Fringe (2008–2013)
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Power Hungry 

An elevator crashes, killing a number of people, leading Olivia and the Bishops to a man who appears to unknowingly be able to manipulate electricity.


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
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Joseph Meegar
Max Baker ... Jacob Fischer
Marylouise Burke ... Flora Meegar
Diane Davis ... Bethany
Glenn Fleshler ... Ron
Harold Surratt ... PK Simmons
David Bishins ... Crewcut


Agent Dunham, Dr. Bishop and Peter investigate a number of deaths resulting from an elevator free falling in an office tower. The conditions they find suggest that a high intensity power source may have overridden the electrical system in the elevator. Dr. Bishop recalls experiments in the past that tried to alter a human's energy profile and concludes that the accident was caused by an individual. It is also likely that it was a genuine accident, rather that an overt act. Agent Dunham's prime suspect is a Doctor Jacob Fischer who is wanted by the FBI and is known to have experimented in this area in the past. Meanwhile, Olivia continues to see her dead partner John Scott and is concerned that she may be having a breakdown of some sort. Written by garykmcd

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The establishing shots for the office building in Worcester are actually of downtown Hartford, Connecticut. See more »


During the power outage, when the elevator goes down Olivia looks up at the elevator listing which shows there to be 10 floors in the building. The federal building where this scene takes place obviously has more than 10 floors.

However, not all elevators traverse all floors in a building. It is possible this fictional building has staggered elevators and express elevators. See more »


Agent Olivia Dunham: He'll go away. Is that what you're saying?
Dr. Walter Bishop: I don't know. Do you really want him to?
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References 9 to 5 (1980) See more »


Fringe Main Title Theme
Written by J.J. Abrams
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Could Have Been Better
21 December 2008 | by purrlgurrlSee all my reviews

This is not the strongest episode or fleshed out guest role. And it's really too bad because Ebon Moss-Bachrach has a screen presence that's always slightly off-center, and that's perfect for this series. He could have handled a more complex and substantial role than Meegar.

The series is in its freshman year and, although it's hitting the marks more often than not, it doesn't seem to have quite settled into a consistent tone, as evidenced by this episode. Here's hoping that next season they've got a clearer sense of what's working. Its occasional missteps aside, I'm a big fan and hope Fringe stays around for a long while.

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Release Date:

14 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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