The Fringe team investigate a child that is supposed to have mind control abilities. Peter is kidnapped and controlled by him. Walter is extremely worried and afraid he might lose Peter again.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Carson
Dr. Carson
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

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12 November 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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The glyphs for this episode spell out: ARRIVE See more »


When the store clerk electrocutes himself, he places the key in the large slot on the outlet. This is the neutral connection that, unless misfired, would only have a few volts and not spark or cause the electrocution. See more »


[to Walter]
Peter Bishop: Hypnosis can't make you do anything that you don't wanna do.
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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »


Fringe Main Title Theme
Written by J.J. Abrams
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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.

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