Fringe: Season 2 (2009 - 2010)

Season 2

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Fringe surpasses expectations in season two with stronger character development while maintaining its creepy sci-fi angle.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 322

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After a teenage girl is pronounced brain dead, her mother takes her off life support, but when doctors operate quickly to remove her organs, the deceased girl shockingly awakens screaming an alphanumeric code. Equally as perplexing as her resurrection is that she is now somehow able to speak Russian and possesses classified information only a high-ranking soldier would know. While the girl's mind-bending condition intensifies, Walter dusts off some old lab videos and hypothesizes the unthinkable, sending Olivia and Peter to investigate the bewildering case in an original Unearthed episode of FRINGE and here's another mystery: is it an unaired episode from Season One or is it from an alternate universe?

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Air date: Sep 17, 2009

Season Two opens with Olivia's shocking return to this perplexing alternate reality, while Peter, unknowingly in a race against time with an ominous mobile force, pursues information about Olivia's visit. Walter reenters the lab to cook up a bit of fringe science and of course, some custard for Peter's birthday!

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Air date: Sep 24, 2009

As the circumstances surrounding Olivia intensify, the Fringe team investigates a perplexing case involving genetic mutation. A highway construction worker in rural Pennsylvania goes missing when he is mysteriously drawn into an underground tunnel filled with human remains. Meanwhile, back in the lab, Walter is attempting to simulate travel between realities on frogs. When it's discovered that the disappearance in Pennsylvania is not an isolated incident, the Fringe team travels to the crime scene to unearth evidence.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2009

Peter, Walter, Olivia and Broyles pursue a strange and deadly occurrence in Philadelphia where a bomb blew up inside a train station but left no trace of any explosive device. The perplexing and unexplained set of circumstances returns Walter to the lab to closely examine the human remains where he uncovers an unlikely energy source that triggered the explosion. With the explosive threat of more bombs and links to a classified military project, the intense investigation leads Olivia and Peter to Iraq.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2009

Recuperating from the traumatic and alarming meeting with Massive Dynamic founder William Bell (guest star LEONARD NIMOY), Olivia consumes a powerful fringe concoction that Dr. Bishop prescribes to stimulate her memory. Meanwhile, the Fringe Division investigates a series of robbery cases that are tied to shape-shifting. As clues are tracked and memories are jogged, another woman experimented on by Dr. Bishop is introduced and a flashback reveals more about Olivia's visit to the alternate reality.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2009

The Fringe team travels cross-country to Seattle after learning of a mysterious incident involving a man who attacked his boss because he believed he was an evil ram-horned creature. As these puzzling occurrences continue, the team tirelessly explores strange and creepy links to dreams. In pursuit of additional information, Agent Broyles has a disconcerting meeting with enigmatic Massive Dynamic executive Nina Sharp that leads the investigation in an unthinkable direction.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2009

The Fringe Division is flummoxed by dark circumstances and new light is shed on Agent Broyles as the Fringe team takes on a puzzling investigation where victims are inexplicably disintegrating into ash. The shadowy case casts light on Special Agent Phillip Broyles' past and leads the team to the possibility of a foreign Fringe Science. Emotions run high as the alarming events stack up and revealing personal details emerge about the leader of the Fringe Division.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2009

When a kidnapping rapidly escalates into a hostage situation in New York, local authorities close in on the suspects only to discover a mysterious force with mind-blowing consequences. As the investigation intensifies, the mystery and threats deepen to unimaginable proportions when the Fringe Division discovers a link between the kidnapping and Massive Dynamic.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2009

There?s more than one Observer! When one of the series? mysterious Observers kidnaps a woman, the Fringe team is called in to investigate why. But while the course of their investigation not only reveals the private lives of the Observers, it also threatens to unearth Walter?s clandestine involvement with them years before ? a secret he?s desperate to keep from his son, Peter. As destiny is irrevocably rewritten and time is running out, the renegade Observer asks for help from the unlikeliest of sources?Walter Bishop.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2009

After a cargo ship runs aground, the shoreline becomes littered with bodies hosting a giant squid-like creature. The Fringe team descends upon the scene to examine the bodies and discovers that the mysterious organisms are actually giant parasites. As the investigation unfolds, Walter heads back to the lab ? while Olivia, Peter and Broyles race against time when they realize the case has ties to a threatening organization.

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Season Two of FRINGE continues to explore the ever-blurring line between science fiction and reality, where hybrid monsters tear through sewers, thieves walk through walls and portals open to worlds unknown.

Critic Reviews for Fringe Season 2

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

One of the great character dramas of contemporary television.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I don't find myself invested in these characters, their stories, or this world (or these worlds, rather).

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The show has learned to mix humor, drama, action and creep-outs.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

As the season progresses, it is very possible that Fringe will find its footing.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

For those of us who can't be bothered to decipher the mumbo jumbo, let alone take it seriously, there is diversion enough in each episode's discrete inner story, which doesn't require a mental decoder ring.

Sep 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Meanwhile, the premiere of Fringe, while not as mind-blowing as the last season's finale, does a good enough job continuing to run with the parallel-universe scenario established toward the end of season one.

