Fringe (2008–2013)
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The Arrival 

A strange cylinder which is somehow connected to Walter and a man known as "the Observer" appears from the ground at a construction site.


Paul A. Edwards (as Paul Edwards)


J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles
Kirk Acevedo ... Charlie Francis
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp (credit only)
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
Mark Valley ... John Scott
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Michael Cerveris ... The Observer
Michael Kelly ... John Mosley
Nestor Serrano ... Henry Jacobson
Lisa Joyce ... Younger Waitress
Nancy Ticotin ... Older Waitress
David Sajadi David Sajadi ... Technician
Jennifer Ikeda ... Agent Chaperone


Agent Dunham and the Bishops investigate the sudden appearance of a strange cylinder after an explosion at a construction site. She learns from an old friend that this is not the first time the cylinder has appeared and that it could disappear just as quickly. She also realizes that an odd looking man appears in several crime scene photos. It turns out that he is already known to the Government and has been dubbed 'The Observer'. Dr. Bishop has a special interest in the cylinder and tells Peter of their own special encounter with 'The Observer' years ago. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

30 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Observer, rather than appearing briefly, features prominently in this story. See more »


When Olivia shows the picture of the Observer in the hospital, his positioning is different when she shows it to Peter from when she shows it to Broyles. When Olivia shows Peter the picture, the Observer is seen from the front, and when she shows it to Broyles the Observer is seen from the side, standing around the corner from where he stood when Olivia showed Peter the picture. See more »


Peter Bishop: [to The Observer] Who the hell are you? What *is* the cylinder?
Peter BishopThe Observer: [the Observer speaking slightly after Peter Bishop, but with progressively less delay] You know what it is, don't you? Why is it here? Why now? Who *are* you?
Peter BishopThe Observer: [speaking simultaneously] Apples, bananas, rhinoceros. "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
Peter BishopThe Observer: [the Observer speaking one word ahead of Peter] "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
The Observer: Do you really know my father? Did you talk to him this afternoon? Are you his friend?
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References Roswell (1999) See more »


End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
Written by Michael Giacchino
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Utterly confusing, but I think it will lead into something great
28 March 2013 | by axel-kochSee all my reviews

It's hard to rate this episode because in my opinion, Fringe is this special type of series where it's better to rate the whole thing than every little piece of it. I will rate every single episode anyway, so I have to say that this episode was beyond just confusing and made like the Walter Bishop character less, however I really enjoyed the mystery about the whole thing. I sincerely hope that this coalesces into a fantastic entirety. Still, the confusion was by far not the only flaw of this episode: never ending illogicality, blatant oddness and a crime, which by the end, nobody gives a crap about. The creators want to keep us watching with this crazy cliffhanger, which seems to make the show more complicated than it already is - after 4 freaking episodes! I could rate this episode really bad because of all these things, but I won't because I believe in the show to become really entertaining eventually and I suspect that I'll like the stuff that just confuses me for now. Furthermore, it's good dialogues and fine acting.

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