A young musical genius is kidnapped and Walter recalls a patient at St Clair's who might have been kidnapped by the same people and forced to try and figure out the solution to an equation.


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Nina Sharp (credit only)
John Scott (credit only)
Dashiell Kim
Adam Grupper ...
Andrew Stockton


On a rainy night, Ben, a boy who became a music prodigy after coming out of a coma, is kidnapped after his father is put in a hypnogenic state using a red, blue and green lights. Walter proves this really happened when he puts Peter in the same state in the lab. The abduction is just one in a series of kidnappings of people who are geniuses in their fields. After they are brought back, the people go insane and commit terrible acts. In the lab Walter and Peter find a connection between Ben and an old colleague of Walter, at Saint Claire's, who was also kidnapped. In order to save the kid, now Walter needs to go back to Saint Claire's and speak with the old colleague. Written by Andreea D

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18 November 2008 (USA)  »

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The location where the child prodigy is held captive as well as many exterior shots for various episodes were filmed at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. See more »


[to Joanne Ostler]
Mitchell Loeb: Look around your house, your office, your kitchen... Numbers make everything work.
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Written and Performed by J.J. Abrams
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Most intriguing episode yet.
18 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Equation has a great opening in a very stormy and rainy night where we are brought into the car of a father and his son, the young composer. The father stops in front of a woman who needs help with her car, the father inspects the car and suddenly a green and red light flickers before him, when he turns around to see the woman, she's gone. When she turns back to her car, it's gone. And when he goes to check up on his son in the back of the car, he's gone. After the Fringe team checks out the scene of the crime and Oliviai has completed her sketch of what the woman was described to be Agent John Scott informs her that the woman she int he sketch is Joanne Ostler, who died ten years ago, but for some reasons she is behind the disappearances of many people within the last few years, all have connection somehow. Things become supernatural now as the boy wakes up in a dark room, rather similar to the room seen in the first Saw film where he he is greeted by Joanne and taken to his dead mother, who makes a fuss about him having top finish his musical note, if not, she may not go with him. So he thinks( could go far with this spoiler, but I won't). Dr. Bishop is familiar with stories of this woman and her methods, through an old friend of his back at the mental institution where he was held at for years. Olivia thinks it would be bets if he paid a visit to the old mental house, but Peter has nothing but criticism for the sheer thought. But can Dr. Bishop get the job done despite his symptoms and can his friend come through and tell him what he knows before it's too late? Only you can find out, and yes, there is a huge twist at the end that you won't see coming, but I'll never tell...

I really liked this episode, it's such a good mystery/thriller. Not only does it have an excellent story arc to it but it take son the supernatural and mixes with with Fringe science. It also shows more of Dr. Bishop's character and shows his determination and his rebellion against his son's attitude towards him and that he has a bit of a split personality at times( as if we didn't already know...).

One thing that's ironic about this episode is that there is a small clip of Superman on TV( I believe footage taken from The Batman), series co-creator J.J. Abrams wrote two drafts of Superman before it got handed to Bryan Singer and it was changed into a Returns story. I know, not so much of a review, but I like to point out irony. I'm such a geek.

Overall, a great episode. Next weeks looks even better and even more thrilling than this one!


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