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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Tyler Carson
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Dr. Carson
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Dobbins
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Officer Gibson (as Doron Bell Jr.)
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Officer Jenks (as Ryan Booth)
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Clerk (as Phil Cabrita)
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Renee Davies (as Jacqueline Steuart)
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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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The football (soccer) top that young Tyler (Cameron Monaghan) is pictured wearing at 42m23s is a Glasgow Rangers top. See more »

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Walter explains that Peter's teddy bear emits a stream of audible white noise. White noise in audio terms is actually a particular signal with a fixed bandwidth which sounds to the ear like a high-pitched hiss. The teddy bear, however, emits a undefinable oscillating sound, predominantly in a lower frequency range. See more »

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[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 »

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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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