Fringe: Season 2, Episode 7

Of Human Action (12 Nov. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 985 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 5 critic

When a kidnapping rapidly escalates into a hostage situation in New York, local authorities close in on the suspects only to discover a mysterious force with mind-blowing consequences. As ... See full summary »



(created by), (created by), 3 more credits »
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video


IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 22 Jun 2012
a list of 42 titles
created 05 Aug 2012
a list of 23 titles
created 3 months ago
a list of 23 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Of Human Action" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Of Human Action (12 Nov 2009)

Of Human Action (12 Nov 2009) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fringe.
« Previous Episode | 27 of 100 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Carson
Dr. Carson
Doron Bell ...
Officer Gibson (as Doron Bell Jr.)
Officer Jenks (as Ryan Booth)
Clerk (as Phil Cabrita)
Seth Davies (as Peter Graham-Graudeau)
Officer Williams (as Irene Karas)
Renee Davies (as Jacqueline Steuart)


When a kidnapping rapidly escalates into a hostage situation in New York, local authorities close in on the suspects only to discover a mysterious force with mind-blowing consequences. As the investigation intensifies, the mystery and threat deepen to unimaginable proportions when the Fringe Division connects a link between the kidnapping and Massive Dynamic. Written by FOX Publicity

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis






Release Date:

12 November 2009 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The football (soccer) top that young Tyler (Cameron Monaghan) is pictured wearing at 42m23s is a Glasgow Rangers top. See more »


In the beginning teaser, when the NY Police stop the 'kidnapping', they are armed with 9mm Beretta pistols. This is a mistake. NYC Police do not carry Berettas. See more »


Walter Bishop: Once you are given the order to put on the headphones, do not remove them under any circumstances. If you do, you may die a gruesome and horrible death. Thank you for your attention and have a nice day.
See more »


References The Simpsons (1989) See more »


End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
Written by Michael Giacchino
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Reviewer's Conundrum
15 March 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

This review penned (digitized) 2015 and yes the reviewer is aware of how wonderful the prior reviewers thought the episode was.

We beg to differ.

The big metaphysical issue here is, at what point does an episode have to live or die or its merits? Or conversely does a clever ending retroactively "fix" what came before..? Until the last three minutes of the story, this was one of the least impressive entries in the series.

Way below par.

The core story is a riff on a Star Trek episode which itself was a riff on a Twilight episode which was a riff off a 50's comic book short story which for all I know was a riff off something that Julias Caesar stole from Plato.

That is not the point.

The point is that the scary scary maladjusted kid who killed people as though they were playthings turned the soft moral centre of the series into something very uncomfortable. This was an uncomfortable episode to watch, to find someone to identify with, and TV writers never aim for uncomfortable, if they hit it, it means they made a mistake.

The ending that the reviewers loved? Clever yes. Interesting yes. Able to make up for what came before? No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
ending plot hole saiken2009
What will I experience in this show? DennisLaursen89
The reason xfiles was better? filmtvwatcher
slides downhill after 4 and half seasons ophelia_hardin
what is another show like fringe? michaellou26
I miss this show ! I miss this show ! cookie141
Discuss Of Human Action (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: