Hello Fringe loyalists! We're back for one more round of awesomeness and it's thanks to the extreme loyalty of the fandom that this 13 episode final arc was allowed to happen. I have read that these 13 episodes will act like one giant movie bringing the saga/series to a close. You know what that means. No more "Monster of the week" Myth-a-lone episodes that Fringe excelled at. We are embarking on a serialized Fringe adventure to bring the 5 season long mythology to a close. And, obviously, we're focusing on those crazy Observers and their takeover of the world. (in their past, our future) The first episode out was pretty darn entertaining, and I'd like to label it with my trademark WOW!
But enough of my rambling, let's dive into this recap!
Last season, in the 19th episode "Letters of Transit", we got a look at this Observer controlled world of 2036. We followed Etta and Agent Foster (DESMOND!) as they tried to find the old Fringe team. They first found Walter and then eventually Peter and Astrid, who were mysteriously hanging out with William Bell when they ambered themselves. We were left wondering if Olivia survived and made it to 2036 at all. Oh yeah, and we found out that Etta is Henrietta, the daughter of Peter and Olivia. And of course, she couldn't be born until the timeline was "adjusted" to allow Peter and Olivia to create her. An offspring of 2 different universes. And that's where we are when we start our story! All good? Good!
- Even the full brained Walter was making some excellent comments at the beginning of the episode. First, he showed up with no pants talking about finding Olivia.
- And watching him eat the Egg sticks was hysterical too.
- Judging by his brain getting all swiss cheesed (Quantum Leap callout!) by the Observers, it would appear that he's going to be the same old crazy Walter again. We even got another Astrid nickname in Avril!
- Egg sticks - Dreadful dreadful future.
- Walter came across a Japanese lady in the black market all decked out in white makeup. He made a comment about how he met a woman in Japan once and almost married her. This made me wonder if it was a shout-out to our Alternate Universe - original timeline where Walternate had a Japanese mistress. Maybe it was the same girl different dimension?
- Walnuts are extremely valuable in the black market. Peter offered cash to try and get info on Olivia, and it was the walnuts that ended up working.
- Central Park has been concreted over. Something about air quality for the Observers. They had to modify the world to make it suitable for them. Whereas, non-observer humans have an average lifespan of 40 due to the adjustment. I guess since all of the resources were used up in the Observer's original time, their bodies adjusted to a different kind of air quality.
- We caught Astrid playing a future version of Words with Friends/Scrabble or whatever on a giant touch screen. She tried to play the world Naugahyde and it was not found. Of course, this shouldn't be a shocker because brand names, even for premium pleather, never work on those games!
- Really just one for now. I know we're probably going to get some flashbacks back to 2015 when the Observers took over. Or, maybe not. They did a good job filling in the blanks with dialogue in this episode. But, some of the conversations held talked about how this future is so awful. Maybe the solution, in the end will not be to rid them of the observers in 2036, but to somehow prevent the takeover from ever happening. History of this show has proven that they do not mind altering timelines. In fact, it's pretty much a central theme to the show (including the whole alternate universe which basically is an alternate timeline). So, just a thought.