Fringe: Season 3, Episode 16

Os (11 Mar. 2011)

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The Fringe team attempts to find out what process enables people to become lighter than air and float. Peter and Olivia deal with trust issues in their relationship, while Walter becomes ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Krick
D. Harlan Cutshall ...
FBI Tactical Agent
Museum Security Guard (as Jase Anthony Griffith)
Robert Hayley ...
FBI Tech
Ash Lee ...
Night Security Guard
Michael Krick


The Fringe team attempts to find out what process enables people to become lighter than air and float. Peter and Olivia deal with trust issues in their relationship, while Walter becomes increasingly obsessed with retrieving William Bell's consciousness from beyond the grave. Written by Nightice

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The episode title is the chemical symbol for the element Osmium, the densest of the naturally occurring elements. See more »


At the start of the episode a man is found dead, floating outside a building, attached to the ground by a rope. It is later determined that he has been given a compound that makes him float. His arms and his legs hang down towards the ground. If he was lighter than air, upon death, his arms and legs would float upwards, as neither gravity or his muscles would be pulling them towards the ground. See more »


Dr. Walter Bishop: "They glanced up and saw Icarus float through the sky, and taking him for a god, They stood still in wonder."
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


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Written by Eric Clapton, Felix Pappalardi and Gail Collins
Performed by Cream
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12 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The ending of this episode provoked a jolt of euphoria throughout my body and mind. Especially, when I have been particularly interested in near-death experience studies (involving confirmed claims) which show evidence for the hereafter in the real world.

The ending of this episode ("Os") entered rarely occupied ground for a drama of its caliber: a depiction of consciousness after death that wasn't ridiculously spooky or merely symbolic. Most TV dramas seem to adopt a presumption of naturalism. The supernatural and the concept of dualism (exceptions being shows like "Ghost Whisperer") tend to be explained away by more easily observable phenomena. Death is usually the primary threat in most TV dramas. Most TV dramas tend to promote or suggest the "finality" of death. It's as if without that perspective, most dramas would be much less effective.

However, "Fringe" has the confidence to annihilate the concept of death as final and come up with one of its best episodes. Furthermore, it's likely to continually grow in interest as the extent of this apparent possession develops.

Way to make a stand and embrace the hereafter!

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