Fringe

Season 1 Episode 16

Unleashed

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 14, 2009 on FOX
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A man-made creature attacks Charlie and Walter's history catches up with him.

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  • Sanctimonious "animal rights" zealots get their comeuppance

    8.0
    Sanctimonious "animal rights" zealots get their comeuppance
  • Unleashed

    7.0
    Case of the week. They come from all sides and all seasons. Wandering around we found the sick, the criminal, the disappeared. The mystery, murder and lies. If we continue to travel and stop in section 16 of "Fringe" give face to face with the monster. The week.



    Four students, members of a group of animal rights, invade a pharmaceutical laboratory, where experiments are carried out with different species. But, and here there is always a "but" do not experience only perfumes and lipsticks in monkeys, and offenders quickly realize that to give face to face with a creature who would not drop at all. In the loose and no collar, is a matter of time before making his next victim. Into action the team lead and this time is the time the agent Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo) to prove the imminence of death. It is strange to be attacked by and infected with larvae in a small space of 24 hours will insist on his belly gently blow. The hunt for the creature goes so fast against the clock in the end, where everything ends smoothly.



    After an episode dedicated to one of the most mythical characters of this universe, The Oservador, back to the layout of the "monster of the week." And know us a little. Why? Mainly because this scheme on "Fringe" does not result in the best way. The "X Files" - did not want to be falling in this comparison now so worn, but it got better - full seasons had cases during the week, different, nothing that would link the central plot, shown only in the beginning and end of each series . So why aliciava in a new case with Scully autonomous and not a new case and autonomous with Dunham (Anna Torv)? I think that mainly has to do with the mystery. Lacks a guiding principle that the intrigue from start to finish of each episode, whether or not the matter to the central part of the story. There is a case in this case a monster that hides nothing and merely run away to be caught. There is a twist in the action, a slight twist, or something that just burst in the final. Halfway through the episode already knew everything and knew nothing else would know.



    Examples previous turn out to be useful because of its importance as a single piece overall assembly. Make sense when we see the whole picture. However, this mixture of species or is part of a larger plan, but also recalls the creature of the plane (and a bit of a "Cloverfield"). And one thing that the supernatural has in abundance is variety of topics, so the flavor repetition can be avoided easily.



    But all is not sadness:



    We had the right to know a little more of the life of Charlie, played by an excellent actor who until now had not taken its rightful airtime;

    Perspective is a love triangle between Peter (Joshua Jackson) and his two sisters;

    The final scene of the sewage could briefly bring to mind the "Alien";

    No big action scenes, the episode still managed to keep a good pace.



    Conclusion: when they sit in the main plot and earn the notion that the case is independent, we need mystery. We need more imagination to make us go back and yell "Fringe" as a subject always essential.moreless
  • Another side of Walter

    8.0
    This was a good episode about the man made creation part lion, snake, rhino and bat. We got to see Walters other side the guilt about taking a part of creating this beast in the early stages. Even though it wasn't the final creation of this beast when he was under going the project resulting in a failed creation, he felt somewhat responsible for having started this project. He was willing to sacrifice himself to get what is needed, so he took the deadly poison and drunk it just in case the monster kills him. The larvae will be poisoned and they can use his blood to save the fbi agent. Luckily all came out all right with no death, but it just shows his resolve and I think Peter can learn a lot from this. Both Olivia and Walter have changed a lot in character development, almost to the point even being separate people from before. It's still early in this series but I want to see more of Peter character and development. I also feel like more is needed to become closer to all these characters in this series.moreless
  • Walters guilt.

    7.0
    This week the Fringe group is after a lab created monster, it's a mix of several different species as an experiment. The monster isaccidentally released by animal rightsactivists.

    Charlie is scratched by the monster and gets "knocked up" which is going to kill him in 24 hours. To save his life they must catch the monster and use it's blood as anantidote.

    Walter get's suddenly extremely guilty in this episode thinking the lab used his old idea to create the monster, even though he later finds out that he wasn't responsible he still can't let it go. This guilt almost kills him when he goes off on a suicide mission to kill the monster. I find this a bit weird, why so guilty now? He is behind so many things that is now used against society by terrorist. Was this the last drop? Has everything finally caught up with him? I miss the regular Walter.

    Olivia and I don't like Peter flirting and talking on the phone with Rachel. But what can we do??moreless
  • The monster!

    8.5
    I do not understand how people could not love Fringe, particularly this episode. It had a little bit of everything: some foreshadowing toward a possible Peter and Olivia romance, a JJ Abrams quality monster and even a throwback to Stephen King's classic It by the crew going into the sewer to confront the monster.



    Fringe seems to be hitting its creative stride this year and while a second season renewal is all but certain I just hope they do not "peak" too early and hit a sophomore slump. Because this show is quality TV, and one of the best on the air right now.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

Keith Nobbs

Keith Nobbs

Carl Bussler

Guest Star

Kiersten Warren

Kiersten Warren

Sonia Francis

Guest Star

Tim Gallin

Tim Gallin

Cameron Deglmann

Guest Star

Ari Graynor

Ari Graynor

Rachel Dunham

Recurring Role

Lily Pilblad

Lily Pilblad

Ella

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: As Olivia stands outside Carl's house, a "Red Balloon Lager" label can be seen on a beer keg. This is a clue toward the next episode, "Bad Dreams."

