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‘With Sorrow Comes Exultation!!’ Hercules Has Seen The Last FRINGE Of November Sweeps!!

I am – Hercules!! Last week’s installment ended with the finding of very old machines apparently belonging to some folks who were building machines before dinosaurs walked Earth One. Fox says of 3.7, “The Abducted”:
When a serial kidnapper "over there" strikes again, the emotional and familiar case hits home for Colonel Broyles, sending a determined Olivia to uncover additional details about the abductions. In the meantime, Olivia fights on and reunites with Henry (guest star Andre Royo) to enlist his services on an intense and covert mission to return home.
"The Abducted" is a decent episode, but you’ll want to check in with it regardless – if only because it's very much a companion to one of the best “Fringe” episodes yet, the post-Thanksgiving installment “Entrada.” Invisotext cloaks what Fox is not telling you. * In-head Peter has the week off. * Royo gets less screen time than virtually every other guest star. So I’m guessing we maybe haven’t seen the last of him? * We learn Fauxlivia saved a bus full of kids from a class-three vortex last year. And that the FBI ceased to exist a decade ago. And Ronald Reagan played Rick Blaine. * Teaser dialogue: “Looks like your room is officially monster-free tonight, kiddo.” * Act one dialogue: “It’s the Candyman.” * Broyles’ boy was kidnapped four years earlier. The child was not murdered, but the Earth Two media never mentioned the violation of young Christopher Broyles did not end at kidnapping. * With sorrow comes exultation, apparently. * How does it end? With “***’* ******* ** *** ***** ********.” A cliffhanger so substantial you’re going to have to wait till Dec. 2 to see it resolved. (Tellingly, 3.8 begins with the same scene.) 9 p.m. Thursday. Fox.
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  • Nov. 18, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to it

    by aceattorney

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    "one of the best yet" ?

    by Aloy

    Do you mean this season or ever?

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I like the sound of..

    by Jimbonx

    "one of the best yet". The villian called the "Candyman" does not bode well though.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST


    by Hercules

    Definitely the best this season.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Me too

    by GLG_20

    Looking forward to this, more fauxlivia.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST

    If the next one picks up where this leaves off

    by theGoldbergV

    does that mean no switching back to "over here" in the meantime? Or would that be a spoiler in and of itself? <P><P>Honestly, if you read the above synopsis and had never watched this show it would make all kinds of no sense at all

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Blind Items are bullshit Herc

    by Cash907

    It's annoying when Ausiello does them, but it's just downright retarded when you copy him. If you don't want to tell us something, don't tell us, but this "I'll tell you I have a secret but I can't tell you what that secret is" crap is just plain pre-teen girlish.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Walter + Walternate = WalteRAGE!!!!!

    by vic twenty

    I so enjoy John Noble in this.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    the early people stuff


    it sounds neat at first, but is going to be the weak link with this series. first off, stuff buried or made by people that existed before dinosaurs would have been buried (by nature) much deeper than the seemingly dozen feet they dug up on the show. and the only two ways i can see this going are that they are ancient astronaut/atlantian/eloi humanoid aliens, OR people from the future eventually travel so far into the past that they in essence, become the founders of humanity. been done to death.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Any thoughts on the Human Target "reboot"?

    by tonagan

    Though I have the feeling that I was the only one that watched it. It's frustrating to watch, because there are some great scenes that are just overwhelmed by mediocrity.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST


    by thxMike

    Bubbles is Back!!! Yay!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed the Human Target "reboot" as you call it.

    by Chain

    some very hot women in very hot dresses. what's not to like?

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Reagan played Bogie's role in Casablanca...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...and consequently, Casablanca is a little-known, crappy old B-movie that only airs occasionally on TCM, in the alt-verse.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    TV By The Numbers Has Fringe

    by InActionMan

    on the cancellation bubble. I predict Fringe will return in the "Friday Night Death Slot" in 2011. This may work to Fringe's advantage as Skiffy has abonded Friday to wrestling. Fringe is a great show but, the mythology is so dense at this point you are not going to attract too many new viewers. <P> The networks are going to have to take a long hard look at what is a hit in the age of the DVR and internet. The age of network shows that get a 5 or higher in the demo is probably over. <P> CBS may win on overall numbers but, most of their viewers are busy shitting in their Depends and cleaning their dentures. You can only sell so much Viagra and hemorrhoid cream. <P> Let's hope that the success of "Walking Dead" gets network executives to greenlight shows from talented people instead of their nephews and boyfriends. <P> If one looks honestly at TV it has always been bad but, cable has shown what can be done with the medium. NBC especially needs to take some creative chances. <P> As a side note I have been watching Caprica because I am Canadian (Cough Cough yea that's the ticket) and the later episodes are much improved. Caprica did not die of natural causes. It was murdered.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Yeah I have to say the first people stuff

