Fringe (2008–2013)
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What Lies Below 

After a man spreads a pathogen on the grounds of a company, the Fringe team start an investigation. While stuck inside the quarantine zone, Peter and Olivia try to identify the origin of the pathogen. Outside, Walter tries to find a cure.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Olivia Dunham
... Peter Bishop
... Phillip Broyles
... Nina Sharp (credit only)
... Astrid Farnsworth
... Dr. Walter Bishop
... Arnold McFadden
... Agent Hubert
... Vincent Ames
... Linda
... CSI Detective Kassel
Jason Bax ... CDC Suit
... Steve
Chris Casillan ... Science Center Worker
Peter Grasso ... Hazmat in Truck


When a man enters an office in Boston for a meeting, he becomes disoriented and collapses, only to have his veins erupt and spray blood everywhere. Shortly after Olivia and Peter arrive at the scene to investigate the bizarre case, it's discovered that a lethal virus - with deep ties to something very valuable - is spreading, so the CDC moves in to quarantine the building and eradicate the pathogens. Isolated inside with the rest of the exposed office employees, Peter and Olivia face life-threatening circumstances, sending Walter, Broyles and Astrid on a frantic search for a solution to save them. Written by FOX Publicity

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21 January 2010 (USA)  »

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When the CDC computer shows the simulated animation of the virus spreading, all countries end up being contaminated except Madagascar (shown in black versus red). This is a clear reference to the "Pandemic 2" online Flash game, which goal is to engineer viruses to eradicate all mankind, and in which Madagascar is notoriously difficult to contaminate due to very careful politics (airports, shipyards and borders are closed as soon as contamination is rendered public, and so on). In typical games, Madagascar often ends up being the only country not contaminated. See more »


Upon the initial victim's collapse, the bike courier immediately begins performing CPR, including attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. If he actually knew what he was doing at all - the way he takes charge of the situation suggests that he does - he would know A) to check for open airways, breathing, and a pulse first (ill-looking people collapse often enough while still breathing quite normally - it is referred to as fainting), B) that he should avoid the mouth-to-mouth owing to the blood coming out the victim's nose (risk of self-infection, including HIV), and C) a person trained only in First Aid is not qualified to determine that a victim is dead and is ethically obligated, once he or she begins, to continue with CPR until he or she is unable to or until Emergency Medical Services arrive on the scene. See more »


[first lines]
Bike Courier (Kristian Haas): Whoa, whoa, hold on.
Vandenkemp (Nicholas Von Zill): What floor?
Bike Courier (Kristian Haas): Sixteen.
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Features Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »


End Title Theme (Composed by Michael Giacchino)
Written by Michael Giacchino
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Deadly Virus
14 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

In Boston, a man enters an oil company building and when he reaches the reception, his arteries dilates and he sprays blood on several employees. Olivia and Peter investigate the case and soon they learn that the man was murdered by a deadly virus. The CDC arrives and locks the building in quarantine. Soon Dr. Bishop learns that the lethal virus is from the Ice Age and together with Astrid, he tries to find a means to identify and destroy the virus. Soon the infected people including Peter are identified and have to stay in the building. But soon Walter discovers that the virus changes the behavior of the victim that tries to leave the quarantine to spread and the CDC director shows a study of how the pandemic would propagate. Further, the only way to restrain the outbreak is killing the infected people in the building.

"What Lies Below" is a tense episode of "Fringe'. The friendship of Olivia that risks her life to save Peter and Broyles that compares his agents to his family are great. Dr. Bishop's comment about Peter intrigues Astrid and she probably will try to find the truth. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "What Lies Below"

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