Season 3 Episode 4

Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 14, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Newton activates a "sleeper" shapeshifter agent, and Fringe Division's investigation of the case leads to Massive Dynamic.

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  • Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?

    Quentin Tarantino has the gift. How little he manages to grab a never ending list of references, condense them into one movie, and make it his. Drinking around a heritage past, it makes the original story. This reinvention is one of those that made me surrender and no other choice but to bow in awe.

    "Fringe", this start to the season, has done just that and the proof is this superb fourth episode. A tale that takes us into the nooks rainy "Blade Runner" or we shoot for the space "Batllestar Galactica" without ever ceasing to be himself, without ever losing his trademark.

    "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep" is the fabulous title that immediately puts us in the content of the action. Shapeshifters, these villains who bleed mercury, and change shape, then are the major players. Of them already knew a few things and one of them was this: they are not human. They are cold, cruel and faithful to their mission. Machines of traveling to another universe our (those strange cocoons) with the ultimate goal of exterminating us - and there I am reminding myself of the "Terminator." Well, after all is not just black and white, gray exist.

    There are shapeshifters infiltrate into our society for many years, in various spheres of power, waiting for an order. Or simply fulfilling the mission and gaining influence. We know this because one of them, a prominent senator, has a car accident and his secret is discovered. What doctors do not realize the Fringe team and explains a moment's notice with a view of the soldiers of the enemy on his desk, with only one goal: try to take it all possible information. Is initiated to a complicated game, where Altivia (Anna Torv) tries at all costs hamper and Walter (John Noble) at all costs shine. Excellent strains, outstanding action sequences and one end of the tape where ill again lead to better.

    But this was not a simple case of good and evil, was a reflection fringiana about what is or is not human. Afinais What are the characteristics that make us so unique, that separate us from the cold metal? What is the real border between the machine and we? And these questions are the real (thick) the heart of this episode in the history of both the senator and his wife incredulously, whether in the mission of shapshifter with family. Incredible scene where he takes leave of the child in bed:

    "You know, sometimes the monsters are not so bad, sometimes, if you spend some time with them, may be surprising, can be incredibly sweet, pure, and capable of great love. And then one of them may even become your best friend. "

    The only question that caused me some confusion was the fact that some shapeshifters can not last long in the same body and others unable to do so for years. What applies to one should apply to everyone and this difference was not explained at all. But these are details in a larger story, in which various questions flow in a question for the future: some shapeshifters will ally with us?

    Amidst all this we still had time for:

    Say goodbye to the most charismatic villain of the series. After being captured with the help of his agent infiltrated Newton (Sebastian Roch) commits suicide;

    See Walter in action now as owner of Massive Dynamics. Hilarious;

    Doubt more of Altivia. The way the episode started and ended proved two things: first that "Fringe" is a new series, is concerned with the protagonists and how they develop, and second that this is false Olivia every minute that passes truer.

    "Fringe" is a revolutionized so unbelievable. Has a face, strength and will. It is with great satisfaction that I see the first three episodes in the top 20 episodes of top rated by you and is with an even greater satisfaction that I will see four.

    Best: Everything.

    Worst: nothing.moreless
  • Update

    Well good episode, for me no one notice Olivia's strange behavior is weird. I understand the other people in other side not see it because Olivia has her memories so it makes it harder. But even Charlie is having more doubt than Peter or the others are having. This is getting unreal here they proved how character development is not the strong point here. The writers had pointed that out in season 3 if they did we wouldn't have this deception. Good action and kept you entertain, but the red flags are starting to show and everyone just keep turning a blind eye. Something needs to happen quick because I'm not even buying it anymore.moreless

    Fringe once again proves what an amazing series it can be. Four episodes into the new season and I could not be more excited. Why? Because for the first time ever on this show, there are high stakes and suspense that carries on from one episode to the next and further on. It's nice to finally see no fillers, even if some of the crazy science that happens in fillers are somewhat interesting. However, viewers can now have more emotional investment on the characters than ever before. Sure, some may find the alternate Olivia frustrating and wish for the original one to just return already, but doesn't that make a show more captivating? What happened to built up excitement and attention spans? Fringe is at long last one of those shows that has that feel of commitment that can hold you at the edge of your seat and make you beg for more.

