Fringe: Season 4, Episode 5

Novation (4 Nov. 2011)

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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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Took me a week to digest this one.
11 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So Peter's back, but Walter does not want to deal with it. Won't believe it. Won't accept it. It's a "gift" he thinks he does not deserve.

We know now, Walter had been blaming Nina Sharp, for breaking the bottle containing the Cure he was bringing to the Other Side. And now we know The Observer never interfered, and did not save Peter when Walter and he fell into Reiden Lake.

On the other hand the "new" Shapeshifer, "Shapeshifter 2.0" - Is fully functional! It was bad enough with the Mercury guys, but these new ones can't be detected! I've been tossing this one about in my head, what are they gonna do, X-Ray and MRI everybody as they enter the Lab? Now, ANYONE could be a shapeshifter. So it's Walter and Peter against the New Shapeshifters- If they ever let Peter out of his box.

I don't have much to say about this ep, my jaw was firmly in the Dropped position all through. This is first rate storytelling. At this time, I don't see any hope of Peter putting it back "The Way it Was". Here is a guy, who saved the Universe twice - Like Kirk and Spock, and just as unsung. But one thing becomes clear: This episode has the first seeds of the impending Return of William Bell.

This show seems to be all about Peter's bad luck. Each time his relationship with Olivia gets put on track, something happens that busts it up. So now, Olivia doesn't have a clue that she is supposed to be with this guy, she is ogling Agent Lee! She makes at least one overt gesture toward the guy. Well now we have two Alpha males for her to choose from, except she don't know Peter exists - Again.

I'll probably edit this review again, after I watch the ep a few more times.

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