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For questions about "Fringe", a sci-fi drama TV series. It follows a small FBI team as they investigate crimes that involve "fringe-science" and advanced technology.

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Was Fringe the first TV show to use the changing Opening credits? [closed]

Recently I started re-watching the TV show Fringe, and noticed that they used different colored opening credits that indicate the universe the majority of the episode takes place in. [I am only up to ...
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How could Walter send Peter the letter in the last episode?

THIS QUESTION CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT VIEWED THE LAST EPISODE In the last episode of Fringe, Peter finds a tape addressed to him, which was encased in amber. In this tape Walter ...
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Is our universe stronger than the alternate universe?

In Fringe, It seemed that our universe is stronger than the alternate universe, because whenever someone went to their universe from ours it caused their universe's geological membrane damage, ...
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Why do both Olivia and Peter remember so little from their childhood?

I just watched S3E15, "Subject 13", in which it is revealed that Peter and Olivia These are all very important events in their young lives. Why does neither remember anything of that? They must have ...
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In which Fringe episode did Walter enter the wrong house and slept there for three days?

In one of Fringe's episodes, (I think in the 2nd or 3rd season), Walter states: I once went into the wrong house by mistake and slept there for three days. Which one was this? Give a basic ...
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What is the real name of the Ending Theme for Fringe?

In the American science fiction TV series Fringe (2008–2013), at the end of each episode when the final credits are shown, a beautiful 30-second-long piece is played which I found on YouTube where it ...
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The flash in Walter Bishop's eye

I have watched the entire Fringe series 3 times now, and am glad to say, I could connect (most of) the dots. On the other hand, some things simply have no explanation. One of these was the occasional '...
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Why there is a cow in Walter Bishop's Lab?

I started Fringe at season 2 and I noticed a cow in Walter Bishop's Lab. Considering the hassle of keeping a cow in a lab, notably the odour that should be awful, is there any purpose of keeping it? ...
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Were the Observers in Fringe inspired by Marvel's Watchers?

In the Fringe universe, the Observers are bald and dispassionate and seem to do little more than observe important events throughout history. Except for once or twice when one of them can't help but ...
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How much of season 1 of Fringe is necessary to understand the rest?

I'm interested in getting into Fringe, but there seems to be a pretty universal consensus that it only starts getting good in season 2. How much of season 1 do I need to watch if I want the later ...
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Why is Fringe S04E19 not the first episode of Season 5?

We already know that episode 11 of season 2 was supposed to be air in season 1. That makes sense because they decided not to air it and finally changed their mind. But I can't understand why they ...
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Is there an in universe explanation as to why the alternate universe is more advanced than ours?

In Fringe, it's revealed that there's an alternate universe that is almost identical to ours only they are more technologically advanced. Is there an explanation as to why the alternate universe is ...
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With the revelation of Jones's ally/leader in Season 4 how does that change Season 1

In Season 1 there were strong implications of a connection between Massive Dyanamic (Bell and Nina), and the Pattern/ZFT (David Robert Jones). Nina pretty heavily denied them and there always was a ...
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Fringe Timelines and Universes

In the show Fringe, how many different timelines and universes are involved in the storyline of the series?
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Why are observers only from our universe and not from other universes?

In all of Fringe, we only see observers from our universe. Why aren't there any observers from the other universe? (If there are no observers in other universes, that means our observers are the ...
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Why does the Observer consume extremely spicy foods?

When an Observer eats, it is alway really spicy food. This seems to be a common characteristic of all Observers, since in the episode 8 of season 2 (August) they all put a lot of hot sauce in their ...
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What paradox was Walter Bishop's plan supposed to avert in the series finale of Fringe?

I understand most of Walter's plan to defeat the Observers in the season finale. I even understand why someone must go with Michael to the year 2167, in order to make sure the boy reaches and ...
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How did Walter send back the Machine in the Amber Timeline?

One of the main plot points in Season 3 of Fringe was the Machine. In the Original Timeline, i.e. the timeline shown in the first three seasons of the show, in 2011 Peter uses the Machine to destroy ...
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What is the Alternate Universe's Fringe Division logo derived from?

Something seems very familiar about this logo, but for some reason I can't quite pin it down. Is there a particular organization, real-life historical or fictional, from which this insignia might ...
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Fringe: how do seasons 1-4 affect the events in season 5?

The Observers' invasion would have happened either way, right? So all the events from season 1 through 4 do not actually prevent or affect that, right?
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How did Thomas Newton lose his head?

In Season 2 of Fringe, we meet Thomas Jerome Newton, a partly-mechanical shapeshifter (who happens to be named after David Bowie's character in The Man Who Fell to Earth). On several occasions, it is ...
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Why did Walter use video tapes in Fringe?

Is there an in universe explanation as to why Walter onto video tapes rather than using DVD or video file. It seems to be very problematic to retrieve them and they seem to be very prone to ...
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How does Peter stay in the primary universe, even though the Observers cease to exist?

In the Season 5 and series finale: Earlier on in the series we learn that: So wouldn't all this not happen when the Observers no longer exist? This would mean that Olivia and Peter never meet, and ...
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How did Peter and Agent Lee cross to the other universe using Walter's machine?

I am watching Fringe and it is really fun but there is something I couldn't understand at all. In episode 8 of season 4, "Back to Where You've Never Been", Peter and Agent Lee cross to the other ...
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Why in last episode of Fringe they are using a time machine while they can use December or the September's son to travel to 2167?

I recently watched the last episode of Fringe and a little confused with the end. Why they built a time machine, instead they can use September son's power to travel to 2167 or even December's power ...
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How were the parts of the machine placed in our universe?

