Hello fellow Fringe Loyalists! Welcome back to our ongoing coverage of the final season of the awesome show. I've been enjoying our time in 2036 and even though we're a bit more serialized it still feels very FRINGE-esque. Though, this episode got more into our usual formula. There was a bit of a "Case of the Week" feel to it while tying into the overall themes that our characters are currently going through. And Walter got to mess with SCIENCE so that's always a +1 for a Fringe episode! The episode was, and I'm sure most of this season will be for me, a WOW worthy endeavor so I'll get that out of the way. Let's move onto the recap so we can get into the discussion!
|"I don't think so, Tim."|
- When going through the hot tunnels Walter recalled days when he and Bellie would walk through them in their swim trunks and Speedos. Fantastic.
- One word: "Yahtzee!"
- "I've been looking for you old friend!" he says to a drawing of a dragon on the wall in the tunnels.
- "Criterion Collection, forgive me!" Walter has a moment with his Laser Disc player before destroying it to get access to the laser for his new tool. It figures that if Walter put his faith in BETAMAX that he also would have a Laser Disc player too. I'm sure if we kept digging we would have found a ColecoVision system as well as an HD DVD player somewhere! I feel certain that he had an 8-Track player at some point in the show too.
- "That was envigorating! Wanna give it a go?" Paraphrased, but Walter using the laser and talking to Astrid.
- We still don't really know what happened to Etta for those 21 years since she was taken. But, Olivia did see pictures of Etta as a child and more grown up with some kind of foster parents. Interesting.
- Fun to learn that Walter had known Swedish and Portuguese at some point in his past. Why? Who knows? It's Walter!
- Still notably absent: Nina and Broyles. Anyone want to bet one of them has one of the tapes?
- Even though we see signs of hope by the end, the world still seems pretty bleak. I'm still holding out an ounce of optimism that time travel will be involved in fixing this future. I've read that many are bouncing around similar ideas. I'm not saying I wouldn't be happy with the surviving characters continuing to exist in this future that is rid of the Observers. I'm sure they could make that equally as compelling. It just seems like a very FRINGE thing to do to mess with time and adjust the timeline accordingly. Granted, it might be perceived as "TOO EASY" of a solution by fans/critics. We'll see! All I ask for is that Seasons 1-5 are tied up as they have perceived to be on the route to in seasons 1-4.