Fringe "Five-Twenty-Ten" Review: Hats Off

Fringe S05E07: "Five-Twenty-Ten"

It amazes me that in a final season with just 13 episodes to tell its story Fringe can afford to put out an episode like "Five-Twenty-Ten," an hour that really only gave us one thing of import and recycled several things we already knew. Luckily, that one thing was REALLY cool and "Five-Twenty-Ten" was a visual stunner making it a more enjoyable chapter than it should have been.

That cool thing I'm talking about is of course Peter's continuing transformation into THE PETERVER and his one-man assault on the Observer higher-ups. With only a few days (or even less) of experience working with his Observer upgrade, Peter has already gotten the hang of seeing the future, predicting outcomes, and staying away from Olivia for extended periods of time. He's working behind the backs of his Fringe Division partners by spending nap time planning the most efficient terrorist attacks possible and leaving any shred of humanity behind.

Though this transformation comes with some nifty parlor tricks like seeing the future, punch-catching, and an on-the-nose impersonation of a sparrow's head twitching, watching Peter turn into an Observer is not as fun as it sounds. The guy we've spent the last five seasons really connecting to is becoming a hairless revenge robot, but the worst part is that he's lying to his friends, man! We've seen the core trio split up before, but there's something particularly nasty about what Peter's going through right now that makes this one of the scariest of the series. We may never see Joshua Jackson's boy-next-door smile again.

But the one who will miss him the most is Olivia, and this is where that recycling things we already knew stuff comes in. While there was no doubt that some of these scenes, like Olivia and Astrid's girl talk in the car, were well written and came from the hearts of these characters, it was a lot of expressing things we already knew. The same can be said for many of Walter's scenes in which he restated his fear of becoming the man he once was. This at least had the additional detail of Walter counting on Peter's love to save him, but again, we learned this lesson in "Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There."

Hold on, stop shaking your fists and cursing my name. I didn't hate these scenes, in fact they were mostly good (but I do always chuckle whenever Walter says something about removing pieces of his brain), but I'm not sure they added anything to the conversation. I don't know if it's a lack of material or the show wanting to make sure we know what they're talking about, but I doubt it's the latter as the show never aims to insult our intelligence.

Where "Five-Twenty-Ten" did excel was in its presentation. This episode was flat-out gorgeous, particularly the blue world Peter saw when he was looking into the future and the rapid button pushing whenever Walter's tapes were played. And let's not forget about the suitcase bomb, the dissolving faces of the Observers, and the lone dusty Fedora that floated gently to the ground when Peter's plan was executed. But the greatest moment was saved for last when Walter threw on some Bowie and we saw Walter contemplate his future while Peter predicted Windmark's. This was great stuff.

But once again, an episode in Fringe's final season was mostly spent watching one of Walter's tapes and extracting the item described in it. This week the crew grabbed some of those magical Observer drilling cylinders, which immediately went into the cupboard full of other junk that's already been obtained. We still don't know what Walter's plan is, we still don't know what the retrieved objects will be used for, and it looks like the show is in no hurry to tell us. Like I said last week, this better be good, Fringe!



NOTES

– Last week I wondered whether Peter's hair would start falling out, and in this episode he pulled out a huge clump of his pretty locks! I also wondered whether an old Fringe relic would be unleashed on some Observers, and this week a briefcase full of flesh-eating goo (from Fringe's first season) exploded during an Observer board meeting. Since I obviously have the Fringe writers' attention, a gratuitous scene of Anna Torv dancing around in lingerie would also be nice. Thanks!

– It was nice to see Nina again, but her inclusion in this episode didn't seem to be necessary or Nina specific. We've seen a lot less of the supporting cast this season as things are focused on Walter, Peter, and Olivia, but I don't think I can argue that it's helping things. I definitely haven't gotten enough Broyles this season.

– If there is one thing that gives me confidence in the overall master plan, it's the fact that Fringe appears to know where it's going. William Bell's hand, which was grabbed in last season's "Letters of Transit," did come back as a major component of the episode.

– Why was Peter's ear bleeding? It wasn't ever brought up again. Obviously it has to do with his upgrade, but was it just there to show us that bad physical side effects are part of the change, or is it something more?

