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The Recordist 

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As the Fringe team continues to fight the Observers, unforeseen events lead them to a forest where they encounter a strange subculture of people devoted to recording human history.


Jeff T. Thomas


J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 2 more credits »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Connor Beardmore Connor Beardmore ... River Massey
Georgina Haig ... Henrietta Bishop
Michael Kopsa ... Captain Windmark
Paul McGillion ... Edwin Massey
Shaun Smyth ... Anil
Gaelan Beatty Gaelan Beatty ... Loyalist Scout
Bojan Dulabic Bojan Dulabic ... Bark Man #1
Gaalen Engen ... Bearded Man
Edward Foy ... Holden
Evan Frayne Evan Frayne ... Eames
Darren Moore ... Bonner


After piecing together the videos of Walter's plan Olivia, Peter, Walter and Etta head to rural Pennsylvania to retrieve essential materials for the plan. There they encounter a group of archivists who may be able to help with some local obstacles. Written by David Foss

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At the end of the episode, the Fringe team hotwires a vehicle. It is either the same or an identical station wagon that Peter and Walter drove in Seasons 1-3. It is a 1970 Vista Cruiser. See more »


When Olivia is describing to Peter the wall of missing persons behind him, the "mind's eye" visual shows a wall of missing persons fliers, one of which states "LAST SEEN JUNE 12 2033". The current year is 2036 and they have been frozen in amber for 21 years since 2015, so the wall being recalled and described was from 2015 or earlier, making the 2033 date nonsensical. See more »


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Making History
6 April 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Peter, Olivia, Walter and Etta head in a van to a coordinate in Northern Pennsylvania as per Walter's instruction in a videotape. Meanwhile Astrid stays in the laboratory in Harvard trying to fix the tape. They meet Edwin Massey and his group that record history in a computerized file system for the next generations. Astrid succeeds to understand the rest of the video and informs that they should find a mine and get some rocks that are necessary to generate energy power. But the problem is, the mine would kill whoever try to reach the lower level since its atmosphere calcifies the human body. Further, Etta receives a phone call from the resistance telling that The Observers are approaching to the location based on an information from a loyalist that tracked them down. What will the group do?

"The Recordist" is another great episode of "Fringe" with an emotional story. The situation of the historians trying to preserve the true human history is sad, and the conclusion with Edwin's sacrifice is touching. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "The Recordist"

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12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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