Fringe (2008–2013)
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The Same Old Story 

A woman gives birth to a baby which ages 80 years in just a few minutes and Olivia soon finds connection between the incident and a serial killer she had been chasing.

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The team investigates another phenomena that may be part of the pattern. In this case, a woman who claims not to be pregnant gives birth to full-term child and in the space of four hours, the newborn grows old and dies. Dr. Bishop had conducted some experiments in this field with a colleague that also involved the man's son. Meanwhile, some aspects of the case convince Agent Dunham that it's the work of a serial killer who has been sought by the FBI for many years. To solve the case, she must rely on Nina Sharp to provide the necessary technology. Written by garykmcd

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The glyphs at the ad breaks spell "child". See more »

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When responding to Olivia's description of the serial killer's pattern, Peter's audio is slightly out of sync with his lips and the audio quality of his voice has a different acoustic quality than Olivia's. See more »

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Agent Olivia Dunham: Stay there.
Peter Bishop: That's just not gonna happen.
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Written by J.J. Abrams
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Great.
19 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode demonstrates that the show operates beyond a monster-of-the-week level. While that element exists, the story presented this hour is fully tied to the story of the first episode. This is true not only in the sense that the situation presented is part of The Pattern; in fact, the actual circumstances tie to the histories of the characters. We don't feel as though we've entered a world relevant only to this hour of television.

The plot being investigated is interesting, and while some dialogue is a bit wooden, I was overall very engaged. The narrative doesn't dwell too long on Olivia's angst over John, but her feelings are instead connected both to her investigation of the case and to the nature and goals of her character; they mesh perfectly with all facets of her search for truth, a concept highlighted by an exciting dialogue between Olivia and Ms. Sharp.

Once again, the series' weakest point is its dialogue. But the way the story is put together--and the elements that comprise that story--are very strong.


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