Fringe (2008–2013)
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An Origin Story 

Peter, in the grip of mourning Henrietta's death, resorts to extreme measures in order to gain powers that will allow him to surpass those that the Observers possess and hopefully, and eventually, find a means to defeat them.


P.J. Pesce (as PJ Pesce)


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
John Prosky ... Captive Observer
Michael J Rogers ... Interruption Observer (as Michael Rogers)
Shaun Smyth ... Anil
Ted Cole ... Scientist Observer
Paul Moniz de Sa ... Niemann
Abagayle Hardwick ... Young Etta
David Stuart ... Observer Supervisor


As Walter fears Peter and Olivia losing themselves over Henriett's death, Peter heads down a road of revenge, brutally interrogating a captured Observer to understand the assemblage of a future tech cube used in transporting cargo through time. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

2 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode is the first time we see "RESIST" posters with Etta's face in the 2036 world. See more »


When Walter, Peter and Olivia try to blow up the supply line from future Observers to "now," they aim to turn the wormhole into a black hole to wreak havoc on the other side of their supply line, expecting it to take the Observers years to recover. Since Observers in the future DO control time travel, nothing would prevent them from opening another supply line after those years of recovery into the very same moment in 2036, making the entire plan of shutting down the supply line ineffective. See more »


Peter Bishop: You're not the only one with a skill for reading people.
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End Title Theme
Written by Michael Giacchino
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Mourning Etta
7 April 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Peter and Olivia are mourning the death of Etta but Peter contacts Anil and learns the The Observers are bringing equipment to change the atmosphere. Peter decides to bomb the wormhole to the future used by The Observers. Anil discloses that the resistance have captured an Observer and one device used to open the wormhole. However they do not know how to assemble the parts of the equipment. Peter uses his experience to judge The Observer's reaction and assemble the device. However it does not work properly and the emotionless Observer tells that he lured Peter. What will be Peter's attitude?

"An Origin Story" is another emotional episode of "Fringe" with Peter and Olivia mourning the loss of Etta in different ways. While Olivia is apathetic regarding the future of Earth, Peter seeks revenge. Now let's see what will happen to Peter and the device he removed from The Observer. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "An Origin Story"

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