Fringe: Season 1, Episode 4

The Arrival (30 Sep. 2008)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
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A strange cylinder which is somehow connected to Walter and a man known as "the Observer" appears from the ground at a construction site.

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Agent Dunham and the Bishops investigate the sudden appearance of a strange cylinder after an explosion at a construction site. She learns from an old friend that this is not the first time the cylinder has appeared and that it could disappear just as quickly. She also realizes that an odd looking man appears in several crime scene photos. It turns out that he is already known to the Government and has been dubbed 'The Observer'. Dr. Bishop has a special interest in the cylinder and tells Peter of their own special encounter with 'The Observer' years ago. Written by garykmcd

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The Observer, rather than appearing briefly, features prominently in this story. See more »

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When Peter is taken to the graveyard to dig up the cylinder, we are to assume it is his grandfather's grave. However, the date of death is listed as 1944, while Walter's DOB is given as 1946 in the pilot. See more »

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Olivia Dunham: Your credentials have been approved. Civilian consultant to the Department of Homeland Security.
Peter Bishop: Does this mean I don't need an escort to come into the Federal Building anymore?
Olivia Dunham: Yeah.
Peter Bishop: Will it get me out of speeding tickets?
Olivia Dunham: Maybe.
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Utterly confusing, but I think it will lead into something great
28 March 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

It's hard to rate this episode because in my opinion, Fringe is this special type of series where it's better to rate the whole thing than every little piece of it. I will rate every single episode anyway, so I have to say that this episode was beyond just confusing and made like the Walter Bishop character less, however I really enjoyed the mystery about the whole thing. I sincerely hope that this coalesces into a fantastic entirety. Still, the confusion was by far not the only flaw of this episode: never ending illogicality, blatant oddness and a crime, which by the end, nobody gives a crap about. The creators want to keep us watching with this crazy cliffhanger, which seems to make the show more complicated than it already is - after 4 freaking episodes! I could rate this episode really bad because of all these things, but I won't because I believe in the show to become really entertaining eventually and I suspect that I'll like the stuff that just confuses me for now. Furthermore, it's good dialogues and fine acting.


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