Fringe: Season 4, Episode 5

Novation (4 Nov. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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In the aftermath of recent shocking events, things really escalate when the translucent shapeshifters return. As the threat and circumstances intensify, former Massive Dynamic scientist ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm Truss
Nadine Park
Gas Station Attendant
Patrol Officer
ND Agent Jill
Agent Warrick
FBI Agent #1


In the aftermath of recent shocking events, things really escalate when the translucent shapeshifters return. As the threat and circumstances intensify, former Massive Dynamic scientist Malcolm Truss enters the fold. Meanwhile, Nina Sharp pays Walter a visit in the lab. Written by Fox Publicity

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While driving with the shape-shifter, Malcolm Truss stops for gas at "Newhart Gas" in Rutland, Vermont. The TV series, Newhart (1982), takes place in Vermont and the inn that posed as the one owned by the characters is about 30 miles from Rutland. See more »


At the beginning of the episode "Novation", when "Donald Kellen" pulls up and parks the black, Dodge pickup truck in front of the house in Hillsdale the engine exhaust clearly sounds like that of a diesel engine. The front quarter panel is badged from the manufacturer as having a HEMI, V8 gas engine which would sound completely different. See more »


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Jaw dropping shapeshifter, convincing guests, exciting ripple effect, perfect format, promising season but lazy security
6 November 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

How dare they leave us for two weeks after such a cliffhanger ! But Novation didn't disappoint, as expected. So far I had been quite pleased by the visual effects but this time they pushed the barrier even further because the shapeshifting was just mind blowing ! It actually reminded me of Terminator 2 : Judgement Day but in a more disturbing way. As for The Matrix-like walking on the wall it was quite surprising ! Also the actress was convincing in her dual role and it also applies to the guest playing the scientist. Discovering things through the eyes of Peter is also quite promising. From the new breed of shapeshifters to all the rippled characters the journey was exciting. As always the episodic story also served the main one so it proves that Fringe has merged the best of both worlds and its format should be a model for future productions. The reunion between Peter and Walter was also quite moving and I'm glad the writers made the second not to repeat the same mistake as his other personas. So it's intriguing to determine who will trust Peter enough to help him. Olivia ? Probably but when it comes to the show there're an infinite number of possibilities to consider. Still the Fringe Division security system is cheap and Broyles and his team left Peter way too much freedom. It would have been far much more interesting and thoughtful to see him struggle for a few episodes. Last but not least it was nice to have the vintage typewriter back and I can't wait for the shapeshifters to arrive. I'll be back !

Note : This review was first posted on Kritikenstein, my weblog.

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