There's a number of questions I look forward to reviewing in hindsight. Is the whole story line of "The First People" - which I believe had their roots with Walter - now completely irrelevant? Weren't some of the Fringe lab hall-of-fame creatures based on that earlier timeline too? Does Peter even know the meaning of the White Tulip? Why would Walter send a message that made no sense to Peter?
And even though Olivia had the Cortextiphan in her system in 2036, going back to 2015 she would not have had it so thus, would she really be tuned into a future timeline that did not exist during the final scene in 2015?
Again - unanswered questions and fan interpretation is a good thing in my opinion - I just think there were a bit too many unanswered questions for a fulfilling finale.
Although I felt the Finale was lacking (sorry JJ Abrahams - not the best ever) the fact that there are still unanswered questions worth discussing and debating is a positive in my book - it's better to allow fans the opportunity to interpret rather than hit them over the head with things.
In my view, it's been established that Peter exists as an anomaly in 2015. Furthermore Peter and Olivia are aware of the previous timeline. The fact that Observers did not rescue Peter is irrelevant because in fact, in the 2015 timeline he actually never was.
I'm still unclear why Walter would need to cease existing as of 2015 (at the moment the Observers would have invaded). The fact that Walter would have corrected history in 2036 - in a future that no longer exists once he was "successful" is itself a paradox. Perhaps we just accept the paradox as having no rational explanation (after all, it is a paradox!)
@Kyle...If you had read the comments you would see multiple people have questioned how Peter ended up in this universe/didn't drown in the lake. This was my big question too, but it makes sense (as people have mentioned here) that the goal of sending Michael to the future wasn't to stop the creation of Observers altogether, simply to ensure that emotion wasn't eradicated. So it stands to reason that Observers still exist in some form, to interrupt Walternate from curing Peter and to save Peter from the lake. Maybe since they have emotions they don't invade.
I enjoyed the finale, will miss watching Fringe. Especially Walter, he was one of my favorite characters on TV. I hope we get a movie. Would love to see Walter reunited with everyone else!
Why has no one pointed out that if the observers never happened then peter would have drowned in the lake as a boy and time would have been reset from that point on, not 2015. I've watched Fringe from the beginning and wish that we could go back and reset season 5.
Walter and Michael traveled to the moment that the scientist that invented the tech in the brain was making the tech itself and showed him "Michael"... Thst there is another way to gain knowledge without loosing emotion.
Fringe follows the casework of the "Fringe" division a Joint Federal Task Force supported primarily by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The division which includes: Agent Olivia Dunham; Dr. Walter Bishop, the archetypal mad scientist; and Peter Bishop, Walter's estranged son and jack-of-all-trades. They are supported by Phillip Broyles, the force's director, and Agent Astrid Farnsworth, who assists Walter in laboratory research. The team is also watched silently by a group of bald, pale men who are called "Observers". The cases involved the "Division" Was not the Anna Torv or John Noble show. I appreciate the writers concentrating on keeping the cases in canon. Will miss
Let me clarify: I didn't hate John Noble in "Lord of the Rings", I hated his character Denethor. He was so mean to his son Faramir, and look at that relationship Walter had with Peter- his very favorite thing.
RE: John Noble. I hated him in LOTR, and absolutely loved Walter. The ending reminded me a bit of when Gandolf takes Frodo's hand and they get on the ship and sail into the West with the Elves. Sam and company (Read Peter, Olivia, Astrid and Broyles) are left stunned to watch them leave. I doubt it was intentional, but I was struck by the similarities on the second viewing.
@RandomCommentator - Too much John Noble?!?! I guess we're all entitled to our opinion. But, I can confirm that at San Diego's Comic-Con every year, the FRINGE panel is very popular with fans ages 18-35; and, they all go batsh*t crazy whenever John Noble appears. You may think he isn't appealing to young people. But, I have a very different impression. Just because a viewer is young doesn't mean they can't appreciate talent, or a good character. Walter Bishop is BELOVED by fans of all ages.
@OliviaDunham - I thought it was very appropriate that the final shot of the series was of Peter. 1) He was the sole reason for the universes getting messed up in the first place. 2) Walter's goal was to ensure that Peter lived into adulthood. 3) The final shot is a reminder that Walter did indeed change Peter's destiny. Walter sacrificed everything and made it happen for his son. Olivia made them a complete family. But, the goal was to always ensure Peter's survival.
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I feel fine, hon.
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Criterion collection, forgive me.
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