Sep 17, 2009 | Full Review…

The second season picked up that momentum and ran with it, letting things get stranger even as answers to earlier questions were doled out.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Overall I enjoyed this season premiere and am looking forward to upcoming episodes.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

It's true that Fringe suffered from a bit of a sophomore slump, but it seems like the show runners got their mojo back just in time to go out with a bang.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Fringe needs to step up a gear, and stop with the X-Files emulation, I'd suggest.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Every time you start to think Fringe is slipping into a familiar rut or treading ground we've seen before, the creative team pulls out a new twist or character angle that makes it all fresh again.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Fringe met the needs of fans and newbies alike with plotting aplomb, allied to its trademark mix of sharply directed action and self-deprecating wit.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fringe: Season 2

  • Dec 28, 2020
    Loved it. So well acted and written.
  • Aug 11, 2020
    Kirk Acevedo was the only thing that was holding my attention...
  • Oct 10, 2019
    Good fun. Really good SCIFI show. A must see.
  • Feb 24, 2017
    For many avid TV watchers, the series finale of LOST in May of 2010 tore a hole in their silver-screen world that one could drive a truck through. Shows like "V" and "Flashforward" have been heavily advertised as ABC's "new alternatives" to LOST, but neither has even remotely captured the imagination of the viewing audience. Fortunately, FOX has found a gem (once again from mastermind creator JJ Abrams) with "Fringe", the only network-TV show on the airwaves right now that can be deemed a worthy successor to "the Island". Though the first half of "Fringe: Season One" was quite slow (almost to the point of boring), it really picked up the pace down the home stretch and, by the season one finale, was absolutely incredible. This second season doesn't backpedal whatsoever, continuing to provide entertaining, mind-bending fiction week after week. For a basic season summary, all three of the primary characters have their own unique storylines that play out in tangent as the season progresses: -Walter Bishop, the mad scientist turned mental patient turned eccentric scientist, grapples with the horrible things he did as a young man, and how he can ever begin to rectify himself for those actions. -Peter Bishop, Walter's son, begins to realize the reason why large portions of his youth are unremembered, as he starts to piece together the fact that his familial roots may not exactly be from "around here". -Olivia Dunham, lead FBI agent, also deals with the demons of Dr. Bishop's past, as she finds out that, as a child, she took part in one of his more large-scale experiments, which left her with strange abilities that she debates the merit of developing. Of course, while each character goes through those personal battles, they still continue to investigate the mind-bending "fringe science" phenomena that the show is known for. I look at the show as a combination of The X-Files (for its investigative setting) and LOST (extremely ambitious plot angles that never fail to give you an emotional payoff). Thus, if you are a bit "lost" after your favorite island castaways departed, give this JJ Abrams effort a look-see. It just may give you something to look forward to again next fall.
  • Mar 20, 2016
    A genius second season to the sci-fi mystery show. Among the best of the genre
  • Jan 04, 2016
    Another one of my very favorite shows of all time, made by some of the same people as my favorite, Lost! The show was a little slow at first, but still very good. By the middle to the end of Season 2 it really picked up and got REALLY good! Some people think that's when it got too weird and out there, but again, just like Lost, that's what I liked so much about it! The weirder and more out there, the better for me! It would have benefited from 1 more season, because the final season felt a little rushed and like they were trying to fit in all their remaining ideas, but I still think it's ending was pretty perfect! I'm still waiting for a Fringe movie! They left a little bit of a loose ends that would make for a great film! #FringeMovie
  • Oct 27, 2015
    Dunham and company continue to run across situations and ideas from Dr. Bishop's past. It just doesn't seem likely that all of the strange things they run into have some connection of Walter, or Bell & Massive Dynamic. Still very good, but starting to stretch believability and credibility.
  • Jun 16, 2015
    The continuation of the mysterious sci-fi show continuous, with entertaining cases of the Fringe division. This second season of Fringe got so much more science fiction than supernatural drama, which the events between the two universes truly illustrates. Overall isn't there much to say about this season more than that it's better than the previous season, even though I think there's less mystery than crime in this season, which is sad. Another sad thing is that there are to much focus on the other universe than ours, so it felt a bit boring. Even that there are some negative aspects with this second installment of Fringe, I totally enjoy it! The average score for each episode is: 7.95 Fringe: Season 1 get a 8/10
  • Aug 28, 2014
    this show is getting better and better with each episode J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Robert Orci have done it again the mysteries of the Pattern grow even more bizarre and fascinating as the Fringe department discover more of what lies ahead; a war is coming, an apocalyptic event, agents from both universes are sent back and forth, a startling revelation from the previous season is unfolded at last making the middle of the season that much more emotional and personal, and an exciting finale that deserves plenty of buildup and suspense the end of the last episode is also a horrifying shocker paving way for more of the show's slick factor 1 supporting character sadly leaves but it does give the writers a chance to expand on the mythology and connect everything together we certainly enter a new stage of the show as it deals with shape shifters, time travel, parallel universes, alternate dimensions, Observers, fatherhood, family, changing the course of events and its consequences a lot of the show's appeal is thanks to the star-studded cast, clever writing, terrifying twists, new ideas, pure emotional moments, and a sense of clear urgency it's true that science is one thing, God is another, it's not man's job to perfect nature, and through simple actions the entire fabric of space and time can be altered slightly some breakthroughs while revolutionary can also be just as dangerous this is still one of my favorite shows now pushing the limits of the paranormal and unexplainable with a great team of people behind the camera
  • Jan 13, 2014
    Expanding the show's mythology, alongside the characters, the second season offers up more technobabble-laden ghoulish treats. There even more of a sense of heart thanks to the evolving, and ultimately tested, relationship between the Bishops.

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