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Fringe: Letters of Transit

In the year 2036, the Observers have conquered mankind and taken the planet for themselves. Only two brave Fringe agents stand between the Observers and the total subservience of Man... but to triumph, they'll need the help of a legendary figure from the past.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x19
Production Number: 3X7019
Airdate: Friday April 20th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CityTV) Apr 20, 2012
UK (sky 1) Apr 25, 2012
FI (MTV3) Mar 20, 2013


Guest Stars
Georgina HaigGeorgina Haig
As Henrietta "Etta" Bishop
Michael KopsaMichael Kopsa
As Captain Windmark
Henry Ian CusickHenry Ian Cusick
As Simon Foster
Ben CottonBen Cotton
As Impound Clerk

Co-Guest Stars
James YiJames Yi
As Agent Romick
Marlo FransonMarlo Franson
As Club Doorman
Sooraj JaswalSooraj Jaswal
As Lead Tattie
Yurij KisYurij Kis
As Neo-Observer
Hrothgar MathewsHrothgar Mathews
As Observer #1
Christie WatsonChristie Watson
As Transit Tattie
Main Cast
Joshua JacksonJoshua Jackson
As Peter Bishop
Lance ReddickLance Reddick
As Phillip Broyles
Blair BrownBlair Brown
As Nina Sharp
Jasika NicoleJasika Nicole
As Astrid Farnsworth
John NobleJohn Noble
As Dr. Walter Bishop


In the year 2015, the Observers finally conquered the Earth and forced most of humanity to bow before them. The “Natives” formed resistance groups against them, but most were quickly crushed. Some humans have turned “Loyalist” and serve the Observers. Fringe Division remains, but now polices Native crimes under the watchful eye of the Observers...

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Episode Notes
The opening credits are changed to reflect the future setting, with new words and views of a dystopian future with mankind in prison camps.

Leonard Nimoy's face is digitally imposed.

Episode Quotes
Opening Card: They came from the future. At first, they only watched. Arriving at key moments in human history. We called them Observers. But in 2015 they stopped watching... and seized control. Citizen uprisings proved bloody and futile. Those who survived became known as "Natives." In an attempt to show their allegiance, some Native factions became "Loyalists" and were marked by the Observers. The original FRINGE TEAM fought the invasion, but was quickly defeated. FRINGE DIVISION was allowed to continue at a reduce capacity, but only to police the Natives. The resistance was quickly overcome... or so they thought.

Simon Foster: Well, I'll be a toe on a foot in a grave.

Broyles: Windmark. What did you do up there in the future... to get yourself such a crap detail?
Captain Windmark: I like animals.

Etta: We just removed you from amber, Dr. Bishop. You were inside twenty years.
Walter: Twenty years? It's no wonder I'm so hungry. Do you have anything to eat?

Walter: Have you seen it?
Simon Foster: Monkey feces? No. I cant say I've had the pleasure.
Walter: I wouldn't say that it was a pleasure.

Walter: I've eaten it once. It was sweeter than you'd think.
Simon Foster: Feces?
Walter: God, no. Brains. And LSD. I love LSD.

Simon Foster: Dr. Bishop, we're going to inject that solution into the base of your brain.
Walter: Oh, fun.

Cultural References
Walter: I am not a number, I am a free man!

This phrase is from the BBC series The Prisoner, and Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) shouts it at the beginning of most episodes' opening credits.

Walter: These aren't the droids you're looking for.

This famous line is spoken by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars IV: A New Hope, while mind-controlling a stormtrooper into ignoring him.

Walter: Like The Guns of Navarone.

The Guns of Navarone is a 1957 movie about a commando team that tries to destroy a World War II German fortress. It was made into a movie in 1961.

Episode References
The glyph/code spells out QUAKE.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJ.J. Abrams  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Roberto Orci
Executive ProducerJ.H. Wyman  |  Joe Chappelle  |  Jeff Pinkner  |  Bryan Burk  |  J.J. Abrams
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Fury  |  Reid Shane  |  Kathy Lingg  |  Alison Schapker  |  Monica Breen
ProducerAthena Wickham  |  Tamara Isaac  |  Tanya M. Swerling
Co-ProducerVladimir Stefoff  |  Graham Roland
Consulting ProducerJ.R. Orci  |  Alex Kurtzman  |  Akiva Goldsman  |  Roberto Orci
Associate ProducerJay Worth  |  Noreen O'Toole
Production DesignerIan Thomas (3)
EditorTimothy A. Good
CastingApril Webster  |  Sara Isaacson
First Assistant DirectorBrian Giddens
Second Assistant DirectorRoger Russell
MusicMichael Giacchino  |  Chris Tilton
Music EditorPaul Apelgren
Music SupervisorCharles L. Scott IV  |  Billy Gottlieb
Costume DesignerJenni Gullett
Key GripDavid J. Dawson
Set DecoratorBobbi Allyn
Location ManagerScott Walden
Property MasterRob Smith (3)
Script SupervisorIngrid Kenning
Assistant EditorLola Popovac
Supervising Sound EditorThomas A. Harris
Re-Recording MixerRick Norman  |  Aleksandr Gruzdev
GafferRichard Buckmaster
Director of PhotographyDavid Moxness
Story EditorMatthew Pitts
Stunt CoordinatorRick Pearce
Art DirectorPeter Andringa
Production ManagementVladimir Stefoff
Sound MixerEric Batut
Executive Story EditorEthan Gross  |  Robert Chiappetta  |  Glen Whitman
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorJay Worth  |  Robert Habros
Main Title DesignAndrew Kramer
Department Head HairKatalin Lippay
Department Head Make-upCalla Dreyer
Costume CoordinatorJessica Costa
Canadian CastingCorinne Clark  |  Jennifer Page
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