Fringe Review: Be A Better Man Than Your Father

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Holy cow - how do you discuss perfection? How do you come to terms with the fact that what you just watched was not the season finale, and that you have to wait an entire week to see more? I honestly don't know.

I am dumbfounded at what I witnessed during this hour of Fringe.

I was trying to think of the last time I felt this way when watching an episode of television, and the season finale of Six Feet Under came to mind. That was epic television, and we still have the season three finale of Fringe to fall upon us, and at least another season ahead.

The possibilities are astounding.

Please bear with me as I try to discuss what I considered to be as close to entertainment excellence as I have ever witnessed.

I loved the the usage of The Doors, "Riders On The Storm," which not only cost them big money (Robby Krieger? Are you a fan?!), but was an excellent choice of music to take us into the path of destruction caused by the activation of the machine.

The hair on MY arms was literally standing on edge and as my boyfriend said, "wow, that just sucked me right in..." Good job Fringe!! Smart move "stranger Dad," with the quick reversal of your car and your fortune. Color me impressed all around.

Watching the credits, with last names like Wyman, Orci and Pinkner, who share actively on Twitter is just downright exciting. It brings me right into the heart of the show. I don't know if they realize the power of communicating with us like they do, but I feel like I am truly a part of what I am watching

How long has #Fringe been showing in the corner, above the network icon? How utterly thrilling. The power of the people!

It's VERY cool that we finally know the deal with Sam Weiss. He's not some frightening, mystical man but merely possessing generations of knowledge. I say merely like it is a small thing

Frankly, my own family hasn't managed to adequately pass down a potato salad recipe, so when I think of what it must be like to be a part of a family that possesses generations of knowledge, I am aghast and flat out jealous.

They way Peter awoke and walked out onto the balcony of the hospital was excellent. Not only did he look stunning in his pea coat as always, but the way they framed him in the doorway as the lightening crashed down around him was magnetic. It was truly beautiful and thoughtful cinematography.

"The Last Sam Weiss" was laugh out loud funny. From Walter's surprise at finding the traditional fruit cocktail to Sam flipping out his museum membership card as identification at the site of "the key," I was openly giggling.

Laughing out loud was followed by a tightening in my chest when Walter shared with Olivia his thoughts abut his own mind and hers. We saw his true regard for Olivia as he spoke to her. Both John Noble and Anna Torv literally made my heart ache as they brought that moment to life

This is what then popped into my head - what an incredible shame that more people have not embraced and witnessed the strength and growth of Fringe. They have no idea what they are missing.

Did ANYONE see the "crowbar" coming? Again with the fate, as Peter and Olivia were both drawn directly into the plans of the machine. We were also lead to understand how Olivia's telekinesis would come into play. Another brilliant throwback to a past episode, "Ability," from the first season

There is no doubt those wonderful folks mentioned above (and others) know this story inside out. Their competence in tying so many episodes together is uncanny and it is what makes Fringe such a powerful force to the horde of fanatic viewers.

When Peter awoke, I thought that he might have been on the other side. Or that he would be transported there during the cab ride. The actuality of what occurred, Peter's confusion of his place and time was another WOW moment.

Do you know that in the thesaurus, there is really no word that can replace WOW? It made me feel better to realize that, yet also very inadequate in my capabilities to convey how I felt while watching. Though not on quite the same level, I understood how Olivia felt sitting in front of that typewriter.

There was so much feeling conveyed in this episode, such sensational drama. Peter not only proved himself a better a person than his father, he was absolutely heroic. And, so very lucky to have been raised by our Walter. Only his relationships with Walter and Olivia could have prepared him to become the man the world needed as it's savior.

As I watched the final scene (and, I admit, the trailer for next week), I sat with my mouth hanging open, my left hand over my mouth and uttered "Oh my God."

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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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Fringe Season 3 Episode 21 Quotes

I, too, have tried. I went so far as to ask God for help and what has he done? Nothing!


Walter: It's been a long time since a classic fruit cocktail. Why do you think that is?
Astrid: I suppose loading fruit with sugar, artificial flavor and dyes has just fallen out of favor.
Walter: That's a shame, isn't it?