Fringe: Season 2, Episode 16

Peter (1 Apr. 2010)

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Walter flashes back to 1985 while explaining Peter's otherworldly origins to Olivia. Also, Peter's mother is introduced, and details of the neighboring world reaffirms that there is more than one of everything.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Bishop (credit only)
Phillip Broyles (credit only)
Astrid Farnsworth (credit only)
General Hames
Julian Christopher ...
General Tonks (as Julian D. Christopher)


Walter flashes back to 1985 while explaining Peter's otherworldly origins to Olivia. Also, Peter's mother is introduced, and details of the neighboring world reaffirms that there is more than one of everything.

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On the DVD commentary, Blair Brown says that to create her "1985" hairstyle for the flashback scenes, she brought in to the hairstylists some pictures of herself from Continental Divide (1981), and the hairstyle she had in that actual 1980s movie is the model they used to cut the wig for younger Nina's hair. See more »


Dr. Walter Bishop: There's only room for one God in this lab, and it's not yours.
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The episode's opening titles have been redone as though it were a show from 1985, complete with an '80s version of the theme tune and decade-specific fringe science topics such as "stealth technology", "virtual reality", and "in-vitro fertilization". See more »


References European Vacation (1985) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
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Must see episode of Fringe rockets into greatness
4 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While J.J. Abrams shows are competently made and very entertaining, they usually seem to me to be remakes of more original shows. Fringe plays as an updated version of the X-Files with Olivia also sometimes doing the role of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What is unique to Fringe is Walter's role as a truly brilliant, semi-deranged scientist who's trying to reconcile with his estranged son Peter. While it's been hinted at in previous shows, this episode finally reveals some of the back-story on that relationship. This is some of the best TV I've seen in a long time, and one of the more genuinely moving Sci-Fi episodes ever. Besides a simple, yet compelling story which ties together many loose threads, we have a great performance by John Noble as Walter. What drives Walter's character is both the haughtiness of a truly brilliant scientist and the desperation of a father who's losing his beloved son. John Noble's performance makes you understand Walter's deep love for his son. We watch Walter doing things that he slowly realizes are unethical in order to be with and protect Peter. We never truly understand all the things that our parents do for us, and Peter can never appreciate how much Walter loves him, how much he's sacrificed for him and to be with him. I only hope that John Noble's performance is remembered when it's time for the Emmy Awards.

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