Fringe (2008–2013)
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Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep? 

When the American Senator James Van Horn has a serious car accident, he immediately goes to surgery; however Newton invades the hospital and abducts him shooting the staff. There is a ... See full summary »


Kenneth Fink (as Ken Fink)


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Alternate Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Shannon Cochran ... Patricia Van Horn
Marcus Giamatti ... Ray Duffy
Gerard Plunkett ... Senator James Van Horn
Sebastian Roché ... Thomas Jerome Newton
Dean Atwal Dean Atwal ... Scientist
Mittita Barber ... Hostess
Chelsea Bourdages Chelsea Bourdages ... Young Woman
Erica Carroll ... FBI Newbie
Nikolas Filipovic ... Nate Duffy


When the American Senator James Van Horn has a serious car accident, he immediately goes to surgery; however Newton invades the hospital and abducts him shooting the staff. There is a shootout with Broyles and Newton shoots Van Horn in the eye. The Fringe Division finds that the senator is a shapeshifter and they take his body to Walter's laboratory. He finds that it is possible to revive the shapeshifter and recover his data disc. But the alternate Olivia calls Newton and he sends the shapeshifter Ray to the hospital to retrieve the disc. When he returns home, Newton orders him to kill his family. However Ray is connected to his wife and son and refuses to follow the order. What will happen? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

14 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The glyphs for this episode spell out: SHIFT See more »


Features The Invisible Boy (1957) See more »


Fringe Main Title Theme
Written and Performed by J.J. Abrams
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Twisted story and philosophical topics ; complex Fauxlivia and Peter mind games ; glaring visuals but intense action
15 January 2011 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

With such an obvious reference to Philip K. Dick's masterpiece, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Fringe's 4th episode had to be bluedy good or else a horde of angry fans would have tormented its genitors. But after The Plateau I had no doubt that the show had matured and on the verge of finding its equilibrium. Moreover beside hiring experienced directors it seems J. J. Abrams and his gang excel in pairing writers, a winning recipes applied to productions like Smallville and Spartacus : Blood and Sand for example. From top to bottom this installment was a total success. I recall the first season 1 episodes and the appearance of a shapeshifter. That ingredient is as confusing as time travel because it often bring its lot of inaccuracies and twisted arcs. But apparently they have learned to master these morphing creatures. Indeed the writers exploited them to separate the humans from the machines. From emotions to identity the contents was rich and diverse. In The Box Fauxlivia realized how hard it was to shape into someone's body and mind. What define us ? The bond she has to fake with Peter Bishop is even harder to handle considering the history he has with Olivia. At times it almost felt like if she couldn't breath, like in her world. The brain damage is not far once the oxygen isn't flowing anymore. Their guessing game at the restaurant was also quite interesting and everybody should speak body language. Between sensual and heartbreaking scenes they also managed to pull out some fast and furious action scenes. As for the visuals I was slightly disappointed that they weren't as dark as in Blade Runner but the medical sets were well designed and I found the use of silver appropriate. Mixing the futuristic and cliché color with red could depict the penultimate before the beginning of the end, the inevitable war and collision between the universes. One shapeshifter, two shapeshifters, three shapeshifters… A thrilling oneiric experience.

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