Fringe (2008–2013)
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The Firefly 

The Observer returns, taking an active role in righting an old wrong (which includes - mundane for him - thwarting a bank robbery).



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Sharp (credit only)
Roscoe Joyce
Nancy Amelia Bell ...
Adorable Old Woman (as Nancy Bell)
Victoria DiMiri
Tough Man
Man #1
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In a retirement home, the former keyboard player Roscoe Joyce of the band "Violet Sedan Chair" is a sleepwalker. One night, he meets a young man in the corridor and he claims that he was his beloved son Bobby that died twenty-five years ago. However he does not recall what Bobby told him. The Fringe Division investigates the case and they find footage in the surveillance cameras showing Bobby and The Observer in the spot. Walter, who worships Roscoe, brings him to his laboratory to hypnotize him to know what Bobby told. Meanwhile The Observer meets Walter and tells that when he brought Peter from the parallel universe, he unleashed a series of events in a chain reaction and now he is fixing the timeline. Walter fears that Peter's life is in danger and tries to find what he can do to save his beloved son. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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21 January 2011 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This episode features Christopher Lloyd and a teenage time traveller from 1985. See more »


The scene identified by the titling as Cambridge, Massachusetts actually shows the Old State House in Boston, Massachusetts. See more »


Peter Bishop: Walter, are you all right?
Dr. Walter Bishop: If "all right" means despondent, yes.
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
Written by Michael Giacchino
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Intriguing Observers, guest of the guests, inspiring father and son relationship, entertaining action
22 January 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

The Observer Strikes Back. Is it the end of the red and blue format that has made season 3 excellent so far ? I hope not ! To tell the truth I never found the Observer interesting in the first season 1 episodes. An enigmatic watcher pulling strings seemed dated and too reminiscent of shows like The X-Files even I'm sure more experienced viewers have dozens of better references in mind. However now that Olivia, Peter and Walter have dramatically grown on me I was probably more opened to what the Observers could bring to Fringe. Indeed from their emotionless figures to their powers it seems they could be the spicy ingredient the show needs to dazzle our neurons. I only wish they were as creepy as the silent men in black from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Hush. But let's hope the writers will surprise us in the upcoming episodes ! Something bizarre would definitely be a home run. As for The Firefly story it was Observer and Walter heavy. If you don't know anything about them then the little recap should definitely be useful. It was quite enlightening and the episode was filled with breadcrumbs to help us comprehend who he is and what they have done. And who better than Christopher Lloyd as a special guest for a time travel ride ? His old and tired character was so moving. It was also quite clever to connect him with Walter on a father level. Moreover even if you should have a déjà vu impression the events were still quite intense to follow and their impact on Peter's fate absolutely shaking. So with a few edgy action scenes and the usual Peter and Olivia side story it was an other captivating installment. Otherwise let's hope we'll get back to the other universe next time because parallel stories with Observers could be mind blowing !

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