Fringe Rewatch: 1.01 Pilot

1.01 Fringe Rewatch

Synopsis: When a Flight 627 lands with all the passengers and crew dead, FBI Agent Olivia Dunham is called into investigate. A search for someone to help leads her to Dr. Walter Bishop, our generation’s Einstein. There’s only one catch: He’s been institutionalized for the last 20 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son, Peter, into help. Under Agent Phillip Broyles, our trio will discover that what happened on that fatal flight is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth.

General Thoughts – I was surprised at how easily I slipped back into the show. It was particularly fascinating to see things from a new perspective. Knowing the characters as we now do, it was rewarding to see their fears, limitations and quirks play out all over again. The episode seemed very much like an initiation for Olivia.

In terms of criticisms, I’m not entirely convinced two-hours were needed to tell the story. At times the pace moved too slowly for a premiere showcase. I also felt that there were far too many hammy moments between Peter and Olivia – thank goodness they dialed it down later on in the season. Giacchino’s score was missed and the ‘stock footage’ was bland. The episode was not as polished as it could have been.

Below I outline my New Observations and Perspectives, Unresolved Mysteries, Closed Mysteries and provide my Final Thoughts based on my rewatch.

New Observations & Perspectives

Very torching1.) I was reminded of the subtle references electricity – from the “electrical storm”, which prefaced flight 627’s demise, to the many flickering lights seen throughout the episode – particularly Walter’s fascination with the ‘hum’ – we later see him reference the “kilovolts” in “The Cure”.

2.) I was struck by how in love Olivia and John were before the ‘compound hit the fan’. Looking back, it was a very intentional starting point for the viewers, but it’s interesting to note that for Olivia, this wasn’t really the beginning. In her own words, she had struggled with relationships in the past, so trust didn’t come easy for her. Yet Olivia clearly trusted John, and what wasn’t to trust? He was an upstanding guy and Federal Agent. So removing both Olivia’s love and trust in the space of one episode was an effective story-telling device. It left her naked, alone, scared – the perfect template for this ‘new world’ (and I don’t mean alternate realities..yet) which she had been thrown into. A world in which the advance of science and technology are only matched by the imagination of mankind.

Steig3.) Richard and Morgan Steig – twins. I find it meaningful (even if it was unintentional on the writers behalf) that we should begin the season with twin brothers and end it with Olivia peering out from the twin towers which reside inside a twin reality. Even more powerful is the idea that Richard was prepared to eliminate his twin to prove his loyalty to the cause. Will there come a time when one world must be purged, as outlined by the ZFT manifesto?

4.) Peter tells Olivia that he could have stayed in Iraq. Olivia responds by telling him that a car bomb went off in Kurkuk and that he should probably be thanking her. This immediately took me back (or forward?) to the ‘road not taken’ themes from later in the season – especially Olivia’s near miss with the car in 1.20.

Right hand woman5.) Nina mentions her “replacement limb”, the result of Belly’s life-saving technology – this made me consider how technology allows us to replace the things we lose. Particularly poignant when it comes to Walter getting a ‘replacement Peter’ from an alternate reality. Clearly science can fill the void left by a loss of love or normalcy..but how far can we embrace this science thing? How far should we, as humans, reach?

6.) Nina warns Olivia: “I would say this to my own careful………..and good luck”. Now if I was wanting to cook up a crackpot theory, I’d get a pot, a big wooden spoon, throw in this quote and see what happens. :) Seriously though, in retrospect there is something about that scene that makes me wonder..

Polivia7.) Peter mentions that he’s “good at reading people”. Possible foreshadowing to his own set of abilities? His knack for knowing what makes people ‘tick’ was witnessed when negotiating the pipeline deal in Iraq and again when getting Richard Steig to confess the compound ingredients. We later see Peter prise information out of other suspects, including Daniel Hicks from “The Transformation”.

8.) After rewatching Olivia’s dreamstate with John, I got the impression that the writers want to convey the idea that the subconscious is connected to a limitless hub of possibility – a nexus of all realities, perhaps? The blue lights still leave me in no doubt that all three of Olivia’s dreamstates (throughout the season) were forms of inter-reality travel.

