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“I love you Dad.”
Words not even heard, but rather mouthed during the chaos of the final moments of FRINGE, that for me, said it all.
In the end, FRINGE was always about family, the relationship between an estranged father and his son as they struggled to understand each other and rebuild their family. Through 5 seasons, 3 timelines, 2 universes, and 1 almost big bang universe creation (orchestrated of course, by William Bell last season), Walter, Peter and Olivia have always managed to save the day and keep their family together, finding love through all the hard times. And I enjoyed the idea that their bond, their family, is what ultimately saved the day, as it inspired September to not only have a son, but to love him and protect him as Walter did for Peter.
So I know it’s been about a season and a half since I’ve recapped, but in honor of FRINGE, let’s just pretend we’re in an alternate universe in which I never stopped writing recaps, and this is the just the last one in a long line.
For me, the highlights of the finale were the Walter moments, when he was essentially saying good-bye to his family and friends, without actually letting them know that they’d never see him again. Especially heartbreaking to me was the scene with Astrid in the amber, when she showed Walter that Gene the cow had been saved in the amber. (I love the idea that the cow was still alive and in the lab) When she speaks to Walter optimistically about how once the plan is finished they’ll be back in the lab again drinking milkshakes together, I couldn’t help but feel profoundly sad for Walter, who didn’t want to ruin her hope, yet knew that would never come to be. And then when he finished the scene by (finally) saying Astrid’s real name, and complimenting the name, I’m not ashamed to say I got somewhat choked up. And when Walter and Peter watch the tape with Walter’s farewell, I was amazed at Joshua Jackson’s performance, the sadness and yet acceptance at the inevitable, and the burgeoning respect and love for his father, who had grown so much over the course of the series. And it tied in perfectly to the end, when Peter sees Walter leading Michael into the wormhole, and Peter alone knows what Walter is doing. And he mouths “I love you Dad,” not only encouraging his father for his ultimate sacrifice to save them all, but all calling him “dad,” which meant so much to Walter, and told him that Peter fully accepted him and forgave him for everything that had happened.
Walter’s sacrifice was, to me, the perfect bookend for the series, as everything that happened occurred because of his original sin of crossing universes and abducting Peter. In the end, he crossed yet another barrier, but this time to save the world, fully knowing that he would have to give up life with his beloved son to do so. Plus, it gave consequences to the final solution to the Observer problem, making it a happy ending but making it so the characters earned that ending by losing one of their own. And the final image of Walter, holding Michael’s hand, an old man and a little boy walking through a portal, was a phenomenal final shot for the man, harking back to him leading young Peter through the original universe hopping portal, another subtle call-back to the lore of FRINGE.
And there were many call-backs in this finale, and I loved them. From going back “over there” to see Lincoln Lee and Bolivia, to Gene the cow, September’s friend December, the butterflies attacking the Observer, the bloody 6 fingered hand imprint on the wall, all the way to the strange black pod being used to subvert the wormhole to send Walter and Michael to the future. It was subtle and clever, and I loved that they did it this way, instead of just having a bunch of cheesy flashbacks to previous episodes like so many other shows do during their finales. And my favorite callback, Olivia and cortexiphan. It was such an integral part of the show for 4 seasons, and then it disappeared this season, and I was so glad for one final appearance in the finale. I loved that they showed off the full range of Olivia’s abilities, from jumping between universes, to blowing out lights, and my favorite, her telekinesis to kill Windmark. I am incredibly happy that they let Olivia kill the man. She was always THE badass of the show, and I love that she used what she once thought of as her weakness (her childhood trauma and testing) to destroy a man who had always lorded over them how much more powerful he was than everyone. She was the one who remained in control after Windmark killed Etta, she was the one who had to be strong for her family, and I love that in the end, she was the one who got their revenge by viciously crushing the bastard between 2 cars. That was one of my favorite moments.
I do still have a couple of questions. There’re kind of nitpicky, but I think they’re valid issues I have with the end. Why did September just give up on the plan when Walter disappeared? The episode showed that he could clearly build the machine himself, he had the boy, why did he need Walter? Also, why couldn’t September just go with Michael into the future? Why would he want to be separated from his son? I know they said that Walter demanded that he be the one to go, but it still doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
My other question is regarding the White Tulip. How did it get to Peter at the end? It clearly had to have been Walter that sent it to Peter, as September had no idea what had happened to it, but how did Walter send it back in time to be delivered to Peter? Or, on another note, maybe I’m reading the situation wrong. The white tulip was a symbol of God’s forgiveness and love for Walter, perhaps it was a higher power that delivered the tulip to Peter at the end, knowing he would have a tough time of it once he discovered that Walter had disappeared from the timeline.
