Hello Fringe fanatics! Welcome back as we count down to the end of the series. Last night, we got our infamous "odd man out" episode of the season. If this were a full season of Fringe, it would have been episode 19, but since this is an abbreviated final season we have to settle for episode 9. A couple of the episode had dealt with Walter in an induced state and this episode was no different! But, it was a nice device to allow us to explore the inner workings of Walter's complex mind and the internal conflict he has probably been working through for some time. But, the most important thing that happened in the episode for me? They addressed the timeline discrepancies!! And anyone who has read my recaps all season and comments know that this was a big sticking point for me. I'm not saying they resolved anything with it, but at least they addressed the issue was still there. And we'll dive more into that in the recap/analysis below.
I'll put the disclaimer out there, I was pretty tired watching the episode last night as I had just come back from a 3 hour Hobbit viewing. (In my defense, Fringe usually would be off the air by this point in December, but Fox is totally burning off episodes as the ratings do not help them at all) So, if I miss something go easy on me. And for the fact that I fading to sleep during some moments of the show, I'm going to assume that the episode was fantastic from start to finish and give it my trademark WOW rating! So, let's dive into the recap and see what I can come up with and more importantly, what everyone else can add to the conversation!
- I think we have to give a nod to the Terry Gilliam inspired (or maybe drawn?) cartoon that Walter goes through to figure out the password "Black Umbrella". Totally a Monty Python moment.
- I can't remember any good quotes from the episode but come on, Walter was tripping!
- Timeline Stuff - Finally! The timeline is addressed. Olivia mentions that only Peter and her remember Sam Weiss from "a different timeline". Of course, this introduces its own issues. Sam Weiss was the keeper of knowledge on the machine. And the machine still existed in the rebooted timeline. So, confusion still exists around how they think that machine bridged the 2 universes with no existence of Peter or knowledge of Sam Weiss. Crazy.
And then Michael at the end remembered Olivia and Peter! But how could he remember them since he knew them in another timeline? (Peter asks this directly) Olivia thinks that observers probably experience time differently and maybe he does too. Regardless, this gives me hope that they might make sense of all of the timeline discrepancy stuff by the end. It might all play into a larger theme. Here's hoping!
- Donald - We still have yet to meet Donald. As I mentioned above, he is now believed to be dead. But, we know that William Bell was ambered with Walter, Peter and Astrid. This could have led to people believing he died since he vanished. Perhaps William Bell did have a change of heart in this rebooted timeline and was in fact trying to help the resistance. I can't think of many other people it could be. Of course, there is this "DOVE" that a loyalist was interrogated about this season that Broyles observed. I had forgotten about it until this past week. I guess we need to find out who The Dove is too. It could be that The Dove = Donald = Bell. Or there could be more to it. We'll see!
- The Boy - So, Michael. Who is he? Why is he important? We're past the Peter = September theories, but an even older theory was that this boy might be September. We haven't seen September all season, and there has to be a reason for that! I'm not saying he's definitely September, but I'm not ruling it out. The Boy certainly holds some key to the series. It would be interesting to know if they had always intended that from the beginning, but doesn't really matter if they didn't!
- Peter/Olivia stuff - Peter and Olivia seem to be on the mend. Peter was shocked by Olivia's endless understanding. He said that he didn't deserve her. He did the one thing he promised he'd never do again, leave her. But, she was still there for him. We even got their first big kiss of the season. Of course, there is also concern over some headaches that Peter has been getting since removing the tech. It could be just after effects that will wear off, but on this show it would seem to be a clue to more. We'll see!
- Walter - We were reminded as we've been reminded all season to the trajectory that Walter was on with his brain fully intact. The quotes were repeated at the end from his argument with Carol. "There's only room for one God in this lab and it's not yours!" "I have become death destroyer of worlds." - Oppenheimer. Walter and Nina in the present (future) day have agreed that once this conflict is resolved, she will once again remove the pieces of his brain that bring out his dark side. Peter is highly against this idea as it seems too dangerous. This surely seems to be hinting at some kind of tragic end for our beloved scientist. Of course, I thought if it did happen it would be in a more sacrificial way for the benefit of his "family".