9.) Towards the end of the episode, Broyles tells Olivia: “We’re impressed”. Olivia asks “Who’s we!?”. Knowing what we now know, it seems fairly obvious that the “we” is Massive Dynamic and/or Nina. As I mentioned in the outset, this episode resembles a test or initiation. They know that Olivia special, just as we now do.

Unresolved Mysteries

Jooooohn!1.) Why did Broyles send Olivia to the storage facility? Scott made this seem like a pretty important deal seeing as he used his last words in this ominous fashion rather than telling his gal he loved her, or, y’know, “I’m sorry for scratching the car”. I suspect that there’s actually no big mystery to this – the answer (should the writers feel like explicitly telling it) will probably be that Broyles knew all along that Olivia was “special” and wanted to test her..*wait for it*..”ability”.

2.) Why was Peter REALLY in Iraq? They made quite a meal of this, yet it has never properly been answered. I guess we got a partial answer when Peter mentioned the mafia/Big Eddie..yet, look where THAT story-line went. Poor Big Eddie, there he was waiting for his big reveal, instead the writers focused on William Bell. Sucks to be Big Eddie.

Closed Mysteries

John Scott1.) It wasn’t clear to me when I first watched this episode back in the day, but we actually discover that Scott wanted to buy the compound from Steig (presumably to ‘keep it from falling in the wrong hands, as part of his role for NSA). However Steig received offers from “other bidders”. I doubt these other bidders were Massive Dynamic – since Steig was fired from MD for theft. Instead these bidders were probably other groups – groups like the one’s led by Jones or Conrad (Transformation), for example. In fact, this really prefaces “The Dreamscape“, where we see Scott doing deals with another MD employee, Mark Young, for company information. I’m just pleased to get this one locked down, I was worried about a potential conflict with the John Scott = good guy reveal, instead it supports the later storyline involving Scott and “Black Ops”. That said, he still killed a guy.

2.) What was the deal with the plane – why was it targeted in this way? The tape-recording between Steig and Scott revealed that it was a “demonstration” for bidders. It seems that Steig was a guy motivated by money and greed. A cautionary tale of what can happen when technology gets into the wrong hands. Good thing Peter breaks his hands later in the episode.

3.) Back in the day, there was some debate over whether both of the Steig’s were in the 627 plot together. I was never a fan of the idea because Morgan Steig seemed genuinely terrified in the opening scene. The tape recording indeed reveals that they were NOT in cahoots, and that Richard Steig killed his brother intentionally to show how committed he was (paraphrased). Morgan was not only collateral damage, but a catalyst – Richard obviously knew he was diabetic and that compound-spiked insulin would be a discreet way to trigger the melting jaw of death infection. Of course, he had no way of knowing that Morgan would DEFINITATELY use his insulin (since he only used it when the electric storm hit). Perhaps we’re also to assume that the electric storm was man-made – an intentional device to ensure that Morgan panicked and thus injected himself? Perhaps I’m going too far with that one, but I always liked the idea of man-made weather being introduced in Fringe.

Final Thoughts

RewatchFor me, this episode was about 3 disparate individuals banding together to use their unique skills to solve a series of interconnected mysteries. What impressed me during my rewatch was how relevant the episode is – not just for the cautionary tale of science and freewill, but the things which make all of that matter – love, trust, family, companionship, hope. Without these things there is no right or wrong, there are no ethics – science and technology cease to matter because reality is what we make it and the glue that holds it all together are the things and people most dear to us.

As a man of faith, I am always intrigued by how writers integrate spiritual themes with scientific (albeit fantastical) storylines. So I was reminded of Charlie’s fear of (the authorities) becoming “obsolete”. Firstly, Kirk Acevedo delivered that line so perfectly. Secondly, I think this was the moment when the show hinted at more than a sci-fi drama – it tapped into something deeper – a human desire to survive, to adapt, to answer the call. As Olivia sat silent in the passenger seat, my mind flashed forward to the moment we realised she was truly special – “Ability”, when she used her mind to dispose the bomb. Whilst still not embracing her importance at this stage, it’s amazing to think how far she’s come since the Pilot – to go from doing whatever it takes out of love, as she did in believing in herself so completely out of faith..well, she really has moved to the next level.

Best Performance: Anna Torv

Favourite Moment: Hasn’t changed – Olivia flying across rooftops like Hancock.

Retrospective Rating: 8/10

Our Original Easteregg Observations can be found here.

