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"Fringe" The Box (2010)

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Fringe: Season 3: Episode 2 -- Key information about the future is revealed when Walter and Nina meet at Massive Dynamic for the emotional reading of the last will and testament of William Bell.


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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
30 September 2010 (Season 3, Episode 2)
The story alternates to the Fringe Team "over here" where they investigate a mystifying case that people... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Exciting Fauxlivia missteps, promising red & blue format, conventional episodic story, horrific side effects, intriguing character development, questionable acting See more (2 total) »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
Jeffrey G. Hunt  (as Jeffrey Hunt)
Writing credits
J.J. Abrams (created by) &
Alex Kurtzman (created by) &
Roberto Orci (created by)

Josh Singer (written by) &
Graham Roland (written by)

Produced by
J.J. Abrams .... executive producer
Monica Breen .... co-executive producer (as Monica Owusu-Breen)
Bryan Burk .... executive producer
Joe Chappelle .... executive producer
Akiva Goldsman .... consulting producer
Tamara Isaac .... producer
Alex Kurtzman .... consulting producer
Kathy Lingg .... producer
Roberto Orci .... consulting producer
Jeff Pinkner .... executive producer
Alison Schapker .... co-executive producer
Reid Shane .... co-executive producer
Josh Singer .... co-executive producer
Vladimir Stefoff .... co-producer
Tanya M. Swerling .... producer (as Tanya Swerling)
Athena Wickham .... co-producer
David Wilcox .... co-executive producer
J.H. Wyman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Giacchino 
Chris Tilton 
Cinematography by
Gregory Middleton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jon Dudkowski 
Casting by
April Webster 
Production Design by
Ian D. Thomas  (as Ian Thomas)
Set Decoration by
Bobbi Allyn 
Costume Design by
Jenni Gullett 
Makeup Department
Ian C. Ballard .... department head hair (as Ian Ballard)
Jon Berezan .... lab technician: Mastersfx
Calla Syna Dreyer .... department head make-up (as Calla Dreyer)
Todd Masters .... special effects makeup
Amanda Kuryk .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jill Risk .... post-production supervisor
Vladimir Stefoff .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Warren Hanna .... second assistant director
Katherine Keizer .... second assistant director
Lee Knippelberg .... first assistant director
Victor Landrie .... second assistant director
Art Department
Clare Davis .... construction coordinator
Robert K. Smith .... property master (as Rob Smith)
John Wilcox .... paint coordinator (as John E. Wilcox)
Alistair Bell .... carpenter (uncredited)
Gordon Bellamy .... prop fabrication (uncredited)
Lucas T. Chadwick .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tamara Gauthier .... set dresser (uncredited)
Cathie Hahnel .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Scott R. Lee .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Keli Manson .... graphic designer/set designer (uncredited)
Jerry Staar .... assistant props (uncredited)
Andrew Thompson .... lead greensman (uncredited)
Matthew Wilson .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Eric Batut .... sound mixer
Thomas A. Harris .... supervising sound editor
Eric Justen .... re-recording mixer
Rick Norman .... re-recording mixer
Brian Seagrave .... audio post-conform
Christopher Cleator .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Frederick Howard .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Millar Montgomery .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Deron Street .... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dennis Briest .... special effects foreman
Bob Comer .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Kevin Blank .... vfx supervisor: Pixomondo
Steve Fong .... compositing supervisor: Pixomondo
Robert Habros .... visual effects supervisor: Vancouver
Eric Levin-Hatz .... i/o coordinator: Pixomondo
Jonathan Spencer Levy .... compositor: Pixomondo (as Spencer Levy)
Theresa Ellis Rygiel .... compositor: Pixomondo (as Theresa Ellis)
Jay Worth .... visual effects supervisor: Los Angeles
O.T. Hight .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Adica Manis .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Steven Meyer .... compositing supervisor (uncredited)
Christina M. Murguia .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Aileen Cairns Murray .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Davy Nethercutt .... digital compositor (uncredited)
John J. Renzulli .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Lars Simkins .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Fringe .... stunt coordinator and stunt double, Ana Torv
Rick Pearce .... stunt coordinator
Maja Aro .... stunt double: Anna Torv (uncredited)
Atlin Mitchell .... stunt double: Anna Torv (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David J. Dawson .... key grip (as David Dawson)
David S. Warner .... gaffer (as David Warner)
Andre Gheorghiu .... motion picture video coordinator (uncredited)
Mark Lunn .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ryan McMaster .... second unit photography (uncredited)
Ted Smith .... first assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Christopher Tammaro .... "a" camera operator (uncredited)
Scott Wallace .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Corinne Clark .... casting: Canada
Sara Isaacson .... casting associate
Jennifer Page .... casting: Canada
Editorial Department
Chris Miyasaki .... post coordinator
Chad Rubel .... assistant editor
Kyle Cunningham .... executive sales assistant: Technicolor Creative Services Vancouver (uncredited)
George Manno .... colorist (uncredited)
Jaan Spirka .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Location Management
Scott Walden .... location manager
Bill Burns .... location scout (uncredited)
Julian Marles .... location production assistant (uncredited)
Tom Teotico .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
J.J. Abrams .... main title theme by
Paul Apelgren .... music editor
Billy Gottlieb .... music supervisor
Charles Scott IV .... music supervisor (as Charles L. Scott IV)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Zosiuk .... transportation security captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Chiappetta .... story editor
Jennifer Giannone .... assistant accountant
Ethan Gross .... story editor
Andrew Kramer .... main title design
Anita Meehan-Truelove .... production coordinator (as Anita Truelove)
Graham Roland .... executive story editor
Reba Rowe .... production assistant
Glen Whitman .... story editor
Lisa Wilder .... script supervisor
Kristin Cantrell .... script coordinator (uncredited)
Amy D'Alessandro .... titles by (uncredited)
Les Ford .... computer playback designer (uncredited)
Anji Freeland .... payroll (uncredited)
Adam Hann-Byrd .... writers production assistant (uncredited)
Krista Huppert .... payroll: crew: Crew (uncredited)
Asia Mechikoff .... assistant to show runner (uncredited)
Nathaniel Moher .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Jennifer Nick .... second assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Bonny Northcott .... assistant: location manager (uncredited)
Tyler Scott .... production assistant (uncredited)
Suzanne E. Smith .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Max Torroba .... playback coordinator (uncredited)
Sean Wolput .... key production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

