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Fringe - (S05E11)

Drama . Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Sci-Fi . Mystery

As time dramatically ticks down, Peter, Olivia and Walter stop at nothing to save the universe from Observer rule. Walter enters the infamous deprivation tank in an attempt to uncover a key piece of information about the mysterious figure, Donald. Meanwhile, Captain Windmark sets out on a revealing mission of his own as long-standing questions are answered.

Episode Title: The Boy Must Live
Airs: 2013-01-11 at 09:00 pm
  • Robert Bianco

    You can see where it's going, and assuming Abrams doesn't let it get lost in its conspiracy, it should be fun to ride along.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Gillian Flynn

    With its paranormal occurrences, ever-autumn aesthetic, extraneous flashlight use at crime scenes, odd bursts of humor, and constant friction between faith and doubt, Fox's new sci-fi serial Fringe just might be a worthy successor--finally--to "The X-Files."

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It has good characters and plenty of action. It keeps its science fiction accessible, not abstract. Maybe best of all, it has a great sense of humor.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    Although episodes are self-contained, each has a clue that points to the overall involvement of a shadowy, giant corporation, Massive Dynamics. Combine these elements with solid special effects and confident direction and you get some heavy-duty counterprogramming to ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Mixing paranoia, bleak humor and post-9/11 exhaustion in a potent story-telling brew, it's one of the new television season's most promising dramas.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Fringe invokes some of the sillier forms of television devices-- teleportation, psychokinesis, transmogrification and even bionic prostheses--but still manages to seem smart and stylish.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Lots of good action and lots of fun to boot.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    I wanted to love Fringe, with its extraordinary pedigree and exotic, soulful Australian beauty Torv in the lead role, and splendid Noble in key support. Plus, Blair Brown's here, too, as a top exec at an evil corporation. But I just can't shake this word "derivative."

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Though the pilot has some flaws in it--mostly from a clash of tones--it still overdelivers on creativity, creepiness, fine acting and burgeoning character development.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    Fox's Fringe doesn't feel especially extreme or original. Well-acted and smoothly produced, yes, but not special.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • With what appears to be an infinite number of deadly viruses out there, viewers can only hope the FBI can pinpoint them all.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    Fringe does a pretty nifty job of balancing the demands of the paranormal genre against the viewer’s need for some comic relief.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    if you're the type of person who needs every little thing, or indeed any little thing, to make sense in a pilot, then you should probably watch Fringe in solitude, preferably with the door closed, so the rest of us can enjoy it for what it is--an uneven but promising jumble of horror, thriller and comedy that is not afraid to reference SpongeBob and "Altered States" in practically the same scene.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    The formula set in motion by the Fringe pilot is familiar. That’s not to say it’s not also devious and often delightful.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Misha Davenport

    I'm on the bubble with Fringe. The characters are all interesting and the acting is top notch, but the plot is essentially an update of "The X-Files" with the addition of terrorism and the office of Homeland Security.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Micah Towery

    Fringe attempts something similar [to "Lost"] (with an opening scene involving a plane, no less) but can't quite match the primal thrill of vehicular destruction.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The last half-hour of the pilot is by far the best part of Fringe; it’s full of twists, turns, action and suspense. And the first 20 minutes or so, in which a team of federal agents investigate a mysterious occurrence on a commercial airliner, is brisk and efficient, if (like much of Fringe) a little bombastic and overdirected. Aside from a cinematic dream sequence, the middle hour of Fringe is much more problematic.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Nothing here really pops, even with Torv holding her own as the tough femme protagonist, the welcome presence of "The Wire's" Lance Reddick as her hostile boss and Noble exhibiting alternating strains of brilliance and psychosis.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Fringe is just good enough to watch with or without the ads. But with Abrams, you expect more than "just good enough."

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    I just knew that there seemed to be a Duchovny-shaped hole in the universe "Lost" co-creator J.J. Abrams had designed for his new sci-fi show....Fortunately, things pick up considerably in the second half of tonight's two-hour premiere.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    Abrams, the quintessential American dreamer and overindulger, the ultimate boyish idiot-savant imaginator, just can't control himself. He can't exercise a little self-restraint.

    Salon Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    After the electrifying start, Fringe unfolds as an uneven, unwieldy piece of work that provides very few chills and thrills.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Fringe has the feel of a chemistry-lab concoction, the forced amalgam of preexisting elements. It may not be hydrogen sulfide, which gives rotten eggs their smell, but it's mediocre science.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Fringe is a smorgasbord of a show, but one a little too synthetically engineered to allow you the chance to discover what it is

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • John Leonard

    In the end, it turns out that Homeland Security so desperately needs Olivia on their side of the freak wars that they show her their top-secret Mulder-Scully-esque X-files and recruit both Bishops as her own mercenary team of pattern pods. And I am the queen of the Nile.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
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