If no one has ever came across into our universe then how have they placed parts of the device in our universe and they even know the co-ordinates of the device parts? The device is the one that Peter ...
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How did they know to start preparing children for war?

How did Walter and William Bell know to start preparing children for a "war" before Walter initiated the Zero Event in 1985?
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What is the oldest difference between the red and blue universes in Fringe?

In "6955 kHz", a shapeshifter refers to "all's fair in love and war" as "something they say on this side," implying that they don't say it on the Other Side. Google tells me that the phrase can be ...
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Was Olivia really called “Han”, or was that a false memory?

OLIVIA: Well, I guess that I've always just enjoyed being on my own. Even when I was at boarding school, they used to call me "Han". PETER: As in "Solo"? That's cute. At least you had a nickname. ...
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Why is Walter baffled that their attack failed in the Portal Shipment Lane?

In the episode "An Origin Story" Walter, Peter and Olivia try to attack the future using one of the Portals they opened to transfer stuff in the past. Now Walter assumes that the attack they performed ...
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Why doesn't Walter rebuild a window?

I am currently watching the third season, please avoid spoilers beyond the middle of this season (I just watched the flashback episode which make us see Olivia and Peter meet as kids). Walter tells ...
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Fringe season 4 finale: Anti-observer tech

In the fringe season 4 finale, Jessica Holt used some sort of technology to block September such that he was unable to shift, or even move. Why was this technology not used in the war against the ...
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Why two F's back to back? [duplicate]

What is the reasoning behind the fringe logo design? Why two F's back to back? I'm watching the series on Netflix and wanted to know can across this page through Google search.
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Were the events in season 5 of Fringe planned from the start?

During the first three seasons of Fringe, the Observers are mainly just there, observing. It slowly transpires that some of them have played a more active role. Then, suddenly, starting with S4E19 ...
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How can everyone have doubles if some people were never born?

I just finished watching Season 3 Episode 14, where an elderly man and woman had their respective spouses die in each Universe. Their elevated emotions created what was described as quantum ...
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Cognitive comparison of Milo Stanfield vs. the Observers in Fringe

In Fringe Season 3 episode 3, Milo Stanfield was the subject of a drug trial which aimed at improving his intelligence. Before identifying their suspect as Milo Stanfield in the beginning though, when ...
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What brand and model is the briefcase used by the Observers?

In the interest of possible cosplay, what brand and model is the briefcase used by the Observers? What if any modifications have been done? It looks like some sort of vintage Samsonite, but I haven't ...
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Nothing seems as it should in “Nothing as It Seems”: alternate timeline and improbable events [duplicate]

This is a question about episode 4x16 of Fringe. This episode, titled "Nothing as It Seems" takes place in the alternate timeline, after the The episode begins with Marshall Bowman on a plane. ...
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Does the switch from Ford to Nissan have an in-universe reason?

In the first seasons of Fringe, we see all of the Fringe division drive Fords. The series was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company at the time, as noted in the closing credits. After we see them ...
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How was Olivia powering the collision of the universes?

In the season 4 finale, we find out that Since the Bridge has been deactivated, he has been using Olivia as a power source. Or perhaps that was his plan all along. WILLIAM BELL: (...) Olivia is ...
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Why wasn't the truck that hit Captain Windmark teleported with him?

In the last episode of Fringe, when Captain Windmark tried to grab the boy (the anomaly XB-6783746), Peter Bishop also tried to grab Captain Windmark. The second Peter Bishop touched Captain Windmark, ...
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Why are the two universes in Fringe not more divergent?

related: Why are there only 2 universes that are visitable? It seems that there are differences in the universes dating back to the 1930s Zeppelin flight was effectively finished in the USA by the ...
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Why doesn't Cortexiphan kill William Bell in the Fringe Season four finale

In season 3 we learn that Cortexiphan is fatal for adults. Being as William had not had it as a kid, and the development of Cortexiphan was before the split in the timeline, how can William Bell take ...
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How did Lincoln Lee know Nick Lane?

In S2E22 of Fringe, "Over There, Part 1", Walter Bishop, Sally Clark, Nick Lane, and Olivia Dunham travel to the Redverse. Its Fringe Division chase and surround them on a bridge, where Lincoln seems ...
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How is Colonel Broyles alive again?

Prior to the events of the season 3 finale of Fringe, the Broyles from Over There (i.e. Col. Broyles) died. After the events of that finale, a character was wiped from history. Col. Broyles was ...
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Was the Olivia's Stepfather storyline ever resolved?

In the first and second season of Fringe, much hay is made of Olivia's stepfather, and his sending her a card on her birthday every year (even having Olivia finding one, unaddressed, slipped under her ...
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Why did the Observers invade?

We have learned that the Observers are just highly evolved humans. If that's the case, what's their motive for invading our present (their past)? The most obvious answer would be to ship some ...
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Did anyone survive, or could anyone have survived the attack on the bus in “The Ghost Network”?

In Fringe S1E3, "The Ghost Network", we see an attack on a bus which leaves the people on it trapped in a substance not unlike what we later get to know as Amber 31422. In S3E5, "Amber 31422", we ...
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Where does “Unearthed” fit in the Fringe timeline?

Fringe episode "Unearthed" was originally shown as the 11th episode of the second season. However, this does not make much sense, since According to the production notes on Fringepedia The ...
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Why are Observers named after months?

In Fringe, all known Observers (except the ones seen in the odd season 4 episode 19, Letters Of Transit) are named after months (November, August, December). Is there a reason for that? Is there a ...