Fringe: Season 1, Episode 14

Ability (10 Feb. 2009)

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The team investigates a number of people who died faceless after their orifices are sealed while German agents investigating David Robert Jones' escape question Olivia.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
FBI Agent
Philip LeStrange ...
Chinasa Ogbuagu ...
ND Agent #1
Paramedic #1


The team investigates a number of people who died faceless after their orifices are sealed while German agents investigating David Robert Jones' escape question Olivia.

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Referring to the dematerializaiton/rematerialization technique that Jones used to escape from a German prison to a Boston warehouse, Olivia says, "the man was clever enough to Star Trek himself out of a maximum security German prison." This is a reference to the fictional "transporter" technology, the concept of which was introduced on the TV series Star Trek (1966). Fringe creators J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, and 'Alex Kurtzman' also made the movie Star Trek (2009). See more »


Besides the fact that the German guards speak the language extremely poor, some words and/or articulations are not commonly used in German language and sound extremely cliché (i.e. the translation of 'Sir' to 'Mein Herr'). See more »


References Rear Window (1954) See more »


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I take it back, this is the real mind bender here.
23 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Goodness, it has been quite a while since I wrote a review for a Fringe episode, now, where do I begin? ...Ah yes...

After a portion of people have died with a disease leaving them faceless and no where to breath the fringe team's investigations take them to the mysterious escape of Dr. David Robetr Jones, who may be on their side, especially Olivia's.

Very engaging story arc here, though it felt a tad disjointed in some areas, things did work out in the end.

I won't say much on it but the monologue read on the note in one scene really expands this show's universe and questions a lot.

Also a nice character development moment for Olivia and her relationship with both Jones and Peter.


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