Yet, I still think the series ended incredibly strong. They came through on their premise for both the show and the final season, while also finding clever ways to call back to much of FRINGE lore and history. The series felt cohesive and well made, and I will proudly recommend it to anyone looking for a smart sci-fi show with a lot of heart. I’m going to miss FRINGE, but I’m glad that TV can still produce such excellent shows. I look forward to the next addicting show…
S4 E4 SUBJECT 9
“Please help me, Doctor, I keep seeing into the future!”
“Ah. And when did this start?”
As always, don’t read this recap unless you’ve seen the episode, as there is a major spoiler involved.
I’d like to think that my return to the world of FRINGE recaps spawned the resurrection of Peter Bishop the following episode, but clearly it was just really good timing on my part. With the return of Peter I’d say we’re finally getting to the meat of the season, and ending the introductory 1st act of the season (it’s been this way for the past 2 seasons. For example, Season 2 the “first act” episodes of the season involved all 4 episodes until Olivia finally remembered what she and Bell spoke about. And in Season 3, the intro “first act” episodes were all those until Olivia returned home.)
Also, I’d like to agree with a number of commenters on the internet who’ve been angry with FOX for their FRINGE promos giving everything away, as I never believed for a second that the blue energy blob was some random astral projection of another cortexiphan kid, and it was entirely because of the promos declaring the “return of Peter Bishop.” Figure it out FOX, don’t hurt a struggling show by blowing all their big surprises.
CHRIST… NO, IT’S PETER
So I noticed a lot of religion sprinkled about this episode. From Walter’s stigmata wounds after his hotel room freak out, to Peter’s resurrection from the water, even to the fishermen who found him and carried him ashore. I’m not sure if it’s some not-so-subtle foreshadowing about Peter’s role this season, though if it is, I wonder who would be the devil in this metaphor.
But it is good to see Peter, and I’m glad his return didn’t just magically return everything back to normal. Otherwise all these episodes introducing us to the new timeline would have been a waste. Don’t get me wrong, I suspect we’ll all be back in the original timeline before this season is finished, but I wouldn’t expect it till the end of the season. My last question for the Peter section is this: could the time he spent in the machine, which seems to operate outside time and space and universes, be what allowed him to survive his erasure and break back into the universe?
ERES TU MI NINA?
First of all, it was good to finally see Nina and Massive Dynamic again, especially since they had become such an integral part of the show over the years. It was odd to see the angry relationship between Walter and Nina (though I suspect he blames her for Peter’s death since her interference shattered the cure vial and forced Walter to kidnap Peter, which of course led to the boy’s death in Reiden Lake on their return to our universe in this timeline… Looking at that past sentence, I’m beginning to see why some people claim FRINGE has gotten too complicated for the casual viewer, ha).
I am very curious about Nina’s new relationship with Olivia, as it seems as though they have known each other a long time in the new timeline. Could Nina have somehow been the one to find Olivia after she ran away (and potentially killed her step-father) and then raised her to adulthood? That would certainly explain any coolness she feels toward Walter, as she would be blaming him for messing with those children in the trials, one of whom she then had to take care of.
Also, in Nina’s introduction she is lecturing some folk at Massive Dynamics about the moral implications of their nanotechnology, which was odd as it had nothing to do with the plot of this week’s episode. Could this be some kind of foreshadowing?
REMEMBER, REMEMBER – THE WAR OF SEPTEMBER
Is September declaring war on the Observers? Aside from disobeying their orders to destroy free-floating Peter from the timeline, he was right there watching as Peter was reborn, and he did nothing. Which brings me back to my theory that the villains of the seasons are going to be the Observers themselves, with September defecting to the FRINGE team. Perhaps Peter is meant to do something that will negate the Observers purpose, and rather than allow that to happen, they’ve instead chosen to erase the problem. And September, having saved Peter a number of times and watched him and his family all this time, has sympathy for the mortals, and decides their lives are worth more than the uncaring Observers. I dunno, but it would make for a cool arc this season.