    I only have one complaint, and it's not directed at this episode at all. Fringe is losing viewers when it really shouldn't. I mean seriously, awesome casting, intense storyline, dare-to-be-different attitude, what else could you ask for? It may seem like I am just some hopeless fan blabbering on about how brilliant Fringe is...and on some levels that may be true, but Fringe is definitely underrated. People don't watch it on it's appropriate time and so, ratings for the third season are taking a toll. Now, it couldn't be so much as a problem with the time slot, since last year there wasn't such a danger of cancellation, so what happened? For those who simply cannot watch the back-and-forth between the two universes, please hang in there, it is only for half the season, so just roughly 6 more episodes. Whatever the case, Fringe needs more viewers, old and new. Don't let this show die like Firefly, or any other show you may have once loved, but was ultimately cut short before it reached full potential.moreless
  • machines with feelings! cool!

    Dr Bishop is a genius! how ever in massive dynamics they think he is crazy. "under self medicate"! that was hilarious!

    Bolivia is so worried about her cover, well, she should be. she is surrounded with very smart people.

    they finaly got Newton but thanks to Bolivia now he's useless.

    that was interesting, we saw machines bonded with people. they loved their family, they were capable of love, caring, feelings! wow! good job the other side!!

    Peter finaly told Bolivia that he noticed differences between her and Olivia, that's why Bolivia tried to gain his trust back but I'm sure Peter will find out about her soon.

    poor Olivia!moreless
  • do shapeshifters dream of electric sheep

    So Fringe is starting to get a little better this year after a rough start, but the problem is that there is no way to hook new viewers in and with so few loyal viewers already watching, it is going to be difficult for FOX to renew this show. I just do not like these alternate worlds, and how they play such a big role on the show, like in tonight's episode. They can't go back to where Olivia and Peter just solved crimes, like a generic procedural, but with a supernatural twist? I will reiterate, this was a good episode, but it could have been better.moreless
Marcus Giamatti

Marcus Giamatti

Ray Duffy

Guest Star

Gerard Plunkett

Gerard Plunkett

Senator Dennis Van Horn

Guest Star

Dean Atwal

Dean Atwal


Guest Star

Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché

Thomas Jerome Newton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Newton: You're gonna have a very difficult time without me, you know?
      Bolivia: Well, there are plenty of machines here. I can befriend a vacuum cleaner.

    • Peter: With a basement lab in Harvard, Walter was able to open a wormhole into another dimension that essentially shredded all the laws of science. I can't wait to see what he's capable of doing with a multibillion-dollar corporation.

    • Walter: So beautiful, it is absolutely breathtaking. Somewhere between pudding and foie gras. And why do I bring this up, you with the red hair?
      Scientist: It's black.
      Walter: I see red. Answer the question.
      Scientist: I'm really not sure why we're talking about brain physiology.
      Walter: Dear God. How can you be so limited? When William Bell created this company, he knew one thing to be true. Brain and the mind are capable of so much. Don't you see that? That the brain is consciousness, hmm? The mind is God! There are no limits. Except for those that we impose on ourselves. Open your eyes. Open, open. Inspiration is everywhere. Do you know how lucky you are to play in this sandbox? My heart is racing. God! (starts removing pants) Is anyone else hot in here?

    • Walter: Oh, in the right light, your hair looks like strands of lemon diamonds.
      Peter: He self-medicated this morning.
      Walter: Don't worry. I do some of my finest work self-medicated.

    • Walter: Did you know, in the 19th century, hatmakers used mercury to flatten the fur on hat brims? Sadly, the mercury caused significant brain damage. Hence, where Lewis Carroll got the term "Mad Hatter."
      Peter: Thank you, Walter. That will be very helpful the next time I'm on Jeopardy.

    • Ray Duffy: You know... sometimes... monsters aren't all that bad. Sometimes... if you get to spend some time with them, they can be very surprising. They can be, um, incredibly sweet and pure and capable of great, great love. And then, one of them might actually become your very, very best friend.
      Kris Duffy: But you're my best friend.
      Ray Duffy: Yeah, that's right.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 14, 2010 on Citytv
      UK: October 26, 2010 on Sky1
      Latin America: November 23, 2010 on Warner Channel
      Australia: December 1, 2010 on GO!
      Germany: February 2, 2011 on ProSieben
      Finland: September 28, 2011 on MTV3
      Poland: February 13, 2012 on TVN
      Czech Republic: January 21, 2013 on FANDA