Fringe (2008–2013)
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In the parallel universe, the Fringe Division investigates a case where a man was eaten from inside out by an extinct beetle. Meanwhile Broyles is considered missing and Lincoln is the head... See full summary »


Brad Anderson


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Alternate Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop (credit only)
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles (credit only)
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp (credit only)
Jasika Nicole ... Alternate Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop / Walternate
Alon Aboutboul ... Dr. Armand Silva
Seth Gabel ... Alternate Lincoln Lee
Philip Winchester ... Frank Stanton
Julie McNiven ... Mona Foster
Ryan McDonald ... Alternate Brandon Fayette
Kirk Acevedo ... Alternate Charlie Francis
Joan Chen ... Reiko
Donovan Cerminara ... EMT
Tristan Jensen Tristan Jensen ... ND Agent #1


In the parallel universe, the Fringe Division investigates a case where a man was eaten from inside out by an extinct beetle. Meanwhile Broyles is considered missing and Lincoln is the head of the division. Olivia welcomes her boyfriend Frank that has just returned from Texas and wants to propose her. When a second man is also eaten by the insects, the Fringe Division identifies the scientist Dr. Armand Silva that was researching the cure for avian flu using this insect. Lincoln and Olivia goes to his address and split. Lincoln is locked in a refrigerating chamber while Olivia is brought to his laboratory, where she drinks water. Dr. Silva explains that only human beings are capable to host the beetle and a new cycle has just began. Olivia concludes that she has been infected by the insect and despairs. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Charlie gives the genus and species of the "Skelter beetle" as "Mansohnium Boogliosus." This name is taken from the surnames of Charles Manson and Vincent Bugliosi, respectively the subject and author of the true crime book "Helter Skelter" named after a song by The Beatles. See more »


When Lincoln uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the lock on the cooler door, it is far more likely that the nitrogen gas he releases would quickly flood the lower part of the cooler and asphyxiate him before he could break the lock. See more »


References Get Smart (1965) See more »


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Precious bug is my friend, light horror, conventional story, refreshing format, surprising character development
12 February 2011 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

I'm invincible ! You know you've seen way too much movies when you can't help quoting GoldenEye and are able to list at least 10 productions featuring bugs, Starship Troopers being your very first reference. Immortality was in the same vein as the good old The X-Files episodes starring creeping crawling creatures and other less than human beings. Do your part, squash a bug ! What's wrong with you people ? Before watching this installment I felt like drinking a refreshing glass of water but now I think I'll wait at least 24 hours before doing so. Indeed some disgusting scenes were featured and the last should definitely appeal Zerg players. Still they could have made things even more disturbing and scary. Do they censor their gore creativity on purpose ? How disappointing ! I hate when a show is shy on horror elements when there's the potential to frighten the audience. A naked woman trapped in a giant spider web ? A man mutating into a mantis ? I'm no teacher's pet but I have learned my lesson and consider Fringe should take things to the upper level. The writing was just too conventional and only the surprising format made it more interesting. However there's no doubt that the character development was unexpected and unlike before you'll have to wait for the very last minute to comprehend what the writers had staged for us. It's not a lot but it's our life. The mere viewers we are can only be entertained but when it comes to Fringe I expect much more ! And as a good bug is a dead bug I think it's time for your devoted servitor to sign out.

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