... but nicely done. August's final confession, and his tear, will remain one of the best scenes of Fringe to me. A shame the Fringe division couldn't have a closer look on his body, just to know WHAT the Observers really are, but I guess it's just too soon on the show. The "revelations" were mere confirmations ( yes, we guessed there were several Observers, and yes, we guessed they had something to do with time ) Anyway, a great teaser : I can't wait to know what "mistake" led the Observers to save Walter and Peter ( or just Walter ??? ) , what's the deal between them and Walter ... and what the creepy future has in store for Olivia.moreless
  • You must make your child important.

    Only a parent can see a future for his children, only a parent can see how that future is important, even more so than the parent's job, even more so that the parent's life so once the Observer of one Christine Hollis becomes such a parent there's only one man he could ask for advice. Problem for "August" is that the other observers believe she's of no consequence and they will take meassures to correct August's interference with was supposed to be her death, there's nothing he can do and Walter is the only man he knows that could see beyond the limitation of these problems, his dilemma something only Walter could relate to because of what he did back when his own son died. The advice is as simple as Walter's "Please don't take my son" plea: if August can't persuade the observers of his convictions then he must do something to prove it, he must make her important. And so he does he dies to save her life; Christine Hollis is now responsible for the death of one of the observers. The most important person according to their standards, Ausgust's child is safe at last.moreless
Paul Rae

Paul Rae

Donald Long

Guest Star

Peter Woodward

Peter Woodward


Guest Star

Mike Antonakos

Mike Antonakos


Guest Star

Michael Cerveris

Michael Cerveris

The Observer

Recurring Role

Lily Pilblad

Lily Pilblad


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Astrid: Walter, I've got the results of the blood sample from the book.
      Walter: Oh. (chuckles to himself) High concentration of capsaicin! Which means it's not blood at all. It's chili pepper juice. He must have spilt some in the book.
      Peter: Well, that's great news. So, we'll add "messy" to the APB.
      Walter: No, it is good news. A concentration of 970 thousand on the Scoville scale; that's one of the hottest chili peppers there is. I hypothesize that a Naga Jolokia from India, otherwise known as the King Cobra Chili. I once ate one. The flatulence was... horrible. Very embarrassing.

    • The Observer: Who is she? Why did you save her?
      August: I saw her many years ago. She was a child. Her parents had just been killed. She was crying. But she... she was brave. She crossed my mind... somehow. She never left it. I think... it's what they call... feelings. I think... I love her.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Jamaica Say You Will (Jackson Browne)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: November 22, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Latin America: December 15, 2009 on WB
      Sweden: January 21, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Australia: February 10, 2010 on GO!
      Germany: May 3, 2010 on ProSieben
      Poland: October 28, 2010 on TVN
      Finland: November 10, 2010 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: January 14, 2011 on Nova Cinema
      Slovakia: April 30, 2012 on Markiza

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.