Season 5 Episode 8

The Human Kind

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 07, 2012 on FOX
out of 10
User Rating
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    Fringe "The Human Kind" Review: Love vs. the Robots

    "The Human Kind" wasn't the strongest episode of Fringe, but it was highlighted by a few excellent scenes.

  • Episode Summary

    Peter reaps the consequences of spying on an Observer leader. Meanwhile Olivia's search for another tape leads her to a woman who seems to be able to divine the future.

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    • The Human Kind

      A good final scene with Peter and Olivia at the end (although I wish he had kept the tech in longer) but overall this was not a particularly memorable episode. Why keep Olivia hostage for like 10 minutes? What purpose did that serve?
    • nothing happenend in this ...

      well nothing happened in this episode.. except the goddamn love crap coming in all over again, to make peter remove the tech from his brain....

      what the heck???

      peter with that tech was super cool and awesome!

      This love thing really makes tv shows fall down a cliff sometimes....

      But anyways.. the episodes before this proved that we got better stuff in store.... hopefully.
    • Mistakes, mistakes...

      For the second time this season, writers must have seemed to forgot that the viewers are not idiots. First thing: Olivia could have easily handled these two blocks. She dealt with similar stuff in the past. Couldn't she overpower them at the first place? Second thing: when being held captive, from the moment she heard about the transfer, she seemed to have all the time in the world making a device to fire up a bullet. Improbable at most, unless Olivia has the ability to manipulate time. Why is thisthe second time this season? Because similar time paradox occured in the episode "Bullet that saved the world". The counter on Eta's device showed less than 30 seconds and they even not managed to escape the buliding but also managed to keep themselves in a safe distance without bringing anyone's attention. Come on people. This show is about fringe events but there are some limits before that and bad writing.moreless
    • (SPOILERS) The Human Kind

      I loved this episode. Fringe is one of a hand full of shows that can make me genuinely empathise with the characters. I don't want to talk too much about this episode, just the ending.

      When Olivia was trying to convince Peter to remove the tech, I was literally tearing up and saying "Please Peter, Please, take it out. You love Olivia, she is right emotions give you When Peter started to remember all the good times with Olivia, I actually started to cry. I was so happy that he removed the tech.

      Also, I was glad to see that Winmark is now back on the timeline that Peter wanted him on, so they might still have a chance to take him out.

      Special mention again for Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv's brilliant acting. Great Episode.moreless
    • Great episode, brilliant season, perfect show.

      I think that's all that needs to be said, but after reading some comments I would like to add one more thing. To all you people complaining about the show using emotions, if you can't see that the way they use them is just what lifts the story to a higher level, then you should just go watch another action movie or something. Because the level that fringe is at might be too much for you to understand. When used right, emotions are a powerful tool.moreless
    Jill Scott (II)

    Jill Scott (II)


    Guest Star

    Kett Turton

    Kett Turton


    Guest Star

    Nathan Dashwood

    Nathan Dashwood


    Guest Star

    Michael Kopsa

    Michael Kopsa

    Captain Windmark

    Recurring Role

    Shaun Smyth

    Shaun Smyth


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Olivia: Simone, you have a gift. You can see things that other people can't. I don't doubt that. But... wherever you think this gift came from or whoever you think bestowed it on you, it's simply an anomaly. I know that because I'm an anomaly. I have moved things with my mind. I've lit things on fire. I've caught bullets midair. I've seen things that people only dream about. I've seen... the seams between universes rip aprt. Things that humans shouldn't see. People make up explanations... assign meaning to things without knowing because it's reassuring. It's comforting. But I can't do that... because I know too much. It's all just numbers. And the invaders, as you call them, are just better at math than we are.

      • Peter: If you could see what I see, Walter... if you could experience what it feels like to fully harness the untapped potential of the human brain. You, of all people, should know that there is no reason to be afraid.

      • Olivia: Etta's not gone, Peter. Windmark didn't take her.
        Peter: Yes, he did.
        Olivia: No, he didn't. She's still here with us.
        Peter: She is dead.
        Olivia: She saved my life today with the bullet she brought to us. She's alive inside us. And there's nothing that Windmark can do about it because the love that we can share with her now is invulnerable to space and time, even to them. And I know that our hearts are broken and that it hurts, but that's what makes us human.
        Peter: Emotion is our weakness.
        Olivia: No, Peter, it's our strength, because it's the one thing that they don't have.

    • NOTES (1)

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