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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I want to like the show but I am tatting tired of 3 years of sexual tention and month long breaks in the middle of the year.


Great episode. Olivia's activation scene was amazing. Peter's expressions in September's mind were amazing. Jones is immune to gun shots to the head! I too was confused as to why Broyles and Lincoln didn't try to suss out if Nina was from the redverse (like if Nina was somewhere else at the same time "she" accessed the lab).


What did we learn? That Peter is important (and apparently he is "The Boy"). Peter was supposed to be cured in the Red Verse, BUT he was also supposed to always end up with our Olivia and Henry was supposed to be their son. I still think this Olivia might be our Olivia, but now I am waffling on it. The Observers are. . .what. . . descendents of Peter and Olivia? That was kind of confusing to me (could have been all the tears I was crying at the time). Joshua Jackson's face when he saw Henry and when he was looking at his Olivia in September's mind. . .Fuck all, Joshua Jackson needs to win all the awards forever and ever. Oh hell, Peter and Olivia are going to have a Henry at some point, aren't they? Maybe even a little tribe of Bishops? Excuse me while I go weep with sadness over this episode and joy for the potential awesomeness of future episodes. I don't know what to do with all these feelings!


I loved tonight's show. I am still in shock, I cannot believe Peter walked away from his Olivia. I may be wrong but I agree I think he is in his timeline, however, the people are different because they evolved without him.
I think he just had to believe he was home and he would be there. I think if he had just kissed Olivia and they became the couple September spoke of, all would be well in the blueverse! Please Please Please.. do NOT cancel this show! It is the best show on TV! Period.


This is a television show so it should come as no surprise that we must wait even longer to see them together. September's explanation for his mistake is interesting but at the same time confusing because you wonder how Peter would have met our Olivia if he was cured on the other side leaving our Walter with no reason to go over there. I think this is his world as well, everytime he tried to talk about his world September cut him off even if he didn't correct him. You can understand Peter's reluctance though, he has to be sure. Still with a probable eight episodes before the end of Fringe you hope the writers don't take too long to get where we all hope their going.

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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!