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So, I was re-watching "Jacksonville", and the combination of the lock Walter opens to get in the childcare center is 5-20-10. He says "I always use the same combination, but I can't remember the significance"... Any idea?
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Hey Tim, I see you're getting a little bit too upset in your reviews lately... it's as if you got sick of those who were your favorite characters, shows and genres a few months ago. You don't sound like yourself anymore... :(
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Also, the final sequence where Walter put on Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World was epic. While Walter rocking out to almost anything is awesome, the implication behind picking this song and what is happening to both himself and Peter was a perfect.
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PETERVER'S transformation really made the episode for me. Beautiful shots (the fedora on the ground) and his final head tick at the end gave me CHILLS.
I actually didn't mind Walter's reiteration of him being afraid of turning into his old self, because we sort of were informed that even though William Bell loved Nina, her love couldn't save him... possibly predicting the same for his banking on Peter's love saving him. And it definitely won't now, seeing as Peter is turning into an observer. While I am enjoying these character transformations, I miss the old days of the team clicking and banding together.
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"– If there is one thing that gives me confidence in the overall master plan, it's the fact that Fringe appears to know where it's going. William Bell's hand, which was grabbed in last season's "Letters of Transit," did come back as a major component of the episode."

I may not understand the plot half of the times but I'm confident the episode will always bring it home, cuz it does.
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Sadly, haven't been loving the future world Fringes. Now that Peter has the tech in his head, I'm just waiting for things in the future world to go seriously sideways, so Peter can time travel back to the awesome present and tell the Team Fringe who we all know and love: they need to sort this problem out in the here and now. Lay some Back to the Future-style timeline restructuring down on those bald jerks. A return to the present will sort out most of the problems from this season (too little Broyles, too much videotape hunting), while also giving them a chance to resolve some of the loose ends from Season 4. Plus, a return to the present will give everyone a chance for more resonant, hopefully non-deprressing, character arc closures.
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Peter is no longer the boy-next-door, he's turned into a super powered Jason Bourne and all he cares about are Observers and he likes them dead.
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As much as I'm enjoying Peter's transformation into Peterver. I, too, am terrified that "We may never see Joshua Jackson's boy-next-door smile again." This is the final season and we want these characters, who've all left their mark on us, to have a proper send off - at the direction Peter's going (and as entertaining as it is) I think we're headed for a very tragic ending.
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I saw Nina's inclusion as very necessary. Yes we have seen Walter and Peter discuss Walter's devolving into Old Walter but since Peter only has a child's perspective on that version of Walter Nina's involvement offers the adult perspective and while Peter is sure that his love will save his father since he is an adult now Nina personally knows how unlikely that is to work. Very important points when it comes to Walter. Will old Walter actually want to stop the observers or will he see their invasion as a boon for scientific exploration?

Peter's ear was bleeding due to the brain damage. The observer tech that Peter implanted in himself clearly is what causes various features we have come to know about the Observers. 1 aspect is the seeming suppression of emotions that we are starting to witness in Peter something that could be caused by damaging certain parts of the brain and said damage would appear as bleeding out of his ear. Note that after the ear bleeding he started displaying less and less emotions. Almost as if he couldn't even going so far as to invoke the word logical. Even when discussing vengeance for his daughter Etta he seemed rather cold about it and not in a cold fury kind of way.

I do wonder if perhaps Peter is responsible for all of the resist signs with pictures of his daughter since they seemed to have popped up almost the same time as Etta died something impossible without time travel.
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Does anyone else think Peter is September???
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the touhgt crossed my mind but then I thought it more likely that the empathetic kids turns out to be November. I wasn't too pleased with the hwole chasing tape storyline, but I love how they've come full circle and are now using the Fringe events they solved to wreak havoc on the Observers.I was especially delighted when the symbols tath we've been seen between scenes since episode one popped up on the doors last week, but I'm not so sure about the Peterver storyline though. on one hand it was kind of a shock and it is a bit horrifying to see Peter transform into the very thing he is fighting against, but on the other hand it feels like we're treading old ground. It is too similar to the storyline when the Peter was 'weaponised' by the device and started taking out shapeshifters. I know i'm being greedy as although I'd like to see Fringe come full circle and incorporate elements from previous seasons I also want it to take us somewhere new. I really want it to end with a bang and not a recycled whimper.
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Good theory. Would be interesting to see. They look nothing alike and if the Observers had a way for changing their appearance over time, you'd think they'd look a lot better then bald old guys. I think Joshua Jackson is a little taller also. On another note, I don't think these blokes are the same dudes who are going to go on to become the Observers. They come from another alternate universe and time. How would Peter go from where he is now to infiltrating their group in the future to come back and save himself so Walter can go on to stop the Observers. Why wouldn't Peter just stop the Observers in the first place, instead of building their ultimate plan of taking over the world. If you remember, September was in the planning department and has been pictured since the beginning of recorded history. Why help them plan so much and leave little hope for a last second ditch effort to save the world?
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bald head Peter....Hum...it is not Clydesdale
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I find it very predictable the Peter is starting to lose is humanity
I mean its been done in thousands of shows to death
The hero getting some powers that work great at first but slowly corrupt him
I think the more interesting choice is having Peter get powers with turning into the Observer
The all idea of some small metal shape thing in the back of the neck giving such great powers seems totally ridicules to me
but even Peter turning into a Observer wont pick the season up
They should just put this series out of his misery
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From the Fringe Wikia: "After Peter activated The Vacuum and created a bridge between the universes, September went back in time and did not save Peter from drowning in the lake. This caused Peter to be erased from existence."