Additional Easteregg missed first time round: Massive Dynamic logo on MG car badge.

Next Rewatch Episode: The Same Old Story – Sunday (ETA)


  1. Elliot says

    It’s held up better for me, I guess; though the chase scene did go on far too long. I’m not at all convinced Scott was a good guy (which has nothing to do with my Benchwarmer status :) –he killed two guys, and we only have an assumption he was trying to get the formula for good purposes. Remember in the black ops scene the car windows are tinted, no idea who’s really in there. I think there will be more to find out about Scott. And I thought the warm scenes with Peter and Olivia gave breathing space in between the wildness of the new world they were entering.

    Interesting to pair Olivia’s bereavement in S1E1, with yet another bereavement if Charlie is indeed going to be gone.

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    • says

      John Scott’s hands are not clean – I agree with you on that. I guess he could argue that he was working for the “greater good”, but that is a convoluted term which is too often used as an excuse for acting immorally. :) So “good guy” is probably too strong a description for Scott.

      What I would say, is that (imo) he did love Olivia – the final scene in 1.13 seemed sincere, and appeared to offer closure on what Olivia needed to know: did he betray her..did he really love her. The answer seemed to be “no” and “yes” respectively. That it was his subconscious which gave her those answers would appear to validate his sincerity, since I’m not sure the subconscious can lie, per se. But I agree, Scott’s other motives are not as transparent as his affection for Olivia.

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  2. FlashWriter says

    The hallway reminded her of some grand cathedral, and like those old cathedrals of the past it was cold and damp. Broyles sat on a bench next to her and talked with an urgency that scared her…

    She didn’t want to hear what Broyles was telling her. It was all too fantastic; it ripped away that fabric of normalcy we all cling to—even if that fabric has already been ripped away. We cling to it as if it were part of ourselves. When we loose it, we’re like an amputee who can still feel the missing limb.

    So one FBI Agent Olivia Dunham didn’t want to hear anymore, she sprang from the bench and charged through the exit doors with Broyles running after her.

    No. No. No. She was done with this, she had her man back. She saved him from the madness of a world she simply couldn’t understand and didn’t want to think about. She wanted to write her report, wanted an end—and now here was Broyles, telling her that it was NOT the end, not by a long shot…

    As I watched this scene again, my mind played back music in the background. It was part of Simon and Garfunkel’s classic album “Bookends”…

    *”Time it was, and what a time it was, it was…”*

    Broyles grabbed her arm, stopping her and turning her to face him, “…You’ve seen it, and now you know,” he told her with that same chilling urgency.

    *”A time of innocence,”*

    “I don’t want to know, I have a job.”

    “…Look around. You see all these people going about their lives? No idea what’s happening around them—what they’re in the middle of?”

    “I just want to go back to before,” she replied in a voice that suddenly lacked that Dunham certainty.

    *”A time of confidences…”*

    “Dunham,” he said, and sounded almost sorry for her. “I don’t think you can.”

    We know now that she couldn’t, that she wasn’t merely investigating a weird case but something that had its roots years before. She started this case like any other. It was something external, like going to work is external—it’s something you DO and not who you ARE. So, by degrees and in episodes not yet seen, it has come to her. She was part of the very craziness that she was investigating. In fact, she was smack in the center of it. In fact, it was part of her and inside of her.

    But then, right then, she knew nothing of that. And I have a picture of her at this exact moment in my mind. A beautiful woman who had her guy back, who honestly believed she understood reality. It’s a picture of the last instant of childhood, a picture of innocence just before her entire world blew to pieces like a mirror shattering in slow motion.

    …And in the end, there seemed to be just the job, and the job, and the job…and the not knowing…and the needing to make sense of what she could see–what she KNEW was there, beyond that shattered mirror.

    Still, there stands Oliva Dunham in my picture…and the song still continues in my head:

    “Long ago it must be.
    I have a photograph.
    Prison your memories,
    They’re all that’s left you…”

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    • says


      That really was a great scene. For the first time, Dunham is running away from what she believes, and it is Broyles who – having seen her pass her “tests”, is pleading with her to answer the call.

      As you said, she had her man back – her slipping reality had once again hardened. Yet there was Broyles and this inner sense of purpose calling her back in..back out.

