Fringe: Season 2, Episode 6

Earthling (5 Nov. 2009)

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Strange deaths by a mysterious shadow leads the Fringe Team to the scene where they learn that a Russian astronaut was possessed by an alien and his brother is convincing Dr. Bishop to solve the equation to free him.

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Strange deaths by a mysterious shadow leads the Fringe Team to the scene where they learn that a Russian astronaut was possessed by an alien and his brother is convincing Dr. Bishop to solve the equation to free him.

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The Observer walks from left to right at the back when Agent Broyles reports the CIA situation to Agent Dunham by cellphone. See more »

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When the body of the character Randy is shown before and after combustion, his hands (thumbs in particular) have changed position. See more »

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Dr. Walter Bishop: Titanium tetrachloride... you sly temptress.
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Soft Light of Leonard Betts with Side of Trevor and Dr. Calderon
28 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Fringe-File Homages two, actually Three X-Files, "Soft Light" and "Trevor" — both had to do with people who had been altered physically, giving them the "gift" of being able to reduce other people to just so much ash. Also, "Leonard Betts" - I'll X-Plain later.

And just like those X-Files, this episode occurs in Long Halls with Hard Stark Shadows.

A Man is setting up a surprise for his wife (Michelle Harrison of 2003's "Paycheck") on their anniversary - She thinks he is getting on a plane, but in fact he is at their home setting out the romantic artifacts and accouterments.

So when she gets home, she does indeed get a big surprise: Her husband is sitting in his chair. But when she touches him as he is not responding to her, he crumbles to Ash.

Walter inspects the remains in his lab — and finds a curious lack of radiation in the ashes. More ash-bodies are discovered, and a camera reveals a shadow walking through hospital corridors - But no person is making the shadow.

This Fringe File further homages X-Files as being the one and only FRINGE division case dealing with a bona fide Extra Terrestrial.

And, as an added bonus for FringePhiles and X-Philes alike: A scene mirroring a scene from the X-Files Sode "Leonard Betts" - The antagonist, "Tomas" (Ravil Isyanov) shows compassion for friend Nurse Maxine (Johanna Marlowe), to which he says "I wish you had not seen me here"- before he injects her with something. In the X-File of the same name, "Leonard Betts" does this to his friend and co-EMT played by Laara Sadiq - Who Ironically, was in the FRINGE Episode "White Tulip."

Furthermore, Senator Van Horn (Played by Gerard Plunkett who was The Doctor/Alien Shape-Shifter "Dr. Calderon" in the two-episode Skully "Emily" MythArc)- Which Broyles does not know yet that he has been absorbed by a Fringe Walternate Mercury-Shape-Shifter- Sends Broyles a package, which when opened contains a very X-File looking X-File, with the Red Borders labeled "Top Secret." Still not convinced? I think this episode was deliberately rifed with references to famous X-Files Eps.

A Great stand alone MOTW Fringe Case, nonetheless.


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