Assuming there's only two alt-universes, young Peter #1 died so he's out of this scenario, leaving only young Peter #2. If September let young Peter #2 die in season three, then *if* Peter #2 were somehow to become September, September would have disappeared when Peter #2 died. So unless there's yet another Peter from a different alt-universe, I don't see Peter somehow turning into September.

Perhaps Etta had a secret son, or Peter and Olivia might have another child.

As far as lingerie dancing, why not Astrid instead? To me, Olivia seems like she'd be clumsy when dancing ^_^
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good point about September and Peter!

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That thing about the tapes was cute at the beginning but now it's starting to get on me nerves! In this ep Walter sounding like the "Brain" in "Pinky & the Brain" LOL
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I'm also starting to think that maybe he is September but it would also mean that turning into an observer mean height shrinkage because i remember peter being a lot taller than him. If he turns to be the guy, honestly i think i'll love it and it would explain beautifully everything that has been happening from the beginning.

And about this episode, i love how peter was totally kicking ass in there but the whole affair with walter and reverting back to his old-self issues was complete bore. Because of that, I found myself doing something i've never done when watching fringe i was fast-forwarding. Yea, it was that bad.
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While I knew Peter would eventually admit to Olivia about what he had done to himself. The way he just came out with it was so cold and matter-of-fact, and he didn't even care that Olivia walked out on him.

And aaagghhh, his wavy hair!
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Lingerie petition
/Signed
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Same here! : )
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yeah!!! i think so too. Maybe Peter is September!!!! that would be sooo awesome
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September saved Peter.
Peter is going to save September in this season!!!????
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my theory is September will help save Peter once more, as in, save his soul. My theory is that September renounced his "observerness" ( had the tech removed from his head ) to become a regular human, Donald, and if it's true, it could help Peter by showing him he can go back to normal.
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I think the boy from the room could be September.
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hmm that makes sense i guess, peter saved him so he tried to save peter.......
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Peter's transformation will wrap up everything about why September came to Walternate's lab in the first place. Maybe Peter is September???
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I must say I'm a little worried after these last 2 episodes. Fringe, I'm with you since episode 1, please don't disappoint me now!
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I am so sick of this Olivia whining. Olivia is not the only character and Olivia is sure as heck NOT the main character. The show is called FRINGE not the olivia Dunham show. Btw, don't complain about poor Olivia not doing much when Peter, astrid and broyles haven't done much either for 4 years. Btw, Anna torv didn't create the show so if the writers want to focus on somebody else who isn't HER OVERRATED ASS, they have every right to do so. Oh the show works when she is the main character, nice slight towards walter and Peter since they are such HORRIBLE characters that they dont deserve to be focused on except for Olivia.
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Not worth telling me that Olivia is the main character cause when you say that all I hear is "Peter is not allowed to have his own storyline"
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You are missing the point completely. But lets not waste more time with this. Olivia having been the main character in series 1 - 4 is nothing to do with who is the focus in the storyline. If you don't get it by now, I'm not going to be able to explain it here. There is loads on the net about main / point-of-view characters, if you're interested. Enjoy the rest of the series.
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Not sure what you mean..... I probably should have used a different term rather than main character. It seems there is confusion re. what it means. Still, in fairness even in the writing world not everyone agrees what it is.
I use the meaning that refers to point of view character, the person we most related to. It is not about who is doing the action in the show.
Clearly, as you have described, Olivia was main character from series 1 to 4 (in other words, even the episodes about Peter were from her emotional point of view). But series 5 is different, so far Olivia has not been a point of view character.
Not sure what you mean about my personal opinion of the Olivia character. I made no comment about it, and your assumption is wrong. I think Olivia is a great character, and I think season 5 needs to place her back as point of view character to have the same impact as series 1 - 4.
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Olivia has always been the main character of the show.
So much so that the she was the lead detective in FRINGE division, which is the only reason she met Peter in the first place... only to discover that both of them had a deeper connection and that connection was Walter.
You can argue that the show started to grow the supporting cast exponentially, but the first Fringe seasons were all about Olivia investigating fringe events with the help of Peter, Walter, Astrid etc.. I could even agree that her role has diminished to accomodate the storyline but this has always been Olivias story and that is undeniable.
As to your personal opinion of the Olivia character i can accept you dont like her, but please dont tell us what we already know isnt true since the start.
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You are welcome to your opinion, but by saying she was not the main character, you are showing an lack of understanding of this show (and how TV shows work in general).
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Hope Walter ques up "All the Madmen" next week!