    • The second time Walter is giving Charlie the ultrasound, you can clearly see him moving the sensor around quite a bit on Charlie's stomach, but on the screen everything is stationary, with the exception of the larva.

    • Trivia: The glyph code for the episode is "Peter."

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen on Charlie's TV during the news broadcast, walking behind the reporter.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Astrid: Okay, well, we know what it's made of. We know that it moves through the sewers. So, can't we, I don't know, like, bait it or something?
      Peter: Just so I'm clear--are you actually suggesting that we go down into the sewers and wait for this thing to eat us?
      Astrid: Well, no...
      Walter: Yes!

    • Olivia: Walter, have you got any idea what kind of animal would be in a lab that could do this?
      Walter: Well, judging by the wounds, I'd say two or three different ones, actually.
      Peter: Right, a motley crew of lab animals got together and decided to exact their revenge on mankind.

    • Walter: If my theory is correct and the bat traits are dominant in the creature, then yes, I believe we can successfully lure it. Whether we can survive the encounter is the more intriguing question.

    • Walter: Check in on Agent Francis. Let's look in on our little friends.
      Astrid: It didn't work.
      Walter: Ever the pessimist. (pauses) Look.
      Olivia: They're dying.
      Charlie: What happens now?
      Walter: Now you crap 'em out.

    • Walter: The spread of the digits, V-shaped. It's too wide for one of those creatures. Configuration closer to that of an eagle. Of course much, much larger.
      Peter: Hey, we're looking for Big Bird.
      Walter: Don't be ridiculous. Perhaps a pterodactyl.

    • Peter: It's an omelet.
      Walter: It's not an omelet!
      Peter: Oh, my...ugh! Walter, why is there an ear in the omelet?
      Walter: It was an experiment. It was a protein-rich incubator. It was growing.
      Peter: It was growing? That's perfect.
      Walter: No, it's not perfect. You just ruined it.

    • Broyles: Whatever did this doesn't appear to be indigenous to the area.
      Charlie: Well, wherever it is indigenous to, I don't want to live there.

    • Walter: How interesting.
      Peter: Some would say disgusting.

    • Walter: This is quite delicious.
      Peter: Where did you get that?
      Walter: In the car, uneaten.
      Peter: What is the matter with you?
      Walter: Oh, forgive my son. He's been in a mood all day.
      Peter: I just figured "don't eat the evidence" goes without saying.

    • Astrid: So this thing has the claws of a lion and the fangs of a snake?
      Walter: It reminds me of a woman I once knew in Cleveland.
      Peter: Walter, these punctures are over four inches apart. And that would make this snake eight-feet long.
      Walter: Her name was Harriet something.
      Olivia: How is everything?
      Peter: Well, apparently you're looking for a lion-snake named Harriet.

    • Peter: Are you okay? Did you take something?
      Walter: Psychedelics? No, not since Thursday, no.

    • Olivia: Walter, I need you to tell me what exactly you would need to create a genetic hybrid. Like, specific items, so I can see if Robert Swift bought any of it.
      Walter: I would need some sodium bicarbonate and a house in he country, a place to be alone in my thoughts. Some Mahler for the late nights. And time. A lot of time.
      Peter: I know. It's like he's on another planet.

    • Olivia: You mean that these are baby monsters?
      Walter: Yes. We must collect them. Peter, a petri dish. (the larvae grow larger) Make it a bucket.
      Astrid: I'm gonna be sick.
      Walter: Two buckets!

    • Walter: Could you carry these, son?
      Peter: Sure thing.
      Walter: Be careful. We must be very gentle with them.
      Peter: Right, 'cause we wouldn't want to hurt the monster babies.

    • Peter: Hey, Walter. Think we can wait down here to be mauled in silence, please?

    • Walter: I need to tinkle. Could either of you direct me to the facilities?
      Peter: The facilities? You're in the sewer, Walter. You're knee-deep in the facilities.

    • Peter: Are you okay?
      Walter: Yes. Although when I mentioned that the poison would kill me within the hour, did either of you happen to notice the time?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music: No You Girls (Franz Ferdinand), Trashcan (Delta Spirit), Escape (The Pina Colada Song) (Rupert Holmes; sung by Joshua Jackson)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: April 26, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Norway: May 10, 2009 on TVN
      Finland: May 18, 2009 on MTV3
      Germany: July 13, 2009 on Pro 7
      Sweden: July 16, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Belgium: July 23, 2009 on RTBF2
      France: August 5, 2009 on TF1
      Poland: January 7, 2010 on TVN
      Slovakia: January 31, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: April 2, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Kiersten Warren, who plays Charlie's wife Sonia in this episode, is the real-life wife of Kirk Acevedo, who plays Charlie.

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.

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