Fringe Review: More Than I Imagined

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I know this is Fringe and that anything can happen. And I thank Fox for giving a fifth season, 13 episode pickup to wrap up the Fringe legacy in the best way possible. But what happened in "Worlds Apart" doesn't make any of that knowledge in the least bit comforting.

There was a lot of back story, most of which dealt with the continuation of David Robert Jones and his hell bent desire to destroy the universes. Not that it really mattered: once they realized what a whack job he was and that he was using cortexiphan subjects to align with their alterverse counterparts to tune the worlds to the same frequency, it came down to only one plausible solution.

My stomach plummeted when Peter suggested closing the link between the worlds.

Peter Considers New Developments

There has never been any hiding of my deep affection for the alterverse. Proud and gutsy, we had Over There our same characters, but ones who had fought through all of the hardships that come with a dying world. Those experiences brought out the street fighters in them. Spunk and dark senses of humor even in the worst of times, the agents Over There were a tightly bound team who had each others backs.

Of course, they had a whole division, something our side was lacking. That made over there even more exciting. The changed landscape, the standing Twin Towers, a red-haired fiery willed Olivia Dunham and a mean ass Walternate brought light to Fringe just by virtue of being there.

As seasons progressed and the warring between universes stopped - thanks to Peter's sacrifice - we got to see some amazing work from incredibly talented actors as they played multiples of themselves in the same scenes. Some of the best episodes have been when the teams worked together to bring down the bad guy, and "Worlds Apart" was no different. Well, that's not entirely true.

The scene I've been waiting for, with Walter and Walternate face to face, or in this instance, sitting side by side on the floor, far surpassed what I dreamed it could be.

Everyone got the chance to work with their alternate, however briefly, for it may be the last time they ever meet.

When they still thought they had a fighting chance to stop Jones, there was a lovely scene of Fauxlivia thanking Olivia for trying to save the bridge between the worlds and of how much it meant to her for their world to heal. The scene was different than the one they shared earlier this season because Olivia remembered a different Fauxlivia with her original memories, one who hurt her far more than this one ever did. Her response was more strained and it hurt to watch. But their parting words were of mutual admiration, and after everything they've been through, what more could you ask?

There was no doubt Lincoln would stay in his new found home, with his own Olivia. It only seemed fair, since Peter was from that world, that they did a solid trade. The little wave of Alt-Astrid's hand as she said goodbye to Astrid was heartbreaking.

John Noble, sitting beside himself as the Walters; that was something to see. It only took four years to get there, and it came at a time when it may never happen again. As Walter and Walternate bonded as fathers, scientists and leaders, discussing Marcus Aurelius and their hopes to continue helping others, I lost it. Walter lost it, too. He was concerned that turning off the machine may take Peter away, and Walternate felt for him. Walternate knew that his fate with Peter was sealed for certain if the machine was turned off. Yet his concern was for Walter. Brilliantly written.

There were so many other things that came to mind to write about while watching, but none of them really mattered in the end. It just came down to what Walter said in one of his many brilliant Fringe quotes, "I think I shall miss them, more than I imagined."

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so is Broyles still gonna pursue DRJ's agenda, since, you know, he's a friggin SHAPESHIFTER!!!???

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LOOOOVE Fringe and I'm so glad they're done with the alternates,jeez, it was nice at first but it's time to MOVE ON! Also, is it just me or is it pretty annoying when they keep saying DAVID ROBERT JONES every time they talk about him, I mean come on, Can't just call him David, or Mr jones, or JUST JONES lol Has to be all three every single time. I sure someone somewhere can make a drinking game out of this lol

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Re: clock running backwards, it's likely a hint to the next episode: we will revisit the past. The promo for this week shows Walter looking at his old desk at St.Claire's and saying that Bell is alive (a blast from the past).

Niks4u

@lovethisshow: Yeah I noticed that too. Not sure what that means though. Maybe a countdown to the time when everyone will recover their memories of the actual timeline before the erasing of Peter, but I don't think that's very significant now.
I am sure they would answer it in the subsequent episodes though, so lets wait and watch.

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What was going on with the clock at the end. The time (in red) was going backwards... I wouldn't be surprised if David Jones knew about the Observers... perhaps the war everybody has been talking about was always against the Observers... that would definitely explain the need for extra abilities (and the Cortexiphan trials).

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I was surprised to see the alternate universe that had been so painstakingly constructed over the course of four seasons suddenly vanish without so much as a puff of smoke. Then, it hit me that the hand that actually closed the bridge must have belonged to Alt-FOX. Clearly what had happened was that, in the "real" alternate universe, the alternate version of FOX has decided not to renew Fringe. As a result, the fictional alternate universe setting for Fringe has ceased to exist - leaving only our own fictional Fringe universe to carry on for a fifth season. As much as I like the idea of travelling by Zeppelin, I guess I'm glad to be in this universe...

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Good lord. The show will be fine without the doubles being so prominent (it had better ratings before the doubles, yanno..). Where's that vaunted "trust the writers" now? The show was always meant to be, according to Pinkner and Wyman, about Olivia and Peter and Walter; the otherverse was a lens to use to look at their relationships in a fresh way, never meant as a substitute for them. It makes perfect sense to bring the story round full circle, to the Bishop gang, and leap into something new and different. John Noble said last fall that Fringe wasn't about Universes, it was about the three of them, and that there would be stories on other topics. 'Letters of Transit' was an exciting preview into that next story and I am really looking forward to that, the Bishops (and Simon and September) fighting the future.

Snakethecritic

Best thing about Fringe this week is that it got renewed. Congrats to all the loyal fans . @ Tyler ," They gave me something new and exiting then took me back to the same crap again. " Completely agree, these episodes are why I went from a loyal to a casual fan. The redundancy takes away all the possible entertainment. Bad Robot nah Bad TV .-. 1*

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@Egnirf: "Olivia is only the lead, why bother writing for her." I hadn't really thought about it, but Olivia hasn't been the lead for at least two seasons now. This is an ensemble cast, and if anybody is at the center of the ensemble, it's Walter. "See Olivia and Fauxlivia truly interact and have chemistry, without the lines. ... The lines they do get when talking to each other, horrible, Rainbows here ..." I dunno about the chemistry. When Bolivia is around, Olivia looks even more like a wet, beaten puppy than she does otherwise. The deterioration of Olivia is one of the saddest things about the show. I do agree about the sappy/stupid lines, though. @niks4u: Thanks for responding to my questions. I didn't really expect any answers -- I mean, how would any of us know? -- but what you say is reasonable.

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(Just to finish the thought) Lots of wrong choices of late IMHO that I feel snub what's left of loyal viewers. The episodes 3 weeks ago and just before were really hitting on all cylinders. Almost as good as any all series. Now again, they take major unecessary detours away from what works best. Even if both universes unite again to defeat the Observers, we're at best back to where we were. Having lost precious time when more appreciated story and character interaction between universes could have developed. Hope I'm wrong, but why take the story so far off track, away from what viewers care about, with so little narrative remaining? Because they can, isn't good enough.