"Day after day
They send my friends away
To mansions cold and grey
To the far side of town
Where the thin men stalk the streets
While the sane stay underground..."
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I agree with you Tim on one hand, it did/does seem like the writers are trying to implant a lot of the same themes into each episode this season, but I think there's a point to that. I believe Fringe is going to go crazy with answers for the audience within the final 3 episode arc, and there may even be death awaiting a character or two.

I think they're taking a mellow approach to give us one final look at who these characters are after all the changes & reboots the show has done each season before. I do understand your hesitation though.

Given that, I really enjoyed this episode. It was a great transition episode, taking us one step deeper into Peter's evolution into an Observer and getting us ready for the final showdown with the Observers. It also brought back a pivotal Fringe Event from the Pilot and even introduced some new technology. It was also nice to see Nina Sharp again, although I must agree with you that it didn't seem to be that important other to finally answer the question of whether or not Bell cared for her back. Hope Astrid finds some more screen time.

Answers I want:
What happened to the Redverse and the characters in it?
--Why did the Observers choose the Blueverse?
Why was Etta so important that The Observers had to erase Peter's (Henry's) existance?
Where is September/What happened to him?
Do the Observers have William Bell?
What is Walter & September's plan exactly?
--How do the: Thought Unifier, Red Rocks, The Little Observer from Season 1, and The Beacons fit into the overall plot of Season 5?
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There was nothing questionable about this episode, or any of this season , Tim! It's FANTASTIC!
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Gonna wait until Fringe hits Netflix so that I can marathon it. Premise looks good.
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Tim, you really haven't talked about the final season of Fringe in your podcasts and I wish you would. I can't believe that That Zombie Show takes precedence over the brilliance of Fringe. I've never understood the appeal of zombies but I know that there is a lot of it. My son wants me to watch and I did watch one and it wasn't bad, it just wasn't good. That Zombie Show takes precedence over Fringe every week and fairly dominates the podcasts. And I know you have to deal with what's most popular and that of late you're not working weekends - good for you - but you must explain why zombies are more important than Fringe in its final amazing season...
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I really want this season to end with that whatever Walters secret weapon is, is that it opens back up the Alt- universe and they join forces to kick some observer ass!
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I suspect it will be far more complicated than a level in mortal combat!
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If your gonna make fun, spell Mortal Kombat correctly ;) lol
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Don't know if many of you remember last summer or before Fringe came back maybe it was before last season ended but Josh Jackson dressed like an observer Balled and all and he tweeted no I'm not going to become an observer CLEARLY leading us off the wild goose chase. Now I'm wondering WHAT IF they didn't intend to see Peter as an Observer and people loved the idea so much they decided to go with it? That video was creepy though. I think it was before the season ended last year though. It was supposed to drum up support for a final season, I THINK? Anyone else know?
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Somewhere in the comments to last week's review, there was a link to a video with fake auditions for Fringe. It ended with JJ as an observer. Is that the one you meant?
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Yea that's what I meant. It was funny and some asked was it a spoiler but then they tried distancing so I wondered aloud if our wondering pushed that storyline or were they planning that because it was like right after season 4 they did that.
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I don't see how Peter could be September!There is no meaning if that happened.

I accept the possibility Peter was the first of the observers thing that is the most possible.
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If the Observers came from the future to screw with us and Peter is becoming one now does that make him the first of the kind that will eventually come back and invade us? Ugh I confused myself.
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what if Peter is Septemeber. mind. blown
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if Peter was September......
wow!!! it is reason that September saved Peter last season1..!!
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lot of people saying this, but I don´t know - September saved Peter´s life in the frozen lake (and was guilty of distracting Walternate during his investigation). Does that mean that Peter saved himself? I'm a bit lost, since Peter stopped existing in one of the realities and only Olivia could remember, then maybe September never saved him and this can be...
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That would be several shades of absolutely EPIC!
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One more thing I got out of this episode was a validation of the "observers" name at this point of the show, since they are not just "observing" anymore. After following Peter's strategy, it gives a new meaning to the name "observer". He goes around watching what the baldies do, repeteadly, day after day, and from there he calculates probable futures. We have to assume that is how the observers do it as well. It can even explain why they where observing the past before the invasion as well.
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All I have to say is .. GREAT EPISODE!!
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My worst fears have come true, Peter's hair is going to fall out :(
I love that they have kept Walters names for Astrid coming, this week she was Agnes - keep them coming Fringe writers!
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I especially enjoyed "Asterix" and "Afro".
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I was wondering something... a few episode back, they were discussing how the Observers have taken over the world. Meaning, they are -everywhere.- So is Windmark the leader of the Observers in their city? State? Country? Etc.