    by theGoldbergV

    is a bit corny. It seemed like a very large chunk of mythology to be discovered so quickly and easily. I mean, "number stations" had been around for centuries and it only takes Peter a couple of minutes to break the months code, and then Astrid another few hours to break the number code itself. Then the'res the whole issue of continental drift and the fact that our definitions of longitude and latitude are entirely arbitrary. However, its Fringe, its fun, its silly and very rarely makes any sort of sense. Doesn't make it less entertaining. <P><P>And Samuel Wiess, anagram of Seamus Wiles, the guy who wrote the book last week. Must be the same guy. (I'd love to claim credit for that but I read it on Fringepedia)

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    "I've got a good feeling about this"

    by bah

    Send me to the Carribbean!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Zombot, I'm thinking more Rambaldi or DHARMA

    by bah

    Apparently this is an Abrams trope.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Re : InActionMan

    by Real Deal

    FOX would move it before losing it. My guess is back to tuesdays where it did quite well. It's been said many times FOX really likes this show as it has a following. And PssssT! Medium is on CBS now.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    Why the F@ck isn't John Noble nominated

    by yabory

    for every possible award that can be had for a television actor??? Fringe is a great, GREAT show.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    latitude and longitude


    of course! why didn't i think of that. unless of course, the 'first people' were from the future and would leave a puzzle so that the code would only be cracked a certain point after radio was invented, and the coordinates were aligned properly, based on continental drift, etc.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Where's the Game of Thrones talk over this?

    by skycrapper

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST



    If I were you, Astrid, I wouldn't use the bathroom.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    john noble as vincent price


    it wouldn't take much work at all to have john noble play vincent price in a biopic about his private life or height of popularity. granted, i don't know how interesting it would be, but Noble is perfect for the part without a doubt.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Oh Fauxlivia

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    I'm gonna miss you. I assume at some point in the next few eps she'll be gone from the storyline at least for now.<p> As to the First People idea, don't really like it.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    HERC, you ignorant slut, you don't get it


    The machine parts were not put there by the First People. This is just a ruse by Walternate to get Walter interested in putting the machine together. As we know, Walter was very adamant about Peter not working on the machine which he believes to be a doomsday machine for our universe. So, Walternate exploited Walter's penchant for crazy alternative theories, like the First People, to peak his interest and get him to work on assembling his machine.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    as long as they don't end the series with....


    anybody pulling out a stone cork. putting it back in, and us realizing the last season's alt-verse was limbo, i'll be fine with whatever else they do.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST



    And Olivia has already crossed over and is waiting for Jack... I mean Peter.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Real Deal

    by InActionMan

    I hope that medium comment was a bad joke.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Best show on television hands down

    by andrew coleman

    I love it. Haters are just pissed because they never kept up with it. You can rant about those fake number ratings they give every week. Fringe has got a hard core fan base that I'm a part of!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Love this show

    by moviemaniac-7

    Although I cannot be as enthusiastic as with other shows in the past (24, Lost) I think Fringe is an awesome show that will end up being one of my all time favorites, given they have a Masterplan (unlike Lost) or don't repeat themselves too much (lilke 24).

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Nada on the new Game of Thrones pics, Herc?

    by BenHawkes

    Really? I've no idea why this site is ignoring this show.,,20385926_20442931,00.html Even Blastr has them up.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by adml_shake

    I don't think Walternate had anything to do with Walter getting interested. In fact I don't think he's all that interested in it now. The reason he's going along is because Peter is going to with or with out him. And I think he feels that he stands a better chance of success and not blowing up one or the other universes if he helps Peter figure it out.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST



    You underestimate the power of a really good bowel movement. If Walter had one while he was reading the First People book he could be very interested indeed. On a serious note, do you agree that Walternate planted those machine parts there and the First People are just a ruse? The whole scene with the bookstore owner and how paranoid he was screamed set up to me.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST



    I think the bookstore owner was afraid because Olivialternate was there and she was the one who intimidated him into giving Peter the book.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    This show is so COOL.

    by AshokForgiven

    Seriously I love how everyone says network TV is "dead" and cable is where its at. <br><br> Cuz "Fringe" is MUST-SEE television for me. I get around to watching whatever sub-par shows are airing on Starz or HBO or SHO when I am really bored.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Community Talkback please!

    by SifoDyasJr.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    With Sorrow Comes Ejaculation.

    by DickBallsworth


  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Damn Invisotext!!! Killing me, Herc!!

    by Cheif Brody

    Hope this ep rocks! FOX and it's stupid fucking hiatuses!!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Blam! Blam! Case closed.

