This week on Fringe, the teams from both universes came together in their endless effort to find and stop David Robert Jones. While Fringe has been renewed for a fifth and final season, the results this week leads me to believe that we just may have seen these worlds collide a final time. The writers are brilliant at introducing us to a completely new journey at the end of each season and this episode seemed to set up very well whatever that new journey will be by closing the bridge between the two universes. We’ve come to love the alt-world so much though, hopefully this will not be the end of our visits there even though it will be for Olivia, Peter, and the gang…minus Lincoln Lee who decided to stay on the other side. Everything worked out for the best for Lee (admit it, you loved alt-Lee more than Lee, so Lee’s exit right after alt-Lee’s death was perfectly acceptable) but will it work out for the best for the human race?
It must be pointed out that there was a serious lack of coverage Over There this season, only to come to this point, it is a bit heart wrenching. When we were first introduced Over There everyone seemed to be a villain and then we grew to love them… some more than their counterparts over here. So to know that the bridge has been closed… all we can do now is hope to see that we’ll be given glimpses of how things are going over there, at least a few before the series’ end. This can’t be it, can it? Holding back tears doesn’t make it any less true. Am I in the denial stage?
“Have you ever tried LSD?” – Walter
When over two dozen earthquakes worldwide make waves in both universe, the search for Jones officially reaches new heights. It took no time at all for Walter to figure out that the vibrations of the quakes were weakening both universes, making a collapse inevitable. But what exactly does Jones think he is going to get out of creating his own universe? Playing God is not as easy as it may sound. We knew that Jones was up to no good but the lengths that he is going (for what is sure to be a low outcome in the end) is causing unimaginable damage. That said, we do learn that the earthquakes took place to protect us… collateral damage. But there is a difference between living and thriving, surviving and dying. Where is the line? The glyph code this week spelled out “alive.” Jones wanting what does not belong to him will be his downfall and could ultimately kill him. Not to mention, wouldn’t it be easier to wipe out one of the universes and start over as opposed to collapsing two universes and creating a whole new one? And what part will William Bell play in all of this as the season comes to an end? We are all itching to know!
Great consistency by the way bringing back Nick to help alongside Olivia and the Fringe team when it really counted. That said, Nick returned with his head screwed on the wrong way, trusting in Jones’s lies. His return was pleasant even if he was under Jones’s spell. We got answers. And while he’s got a mind unlike any other, his head is on straight in any universe (now)… Walter. The conversation between Walter and Walternate this week was by far the most moving scene of the night. Why oh why does John Noble not have an Emmy for his work on this show? Noble and Anna Torv both have been so under-appreciated in the awards category, it is a real shame. Enjoy these moments now because the season and series is coming to an end.
Saying goodbye to the alt-universe and making new developments in the case of Jones made this episode feel like a season finale in its own right. Everything was so fitting. This can easily be named as one of the standout episodes of the season. To know that we’ve still got a few more episodes to go… the head scratching big blowout of questions and answers has yet to come! The thought is frightening but excites us all more than it concerns us, so stayed tuned for the final episodes of season four and the final thirteen episodes of the series shortly after.
Watch Fringe Fridays at 9/8c on Fox.
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