Fringe (2008–2013)
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The alternate universe Fringe Division investigates a shocking breach of security when a twin frees his brother from a quarantined Amber area. As the team sets out to crack this ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alternate Phillip Broyles
Nina Sharp (credit only)
Matthew Rose
Joshua Rose
Danielle Rose (as Holly Dignard)
Nate Bell ...
Rose Son, Age 5 (as Nathan Bell)
Chaz Chamberlain ...
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The alternate universe Fringe Division investigates a shocking breach of security when a twin frees his brother from a quarantined Amber area. As the team sets out to crack this sophisticated case, Walternate experiments over there more with Olivia as she reenters the tank. Meanwhile, visions of Peter continue to haunt Olivia about returning to the "other side." Written by Fox Publicity

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4 November 2010 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Lincoln attributes the quote "the stuff that dreams are made of" to Cary Grant. That line is from the classic 1941 film noir The Maltese Falcon (1941), which really starred Humphrey Bogart, not Cary Grant (one of many references to the ways in which the alternative universe is a little different from ours). The line as used in the original Maltese Falcon is itself a paraphrase from Shakespeare's play "The Tempest": "We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep." See more »


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End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
Written by Michael Giacchino
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hoping this review never gets read...
8 September 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

... writing this review from the future, 2015, 5 years after this episode aired, where I am re-watching the whole series, in sequence.

Rapidly becoming one of my favorite series of all time. This episode hypnotized me beginning to end, beautifully playing the suspense of the doubles and the parallel universes.

which leads me to the point of the review. It is not easy doing a multi-year hit series -- even if your name is JJ Abrams and you are considered a god among your peers in tineseltown.

Actually (here is an experiment that even Walter would approve of!) I am re-watching three Abrams' series alternately and in sequence -- ALIAS, POI and FRINGE. (Don't ask -- you would need to talk to my shrink)

Here is what I have noticed. Even the big boys can get it wrong. Alias, in many ways the prototype for the Abrams formula that followed, was really just nuts. It was pretty, it was fun, crazy things happened but the development was all over the map. In other words, the viewer had to become a little crazy to enjoy it.

POI (still in production as I write this) had one of the strongest first years of any series I have ever seen but (explained in my reviews of POI which many fans don't like) the production team became self-conscious about their own formula and changed the whole arc mid-stream into some sort of Terminator AI thing. As I write this, the series is becoming a little unglued but, trust me, the fans will be the very last to find out.

Which brings me to Fringe. Could this be the one that got away? Could JJ have stumbled on the template that got it right -- write strong characters, my son, and the rest will follow, build it and they will come -- and then lost it? Just asking...

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