Fringe: Season 2, Episode 7

Of Human Action (12 Nov. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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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 ... See full summary »



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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)
Peter Graham-Gaudreau ...
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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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.
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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »


End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
Written by Michael Giacchino
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Fathers and Cloned Sons
21 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a "Diversion" Fringe Episode, we are given a diversion. What appears to be a Kidnapping involving a Massive Dynamic employee, is again not what it at first appears to be.

These five Fringe episodes depict our wait for the "Leader of the First Wave" to make his move - Dream Logic, Earthling, this one, August and Snakenead: These are all unrelated, Non-Pattern cases.

These are provided to give us background on Walter, Peter, The Observers, and Massive Dynamic.

An Attention-Deficit Disorder kid Tyler Carson (Cameron Monaghan) has been "kidnapped" by two used car salesmen. This is humorous enough, but when police catch up, they mysteriously kill each other off and one jumps from a high parking structure. Splat!

Walter correctly assumes "Mind Control" in this one - He was wrong about this in "Dream Logic" but he is correct this time.

I view these cases are "Fringe Practice" - They have nothing to do with "The Pattern" but they give Fringe Division good experience in dealing with strange events. Walter becomes Strangely Lucid when the threat shifts from the Tyler to Peter.

Because it was not the kid who had been kidnapped. It was the Kid all along. He has a Pez Dispenser full of drugs that were designed to allow pilots to interface with an airplane flight control.

But the kid, being ADHD, Testosterone-ridden, Angst Filled, with the addition of the Massive Dynamic drugs: As Walter says, "It's a Mind Control Cocktail."

Walter has to figure this one out on his own, he usually gets help from Peter, but Peter has been selected as a Taxi Driver for the kid, and has enough to worry about. Walter gets help from Olivia in a turnaround, they decide to "crash" the kid like an errant version of Windows Vista.

But the NSA thinks the kid wants to sell Massive Dynamic secrets to a foreign government: Therefore it becomes a race as to who can catch them before Peter becomes Collateral Damage. Fortunately, Fringe Division gets there first.

This is what happens when a Kid thinks he just a Kid and not a Massive Dynamic Experiment. Nina Sharp has found a way to report these goings on to William Belly on the other side, she has a quantum-entangled old Silicon Graphics "Dumb Terminal" which can send messages to the other side just like the typewriter at the secret place in Brooklyn. I used to have one of those, they are nothing but a keyboard attached to a Monochrome CRT that echos what you type. They used to make them in El Cajon, California, on Main Street. Maybe on the other side, the factory is still there. But on this side, that factory has been trashed long ago.

This is the irony of Massive Dynamic: They have access to the best state-of-the-art tech, but Nina uses an Anachronism to communicate with William.

At the very end, we get to see the scope of the "Tyler" experiment. Like everything else they do, it is "Massive."

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