Fringe (2008–2013)
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The Plateau 

In the alternate universe, Olivia and the Fringe Division investigate weird accidents with casualties apparently with no connection except ballpoint pens found on the spots. But when Olivia... See full summary »


Brad Anderson


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick ... Alternate Phillip Broyles
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp (credit only)
Jasika Nicole ... Alternate Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop / Walternate
Michael Eklund ... Milo
Seth Gabel ... Alternate Lincoln Lee
Philip Winchester ... Frank Stanton
Ryan McDonald ... Alternate Brandon Fayette
Kacey Rohl ... Madeline
Malcolm Stewart ... Dr. Levin
Kirk Acevedo ... Alternate Charlie Francis
Rocky Anderson ... Police Officer
Charles Andre Charles Andre ... Older Gentleman


In the alternate universe, Olivia and the Fringe Division investigate weird accidents with casualties apparently with no connection except ballpoint pens found on the spots. But when Olivia sees the freak Milo, she suspects that he might be the responsible. Olivia and Charlie investigates and soon they follow a lead to a hospital where they learn what happened to Milo. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

7 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The story concept for "The Plateau" was pitched by J.H. Wyman's nine year old son, Oliver. He receives a "Special Thanks" in the credits. See more »


When Milo predicts Olivia's death she takes a breath of her oxygen and then walks around the corner just as the forklift drops the bricks. However, when she does not take her oxygen, the forklift drops the bricks before she gets to it. The forklift should have dropped the bricks after she passed it since she made it around the corner sooner than he predicted. See more »


References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Fringe Main Title Theme
Written by J.J. Abrams
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don't think it gets any better than this
10 August 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

We are not talking about the series here we are talking about the ingredients of a standout episode, one for the history books.

Just as the audience is trying to adjust to the antics of Torv in the "alternate universe" (no mean feat in itself) we are presented with what in the TV world qualifies as serendipity The two arcs, the long and the short arc, are both mesmerizing. We want Olivia to understand what has been done to her, the long arc, and we want her to catch the bad guy in the short arc.

Both stories grab the viewer by the neck and hold attention to the last second of the episode.

Does it get any better than that? Then the piece de resistance, you realize that the solution from the short arc is also the key to the long arc. The two dovetail just before credits roll Brilliant

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