Season 4 Episode 19

Letters of Transit

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 20, 2012 on FOX
out of 10
User Rating
435 votes

By Users Episode Review


    Fringe: Back to the Future

    "Letters of Transit" transported us to the year 2036...and left us wanting more of this new chapter in fake Fringe history.

  • Episode Summary

    In the year 2036, a new Fringe team takes on the Observers in a war that will change everything. But to win, they must resurrect a legendary figure from their past, someone who holds the secret to defeating the Observers once and for all.

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    • WHAT THE FUCK ?!?!?!

      I mean seriously, WHAT THE FUUUUUUCK ?!?! It's like the awesome amazing show turned it's story and plot to a series about a vietnamese whore who's pregnant looking for a new pimp. I mean seriously, WHAT THE FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK ?! How could they fuck up this serial so badly ? The Observers who were on the brink of godlike suddenly had an orgy and they multiplied ? And they thought to be more "human" ? And embrace the Nazis regim and emblema ? And from their cold and distant behaviour, they suddenly turned to sex and the rest of the human addictions ? Seriously, WHAT THE FUUUUUUUUUUUUCK ?!?! Thank God I loved the show from the first time I've seen it, and now I'm just curious too see how it ends because I missed the last seasons when it aired on TV, but seriously, if I hadn't loved the show from the start, I'd probably just abandon the lot of it due to the horrendous and truly vomiting script.moreless
    • What the ???

      ok maybe not great like fringe should be....

      and who was the girl play Etta?? Gosh her acting was bad... probably the worst i have seen. Hope they dont bring her on again....

      Henry was amazing as usual... Sometimes i wonder why i dont see him in movies. His acting is fantastic.

    • Excellent flash forward "things to come" episode

      Excellent flash forward "things to come" episode.

      Made me want more. Made me hope that this would eventually be merged into the series arc.
    • Letters of Transit

      I kind of wish this was a show, and not just one flash-forward episode. The two agents were as good as any pair on TV, although Henry Ian Cusick rarely disappoints. It was just a great story, with real heroes, and an Observer you wanted to see get destroyed, so real villains too. It may not have been what you hoped for when the episode started, but this was a good story, well-written and well-acted.moreless
    • pretty awesome episode

      sure its a side track from the typical show, but i loved how the writers instilled a sense of urgency by showing us the future and what awaits. plus to show us walter as how he was as a meaner person.

      i think they did a great job with this episode, the other reviews that say the writers need a vacation, i think just the opposite, very good episode and it would make a great spin off!!!moreless
    Henry Ian Cusick

    Henry Ian Cusick

    Simon Foster

    Guest Star

    Ben Cotton

    Ben Cotton

    Impound Clerk

    Guest Star

    Bradley Stryker

    Bradley Stryker


    Guest Star

    Georgina Haig

    Georgina Haig

    Henrietta "Etta" Bishop

    Recurring Role

    Michael Kopsa

    Michael Kopsa

    Captain Windmark

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Opening Title Roll: They came from the future. At first, they only watched. Arriving at key moments in human history. We called them Observers. But in 2015 they stopped watching... and seized control. Citizen uprisings proved bloody and futile. Those who survived became known as "Natives." In an attempt to show their allegiance, some Native factions became "Loyalists" and were marked by the Observers. The original FRINGE TEAM fought the invasion, but was quickly defeated. FRINGE DIVISION was allowed to continue at a reduce capacity, but only to police the Natives. The resistance was quickly overcome... or so they thought.

      • Simon: Well, I'll be a toe on a foot in a grave.

      • Broyles: Windmark. What did you do up there in the future... to get yourself such a crap detail?
        Windmark: I like animals.

      • Etta: We just removed you from amber, Dr. Bishop. You were inside twenty years.
        Walter: Twenty years? It's no wonder I'm so hungry. Do you have anything to eat?

      • Walter: Have you seen it?
        Simon: Monkey feces? No. I cant say I've had the pleasure.
        Walter: I wouldn't say that it was a pleasure.

      • Walter: I've eaten it once. It was sweeter than you'd think.
        Simon: Feces?
        Walter: God, no. Brains. And LSD. I love LSD.

      • Simon: Dr. Bishop, we're going to inject that solution into the base of your brain.
        Walter: Oh, fun.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Anna Torv and Seth Gabel are credited but don't appear.

      • Although Leonard Nimoy doesn't appear (as he was no longer making live TV appearances on TV when the episode was filmed), a CGI image of him is incorporated into the episode.

      • For the alternate future setting, the opening credits are on dark blue and show the words Community, Joy, Individuality, Education, Imagination, Private Thought, Due Process, Ownership, Free Will, and Freedom. Over the last few words in the background is a prison camp with hundreds of men kept within.

      • International Airdates:
        Canada: April 20, 2012 on Citytv
        UK: April 25, 2012 on Sky1
        Germany: August 13, 2012 on ProSieben
        Finland: March 20, 2013 on MTV3

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Walter: I am not a number, I am a free man!

        Referencing one of the opening lines of the British series The Prisoner (1967-1968). The unnamed protagonist, known only as Number 6, declares his independence at the beginning of each episode's credits by shouting this phrase.

      • Walter: These aren't the droids you're looking for.

        Referencing Obi-Wan's famous line to the stormtroopers who are searching for C-3PO and R2-D2 in Mos Eisley in Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope. Obi-Wan is using the Force, which allows him to controls the thoughts of the weak-minded.

      • Walter: Like The Guns of Navarone.

        Referencing Alistair MacLean's The Guns of Navarone, a 1957 novel that follows an Allied commando team's efforts to destroy a German fortress. In 1961, the book was adapted into a feature film starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn. The movie won an Oscar for Best Special Effects.