Season 1 Episode 9

The Dreamscape

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 25, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A Massive Dynamic employee leaps to his death after hallucinating a butterfly attack. Agent Scott proves useful in investigating the case, but a frustrated Olivia wants to remove him from her consciousness once and for all. Meanwhile, Peter deals with some enemies from his past.

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  • Contains the best Fringe scene yet, but the rest is only mediocre

    The opneing scene is actually best scene of the whole series so far. Ptolemy Slocum acted great and the CGI were excellent. Sadly, only the few scenes in which Mark Valley is in (either actively or passively) can reasonably uphold the level of the intro. Since the next episode doesn't deal with this case anymore, the question of who is responsible for the episode's murder stays kind of unanswered and that's really annoying to me. The screenplay isn't really good either although I liked it very much that Peter finally got a decent characterization.moreless
  • The Dreamscape

    After a few episodes of absence, Nina Sharp (Blair Brown) and John Scott (Mark Valley) return in force, shrouded in more mystery and intrigue. But how is that a viewer about to lose the glimmer of hope that still has to drive the series can empathize and engage with these elements in an active way?

    Can not. Although there are parts of the episode clearly better than much of what has been seen in the series, the feeling on "Fringe" continues to fade gradually, as if it were water to slip through their fingers.

    Butterflies killer? Really? Fortunately, it appears that they were figments of the imagination of the victim who was exposed to a powerful hallucinogen.

    John Scott? Being the residue of his memoirs that remains inside the mind of Olivia (Anna Torv) or is it a manifestation of any other, no doubt resulting in some pseudoscience estramblica? Walter (John Noble) says it is the first. We (I) feel it is the second. How much longer will it go? Knowing who is behind the series, to be sure that much.

    Nina Sharp? It remains our primary connection to Massive Dinamics, a corporation that seems to be primarily responsible for everything bad happens in the world. One character even says that the company is Hell and its founder, William Bell, the devil himself. I think it could not be clearer. It was interesting to see Olivia tightening with Nina, but quickly saw their intentions were reprimanded by the Agent Broyles (Lance Reddick).

    Peter (Joshua Jackson) finds himself with a troubled past? Yes, but continue to give us very little information. You see a girl, someone with whom he seems to have had a relationship that has a boyfriend / husband abuser and this, in turn, is someone who seems to want to settle scores with Peter about anything he has done.

    Zack Whedon? Yes ... this episode was written (in partnership with Julia Cho) by Zack Whedon, brother of the well known Joss Whedon. No ... the apple did not fall along the same tree twice.

    The episode was yet another completely mad detail: most bizarre dialogue that I remember the last time (this is what the end of this post).

    Walter (giving instructions to Olivia, who is half naked and covered with a blanket): [...] You must focus on my voice, or you may risk being wellness lost in the memories.

    Walter shut up and left with a pensive air.

    Olivia: What?

    Walter: I just got an erection. Oh, fear not. It's nothing to do with your state of undress. I think I simply need to urinate.

    Olivia: That's good to know.moreless
  • Back in the tank.

    This episode is a little different from the ones before it, the Fringe group doesn't have to work around the clock to save someone which is a nice change.

    The story is about Massive Dynamic, how big and bad is it, is it behind all the bad stuff that's been happening lately and is the "pattern" only a cover? Olivia tries to get information from her old boyfriends memories and goes back into the tank. She is also frustrated and begs Walter to help her remove his memories afterwards, she wants to be free from him, tired of him showing up. Walter says no and we get to see a different responsible side of him which is rare and a bit out of character. Meanwhile Peter is off on his own, dealing with the past that has finally caught up to him. Not so interesting...

    The most memorable scenes: Olivia goes into John's memories and finds herself on their first date and somehow connects with him, creepy. Olivia confronts Nina at Massive Dynamic.

    Good episode, nice entertainment!

  • More Questions than Answers.