44 min
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

In Massive Dynamic when Peter and Walter are in the hallway Walter glances in a room and sees scientists using a small transporter. Like in Star Trek. The show creator, J.J. Abrams, directed the Star Trek remake that had recently come out months earlier.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Astrid says there were five victims at the first crime scene, but there were six (two criminals and four family members).See more »
Dr. Walter Bishop:Kent Street. I frequented a massage parlor just around the corner. I used to get off right here.
Peter Bishop:Sure hope you're talking about the station, Walter.
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Movie Connections:
References "Miami Vice" (1984)See more »
End Title ThemeSee more »


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5 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Exciting Fauxlivia missteps, promising red & blue format, conventional episodic story, horrific side effects, intriguing character development, questionable acting, 15 January 2011
Author: igoatabase from France

Pandora, Pandora. The malicious box is so luscious that shows can't resist to have one of their own. Opening it should be your second step toward the long and wicked ending of season 3. With the blue pill in my belly I felt strong enough to follow Fauxlivia and her team. In the first four episodes of season 1 I saw Anna Torv as the blonde babe you throw in the mix to appeal the male audience. But with her new dual role her characters should change the very idea you had about her. I mean how can you objectively embrace her when you have grown up with Dana Scully under your pillow ? Torv is no Gillian Anderson but she deserves respect and a chance to become who she is. Moreover it's probably not a coincidence that Olivia's hair turned red in the alternate universe. It's stealthier than pink, though.

But let's go back to The Box, shall we. The very first minutes sneaking behind the Fringers felt different. Indeed we know that Olivia Dunham is not who the others think she is. The real one is losing it in the parallel universe. Watching his inevitable missteps is exciting because Fauxlivia has to learn who Olivia is. In fact it's a good thing but as often the coin has a backside. Indeed I think the writers approach is not subtle enough. They should have pushed the concept further by hiding the truth to the audience. We just didn't need to know that Fauxlivia wasn't Olivia. It would have made the scenes even more puzzling and the inevitable revelation jaw dropping. Of course the idea is probably inspired by Edward Norton's performances. Once done with the season we would have to watch it all over again to really comprehend what happened and finally notice all hints related to her true identity. They have chosen an other road, probably a more accessible one, but it still has potential.

My only worry was the episodic format. The investigations of the week in season 1 were monstrous compared to the cult The X-Files episodes. Not all of them were exceptional but its charismatic and complementary characters prevented anyone to skip the weekly paranormal adventure. In season 3 Fringe has finally found its marks thanks to the brand new parallel arcs. In fact I can't help comparing them to Lost even if the last editing was so mesmerizing that it gave the process a new dimension. But even if the red and blue concept is less original its execution is nonetheless promising. Indeed the parallel and episodic elements were mixed and the arcs should nourish each other. The story itself was decent but lacked spice. It was really just an other investigation with a magic box and without the surreal dose it almost could have seemed like a Castle episode. However I enjoyed its bleeding side effects and one gore scene actually reminded me of Street Trash. Kids, it's time to go to bed !

All in all it was almost an installment in the same vein as the premiere. Still it could have been way better and despite its many strengths the show has weaknesses that could repel the most demanding viewers. It's specially true for long time scifi fans but even with my little big background I still enjoyed it. Of course compared to Isaac Asimov brilliant writing the investigation felt slightly dry but I'm sure Fringe's Genitrix hasn't played its trump card yet. Last but not least it's sweet that Fauxlivia uses a type writer to report instead of some hyper technological device. And her bizarre relationship with Peter Bishop is definitely intriguing. However Joshua Jackson's portrayal is a little bland so I really hope he'll bring his A game in the next episodes because his face off with Torv could lead to some edgy moments.

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