Season 1 Episode 18


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 28, 2009 on FOX
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Someone is killing people and draining their spinal cord fluid. Olivia, Peter, and Walter go to great lengths to stop the deaths, which are happening more and more frequently.

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  • Midnight

    I confess that week after week I promise myself not to see the promotional video of the next episode. But I can not resist. You are so close there is one more click and we know that there are 30 seconds behind. We know more and we inevitably salivating for the next chapter.

    The promos can draw attention like no other, but are also the primary source of disillusionment. And it was thus that stuck to the promise of this being the 18th biggest surprise of the season I ran forward to viewing. And so I took the beautiful bath. Yes the water was very cold. Not only surprise was poor (not too sure if he should call a surprise) as the whole episode was, in general, boring.

    The case itself was boring. Even the top, which is usually always a good piece of suspense and terror, left much to be desired. It was easy to see that the alleged attacker was actually the victim. It is a mechanism that works well but, as is not new, it is quickly identified. It was easy to see the Observer. And above all it was easy to see that there was something wrong with those blue eyes, bright and shiny. Then begins the traditional hunting the monster, in this case a marrow-eating seductress. The investigation leads them to Dr. Nicholas Boone (Jefferson Mays), a man in a wheelchair who desperately seeks his wife. Who is she? Nothing less than the hunter and the prey of men from the FBI. Dr. Boone makes a deal: they pick up his wife and he tells everything he knows about ZFT group, alleged perpetrators of the mutation of the young.

    Done. Then follows a chase with the constant expectation of going to know the truth about this group. That's what we're here, that's what we learned more about an alleged battle between two dimensions in "Bad Dreams". Unfortunately not in the narrative manages to grab at any time and then identified the identity of the girl is nothing to show. Scenes are slow and no rhythm, as the nightclub scene with Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Olivia (Anna Torv) without rhythm or intensity and the car scene where the agent is attacked but the journey continues to look like a Sunday drive.

    The dynamic between Walter (John Noble) and Boone did not work and between the technical terms and microscopes just not to create any feeling for that which is sacrificed. Without prior leave us a clear recording with the great secret: the name of the founder of ZFT. No less than William Bell, the founder of Massive Dynamics. Surprise? Not really, anything that is not distrusted, we suspected that there is nothing, nothing we did not already know. All or nearly all, cases will lead to the same source, the same red hair that says they knew nothing. I mean, we're not so silly, or Massive Dynamics and was on one side or the other. Apparently it merges with the ZFT in fighting an enemy who does not know.

    In an episode bored we were without smiles. Only with the assurance that if this was the trump card of the season and then we can start to cry.moreless
  • The Plot Thickens

    Great episode, now we know who is funding ZFT. And really it was no real shocker, the company wasn't exactly nice so we should've expected this. Gripping part for me in this episode is a scientist give up the last of his spinal fluid to create a cure to save his infected wife. Now that's love, really feel sorry for the guy. Can't wait to see what happens next and what their going to do with this new information that they got on the ZFT.moreless
  • Another great episode.

    This is the kind of show Fringe needs to put on to keep those American Idol viewers sticking around. Have a psycho killer on the loose that it is not just a simple murderer, but also not too unbelievable that even the biggest sci-fi geek would disapprove of.

    My only real complaint here was that the comedy element of this show seems to disappearing. There was very minimal dialogue between Walter and Peter, and outside of a few sarcastic Peter Bishop lines, not a lot of laughs tonight. I understand there needs to be a serious tone, but every once and awhile JJ Abrams could throw us a joke.moreless
  • Ok but nothing compared to last week.

    Someone is killing people and draining their spinal cord fluid. Olivia, Peter, and Walter go to great lengths to stop the deaths, which are happening more and more frequently. Compared to last weeks episode "Bad Dreams" felt slow, it was basically a filler episode after last week s great twist and I felt it lacked in Walter's humour and any development with the story. There was a good few scenes where I had to look away because of seeing blood and bones I kind of have a weak stomach when it comes to stuff like that so it was fun too look away when we saw something disgusting.moreless
  • A little more than a typical monster of the week episode.

    I've often criticized this show for its lack of focus when it comes to its own mythology and with this episode, it seems like the overall arc of the series has finally lurched foreword. This in itself is a good thing as it gives Fringe a sense of direction, but I felt that this episode was appealing for another reason -- it gratifies me to see people doing things simply because they are the right thing to do.

    This brings us to Dr. Boone who not only gives his wife his own spinal fluid, but later sacrifices himself to save her and then delivers on a promise as one of his final acts. Does this really excuse him doing work for ZFT? That's debatable, but a story of sacrifice and plain-old goodness in the face of evil is usually enough to make me happy.

    Fringe has been hit or miss for me; Mostly miss, but if they take the lessons of this episode and focus on humanity instead of sensationalism, I think this could become a worthy successor to The X-Files.

