Fringe (2008–2013)
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The Fringe team investigate a train full of people who died in a mysterious way. Olivia and the others then meet the astrophysicist who was responsible for the "experiment" and who can reset the time.

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Thomas Yatsko

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J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp (credit only)
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Peter Weller ... Alistair Peck
Laara Sadiq ... Carol Bryce
Marie Avgeropoulos ... Waitress
Jackson Berlin ... ND Agent / Agent #2
Zoltan Buday Zoltan Buday ... Worker
Robert Gauvin Robert Gauvin ... Uniform Cop
Richard Harmon ... Teenager
Jennifer Kitchen ... Female CSI
Tariq Leslie Tariq Leslie ... Assistant Medical Examiner
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Storyline

When passengers aboard a commuter train appear to have died a still death, it seems that a switch was flipped because all cell phones, mp3 players, laptops, batteries and bodies have been drained of power. As the Fringe team assembles at the bizarre crime scene, Peter remains suspicious that something is amiss with Walter, who is struggling to keep the unimaginable a secret. When the investigation leads them to Alistair Peck, a very powerful man who has tremendous energy with severe consequences, an ironic set of circumstances surface Written by FOX Publicity

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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This episode features two young actors who would go on to star together on the CW show, 'The 100', Richard Harmon and Marie Avgeropoulos See more »

Goofs

When Peck has his final time jump he draws all the energy around him as evident by the wide arc of dead grass at his landing point. However, the hot air balloon adjacent to him and within the arc of dead grass still has its hot air and its flame is still lit. See more »

Quotes

Peter Bishop: I read that déjà vu is fate's way of telling you... that you're exactly where you're supposed to be. That's why you feel like you've been there before. You are right in line with your own destiny.
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Fringe Main Title Theme
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Written by J.J. Abrams
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The play's the thing...
22 June 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Over the years this reviewer has developed a penchant for highlighting noteworthy episodes of individual series.

Usually when so doing I will arrive at the designated IMDb page (for the episode) only to find it empty, a tabula rasa.

While re-watching this amazing series sequentially, I was gob-smacked at how perfect the script for this episode was.

Sheer genius from start to finish. Manages to solve "conundrum" of the two arcs (the long and the short) by doing something I have never seen before -- making the short arc "about" the long arc (or perhaps vice versa).

That alone would be a feat. But this episode, one of the greatest in the history of TV, goes further. Handles time travel and time paradoxes better than any show prior, including VOYAGEUR which is generally thought to have aced that theme.

On a humanistic level, the complex angst of John Noble's character and the mechanism by which he solves it are extraordinary. In effect, if you watch closely, this story has not only one climactic moment which makes the viewer shudder but a second anti-climax at the end which makes you want to cry.

Hint to newbies; pay special attention to the title of the episode. These writers do nothing by accident.

We like to talk about some of the "perfect" scripts from the original Twilight Zone series, scripts that have held up over decades.

This is one for the record books.


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