FRINGIE OF THE WEEK: 5.10 Anomaly XB-6783746


Welcome to Fringie of the Week — your chance to vote for your favorite character performance from 5.10 “Anomaly XB-6783746”.

Walter came top of the “Black Blotter” poll with 37% of your votes, Peter came second with 35%, while Olivia came third with 27%.

That leaves things looking like this after nine episodes. It’s a two-horse race for the final season crown:

  1. Peter Bishop – 20pts
  2. Olivia Dunham – 16pts
  3. Walter Bishop – 8pts
  4. Etta Bishop — 6pts
  5. Nina Sharp, Edwin Massey, Captain Windmark & Captive Observer 1pt

But who gets your vote for 5.09 “Anomaly XB-6783746”? Vote using the poll below:

FOTW: 5.09 Anomaly XB-6783746

  • Nina (43%, 307 Votes)
  • Olivia (30%, 211 Votes)
  • Peter (17%, 122 Votes)
  • September/Donald (4%, 29 Votes)
  • Walter (4%, 26 Votes)
  • Michael (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Captain Windmark (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Astrid (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Hastings (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 711

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  1. says

    How can it not be Nina Sharp, just that exit speech itself worth winning 3 consecutive “Fringie of the Week” for Christmas & New Year break (at least until Jan 11th)

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 8

  2. Karo says

    Well, there’s the person who KILLS HERSELF and then everybody else.

    Tough decision…

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 8

  3. David says

    Without a doubt, this was Nina’s (Blair Brown) episode, first class acting, selfless sacrifice, and to top it all off, a great speech that floor’s Winmark.
    See the look on his face, that alone was worth the price of the sacrifice alone.
    I know the actress and character will be greatly missed by all, but maybe if the goal is to reset time like was spelled out by Olivia, maybe just maybe Nina will be seen again and thus having the last laugh at winmarks expense.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 8

    • SissySiri says

      Are you kidding? Olivia was so caring towards Michael. She was pensive in this episode regarding the poster of Etta, solicitous to Michael, empathetic to Nina when she told Nina she was compromised and could not go home. Peter has kept them safe, he has his eyes open to danger and has been more or less keeping everyone safe. He avoided the roadblock, was able to hot wire a car so they could get out of there, he was Walter and Olivia’s rock when they found Nina dead. I could go on with more examples, but I would say they did something.

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  4. matt says

    Nina had some incredible moments when she told Windmark off etc. but when she was outside and recieved the phone call her reaction seemed forced and I think it balanced out to a great performance a brilliant one but not a complete one if that makes sense. it was incredible acting but i feel like blair brown showed us she could be even better with her performances in season 1 and 2.

    Michael Cerveris in a few seconds show us again why September is the best part of this show other than Walter. Literally in a few seconds he conveyed more and did more actual acting than most people did in the rest of the episode or even season. That smile/look said/conveyed so much it’s ridiculous. that guy is brilliant. I understand why in terms of story they left him out of the season but it’s a shame they didnt use him more and we didnt get to see him work with the fringe team in the previous episodes. he should win just for that look.

    its also a shame that walter cant win this thing.

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      • matt says

        no way really? honestly I think she was way better with her mysterious devious nature in season 1, overall, but I agree that the scene between her and windmark was some of if not her best. it was great. i just cringed at that one scene when she got the phone call telling her windmark was comming. her reaction was, well they shoulda reshot that scene imo. but yeah great performance. shame Nina had to die. woulda preferred her character to live. she is a great character and blair did a brilliant job!

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        • Surun Tunne says

          when olive told her that windy interrogates hastings, nina knew she was going to die! so I think her reaction was spot on and great acting.

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          • matt says

            we’ll have to agree to disagree about those few seconds, it seemed kinda forced to me and an un-genuine-emotion-al response (though it did seem kinda in character for Nina to respond like that, i just thought it could have been stronger, but then maybe it wouldnt have suited the character of Nina), but, i have yet to rewatch the episode and maybe I just didnt appreciate it the first time. either way RIP Nina, gonna miss the character and the brilliant Blair Brown.

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  5. SissySiri says

    Luckily, we are all entitled to our opinions. My opinion is that while ALL the actors on Fringe are to be commended on wonderful acting, I feel that Anna, Joshua, John, Blair, Jasika, and Lance have done the best acting. Of course, they have meatier parts to play, and I admire Michael Cerveris, but really, to say one look from one actor wipes out all this excellent acting IMO is really a stretch.

    I think Blair Brown was excellent in this episode, if you re-watch the show from the pilot on, I think that Blair has been amazing and unfortunately overlooked for a long time. There were times when I wondered whose side she was on, she almost seemed like a double agent, talk about good acting. Well this last episode showed us that Nina was on our side, she was the type of friend or leader I would want to have one my side. Talk about the ultimate sacrifice to save the rest . . . . .I wonder if we will ever know what Michael showed her when he touched her cheek, or will that always be a Fringe mystery?

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    • says

      Not discounting Blair Brown’s acting ability, because she is fantastic, but a lot of what you are talking about here is the writing of her character over the course of the series and not her acting. You could say that she takes direction well, or that her character was written as a mystique, but her acting was just very consistent with the writing of the character. She understood what it was the writers and directors wanted.

      As for the Michael Cerveris two second look/smile; That was outstanding facial acting, but it felt heavier considering the weight of the reveal, plus the editing of September donning the hat, and the crescendo of the music at that moment. It was pure Fringe awesomeness, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it eclipsed Nina’s big moment.

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      • matt says

        Blair Brown is a brilliant actor and did a brilliant job of acting a brilliantly written part. no question there.

        however, what I said or at least meant that FOR ME PERSONALLY septermber’s look/little moment in this episode was the highlight of the episode, if not the season. not discounting any of the other actors especially blair in the episode never mind the series. it just happened to resonate with me. no need to undercut someone else’s enthusiasm 😉

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        • matt says

          by which i mean sissysiri, but i think you both may have misunderstood. I agree with both of you. those moments with septermber just personally resonate with me, but I dont think anything on this show ever really eclipses or discounts anything else. it’s all brilliant all round.

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          • says

            I’m not disagreeing with you matt. :)

            I get chill bumps every time I watch that 45 second clip ending with the Donald/September reveal it was awesome. But Nina deserves Fringie of the week no question. I suspect September/Donald will get it next week.

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  6. DeepRunner says

    Gotta be Nina. The speech was her goodbye, and the indictment of the alleged mental giants/mind-readers.

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