      The fact that it was love which led her so completely down this path no doubts adds to her confusion. She put everything on the line for Scott. She lost him, she regained him, she lost him again. There was nothing left but to find purpose and accept Broyles invitation.

      Disecting this episode really does add more value (to my interpretation of events) than I expected it to.

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  3. Page 48 says

    I loved the rooftop chase as well, with all it’s Bourne-like appeal, but my favourite moment remains the “I just want to go back to before” scene. It’s part question, part pleading, it’s like she’s asking Broyles if he can’t just put all the old pieces back in place, like undoing a chess move that went horribly wrong.

    I love AT’s delivery of the line (almost a whisper) and I love the expression in her face and eyes. It’s the moment where the comfy door closes and the scary new door opens and I thought AT really conveyed the anxiety and fear that Olivia must have been confronted with at that moment. Just a really good scene, IMO.

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    • says

      “I loved the rooftop chase as well, with all it’s Bourne-like appeal, but my favourite moment remains the “I just want to go back to before” scene. It’s part question, part pleading, it’s like she’s asking Broyles if he can’t just put all the old pieces back in place, like undoing a chess move that went horribly wrong”

      Excellent analogy.

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  4. mlj102 says

    I’ve really been looking forward to these recaps and you did a great job with this one. You hit on all of the important aspects of the episode and I very much enjoyed reading this.

    I’ll apologize right now, because I know this is going to be long and probably nowhere as amazing as the recap Roco provided, but for what it’s worth, here it goes.

    I had also found it significant that the pilot episode involved twins. Along with the Twin Towers in the finale, we also have Susan Pratt and Nancy Lewis in The Road Not Taken. As a side note, as I’ve re-watched the episodes, I’ve really enjoyed looking for examples of significant (deliberate?) reflections in each episode and it has really surprised me how many there are! And there are some really good, clever ones, too. It seems they were trying to tell us very early on about the whole multiple reality concept.

    I completely agree that Olivia’s trips into the dreamstate were actually travels to another reality, or perhaps some in between place.

    I really enjoyed seeing how the episode managed to bring these three people from completely different backgrounds into one place to form a team. As Harris put it, you’ve got an FBI agent, along with a crazy man and a criminal, and at first glance you think “How is that going to work?” but they really did a great job in bringing it all together and it does work. One question: we saw very clearly how Walter, Peter, and Olivia began working together, but what about Astrid? She’s not even really formerly introduced – she just sort of shows up there. Where did she come from? Had she worked with Olivia before? It doesn’t seem like they have a long background together like Olivia does with Charlie or anything. Did Olivia choose to have Astrid be part of the team, or had someone assigned Astrid to work with them? If she was assigned, why was she chosen for that job?

    A couple other random observations I had:

    When Broyles is telling Olivia about various events associated with the pattern, he mentions the 47 kids who went missing in 1998 and then randomly showed up again without having aged at all. Of all the events he mentioned, this one struck me as the most significant. What had happened to those kids while they’d been gone? Where had they been? Why were those specific kids targeted? I wonder if we will hear more about that later.

    Peter says a lot of things that caught my attention and made me wonder if there was more to what he was saying than what you initially think. First off, when Olivia is trying to convince him to come back to the states to get access to Walter, she mentioned how someone’s life was in danger – someone she cared about a lot. In response, Peter had said, “We all care about someone who’s dying.” It could be nothing, but it makes me wonder if there’s someone who Peter cares for who is dying or who recently died. Later, when Peter and Olivia are talking they sort of touch on his criminal past a bit, and Peter, almost in defense of himself, mentions that he’d never been a gambler, but that a couple of years ago he sort of went crazy. It just made me wonder what might’ve prompted him to “go crazy”, almost as if he’d been desperate for something and getting involved in gambling and other similar activities, was the only option he’d had. Finally, at the end Peter tells Olivia that “My father sat down, started talking to me and he was remarkably lucid. He told me about the work that he and William Bell have done in their experiments and that incident. What happened on that plane is just the beginning.” It’s really rather cryptic. He makes it sound like Walter explained all about the work he’d done and I’m really curious what Walter told him. And, if Walter had told him all about his work, why in later episodes is it like neither Peter or Walter knows anything about Walter’s past work?