    Olivia feeling like she going nuts, that's kinda understandable knowing what's been going on with her. Peter had a piece of his past return in Tess. In tonight's episode deal's with toad toxins. Walter does sometimes sound like a mad scientist who says the most inappropriate things at times. He just so makes this show. Olivia keeps finding things out about John and getting more confused. He's definitely not the man she thought. Massive Dynamic is back in the middle of all of this as expected. It keeps coming back to them. Olivia's proven that she won't stop until she finds the answers she seeks. I just hope it it doesn't cost her to much.moreless
  • If you thought the show was too formulaic, well, watch this episode.

    I'm surprised at the negative criticism this episode gets saying that it has more questions than answers.

    Before that, the same people complained about it being too episodic and formulaic. guys, there WILL be more questions if you want an over arcing storyline...

    Anyhow, fantastic episode. Def one of the best efforts of the show so far. Loved everything, the beginning with the awesome music and fall, the dream scene, Peter's mystery, Olivia confronting Nina, the creepy ending...

    There's really nothing else I could ask for. This is pretty much it - Fringe dealing with Fringe science and conspiracies . . .moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Peter: Just your average multi-national corporation specializing in secret bio research and defense contracting. Massive Dynamic. Seems like such an innocent name for a corporation, don't you think?

    • Walter: It's a shame I don't have a lab. I'd like to examine him.
      Peter: You do have a lab, Walter. Your lab at Harvard.
      Walter: Yes. I do, don't I?

    • Charlie: Do you ever wonder how we survived as a species without drugs?

    • Walter: Coffee yogurt.
      Astrid: The synthetic compound?
      Walter: Peter. When he was 13, all he would eat was coffee yogurt. Almost drove his mother to tears.
      Peter: Walter, that wasn't me, that was you.
      Walter: Oh?
      Peter: (on his cell phone) Hello?
      Walter: If that's Agent Dunham, tell her to bring some coffee yogurt.
      Peter: Can you hold on for one second?
      Walter: He's right about the yogurt. In case you haven't noticed, I can be quite obsessive.
      Astrid: Really?

    • Olivia: How long is this going to take?
      Walter: Miss Dunham, what we're doing, what you have asked me to do, is pushing the boundaries of all that is real and possible. We're not roasting a turkey.

    • Olivia: Walter, what's the Bible for?
      Walter: Well, you're taking untested psychedelics, lying in saline with an electric charge in the base of your cranium. Among other things, I thought it appropriate to pray you don't get electrocuted.
      Olivia: Praise the Lord.
      Walter: Amen.

    • Walter: I need you to adjust the drugs.
      Peter: Well, what did you give her this time?
      Walter: Drugs I'd rather be taking myself.

    • George: Massive Dynamic is Hell. And its founder, William Bell, is the Devil. And I can prove all of it.

    • Walter: There is little that makes me happier than taking drugs. Perhaps administering them, designing and carrying out experiments that bend the plane of what we consider reality. I've rarely if ever opposed to such things except now.

    • Walter: Uh oh.
      Olivia: What?
      Walter: I just got an erection. Oh, fear not, it's nothing to do with your state of undress. I think I simply need to urinate.
      Olivia: That's good to know.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Sweden: November 27, 2008 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: November 30, 2008 on Sky One
      Australia: December 15, 2008 on Nine
      Norway: March 1, 2009 on TVN
      Finland: March 2, 2009 on MTV3
      Germany: May 18, 2009 on ProSieben
      Belgium: June 25, 2009 on RTBF2
      France: July 8, 2009 on TF1
      The Netherlands: November 1, 2009 on Net5
      Poland: November 5, 2009 on TVN
      Slovakia: November 29, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: March 5, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • While investigating the death of the victim at his apartment, Olivia finds plane tickets to Omaha from the Oceanic airline company. This is a clear reference to JJ Abrams other popular work Lost. It was an Oceanic flight that crashed on the island giving the catalyst for the show.

    • The episode began seven minutes later, at 9:07 Eastern.