Fringe Review: What Answers?

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The commercials promised answers. By my calculations, "The End of All Things" brought us two. We know what the Observers are, and we know which Nina was held captive with Olivia. Other than that, we have just as many questions as ever. I call foul!!

Because I had the pleasure of being on a conference call with Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman the other day, I know that this was not the episode they expected to go into a break with. I bring that up only because I feel like I have been left dangling, once again, over a huge chasm of information that is on the brink of being shed, but they lifted the cup up just before the knowledge spilled onto the floor.

Peter on the Phone

Let’s talk about the easy part first. Poor Nina had no idea she had an alternate and was duped. Blair Brown finally got to show her acting chops by biting into two characters. This was relatively easy in this particular timeline because our Nina here is quite a bit nicer than our first Nina.

When she jumped up off the gurney and took a sailor’s stance to tell David Robert Jones that their plans wouldn’t work without Peter, Blair got to have some real fun. Welcome to the alternates, Ms. Brown!

Here’s a big question: Why in the Hell were Broyles and Lincoln coming down so hard on Nina? They have both seen their alternates. They KNOW there is a possibility that a Nina could have come over. That part really confused me. But enough of the Ninas.

Let’s talk about the Observers. They are humans many generations beyond our own - and only one possibility of who we may become - that can also see through time and space. Not a lot of info given there. The simple answer was that they are human. The more complicated answer was that we may never get to that place. Sigh.

September showed up in the lab and scared the heck out everyone, but not before we learned a little bit about his going rogue from the other Observers. I’m sorry to report that I do not know their scientific designations. In essence, they asked why he had disobeyed orders and let traces of Peter remain in “this timeline.” They also determined he is the only one who can say for sure if he is responsible for Peter’s “return.”

I put those words into quotation marks because the way they said it made me think we were still in the same timeline we had been in all along. With Peter erased. Even after this episode, I continue to believe we are indeed with the people we always loved, who have been altered due to Peter’s vanishing.

When Peter entered September’s mind, he found out about Henry. Sadly, September also told him he would never meet Henry because when Peter stepped into that machine, Peter and anything begotten from Peter was erased. Peter saw memories of his past and September explained that important events need to occur with the right Olivia Dunham, and he need only go home.

At first, Peter got it. He meant home, as in, I’m heading home now. But then Peter started to over think things. He just had to realize that he IS home to get home. He almost let himself find it, but then he tried to outsmart himself. Peter "thought" September said he had to get back to his timeline and his Olivia. I’ve rewatched scenes over and over. Not once did an Observer mention timelines needing to be crossed for him to find what he is searching.

Peter has never been as smart as Olivia. She tried to reason with him. I’ve never see her so passionate. She could barely make out the sentences in explanation of what she feels for him. He didn’t listen. He kept thinking back to Fauxlivia before he was erased. He was so afraid of making the same mistake twice that he refused to see what was right in front of him: His life.

So, let the infighting begin! It’s the same question every week: Where is Peter? Is he home? Do you think he is or that he must flee this place to find the right person? Did hearing the Observers chat amongst themselves help or hurt your decision? I’m going to be crazy for the next three weeks. We have eight episodes remaining in Season Four. The final episode has not yet been written. What are your hopes?


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So Henry to corrects the time line?


Why did Peter understand the exact opposite of what the observer said?


And we know that peter is importatnt and sosuperspecial,and superhero,savior, jesus, healer, god and super everything, but really Olivia all dependent of him, and becuase of him only then having powers?yuk. So we learn for the first time what happened to Olivia after her mother died when she was 14, after 80 episodes of Fringe,
and we had more then 100 scenes of the endless Walter/Peter (and Elisabeth) sentimental crap.
So 1 scene that allowed Olivia to tell something about that in those nice circumstances , and this season alone 15 scenes of the Bishops sentimental emoting.
Olivia Dunham is this fantastic character only because of Anna Torv.
Anna Torv is a genius, playing with two similar Olivia's going through all those extreme emotions, her expressions, bodylanguage, so so awesome.


So Jeff Pinkner has got his way, he is the one about Genesis, now in reverse adam and eve is Peter and Olivia, Walter is God or Peter supergod?
And the Machine his inetelligent design? What is this fathers aways loving their son/child obsession? I am sure one of their cast will very much object to that. And the writers have decidd to give Anna Torv all the hard difficult work,the two Olivia's separate and merging and of course once again Olivia has to crawl after supergod Peter. why not have Peter have the two memories and crawl afetr Olivia?


oh my god peter acted like a dumb little fool at the end


I think we should all admit that that's as much as we want to know about the Observers, because what makes them so awesome is their secrets. It's like if God came up to you one day and said here's the meaning of life, you (anyone not just the writer) would be disappointed. The episode was great.


Fantastic performances tonight, particularly by Blair Brown, Anna Torv, and John Noble.Now i must watch the episode again.

Uncle jackass

3.) The birth of Faux Henry = the anti-observer species was a paradox that wasn't suppose to happen. The true 'destiny' is that our Olivia and Peter create observer bunnies. 4.) The Observer Elders seem to have a differing ideology to September's methodology to fixing the current timeline. To them, the timeline is already fixed (reasoning being that the breaches in dimensions are no longer occurring).

Uncle jackass

@Raven, I think you're right about the whole descendent theory which is discussed also on the hotfix recap: 1.) The progeny of our Olivia and Peter (the one we are watching) will create a species of human beings, later to be called the "Observers." These scientists have cortexiphan infused in their blood and be capable of traversing universes and all of space time. 2.) September wanted to watch the 'the cure' of a child Peter Bishop because it was an important point in time. I.e. the birth of their forefather. The Origin of their gifts. But in doing so they created a predestination paradox that needed to be fixed by the Observers. September had he's own methods whereas the rest had other ideas of solving it.

Uncle jackass

The "end of all things" reminds me of the reasons why I loved to hate the X-Files. Way too many questions after being given a few answers. And yet this is an addictive nature of these series, even with the master mind being JJ Abrams. I praying that this series either ends it with a proper solidified ending or sets up the season for the next plot-arc.

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Fringe Season 4 Episode 14 Quotes

Olivia Dunham. I've waited so very long to meet you.

David Robert Jones

I don't know you that well, but I'd like to think you weren't ignoring her safety for personal reasons. And that you aren't ignoring me right now!