TV From The Crypts: Lilith’s Second Mission: Fringe

Greetings nerds, I am writing from the evil science lair this week. I have decided I have to give myself another mission, a quest to bring you my rants and raves about another amazing retired TV show (and maybe blow Biff out of the water again). This mission will be to write about every season of Fringe, one of my favorite TV shows of all time. The only show that currently surpasses it on my Top 5 List is Firefly, but Firefly is really a Holy Grail amongst retired TV shows. I would argue that Fringe should be right up there as one of the most entertaining, heart-wrenching, exciting, thought-provoking, and highly amusing TV shows of all time. Several characters make it so, but certainly Walter Bishop is by far one of the most unique mad scientists you might ever encounter. I re-watched Season 1 last week as a refresher in ensuring that I talked about everything I wanted, and realized I was taking notes of all the moments that meant the most to me in this series. So today I bring you a my first Fringe post, Season 1 of Fringe a la Buzzfeed style:

The Top 17 Best Moments of Fringe Season 1 (don’t continue if you want to avoid spoilers).


1. Episode 1: Pilot. I forgot how much of a douche Peter was calling Olivia “sweet heart” and “babe” when he first met her. So funny considering we all go on to love him and how he treats Olivia in the future episodes.


2. That moment when you realize you would give anything to be on the couch, eating Chinese food with these fools:


3. Episode 3: The Ghost Network. Walter asking ”Are you taking any medications, prescribed or illicit? You can be truthful, I won’t judge. In fact, if the answer is no I may encourage some drug use.”

4. Episode 3: The Ghost Network. As Walter hooks up the patient to the brain monitor:

Patient: “What the hell was that?”

Walter: “Oh, that was your body’s normal muscle response. It’s perfectly natural. You may also experience an involuntary bowel movement.”

Peter: “Great…”

bowel movement

5. Episode 6: The Cure

As Walter is trying to figure out how a person caused an entire restaurant to die from radiation poisoning:

Walter: “Do you smell that?”

Astrid: “Yes, and next time how about a little warning?

Walter: “Huh? Oh, not that.” Laughing coyly….


6. How many different names can Walter come up for Astrid?

Asterisk, asteroid, astro, etc. etc. It never gets old.


7. Olivia’s rant about being too “emotional” as a woman making her a perfect agent made me smile. Sorry, the feminist in me just loved her even more at that moment.

Olivia: “I guess by now you’ve heard.”

Broyles: “That you frog-marched a senior officer of a multi-billion dollar conglomerate out of his office? Yeah, I heard. Quite a few cameras.”

Olivia: “The press. They always get their pound of flesh. I understand that you think I acted too emotionally. Putting aside the fact that men always say that about women they work with, I’ll get straight to the point: I am emotional. I do bring it into my work. It’s what motivates me. It’s what helps me get into the headspace of our victims, see what they’ve seen, even if I don’t want to, even if it horrifies me. And I think it makes me a better agent. If you have a problem with that, I’m sorry. You can fire me. But I hope you don’t.”



8. Peter Bishop, played by Joshua Jackson, is actual quite a good actor. He does a great job playing being angry and horrified at the revelations about his father’s experimentation.

9. Episode 7: In Which We Meet Mr. Jones. Another great moment where Olivia’s incredible skills get highlighted:

Olivia: “We don’t know anything.”

Broyles: “You have a problem, Agent Dunham. You’re not easily satisfied. You want everything and you want it now. In your mind, somehow a small victory is no victory. What you did was save a man’s life and that doesn’t land for you.”

Olivia: “Sir…”
Broyles: “I would tell you to snap out the hell of it. To stop whining about what you can’t control, can’t change. I would tell you to get some sleep while you can because tomorrow we’ll do this all over again, and guess what, you’ll have a million answers and a million and one new questions. I would tell you those things, but I won’t, because your dissatisfaction is what makes you so damn good. Someone I’m proud to say I work with.

10. Episode 9: Dreamscape.

Walter: “Uh oh.”

Olivia: “What?”

Walter: “I just got a slight erection. Oh, fear not, it’s nothing to do with your state of undress. I think I simply need to urinate.”

Olivia: “That’s good to know.”


11. I never grow tired of Walter being obsessed with drugs. For instance, in episode 10: Safe, when he says: “No, Peter’s right. Your pupils are dilated. It’s a symptom of high stress. Unless you’re using hallucinogens. Are you tripping, Agent Dunham?”

12. Episode 11: Bound. This episode shows that Olivia still kicks some serious ass even at her most vulnerable. She is kidnapped by a group of experimenters, and fakes being an injured and sad little girl only to escape and kick some serious butt on her way out of he lab.


13. Episode 12: The No Brainer. As Peter and Walter joke about being consultants for the FBI and their new associated privleges that come with that status, Peter jokes to Walter that Olivia caught him trying to write off Celtics tickets for the two of them. To which Walter responds: “Oh, I see. I hope she doesn’t notice the $2,000 for the baboon seminal fluid I ordered. I hope I can recall why I ordered it…”

14. Episode 14: Ability. When we first start to see Olivia’s supernatural powers, and get our first glimpse in to the possibility of alternate universes. For those of us that know what follows, this is such a teaser knowing how amazingly important these concepts will become. And oh yeah, Olivia with her light test is like watching a jedi use the force: fucking amazing.


15. Episode 15: Inner Child. What would be more entertaining than watching Obama sing Al Green? Why watching Walter sing Al Green’s “Love and Happiness” to a scared child to ease his fears. Spectacular.

16. Episode 17: Bad Dreams. In this episode we start to see how Olivia is connected to many other children that were also experimented on and given Cortexiphan as children. Olivia uses this connection to find Nick Lane, a reverse empath who can will emotions on to people. I just want to say the scene where Olivia uses hypnosis to get in to Nick’s mind and finds him sleeping with a hooker, only we see Olivia sleeping with the hooker in her mind: yeah, that was hot.


17. Episode 20: There’s More Than One Of Everything. This is the season finale folks. And all I want to ask: Where did Charlie get that amazing hat?!?!

Hope you kids enjoyed today’s amazing spotlight on the first season of Fringe, I promise to bring you more on our TV From The Crypts column in the future!

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Posted on April 3, 2014, in Geekology, Top 5, TV, TV From the Crypts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Really enjoyed this- some great moments in there I’d forgotten.
    Still not sure how this isn’t JJ Abrams most celebrated television work.

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