    "Midnight" could have been another boring monster of the week episode, but it redeemed itself with Dr. Boone and his quest to simply do the right thing.moreless
Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson

Peter Bishop

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Phillip Broyles

Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo

Charlie Francis

Jasika Nicole

Jasika Nicole

Astrid Farnsworth

John Noble

John Noble

Dr. Walter Bishop

Anna Torv

Anna Torv

Olivia Dunham

Jefferson Mays

Jefferson Mays

Nicholas Boone

Guest Star

Trieste Kelly Dunn

Trieste Kelly Dunn

Valerie Boone

Guest Star

Richard Short

Richard Short

Bob Dunn

Guest Star

Ari Graynor

Ari Graynor

Rachel Dunham

Recurring Role

Lily Pilblad

Lily Pilblad


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Walter examines the early victims, he says the bite marks are definitely human. But in attack mode, Mrs. Boone's teeth are anything but human-looking.

    • If you insert a needle into a person's spinal cord at the cervical (neck) section that would render the person tetraplegic. The antidote should have been injected at the lumbar area.

    • The second dead man picture Olivia showed Dr. Nicholas Boone during his interrogation, after his capture, is from a dead victim she only discovered way later in the episode.

    • Trivia: The news broadcast at the beginning has a text crawl stating "Mysterious fire breaks out downtown." This is a clue toward the next episode, "The Road Not Taken."

    • Trivia: The glyph for this episode is EIGHT.

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen twice in the bar behind Bob Dunn; just before he tries to pick up the blonde girl at the bar and then again as he turns and sees Valerie.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Walter: (examining a corpse) You know what this reminds me of, Peter?
      Peter: Nope, but I'm gonna guess it's something unbelievably disgusting.
      Walter: Shrimp cocktail. You see, the shrimp must be deveined by putting a shallow cut down the back to expose the vein. Which in fact, is not a vein at all, but the crustacean's intestinal track.
      Peter: Great, thanks for that. Another foodstuff I can cross off the menu for life.

    • Peter: Hey, are you okay?
      Olivia: Why?
      Peter: Well, you were awfully quiet on the car ride over here and you just don't seem your normal, chipper self at a bloody, gruesome crime scene.
      Olivia: Oh, I'm sorry, I'm, umm... it's home stuff.
      Peter: Well, I know from home stuff. I live with a guy inspecting a severed spine.

    • Peter: You're suggesting that someone chewed his spine out?
      Walter: Yes. But with a jaw strength well in excess of that of a normal human being.
      Peter: Great. Well, maybe we're looking for Dracula.
      Walter: Ha ha! Finally, son; you're opening your mind to new possibilities. But no, there are no vampires, sadly. But it'll be something exciting, I'm sure.

    • Walter: The C-1 cervical vertebra is connected to the C-2 cervical vertebra. The C-2 cervical vertebra is attached to the C-3...
      Peter: That... Walter, that's enough.
      Astrid: When you finally meet a nice girl, I would avoid bringing her home for as long as possible.

    • Astrid: The killer took the victim's spinal fluid? Why would they do that?
      Walter: Where would the fun be if we already knew all there is to know?

    • Walter: Benzyl alcohol. A colorless liquid used as a bacteriostatic in solution for injection, topically as a local anesthetic. Personally, I like to use it as a mouthwash.

    • Walter: I am forming a hypothesis. Would you care to hear?
      Peter: Well, I don't know. Would I ever be able to sleep at night again?
      Walter: Well, that depends.
      Peter: Depends on what?
      Walter: On whether the light is on or not.

    • Peter: Do you really think it's a good idea to let him have free rein in Walter's Believe It or Not Emporium?

    • Peter: Everything stolen is not necessarily lost.
      Olivia: Meaning what?
      Peter: Meaning, if there's a car found stripped in the Greater Boston Area, I can guarantee you my man Mako has his big toe in it.
      Olivia: You have a friend who runs a chop shop?
      Peter: You make that sound so illegal.

    • Peter: You know what I hate worse than the cold?
      Olivia: What?
      Peter: Not much.

    • Club Girl: Now you're my kind of guy. What is that?
      Peter: A handheld thermal radiometer. It tells me if you're hot.
      Club Girl: So...
      Peter: So you're definitely hot. But, I'm looking for someone with syphilis.
      Club Girl: Uh, okay.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: May 10, 2009 on Sky1
      Norway: May 24, 2009, on TVN
      Finland: June 1, 2009 on MTV3
      Germany: July 27, 2009 on ProSieben
      Belgium: July 30, 2009 on RTBF2
      Sweden: July 30, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Latin America: August 11, 2009 on WB
      France: August 12, 2009 on TF1
      Poland: January 21, 2010 on TVN
      Slovakia: February 14, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: April 9, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Music: Bela Lugosi's Dead (Bauhaus), Tear You Apart (She Wants Revenge), Closer to You (Daniel Ash), Candy Darling (Daniel Ash), Discipline (Nine Inch Nails), Burning Up (Ladytron), Once You Say (Nitzer Ebb)

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.