1.21 Unearthed

1.21 Unearthed - the lost episode from season 1


After a teenage girl is pronounced brain dead, her mother takes her off life support, but when doctors operate quickly to remove her organs, the deceased girl shockingly awakens screaming an alphanumeric code. Equally as perplexing as her resurrection is that she is now somehow able to speak Russian and possesses classified information only a high-ranking soldier would know. While the girl’s mind-bending condition intensifies, Walter dusts off some old lab videos and hypothesizes the unthinkable, sending Olivia and Peter to investigate the bewildering case in an original “Unearthed” episode of FRINGE and here’s another mystery: is it an unaired episode from Season One or is it from an alternate universe?

What’s the deal?: “Unearthed” is an unaired episode from season 1, airing for the first time tonight (Monday Jan 11th), on FOX. It was filmed towards the back end of last season and has been locked away in an impenetrable vault underneath the FOX offices..until tonight. Initially, Unearthed was anticipated by many to air towards the beginning of season 2, as a stand-alone, indeed, the episode was used to advertise season 2 after the season 1 finale:

Original Promo [via]

As mentioned, Unearthed is effectively a stand-alone episode from season 1 (it’s officially listed as season 1, episode 21, or “1.21”), detached from the immediate season 2 storylines – although the network surely have tongue firmly in cheek when suggesting that it might also be from an “alternate universe”. We’ll be the judge of that. :)

Latest Promo [via]

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    • italian stalian says

      why did the girl say “il be 18 soon then il be legal” at the end to dunham?? i thought that was kinda creepy

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      • Sorjor says

        She didn’t say “legal”, I think she said “I’ll be 18 in a year and then I’ll make my move, so you better hurry” (something like that). She meant that she likes Peter and she’ll make a move on Peter then if Olivia doesn’t. Remember she asked Peter if Olivia is his girlfriend just before the experiment?

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  1. alba says

    Yeah I was thinking I had missed one…..
    I was sad when Agent Charlie Francis died I liked him on the show.

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  2. roddles says

    We were really excited to have a double-dose of Fringe this week, but my fiancee and I both walked away confused and let down. Charlie reappearing was definitely confusing; FOX could’ve briefly prefaced the episode with a heads up or explanation. They’re supposed to be creative — they could’ve done SOMETHING. Anyway, I’m glad there are sites like this to sort us out.

    The let down is that this is just another episode that doesn’t really move the show forward; I could’ve lived without seeing the episode. The concept of transference of consciousness is neat, but they’ve certainly played with this subject already to much better effect; I mean this subject kick started the whole show when Olivia had to tap her “dead” partner’s memories.

    Further, if this is a new serial arc, it doesn’t feel like it’s going to help answer anything important. Something obviously has happened on this submarine, but if it’s really that vital to the story, why would they shelf the episode? Hopefully, Bad Robot and gang prove me wrong.

    On the upside was the confrontation of faith versus science; specifically, I enjoyed Walter facing off with the Catholic priest. Noble performs brilliantly in that scene, beginning with attempting to be pleasant and moving towards raving anger and back to fighting to be pleasant with the mother. Both Walter’s character and the actor portraying him are so fascinating to watch.

    Also, the Lisa character picking up on the attraction between Peter and Olivia is nice. The tension between their professional roles and personal interest hasn’t been played up very much in prior episodes. I’m hopeful that the show will continue developing the romantic undercurrents and conflicts between Peter, Olivia, and Olivia’s sister. It certainly shouldn’t ever be the focus of the show, but we love when the writers tap these bubbles to the surface every once in while.

    If Fringe can move the serial forward and continue to sprout interesting new branches AND if Lost can bloom and reach a satisfying conclusion, all will be right be with my world! Could we be so lucky?

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  3. says

    I didn’t like this episode much at all. It seemed like the religious thing was way too forced, and I didn’t really care for any of the characters. I don’t know… I love Fringe, but this one was definitely forgettable.

    Though that girl’s voice was creepy as shit.

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  4. Elaine says

    I thought the episode was pretty good actually, despite it being shown out of context with S1. It was great, and a little sad to see Charlie, but overall the theme of religion, which if it hadn’t been presented as a counter to science would have made the episode unbalanced. Ultimately, what happened to Lisa had no sound scientific basis, and there had to be a reliance on some measure of faith that the soldier could be purged from her mind/body in the end by Lisa gaining control of herself by Peter’s encouraging. Filler episode? Yes, but it’s still Fringe, and as long as the acting and writing are still tops, I see no need to complain.

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    • mlj102 says

      Agreed. While it certainly wasn’t the best episode of Fringe ever, it was still great to see and I’m definitely not going to complain about getting to watch an extra episode that we otherwise would have missed. Fringe is a great show. Sure, some episodes are better than others, but that’s true for any show out there. So I’m happy to just watch and enjoy whatever they come up with as long as they keep it up to the same quality they’ve had since the very beginning.

      The sad thing is that it really was in a no-win situation here. People complain that it was confusing because suddenly Charlie was there when he should be dead. But then people complain that it was just a filler that did nothing to move the story forward. If it did include any sort of tie in to the overall story of the show, people would have complained that it didn’t make any sense because it was out of context.

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  5. Ah says

    I mostly agree that the episode was filler and could have been better. However, I still enjoyed it. Also, the ending could have been important, perhaps the dead navy officer makes a reappearance that had to be explained by airing this episode.

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  6. FringeFan2009 says

    I liked this episode, didn’t love it but definitely liked it. Great acting on the part of the girl, the mother, and it touched a pretty interesting subject. Good delivery on Lisa’s crush on Peter and great line to Olivia telling her to make her move before Lisa turns 18 (although I really don’t want them to get together;) ) I Also loved it when Olivia extracts answers from the military guy. Good detective work. The main complaint I have about these stand-alones, is that they never really explain the motive behind the events in a believable way. Andrew Rusk beats his wife, she tried to have him killed, and he comes back to kill her? Situations like this happen all the time. How could he come back to revenge his own death? What makes him special from all the other people that were murdered? Are they saying that the radiation had something to do with his ability to come back from the dead? Come on Walter, as least a theory as to how. There are too many questions, that could have been explained in a one liner of some sort.

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