    Another thing (that I imagine was touched on a lot when the pilot first aired) is who is Olivia’s uncle? It seems really random that of all things she sees in her dream, she sees her uncle’s kayak. I wonder if we’ll hear more about him later. Does he have any ties to the pattern or ZFT or anything? In general, I wonder about Olivia’s family and if they might be more tied to the pattern and such than we know. We really don’t know anything about her family. We’ve hardly heard any mention of her parents – we don’t know who her real father is, where her mother is, or what her abusive stepfather is up to. We’ve seen Rachel quite a bit, but even she’s a bit of a mystery. Her arrival was rather sudden and convenient and I wouldn’t be surprised if she knows more than she lets on.

    Another thing that just kind of seemed strange to me was in the scene where John kills Steig it was filmed in such a way where John looks almost like a ghost as he’s killing him. I don’t know why it looks like that or if there’s any significance behind it, but I just noticed that and thought it was odd, so I figured I’d mention it

    Like Elliot, I’m not so convinced that John was the good guy he was ultimately revealed to be. It just feels too convenient and like there are too many questions for it to be as simple as that. As Peter said in The Transformation, the perfect alibi is one that you can’t confirm; and when all is said and done, we really can’t confirm anything John said, nor can we know for sure what his intentions were. It just never sat right with me the way he so easily killed people – we saw him kill Richard Steig, plus the random guy in The Dreamscape, and who knows how many others we didn’t see. How was it he had such a hard time killing Conrad when he had no problem killing the others? He didn’t even think twice before killing Steig – he was barely conscious again before he smothered Steig with a pillow. And if he really was a good guy undercover, why did he run instead of trying to explain or something? Probably the thing that gets me the most is the car chase scene between Olivia and John. Here she is, the girl he supposedly loves, yet he doesn’t even hesitate in trying to get her killed. While Olivia had no desire to hurt John, he seemed intent on hurting her. The look John gives Olivia right before he tries to run her off the road is just plain creepy. That sort of behavior just doesn’t strike me as the kind of thing one of the good guys would do. As a side note, I found it tragically ironic the way Olivia had spent the whole episode chasing after whatever possible lead could help her save John, and then it ended with her chasing after John himself. It really shows a lot about her character, how she would pursue the truth with just as much passion and determination, no matter where it led her.

    Finally, a little off topic, but I’m not sure where else to ask this. I was wondering where I could find screencaps for all of the first season episodes. I know there’s a site that has the last ten episodes or so, but I can’t seem to find anywhere that covers the whole season. I would appreciate any direction anyone could provide. Thanks!

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    • says

      Excellent stuff mlj102!

      Good point about Astrid – they never offered much of an explanation for her relationship with the team. All we really got was that she was “assistant to Agent Dunham”, or words to that effect. My assumption is that she had worked, perhaps briefly, with Olivia before and that Olivia hand-picked her to join her in this investigation. Although if this is the case it would have been nice to know why Olivia chose her.

      I hope we get more Astrid/Olivia scenes next season!

      The kayak has always intrgiued me. I’m certain we’ll find out more about Olivia’s uncle in future seasons – the ‘green, green, green, red’ sequence on the kayak would appear to tie him to the Observer and Rogue. Since this was one of the very first mysteries, I hope the new writers don’t drop this hint towards a larger arc.

      “we really can’t confirm anything John said, nor can we know for sure what his intentions were. It just never sat right with me the way he so easily killed people – we saw him kill Richard Steig, plus the random guy in The Dreamscape, and who knows how many others we didn’t see. How was it he had such a hard time killing Conrad when he had no problem killing the others? He didn’t even think twice before killing Steig – he was barely conscious again before he smothered Steig with a pillow. And if he really was a good guy undercover, why did he run instead of trying to explain or something? Probably the thing that gets me the most is the car chase scene between Olivia and John. Here she is, the girl he supposedly loves, yet he doesn’t even hesitate in trying to get her killed”

      Good point, although I think he hesitated in killing Conrad because he wasn’t 100% certain it was him in the car. I’ll have to keep an eye out for that scene when I rewatch Transformation.

      I initially had problems with Scott running instead of explaining the situation to Olivia. Then I came to the conclusion that he was following procedure – perhaps he had to protect the NSA’s position by going ‘off the grid’. Maybe in doing so he was also trying to protect Olivia by not wanting her to become involved..of course, by then it was already too late, but maybe he was doing what he thought was best, all things considered.

