Fringe (2008–2013)
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Shapeshifter Nadine hunts down a former Massive Dynamics scientist to help rectify her cellular translucence. Meanwhile, Peter finds conversing with Walter difficult.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Sharp
Astrid Farnsworth
Dr. Walter Bishop
Nadine Park
Gas Station Attendant
Patrol Officer
ND Agent Jill
Agent Warrick
FBI Agent #1


The shapeshifter Nadine kills a couple searching for some mysterious files. The Fringe Division is assigned to the case and soon they learn she is seeking out the former Massive Dynamic scientist Malcolm Truss, who was researching replication of damage cells, but the project was shutdown by William Bell telling that it was unethical and some things are not ours to tamper with. Nadine meets Malcolm in Vermont and lures him telling that she needs the cure for a treatment of cancer. Meanwhile Peter asks for help to Walter but he is afraid to try since he failed to save both sons in the past. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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4 November 2011 (USA)  »

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Malcolm Truss: But just so you know, I don't do my best work at gunpoint.
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23 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

This review written in 2016 and intended for fans of the future not the past.

I don't know where Abrams' career will take him.

I am sure he will do projects many times more lucrative than Fringe. I am sure that over time this show will fade somewhat from memory and be meaningful only to die-hard fans. But I also think that Abrams will never do a production that is as perfectly balanced as Fringe between core story and humanistic values.

As I was watching this amazing episode I was thinking how the episode just prior (4.4 -- and you can't watch one without the other) featured mainly two characters talking to each other (Olivia and Walter) yet was as captivating as a Zach Synder superhero movie where entire cities get blown up.

For hardcore reviewers, it was always thought that the 1990s Buffy series was the "holy grail" of dramatic TV because of the meshing of humanism and action.

I believe that Fringe pulled off the same feat. And Abrams gets the credit.

Spectacular TV.

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