Season 4 Episode 5


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 2011 on FOX
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    Fringe: Technology is a Bitch

    Peter is back but you wouldn't know it by everyone's reactions, and an upgrade in shapeshifter technology spells doom for us.

  • Episode Summary

    The translucent shapeshifters return to plague Fringe division, and a former Massive Dynamic scientist is involved. Meanwhile, Walter meets with Nina Sharp.

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    • Peter was suppose to die?? I don't think so...

      the observers in the finale of season 3 say that Peter doesn't exist because he has fulfilled his purpose; implying that he wasn't suppose to and that things have been course corrected. And Peter in this episode wonders why he is back if he was suppose to die in both universes the first time around. Peter Was Not suppose to die on the Other Side. if it wasn't for the observer's intervention, Walternate would have known that he made a breakthrough in devising a cure and would have saved Peter's life. Peter was suppose to live, and did live bc of Walter. this is the Observer's fault, and him course correcting in a way that erases Peter is not course correcting. the observer admitted that it was his fault and that Peter needs to live. the observers couldn't have overlooked this as they see all time and all universes.moreless
    • The Mystery Continues

      This is was a good episode, Walter giving in to see Peter one more time even though he thinks he don't deserves to have that type of happiness. Weird because Peter felt the same way in the past before they got close, now that Walter admits it leaves Peter feeling hurt. It hurts so see they were all so close like a family it was a great sight to see and now this. I gave a good rating for the writing of the show and flow of information it provided and yet left even more questions to keep you hooked into watching. Now that's a good episode lol.moreless
    • Novation

      A solid episode of Fringe here tonight. While the shapeshifters are not unique to this show, they do use them as well as any other sci-fi program does. I also like that they are bringing Nina Sharpe back into the fold, as she is integral to the story, yet hasn't appeared that way as of late.

      Intriguing sci-fi drama, and some nice mystery involving what exactly is going on with Peter, so it gets a 7 out of 10 for me.moreless
    • "Novation" is an effective episode, returning us to the world of the weird, reacquainting us with the translucent shapeshifters and the effects of Peter's reappearance, both on the Fringe Division and the world at large.moreless

      (Spoiler Alert)

      Peter's appearance in the yellow universe may be a sign of things to come. As we know, Peter is something of an anomaly. Hence, the time distortion toward the end of the episode may be a signal that Peter's time here will be very limited, and Walter will have to overcome his angst from the reappearance of his son.

      The translucent shapeshifters, like their predecessors, are part of a war between the worlds. Who sent these soldiers, and who will send the ones to come?

      Yellow Universe General Differences:

      Nina Sharp adopted, or at least raised, Olivia and her sister.

      The Observers either do not exist or are not known to the Fringe Division.

      As always, John Noble played Walter to perfection, and Anna Torv was fantastic. However, this was clearly more of a Walter/Peter episode than anything else. I can't wait for next week.

    • Jaw dropping shapeshifter, convincing guests, exciting ripple effect, perfect format, promising season but lazy security (Spoilers)

      How dare they leave us for two weeks after such a cliffhanger ! But Novation didn't disappoint, as expected. So far I had been quite pleased by the visual effects but this time they pushed the barrier even further because the shapeshifting was just mind blowing ! It actually reminded me of Terminator 2 : Judgement Day but in a more disturbing way. As for The Matrix-like walking on the wall it was quite surprising ! Also the actress was convincing in her dual role and it also applies to the guest playing the scientist. Discovering things through the eyes of Peter is also quite promising. From the new breed of shapeshifters to all the rippled characters the journey was exciting. As always the episodic story also served the main one so it proves that Fringe has merged the best of both worlds and its format should be a model for future productions. The reunion between Peter and Walter was also quite moving and I'm glad the writers made the second not to repeat the same mistake as his other personas. So it's intriguing to determine who will trust Peter enough to help him. Olivia ? Probably but when it comes to the show there're an infinite number of possibilities to consider. Still the Fringe Division security system is cheap and Broyles and his team left Peter way too much freedom. It would have been far much more interesting and thoughtful to see him struggle for a few episodes. Last but not least it was nice to have the vintage typewriter back and I can't wait for the shapeshifters to arrive. I'll be back !

      Note : This review was first posted on Kritikenstein, my weblog.moreless
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    Malcolm Truss

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    Michelle Krusiec

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    Umberto Celisano

    Umberto Celisano

    Gas Station Attendant

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Olivia: What the hell are you doing?
        Walter: Sleeping. One syringe has sodium thiopental...
        Olivia: Well, that sounds...
        Walter: It's a barbiturate, yes.
        Olivia: I was going to say "dangerous."

      • Walter: Seeing this man has brought up many things I've tried to forget. That night at the lake, you begged me to stop, but I couldn't. I couldn't watch Peter die, not again. I couldn't stand by and do nothing.
        Nina: Walter...
        Walter: I've hated you. For 25 years, I hated you. Had you not been there, the vial wouldn't have been broken, and I would've healed Peter on the Other Side. He wouldn't have fallen through the ice. I blamed you for the death of my son. I blamed you. I couldn't live with myself... because you were right. I'd crossed the line. For the sake of one life, I destroyed two worlds. And over the years, I've come to terms with the fact that I deserve to be punished... to suffer.
        Nina: No. Walter, you're not that man anymore. I've watched you. Working with the Fringe Division, you've done everything in your power to heal the damage.
        Walter: I saw him, Nina... the man. I saw my boy in that man's eyes. The way he looked that night in the ice... floating away from me. God help me, I... saw the eyes of my boy in a man's face. That filled me with... indescribable joy. but I don't deserve joy. For anyone else, this would be received as a miracle--to get a glimpse of their dead son. Why should I be rewarded for what I've done?
        Nina: Because maybe you've suffered enough. No, I can't explain it, Walter. I don't know why he's here, I don't know where he's came form. But maybe you've just been given a second chance.

      • Walter: Every day... for the past 25 years... I tried to imagine what you would like as a man... my son. But I don't deserve this. I don't deserve you. I realize now this was my punishment. You were sent to tempt me, to see if I would repeat the mistakes of the past. You shouldn't be here.
        Peter: Walter, no.
        Walter: Wherever you came from, however you got here, it doesn't matter. I can't help you.
        Peter: Walter, you don't understand.
        Walter: I tried to help a boy, a version of my son, 25 years ago. But that boy was never my son... and neither are you.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Music: Wild Eyes (Up Down Up), Seven Suns (Rising) (Violet Sedan Chair)

      • Injoke: When Walter is looking at Peter's old things, they are kept in a UFO lunchbox. At one stage, Joshua Jackson was attached to a remake of this 1970s UK SF show.

      • International Airdates:

        Canada: November 4, 2011 on Citytv
        UK: November 9, 2011 on Sky1
        Germany: July 2, 2012 on ProSieben
        Finland: December 12, 2012 on MTV3

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