      I guess I have the same outlook on Scott trying to run her off the road – I don’t think he was trying to “kill” her. More likely he was trying to shake her so he could go off the radar and wait for further instructions from NSA?

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    • Elliot says

      mlj, you put into words better even than I, what I’d been feeling. I think it is too easy to buy into his vindication——-because we are experiencing her wish for his vindication, I believe. And there was no explanation for her discarding experiencing shooting him, just then he’s OK, so she’s picking and choosing what to believe. For me, it feels more truthful to say, Olivia loved Scott, and her love invested him with perhaps more good than he had in him. That car chase, where he just ran her off the road—I think for a moment she saw what he really was, and it was in that moment she had her blinders removed and decided to seek Walter’s–and Peter’s–help in finding the real truth, not just what she wanted to believe. That’s another putting away of childhood.

      And Peter’s saying we all love someone who’s dying hit home more for me this time too. Suppose that crazy time for him was because of that? It would be too cliche for that to have been a love, too much a mirror of Olivia’s life I think. . . but who knows. It could explain why he helped Olivia when he clearly wanted not to, and the lengths he went to with Steig. I do hope this season deals more with those things. And I have wondered if the scene where Peter says Walter filled him in was just forgotten by the writers, too.

      For screencaps, have you looked here?

      And what about that kayak, and that uncle?? (and if I’ve ruined the tags, could you fix them, Roco? a preview pane here would help….)

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    • goodpeter says

      Roco, I love your analysis of the pilot and I always look forward to your posts!

      Unsolved Mystery #2: I think that this plot line will reemerge this season. The writers are going to have a blast exploring Peter’s past in Season 2. I’m excited and ready for the surprises September will bring!

      And the rooftop/Jason Bourne chase scene blew my mind. It also reminded me of the first chase scene in Casino Royale (Daniel Craig’s bond). Whenever (and this is rare) I see a female protagonist go into full on, nobody’s getting in my way mode, I feel a vicarious rush! Anna Torv/Olivia Dunham can kick some serious ass. Love it.

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    • mlj102 says

      Page 48: Thanks for answering my question. It’s a real shame that there really isn’t a place to find screencaps for the whole season. Hopefully one day someone will get around to tackling that project.

      FringeWatch: I liked reading through your list of favorites and not favorite parts of the pilot. I feel the same about a lot of it, though I must say, I rather liked the location titles. I thought they were kind of fascinating and they helped make the show unique and to stand out. I liked the way they modified them throughout the season and gave it variety — with the whole driving through the words on the way to the airport to the way they show reflections of them in the water, or having the rain splattering off of it. I think it’s very clever and I like seeing what they come up with.

      In general, it’s been really neat to read these comments and see what everyone else picked up on and what stood out to them. I’ve been especially pleased with how everyone has good stuff to say about Anna Torv. I didn’t discover Fringe until the finale, and it was surprising to me to read reviews on the show where a lot of people were complaining about her and had tons of negative feedback about her performance since the first episode. For me, Olivia’s character was the first thing that really grabbed my attention and made me like the show. I personally feel like Anna shines in this character. I love the emotion she conveys — from her joy and contentment in being with John, to her desperation to save him, to her frustration with Broyles, to her fear of what she’s stumbled across, to her deep sorrow when John is killed — she always seemed to nail it right on every time. You can clearly see how her world has turned upside down and the effect that has on her. I think that part of what made me so hooked on the show after I saw the pilot was that all of the acting was so great and powerful and believable, which led to many truly wonderful, memorable scenes.

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      • Jenni Lou says

        I love Fringe and cap all of the episodes. :) There’s link above that was just linked to one album. But I have every episode up there.

        I have the caps up the day after an episode airs. I will be doing it for season two as well. I can’t guarantee I will get every shot the bloggers need. Fringe is a bit like Lost in that respect. It’s so dense! Cheers, fellow fans!

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  5. FringeWatch says

    Cool opportunity to reflect on Season 1! So here are my two cents on Episode 1…

    1) The roof jumping / foot chase scene.
    2) Olivia going up to Broyles. Stopping at the top of the stairs. Turning around before walking in. Totally sold me Olivia as a character: complex, interesting, different.
    3) Olivia crying at the back of the ambulance. Heartbreaking (reminded me of Cate Blanchett in “Babel”).

