Fringe (2008–2013)
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Earthling 

Strange deaths by a mysterious shadow leads the Fringe Team to the scene where they learn that a Russian astronaut was possessed by an alien and his brother is convincing Dr. Bishop to solve the equation to free him.

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... Olivia Dunham
... Peter Bishop
... Phillip Broyles
... Nina Sharp (credit only)
... Astrid Farnsworth
... Dr. Walter Bishop
... Tomas
... Mystery Man
... Senator James Van Horn
... CSI Officer
Jeanettea Antonio ... Hospital Security (as Jeanetta Antonio)
... Girl's Mother
... Little Girl
Chris Eastman ... CSI Investigator
... Natalie Dancik
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When a shadow touches a man at home and he turns into dust, his wife panics and the Fringe Division is assigned to investigate. Philip Broyles recalls similar cases he was involved and obsessed a few years ago. Senator James Van Horn tries to persuade Broyles to stop the investigation and deliver the case to the CIA and Russian government but he does not accept. A patient is murdered in a hospital and while investigating the surveillance cameras, Olivia sees the shadow. Soon the Fringe Division finds the responsible for the death and what the shadow is. Will they succeed to stop the entity? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Towards the end a little girl is watching a cartoon with a white lion cub. That is 'Kimba the White Lion', a 1960s Japanese cartoon show based on a 1950s manga. When Disney released 'The Lion King' that movie's similarities to 'Kimba' caused a bit of a stir. See more »

Goofs

When speaking in Russian to his comatose brother, Timur refers to him sometimes as "Sashka", "Sashok" (diminutive of Aleksandr) and other times as "Lyokha", "Lionya" (diminutive of Aleksei). In fact, Timur actually cries "Aleksei!" zapping his brother for the first time. Despite being similar, Aleksandr and Aleksei are two quite different names in Russian and have different diminutive/pejorative forms. When Broyles opens the dossier on brothers you can catch a glimpse of cosmonaut's full name: Aleks Ivanovich Vasiliev. "Aleks", being a modern short form of both Aleksei and Aleksandr, is not a "valid" name in Russia or Soviet Union. No parents could give their baby a name "Aleks" - in SU there were strict regulations/customs on this subject. Since Aleks is not a valid name, it couldn't form proper patronymic. "Aleksovich" (son of Aleks) sounds synthetic and just weird. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Walter Bishop: Titanium tetrachloride... you sly temptress.
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Features Kimba the White Lion (1994) See more »

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Straighten Up and Fly Right
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Written by Nat 'King' Cole and Irving Mills
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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The Shadow Man
20 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

When a shadow touches a man at home and he turns into dust, his wife panics and the Fringe Division is assigned to investigate. Philip Broyles recalls similar cases he was involved and obsessed a few years ago. Senator James Van Horn tries to persuade Broyles to stop the investigation and deliver the case to the CIA and Russian government but he does not accept. A patient is murdered in a hospital and while investigating the surveillance cameras, Olivia sees the shadow. Soon the Fringe Division finds the responsible for the death and what the shadow is. Will they succeed to stop the entity?

"Earthling" is another intriguing episode of "Fringe" that recalls "X Files". The plot is not well resolved and "Earthling" is one of the weakest episodes so far. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Earthling"


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