Fringe (2008–2013)
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Concentrate and Ask Again 

When a scientist is killed by a blue dust that grinds his bones up, the Fringe Division investigates the case and suspects a biological attack. The investigation leads them to a former ... See full summary »

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When a scientist is killed by a blue dust that grinds his bones up, the Fringe Division investigates the case and suspects a biological attack. The investigation leads them to a former marine that flees but is hit by a car. In coma, Walter recalls his Cortexiphan patient Simon Phillips that is capable to read mind. Olivia, Peter and Walter try to convince Simon, who leaves in a desert area, to help them to locate the terrorists, but he is sensitive to other people since he cannot control his ability. Simon agrees to help and also disclose Peter's real feelings for her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

In the early part of S03E12 when the character Nina Sharp is opening up the safe of William Bell the camera passes a book called Baby and Child Care by Dr. Spock. The character William Bell was played by Leonard Nimoy who most famously played Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series. See more »

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Aaron Downey is presented as a Marine Corps Officer. However, in his picture, he is shown wearing an enlisted Marine uniform. See more »

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

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End Title Theme (Composed 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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