    – The ambulance scene (see above)
    – Anna Torv and John Noble as their characters meet for the first time: especially the way AT manages to convey compassion and despair.
    – Anna Torv and Lance Reddick in the hall, discussing the Pattern.

    – The road to the airport, driving at night (à la Sarah Connor/”Terminator”): neat way to convey we’re being thrown into the darkness, the unknown… Especially after all the warm colors and tone of the motel scene (also loved how the phone buzzing was framed: blue rectangle in the corner, surrounded by glowing orange light).
    – Olivia and Nina Sharp with all the white around them.
    – Glowing computer screen on Olivia’s face and glasses (so Scully in “The X-Files”).
    – The car chase between Olivia and John Scott.

    – Anna Torv: “I just want to go back to before”.
    – Kirk Acevedo: “Is that a cow?” (I don’t know, there’s just something in it that makes me laugh!).
    – “Liaison”, said by Lance Reddick.

    Walter & Co eating takeaway, watching SpongeBob, with Gene in the background.

    – The translucent effect on John: way too over-the-top and unbelievable for me.
    – The 3D locations tags: thought they were distracting and taking you out of the story, but actually grew to like them after a few episodes.
    – The twins: too cliché
    – Walter’s lab being used to treat John Scott. Still bothers me to this day the lab is often used for medical procedures, too far-stretched for my taste.

    – Olivia discovering what’s on the tape. Wow. Didn’t see that coming. Plus great acting.
    – The chemistry between Anna Torv and Mark Valley… before we knew what would come out of it in real life! :)

    What really stood out for me at that stage – and still does – is the character of Olivia (with all its potential and complexity), and how Anna Torv portrays her. Very impressive.

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    • FlashWriter says

      The “Is that a Cow?” line sold me on Charlie’s character. It cemented my idea of Charlie being “everyman” and the totally incredulous way he delivered that line…great! I think what made it so good was the total indifference everyone else has to what’s going on in the lab. It gives a feeling that we’ve already moved on and we (the audience) are part of it (Jean is already old news to us also). So, yeah, another major turning point in both characterization and story line.

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    • mlj102 says

      lol! No worries, Elliot. Before Roco fixed it, I had been able to figure it out, though it did take me a minute. I was confused at first, because I read “Have you looked” and I thought “Well of course I’ve looked – what’s that supposed to mean?” After a minute I clicked on the link and, when I realized what it was, it all made sense. But it’s all good – I’m sure you did a better job posting a link than I would be able to do if I tried. And, to answer your question, no, I had not looked there. I’ve looked all over online, but I don’t think I ever would’ve managed to find that site on my own. Thank you so much!

      Also, I think you hit it right on when you talked about how Olivia’s love for John is what made her so quick to accept the idea that he was good after all. It must feel so much better to believe that he was indeed on the right side, in contrast to the terrible way she felt the first half of the season when she thought he’d betrayed her. I certainly think she is letting her love for him blind her to a certain degree, and that many viewers are just as quick to accept that because they sympathize with her and want it almost as much as she does. I’m glad that she has been able to resolve the matter in her mind and to find peace and closure, and if he truly was one of the good guys, I’ll admit I was wrong and be glad for it. But at this point I need more evidence before I’m convinced. I worry what might happen if, in the future, she stumbles across more evidence to show that he really had betrayed her.

      As for Peter, I had also made the connection between it being possible that the death or near death of someone in his life had been what prompted him to “go crazy” and really get into some trouble in his life. It would tie right back into the whole theme of “How far would you go for someone you love” which we’ve seen so much in season one with Walter and Olivia and Nicholas Boone and Dr. Penrose, etc. I’d kind of thought that person might be his mother. He always seems very protective of her whenever Walter mentions her, and she seems to be a touchy issue for him. I look forward to learning more about Peter’s past and why he is the way he is and how he got to where he was when the show started.

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  6. Gil_Cdn says

    Tracking death toll:

    Since Olivia has been keeping track of the number of people die since she has joined Fringe division, I thought it would be a good opportunity to use this re-watch to recount the death toll.

    Here is the data for ep.1-01 Pilot
    – Morgan Steig + Glatterflug Airlines Flight 627 = 147
    – Richard Steig (Bio-Chemist, ex-employee of MD) = 1
    – John Scott(killed in car crash, kept at MD lab)= 1
    Death toll = 149

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