Hello Fringe fans! Welcome to our final recap of this wonderful show that we were treated to for 5 years. I'm still working out some confusion from some of the events that transpired in our final 2 hours. But overall, WOW! What a great send-off for this show! So many great scenes to wrap up character arcs and even provide a few more answers along the way. And in the end? It ended just like we thought it would 12 episodes (or more) ago. But the fun was getting there. Lots to discuss since we have 2 hours to cover, so we'll get right into it!
|Lots of Fringe Memories in these Canisters!|
|Loved this shot as a reference to the infamous glyphs!|
- "Fudge Sticks!" - He exclaimed when he got shocked by the alternate universe mirror's power source.
- Walter's obsession with the bullets that would cause people to float was hysterical. Peter asked why they would want the Observers to float. "Because it's cool!" And then when they actually used it, Walter yelled for Peter. "I told you! It's cool!!!" Ahh that crazy Walter!
- At one point he was frustrated with the new wave communication devices they were using and he wished he still had one of those "tumor inducing cell phones".
- But yes, my favorite Walter quote of the night was when he told Peter, "You're my favorite thing". Whew...waterworks!
- No visit to the Alternate Universe would be complete without showing some interesting details that hopefully will never happen over here. We learned that Chelsea Clinton was running for President of the United States, and she's leading the race!
- Detroit was also voted safest city in America. That's comical! Of course, we all remember in that 1st awful future we visited in season 3, Peter asked Broyles, "Remember Detroit?". They lost something big there, so this was probably a playful nod to it.
- As the scroll bar on the TV kept going, it said that Warner Bros. was planning a remake on Harry Potter. Maybe a very old Terry Gilliam could finally get his shot! Of course, maybe in the other universe, Terry DID direct the first Harry Potter and got the opportunity to create the world instead of Chris Columbus! (Ahh, I love talking "Geek"!)
- We also learned that our Lincoln and Fauxlivia did eventually get together and have a child. Olivia and Lincoln discussed how their lives turned out. Olivia mentioned how she had no regrets for the decisions she made, but she is happy for Lincoln and how he turned out. I guess in the time reset, we can assume they turned out the same way minus getting a chance to see Olivia one more time and help her out in the future.
- It would also appear that Fauxlivia, being behind a desk during their catch-up chat, was the new head of Fringe division!
- We learned that Walternate retired, but was still alive at 90 and teaching at Harvard. Awesome that he went back there.
- I'll admit it, I was very surprised that Leonard Nimoy did not make an appearance. I know the man is retired, but they didn't even make reference to him in the finale. We know he was ambered and in the future with them. So what happened with him? Obviously, he would still be back in 2015 again since things were reset. But, I'll go on believing that somehow he was the scientist in 2167, possibly through the use of Soul Magnets and Walter and Bellie were reunited once again and decided to do something good for a change. (maybe THAT'S your movie!)
- We had some questions over what we learned last week about Observers not having romantic interests in women, yet they were shown womanizing in our preview of the future last season. (Season 4 Episode 19 "Letters of Transit") I think what we learned was that all Observers started showing more human traits as a "side effect" of living amongst them. Windmark called it an infection when it happened to the original 12 on the science expedition. But then we saw them experiencing emotions as well. So, I think we can call that answered.
- Time Travel Paradox - I thought I'd have more to discuss here, and maybe we will get into it in the comments. But, that's the decision the writers went with. I'm sure they knew what we would think when they brought up a time reset in THAT fashion. Eliminating the observers from existence would wipe out the past as we knew it as well. But, they chose somehow for the reset point to be in 2015 immediately prior to the observer invasion. There's not much else to say about it, right? We do know that Joel Wyman is not going into radio silence, so surely someone is going to ask him about that one. I'd be happy to hear his reasoning.
- And one final note, literally. In the mail that Peter brought in at the end, if you look above the White Tulip letter from Walter, there is an envelope intentionally placed in the pile with a message to fans that says, "Thank you for your support!" Hmm, I guess they did find a way to say thank you in the finale! Thank YOU Fringe Team and Fox, which I will say again before this recap is over!