Fringe (2008–2013)
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A manhunt begins for an invisible killer who steals human pigmentation.


Anthony Hemingway


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp / Alternate Nina Sharp
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
Seth Gabel ... Lincoln Lee
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Tobias Segal ... Eugene Bryant
Monte Markham ... Dr. Blake West
Nancy Sivak Nancy Sivak ... Nurse Jaffe
Justin Breault ... Tactical Officer #1
James Clayton ... Ned
Jason Edward Coleman Jason Edward Coleman ... Cop #2 (as Jason Coleman)
Arthur Corber Arthur Corber ... Pharmacist
Eric Gibson Eric Gibson ... Boy


Murders occur in which the victims are initially thought to be albinos, but when the body count reaches four, it seems evident something else is happening and gets the attention of Fringe Division. Blood at one such scene is traced to a strange, pale baby hypersensitive to light who supposedly died four days after his birth in 1989, but U-gene (for Unknown) Bryant almost certainly survived and came to the attention of the body that later became Massive Dynamic, where he became the subject of intensive experiments. Walter demonstrates that UV light can reveal an otherwise invisible mouse. He theorizes that an invisible U-gene is absorbing the victims' pigments in an attempt to become normal. He's going to need a lot of pigment, so more bodies are expected, but in doing so, he is unwittingly altering his genetic makeup in a way which will ultimately be suicidal. Armed with UV lights, the Fringe team raid the apartment where the deaths have occurred. In a confrontation with Olivia, she ... Written by Movie Fiend

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18 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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When Walter shows Olivia and Lincoln the octopus, he references the Beatles song: Octopus's Garden. See more »


Dr. Bishop uses 'octopi' as a plural for octopus. Octopi is a plural using Latin pluralization. Octopus is Greek in origin, the plural being octopodes. English has its own pluralization rules, therefore, octopuses is the correct form in the English language. Although octopi is widely used, the character would know better. See more »


FBI Agent Tim: You're not my prisoner.
Peter Bishop: So, what, then? You're my bodyguard?
FBI Agent Tim: Maybe just imagine I'm a... friend.
Peter Bishop: Yeah, 'cause every 32-year-old man needs a friend to chaperone him while he's underwear shopping.
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Written by Michael Giacchino
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The Unknown Gene
28 March 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When a man is murdered at the front door of his apartment building apparently by a ghost, the Fringe Division is assigned to investigate the case. The man has the appearance of albino and Walter finds that his pigment has been extracted. Soon Astrid informs that there are two other cases of death of albinos. When Walter analyzes the DNA of a mucus in the victim, they discover that it belongs to a child that was reported dead in 1989. Olivia investigation finds that his body was sent to a company that became the Massive Dynamic and she visits Nina Sharp. Soon Olivia leans that the child has the mysterious U(Unknown)- gene and was submitted to the most different experiments for military application. Further, she concludes that the man is trying to use the pigment to become visible, but Walter tells that he will die. But the problem is when and how many victims he will kill before he dies.

"Wallflower" is a conventional episode of "Fringe" with the story of an invisible man without a name that just want to be normal and interact with people. The intriguing part is relative to Nin Sharp and what she is doing with Olivia. My vote is seven.

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