First off, is William Bell dead in this timeline? And if he is, doesn’t that mean that Walter owns Massive Dynamic still? And if he’s not dead, where is he? I sincerely hope we get more answers about the new history of the Fringe Department and Massive Dynamic soon.
Next, Did Sam Weiss’s drawings of the machine have pictures of Olivia and Peter in this timeline? It stands to reason that the answer would still be yes, which makes me wonder why no one has recognized Peter from those drawings.
Ok, that’s it for this week. I’m a little perturbed that we have to wait 2 weeks for the next FRINGE, (just play the episodes after the baseball game! It’s not like the ratings are that high anyway) but I’m excited to see what direction the show takes now that Peter is back. Keep watching and spreading the word!
FRINGE SEASON 4: RECAP 1
S4: EP3: “Alone in the World”
“What did the mushroom get invited to all the parties?”
“Cuz he’s a Fungi!”
Welcome back to my Fringe Recaps, and more importantly, to another year of FRINGE! I apologize for the delay in starting the recaps this year. For any who worried that I too disappeared from the space-time continuum after last season, rest assured I’m still here. Just…lazy. Very lazy.
Anyways, I’m switching up the format this season. Instead of random Simpsons quotes that vaguely line up with the theme of the episode I’m recapping, this season I’m going with terrible jokes…. that vaguely line up with the episode I’m recapping.
Ok, let’s get to the recaps and theories…
This week was the third episode of the season with little to no mythology, aside from the running story of Peter popping up in the heads of those he loves. As such, I’m not going to spend a lot of time going over what exactly the cases were about these past three episodes, and instead focus on what little mythology we have seen, and my current theories.
Ok, so we know Peter has been “erased” from the timeline. But as of this past episode, we now know how. It seems the Observers only needed Peter to create the bridge between universes, and now don’t want him around. He’s dead because September didn’t jump into the lake in 1985 to save him (ironic also because September also interfered with Walternate’s experiment to prevent him from making the cure, making me wonder if he appeared in that moment not by accident, but precisely to stop Walternate from saving Peter.)
However, the fly in the ointment of the Observer’s plan is September, who doesn’t seem to agree that Peter should be erased. We’ve seen him directly disobey orders from the Observers to permanently erase Peter, thus leaving the door open for Peter to break through back into the timeline. What’s September’s plan? Will he become a fugitive Observer like August from season 2?
The real question I have is… where is Peter then? Is he just a disembodied spirit? Or is he in some pocket Universe? Or could he be Over There somewhere, breaking through as Olivia used to when she was first discovering her powers? Or an interesting theory I read (from EW’s Doc Jensen, the man who now recaps FRINGE and used to recap LOST), is Peter somehow within the powerful and altered minds of Walter and Olivia? Could her cortexiphan enhancement and Walter’s sliced up brain somehow prevent them from being entirely altered by a shift in the space-time continuum?
WHERE’S WALDO- I mean WALTERNATE?
Where is our villain from the past 3 seasons? Does anyone else think its odd that he has not yet appeared in a new scene this season? Is he still plotting against our universe? Is his hatred of Walter even more now that Peter died in Walter’s cross-universe trip instead of just being kidnapped?
My best theory this season is that the bad guys of the season will be the Observers, based on their Peter erasing policy, but I wonder if there will be some kind of alliance between them and Walternate, with Walternate playing them for information he needs to exact his vengeance.
I now wonder if the Observers are afraid of Peter for some reason, if maybe he becomes a huge threat to the timeline either due to his own connection to the machine or because he incites the FRINGE team to war with the Observers. I don’t know, but since the Observers can see the future, I can’t help but feel they have a good reason for getting rid of Peter.
How is Alt-Broyles alive now? How did things go down when Walternate kidnapped Olivia, and how did she return without Alt-Broyle’s help? (or if he did help her, does this mean Walternate did not choose to kill him?)
That’s it for now folks, stay tuned for more recaps, as I should be able to get back on track now. Sorry for the short recap, but we haven’t been given a lot of new information just yet, and I’m still gearing up for these.
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Keep watching, and spread the FRINGE word! They need all the viewers they can get if they’re gonna get renewed for a 5th season!