    by ballyhoo

    Olivia doesn't fuck around.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Really liking this show.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    If by chance it does end I hope they get the opportunity to wrap things up.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    earth 2 astrid

    by JaredP

    that was cool i was wondering if there was an earth 2 version of walter's hot geeky assistant

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Love this show

    by MattS

    Thanks for the reviews.....among my fav aspects of this site!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    First People

    by time2323

    Tonights episode made a point to de-villify Alt-Broyles. There are 2 universes of innocent people, do we really think theyll end the show by destroying one or the other. I say the first people are really the alt verse merged with our physical world but displaced in time.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    i would hardly call boardwalk empire true blood or dexter sub par tv

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Epic Ending Tonight

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    gonna be a long two weeks

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    This season has been fantastic

    by SithMenace

    And they're setting up a lot of tension and confusion for the following seasons. Both Fringe divisions are becoming aware that the other side isn't just pure evil like they've been led to believe, and it's going to be epic when they finally clash. I'm really impressed with how far this show has come, and I really can't wait to watch it every week now.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Great Episode - hope the ratings start rising soon

    by FrodoFraggins

    It's definitely filling the X-Files niche pretty well these days.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST


    by donkey_lasher

    I think it's been quite poor this season. The whole Dean and Sam mistrust angle is getting pretty old now. The Bobby-centric episode was awesome though.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    My guess on "the first people"...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...are that they're The Observers. I mean, it's obvious.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    The First People may just be

    by SithMenace

    a throwaway plot point to further the mythology. But it would be cool if they were the Observers.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    As vicious as Olivialternate is, I find it hard to believe


    how disloyal Broyles is to the cause. Letting Olivia go was a serious threat to the cause. That said, I'm glad that he did warm to Olivia. Hate to admit I was wrong, but Torv has really developed Olivia into an interesting and extremely likable character.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    It's ashame these talkbacks don't get more traffic

    by SithMenace

    This really is a good show.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    HBO can't produce Fringe quality shows, sadly.

    by AshokForgiven

    Watched some of True Blood.... and found it to be one of the worst shows I've ever seen, alongside The Event. <br><br> My new slogan? "It's not TV, it's FOX."

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Agreed. S/N probably should have avoided season 6.

    by V'Shael

    It's amazing the drop off in quality.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    fringe is my current favorite show...

    by soup74

    love it, talk about how great it is every week... but... im in the minority about this episode, i felt like it was kind of weak. i didnt hate it or anything, but i would say it was my least favorite of the season. oh well, different strokes..

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    and since theres no talkback for it..

    by soup74

    i just got around to watching this week's Terriers. damn, what a good episode. damn, what a good show. im gonna miss it if/when it's canceled.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    S/N season 5 didn't have enough satan

    by FrodoFraggins

    Considering S5 was supposed to be the final season, they sure took their time and wasted eps like the one with paris hilton. They also barely used the main bad guy of the entire season.<br><br> S6 comes with no expectations and on the whole it's more like the first season or two.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST


    by maelstrom_ZERO

    <p>Supernatural is indeed pretty mediocre. S5 ended on a bad note; the showdown in Detroit should have been an actual showdown, the 3rd brother should have not been there as it should have been Sam and Dean with Lucifer/Michael at the final battle, and Sam should have stayed locked up/dead. That ending would have been perfect. Now that S6 is here, everything is just. . .blase. Nothing special.</p> <p>Fringe, on the other hand, is FANTASTIC.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST


    by maelstrom_ZERO

    Fringe is just getting better and better. I mean, the only real dud this season was last week's episode with the First People, which made no sense and was just logically sloppy. But practically every other episode--especially those involving Earth-2--have been pure gold. This week's, and the week with the predicting mathematician guy stand out as probably some of the most entertaining TV I've seen in recent memory. The next episode can't come soon enough. Please, O ye TV Gods, let the next episode be as amazing as I hope it is.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Did enjoy Supernaturals opening credits this week.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Nice homage to the X-Files.<p>Count me in as feeling the same way about Supernatural. The only real episode this season was Weekend at Bobby's. Dragging hard this season. The plot about Sam's soul just isn't that exciting. Grandpa is pretty boring. They need to get Eric Kripke back full time on this show.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Just watched the new ep

    by Briestro

    and YAY for bubbles as previously said :). I love the Wire alumni who show up on here. I'm still bugging out about Prezbo's two faced "attitude" lol. I refuse to read invisotext, so I'll just wait till it airs. I hate catching up on nearly 3 seasons in a blast marathon and then now I'm with the rest of you who watch this stuff weekly. ugh. Oh well. It's cool, and I will be checking it out every week now. B

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    "The FBI ceased to exist a decade ago..."

    by Billyeveryteen

    Fucking great.<p>Where this show goes, I will follow.