Fringe (2008–2013)
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The beginning of the end is triggered when Walternate finds a way to wreak havoc "over here" - putting both universes in jeopardy.


Jeannot Szwarc


J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham / Alternate Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles
Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop / Walternate
Kevin Corrigan ... Sam Weiss
Seth Gabel ... Alternate Lincoln Lee
Ryan McDonald ... Alternate Brandon Fayette
Don Ackerman ... ER Doctor
Forbes Angus ... Science Director
Richard Ian Cox ... Donnie
Tobias Der Tobias Der ... Scientist
Heather Doerksen ... Major Warner
Matt Ellis ... Richie


Using Henry's blood, Walternate activates the doomsday machine to create consuming vortices in the prime universe, a prelude to its annihilation. In response, Peter accepts his apparent destiny and prepares to enter the doomsday machine - the only way where he might switch it off and save the prime universe - but encounters an unexpected reaction. Meanwhile, Fauxlivia turns rebel to retrieve Peter and possibly change Walternate's mind. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

22 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Early in the episode when Olivia sees Walter naked, Walter says he plans to cook mushrooms for breakfast. This is... unfortuante innuendo. See more »


When alternate Olivia is holding a gun on Brandon, he uses a hand scanner to open a door. The image on the scanner is in reverse to Brandon's hand. See more »


Dr. Walter Bishop: Our world is breaking down around us.
Peter Bishop: Well, let's not jump to conclusions.
Dr. Walter Bishop: I'm not.
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The pivotal episode we have all waited for.
23 April 2011 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

Man! I Feel Like a Woman! Shania Twain's music video came out from nowhere in my mind while I was thinking about the weekly Walter Bishop show. John Noble is 62 years old but definitely the sexiest man on Earth ! The perfect man, in the perfect outfit. You have to see it to believe in ! But of course this 20th installment wasn't about the Fatale attraction Olivia surely has for Peter's father. Mr Walter is a running gag but is well balanced by Dr Bishop. Noble's performance was brilliant as usual. From his toast with Peter to the chapel sequence he should move you like never before. These scenes were also mesmerized by the fact he is so different from Walternate. Good or evil ? Such a Manichaean question doesn't even make sense when it comes to Fringe because things, like real ones, are not just all black or white.

The two past episodes about William Bell and the soul magnets experiment didn't really catch my attention. Anna Torv's impersonation was quite surprising but I just found the paranormal elements misplaced even if Fringe's universe has apparently no boundaries. The only thing I was expecting was the comeback of the good old switches between the prime and parallel worlds. It was so good to have Fauxlivia back ! Don't get me wrong Olivia and Peter make a sweet couple and their morning moment was adorable but it seems like Torv takes more pleasure to act as a redhead. From her personality to her alternative journey I think she just eclipses her prime self.

As for the story, it took six episodes to finally get back on track. From 6B to 6:02 AM EST. The end of the world we all expected finally began ! It almost felt like following a The X-Files adventure. From enigmatic flashes to apocalyptic events it had all the ingredients featured before Dana Scully and Fox Mulder arrived on the scene to investigate. However the red and blue dance reduced the writers window to properly cover both arcs. Otherwise two episodes remain so in the end it wasn't that frustrating. To tell the truth writing about it makes me realize they made the right decision. What would be the point of rushing things or serving us with an other freak of the week dose ? I hate when they decide to wrap up a season at the very end. This episode raised many questions and knowing we will soon get answers is both exciting and satisfying. Peter's part was intense so what will happen next ? Can both worlds coexist ? Would you marry Olivia or Fauxlivia ? The clock is timing, stay tuned…

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