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Trivia: Fringe
  • Acting for Two: All of the characters who have doubles on the other side.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Peter mentions the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers to Olivia. This version starred Leonard Nimoy, who plays William Bell.
    • Walter's research on LSD-induced hallucinations that can grant the subject clairvoyance is similar to the plot of the book (and later film) Altered States. The film version starred Blair Brown, who plays Nina Sharp.
    • Among William Bell's books in the episode "Concentrate and Ask Again" is a copy of a book by Dr. Spock. Another Leonard Nimoy reference.
    • Peter and Olivia meet with a conspiracy theorist who believes himself to be Spock from Star Trek. You should already know who played Spock. More of a Director Allusion, but the story that he tells is somewhat similar to the plot line of Star Trek. However, this was probably intentional as the episode aired in the opening week of the film, and therefore was used to promote it in the process.
    • The episode "Stowaway" involves a woman named Grey who is suicidal after losing her family. The climax of the episode involves a train bombing. Who was she played by? Amanda Greystone.
    • The Season 4 finale featured another character played by Rebecca Mader who near death starting talking like a child. Albeit this time Mader's character's mind reverted to a child's after death, not prior to it.
    • Walter is fixated on the death of his son to the point of insanity. Rather like John Noble's character in Lord of the Rings
    • In the fourth season, when David Robert Jones is arrested, they briefly note that they called the Scotland Yard because of his accent. Jared Harris has faced the Scotland Yard before.
    • Joe Flanigan being killed by a lifeforce vampire in his Season 4 appearance can't be a coincidence.
  • Director Allusion:
  • Fake American: Walter and Olivia's actors are both Australians and Peter is played by a Canadian.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • A common fan nickname for alternate universe Walter was "Walternate." Guess what Walter calls him as of episode "Peter."
    • Altivia, Bolivia, Fauxlivia, or, to some especially uncharitable Peter/Olivia shippers, Holivia. It's worth noting that the fans are fiercely divided on which Fan Nickname to use. The series has decided on 'Bolivia'. Walter has decided on Fauxlivia, however.
    • And now there's Belivia. Really.
    • Altstrid.
    • Ellanate.
    • Charlnate (or Scarlie) and Lincolnate - though who the latter refers to is a source of debate among the fandom, since Lincoln is a much more prominent character in the alt universe. Some people have taking to referring to the Lincoln on "our" side as 'Kennedy', since Walter called him that once.
    • Fans refer to themselves as Cortexifans.
    • The Polivia shippers call themselves "benchwarmers."
    • September was renamed Sasstember after he actually makes a joke in 5x11.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: Was moved here midway through its third season. It's been renewed for season 4, meaning Fringe has actually survived the Friday Night Death Slot, making this only the third Friday/9PM show (after Millenium and Dollhouse) to get renewed since X-Files left.
    • Although it was likely a coincidence (the name comes from a line of dialogue from the episode), it is amusing that the first episode aired after its move to Friday was "The Firefly," sharing the name of Firefly, another science-fiction show that aired on FOX that was canceled after a move to a Friday timeslot.
  • Hey, It's That Guy! / Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Name's the Same: Thomas Jerome Newton: see also The Man Who Fell to Earth. The similar background stories (They are not from this earth) makes this a deliberate Shout-Out.
  • Network to the Rescue: Season 4 saw a mild drop in critical acclaim and a large drop in viewers, essentially spelling the end of the show, ESPECIALLY since it was on Fox...right? Wrong! Fox renewed it for a 13 episode fifth and final season instead to let them finish up their story, and bring the episode number up to 100 so that it could be syndicated.
  • The alternate comic-book covers briefly seen in Over There Pt. 2 aren't just alterations of the originals; they were apparently redrawn basically from scratch. (DC is publishing the little-known Fringe comic book anyway.)
  • The Other Darrin: Incredibly, Gene, the team cow. The cow used in the pilot had to be replaced because of livestock restrictions.
  • Romance on the Set: Anna Torv married Mark Valley, who played her partner and lover in the pilot, but they separated after a year.
  • Viral Marketing: In J. J. Abrams fashion. Massive Dynamic has their own website.

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