Hello my multi-dimensional friends! We're here to recap one emotionally charged episode of Fringe. But, first we have to take a brief pause in celebration to discuss Fringe's 5th and final season renewal! WOO HOO!!!!!! Maybe Fox and WB timed the announcement to come after last week's pivotal 19th episode that gave us a brief glimpse at a possible future and what the series end-game might be about. Regardless of how it happened, the 2 big studios came to some kind of compromise to give us a 13 episode send-off. Fringe will have closure folks! And judging by how this series has always seemed to dot its i's and cross it's t's I think we're in for a real treat of a final season. No word on if we'll get the 13 episodes in the fall (to be split up when the MLB playoffs come to town) or if they'll save it for some kind of Jan/Feb to May run, but it IS coming!! Well done to the dedicated Fringe viewers that have stuck with it this long and kept the discussion of the show alive in order to show the studios we mean business!
Of course, even knowing that the series is drawing to a close, it would seem like a lot of closure to some major arcs is happening this season as well. When we first were introduced to OVER THERE, who would have ever foreseen the final 10-15 minutes of this episode happening? It was a very powerful sequence and I will admit, there was a bit of welling of eyes going around in this house! But WOW, what a great episode. And that's only part 1 of the 3 part finale! Of course, now that we know a little bit about the FUTURE, we can discuss where this season is going and perhaps its implications to said future. Let's dive into the discussion!
- He did ask Alternate Nick Lane if he ever tried LSD which was pretty funny.
- Walter seemed much more serious this week, but his discussions with his alternate self have to at least be up for Emmy consideration! (I'm kidding myself, I know)
- As we know, Nick Lane has been a recurring character since season 1. He was a Fringe Case of the week back then (in the Bad Dreams episode). It was in that episode that we started to piece together Walter's cortexiphan trials and Olivia's involvement in them. Nick was causing mass suicides with his own traumatic thoughts and of course he blamed Walter for it. All of this information was referenced again in this week's episode. New information may be that his sister killed herself due to his suicidal thoughts. But, the difference is, in this timeline Nick and Olivia hadn't reunited until this episode. Olivia has all of the memories of meeting him, but this is his first time.
- And as we know, Nick, Sally and some other cortexiphan kids were brought together to help Olivia and Walter cross universes to save Peter. Since, this rebooted team hadn't heard of cortexiphan until this season and Peter didn't exist, these events never happened. Though, the Olivias did still switch places during what would have been the season 3 timeline and I guess we won't dive into why!
- Maybe a slight spoilery note, but I think valid information to discuss since it doesn't seem like the show will be discussing it. I read that other Fringe members may not be getting their old memories back, at least this season. The quote said that it's not part of the producers' end game. Interesting, right? Of course, it did go on to say that there would be some closure as this season ender could have acted as a series finale. (And I do hope that alternate ending they shot for this season's finale will be included on the season 5 dvd/blu-ray!)
- This episode allowed both teams to work together one last time and showed how much they have grown to enjoy each other's company.
- The Fauxlivia opened up to Olivia about how she loved coming over to our world. She loved seeing rainbows after it rained. Something with the light being affected by the damaged world never allows rainbows to show OVER THERE. In the end, both Olivias said that there were things about each other they admired. And Olivia told Fauxlivia to keep looking up for that rainbow. Weird that Olivia has the memories of Fauxlivia sleeping with her man, but Fauxlivia does not have those memories right! Wouldn't you love to dive into their heads at this moment to see what was going through them? All in all though, awesome closure between these 2 characters.
- Walternate actually handed the olive branch out to Walter in talking about "their son" Peter. Walternate discussed how remarkable and kind of a boy he was. All of the things Walternate had ever wished for him. Walter couldn't handle the discussion and walked away. But Walternate went after him and sat down in the hallway with him. Both Walters feared that shutting the machine down may cause Peter to return to his own timeline (they don't realize he's right where he belongs though). Walter believes that the machine brought him here and there is no reason it couldn't take him away. Walternate told Walter that 25 years ago Walter was not able to make that decision and he didn't. Walter accepted that he is not theirs. Then Walternate may have summed up this whole season with a quote from Marcus Aurelius (which will always make me think of Gladiator when I hear that name), "The Universe is change; Our life is what our thoughts make it." Walternate goes on to describe Marcus as a philosopher king who survived war and spent the rest of his life focusing on the betterment of his people. "Perhaps we will too." Walternate puts his hand on Walter's shoulder. Walter responds with a tearful, "We'll see". GIVE THAT MAN AN EMMY!!! Powerful scene. And, I guess for us and for now, we are to accept that these people may never fully regain their memories but will accept Peter into their lives. Of course, Peter and Olivia know the truth of it which will provide some continuing weird moments going on! But awesome closure scene for the 2 Walters as well!
- Lincoln and Peter had some interesting discussions in this episode too. When discussing turning the bridge down, they suggest that it might be for the best. A return to normalcy. Of course, the difference being that Peter would decide to stay OVER HERE even though he is from OVER THERE. Peter mentions that he believes home is where the heart is. And this is probably how he originally made his peace with returning to our world at the end of season 2. After he learned he was not of this world. This also started Lincoln thinking about his next move. In the end, he decides he wants to help out OVER THERE. He tells Peter that he thinks he has found his home (while glancing over at Fauxlivia). Say what you will about him settling for another Olivia. I think what they have been showing us in these past few episodes that his bond with Fauxlivia was a bit stronger than the one with the rebooted Olivia. I'm totally fine with this plot move and I thought it was quite sweet. And the look on Faux's face showed that she was kind of happy about it too.
- And of course, after the dedicated episode to the 2 Astrids and another quick scene a couple weeks ago, all we needed was a quick wave of hands to get the waterworks going. Such an awesome final scene to the episode. Can't say it enough.
- Some conversations aren't needed as we see Peter and Walternate, his true father, shake hands for one last goodbye. Olivia and Lincoln share one last glance at each other. With the emotional music welling, it was all that was needed!
- One thing about Jones' plan I couldn't fit into the recap above was the whole concept of how he plans to stay alive. Yet another reference to an episode this season was made to the "Welcome to Westfield" episode. Remember when a whole town was wiped off the map in both universes? But one safe spot in the eye of the storm remained? It turned out that this was a test on a smaller scale for what Jones planned to do. He will wipe out 2 universes but still remain unscathed to be around for the Universal reboot! I just love how all of they tied this whole season together. It would have been enough to have the themes from each week's case tie into the overarching themes going on in the show. But no, each of these cases tied into Jones' overall plan and they were all referenced in this episode. There is quite a reward in a slow burn, folks!
- There is one item that hasn't been referenced yet as part of Jones' plan. What about all of those season 1 Fringe Cases that we saw hanging out on a barge in the middle of the ocean? You know all of the crazy creatures we have come into contact with? And the flying porcupine beasts? Surely, they're going to play into these final episodes.
- Oh, and didn't we see Jones cross to OVER THERE when he escaped a few weeks back? Does that mean we may not be finished with our Cross Dimensional drama? And of course Alterna Broyles and Meana are both OVER THERE too. Maybe we will continue their story over there, but we will just see less or no interactions between teams anymore.