Fringe: Season 3, Episode 12

Concentrate and Ask Again (4 Feb. 2011)

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When a scientist falls dead after ingesting a lethal cloud of blue powder and his bones disintegrate in his body, the CDC suspects a biological attack. As the Fringe Team investigates ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Phillips
CIA Agent Edwards
Sara Downey
Dr. Alexandra Castro
Warren Blake


When a scientist falls dead after ingesting a lethal cloud of blue powder and his bones disintegrate in his body, the CDC suspects a biological attack. As the Fringe Team investigates further, a subject from Walter's past with ties to Olivia reluctantly agrees to assist with the intense case. Written by Fox Publicity

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During the first encounter of Simon Phillips and Walter Bishop, Simon recites the random thoughts that Walter thinks. One of them is the mathematical definition of the Mandelbrot Set on the imaginary plane: "Z-two equals Z-one square plus C" See more »


When Walter mentions "Wooster," he is actually referring to the Ohio city, not the Massachusetts town of Worcester, which is pronounced similarly. In previous episodes, it had been established that a second set of Cortexiphan trials had been conducted in Wooster, Ohio. See more »


Dr. Walter Bishop: Why would anyone kill a scientist? What did we ever do?
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
Written by Michael Giacchino
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Ωlivia, simplex character development, smart dark science-fiction, soul reaving freak of the week, ossifragous (?!) investigation
6 February 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

You know a show has become more than a simple televisual production when you begin to dream about it. It's exactly what could happen to you after watching this 12th installment of Fringe. The softness of her milky skin. The trembling beauty of her whispering lips. The magnetic curves of her golden hair. Olivia Dunham's profile has reached a rare complexity where the boundaries between fiction and reality seem to have vanished. The last time I was so moved by a performance was probably after watching Smallville's Idol and Hostage starring – out of memory – as Lois Lane. When I thought Anna Torv would never make me forget about Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully this episode finally unveiled the tremendous potential of the triangle between Fauxlivia, Peter Bishop and Olivia. Far from the Manichaean connections we can't relate to the writers have nourished the character development with mature concepts that can only wild the intellect and senses. But Fringe wouldn't be so praised by its audience if it only featured disturbing scenes and heartbreaking moments. Among all its undisputable qualities the wavy writing keeps dazzling the viewers. One episode after the other the dream team behind the show delivers entertaining, smart and amber fluid stories. When the freak of the week is not pure evil it shakes your emotions. It's specially controversial when you know Walter generally gave birth to these tormented creatures. Concentrate and Ask Again's one was in the same vein as the others but with a double-edged twist that should make you care for it even more. The performer was perfect for the job, from its figure to talent. Add the weekly dose of wicked ingredients from body horror to cult references and you get an other pray before your TV UFO. You'll probably consider my brain has French fried but only the ending slightly disappointed me because I think they shouldn't have shown the note Olivia had in her hands. A delicate close-up on her figure would have been more considerate. Otherwise it's only a minor issue and Torv would definitely make a fine Bond girl !

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