My point is, if Peter kills him, what about all the other Observers worldwide?? I would like to get an Oberver-centric episode that explains the HOW & WHY about these guys...
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yep, and where are the ladies :) kitchen, I assume? ;)
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Could be - still we would need to know how the observers reproduce... maybe when someone dies, they just go to the past, pick up some guy and implant the technology :)
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My guess it that no woman can survive the observer technology.
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What is going on in this comment section? Comments get re-arranged based on the timing of the most recent reply? Remind to reply to my own comment every hour to keep it on top of the list.
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They seem to get re-arranged based on the time-stamp of a secondary reply (like this one). A tertiary reply (anyone responding to this post) does not appear to affect the comments rearranging.
At least that's what we figured in the massive TVD thread over the weekend.
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HaHa I had that same thought
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The only important thing is John Noble awesomeness. It's a pity he doesn't get all the awards he deserves. But it's amazing to see him.
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Amen!
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Twist of the show... Peter becomes September! Dun..dun...dun!
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Rough weekend Tim? Tuesday morning post of a Friday show? Monday after 11 doesn't count as Monday.

I'm liking Peter's trip down the rabbit hole. During Origin Story, I was like "the Origin of what?" and then Peter got the implant and I immediately thought it was the origin of the observers and that Peter will be September. But since, by now anyways, the majority of the Fringe universe probably thinks that, they're probably going to go in another direction. and also Joshua Jackson is not Michael Cerveris.

I'm looking forward to the end of Fringe. I have way to many shows right now that I'm watching because I feel obligated too since I've stuck with them for so many seasons, but I don't enjoy watching them anymore (HIMYM, Bones, Gossip Girl, Hawaii 5-0, Private Practice, Greys Anatomy, Glee, Nikita). It's nice for a series to wrap up before I'm sick of it for once.
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The Observers can travel through time, right? So, just like September changed the past when he saved Peter from drowning, could Peter go back in time and change what happened then, thus restoring us to the very beginning of the series?! (I hope not!)
Also, I was somewhat disappointed with Nina's appearance. I love her! Whenever she used to show up, she was always of major help, she was strong and she had presence! But now, she was just another character... I expected more.
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@24treehills, I have the same worry throughout this season. The show had always worked as Olivia as main character. Even with Peter's return, a lot of that was about her. But so far she has been sidelined. I don't get it, don't get it at all. Why would they choose to do this, after 4 seasons of her in the prime position.
From a story point of view, she was always the glue between everything. So I think it feels strange now that is not the case.
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Yep Olivia is the main character and EVERYBODY ELSE SHOULD SIT ON THEIR ASSES RIGHT?
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No the show worked for YOU when olivia was the main character. Olivia is not the only character on the show.
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Agreed. I was going to suggest the same thing to you, so if you think I would see your point and I think you would see me point, we are just watching them in a totally different way. Like the different realities my family and I perceive when we watch Fox News and CNN.
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I think we are looking at two different things. Re. this:

"You seem to be mostly upset that we aren't seeing every scene from her point of view, but this is a show where that has always switched to wherever is most interesting."

I'm not upset, it's TV. Anyway, this extract shows where we are talking about different things. This describes only what is point of view re. the action. That's not what viewpoint / point of view means from a writing perspective. The only thing I would like to add, without meaning to sound patronising, is that I recommend re-watching some 1-4 episodes compared to 5.

So I think we should agree to disagree. Enjoy the rest of the series!
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Didn't we agree not to argue about definitions of terms? The point is that Olivia's role hasn't changed as you say it has. In season 1, you have a normal person who has to bring in a mad scientist and his lazy genius son to solve weird things. Now, you have a normal person who has suffered through a bunch of weird stuff and loss while experiencing the story alongside a mad scientist and a pretty-much-alien-creature who are saving the human race. She's still the normal one. She's still not the the powerful one who can actually solve the problems. It doesn't matter what you call it, her role hasn't changed over the long story. In the shorter view, she briefly had superpowers and now she doesn't. You seem to be mostly upset that we aren't seeing every scene from her point of view, but this is a show where that has always switched to wherever is most interesting. This actual character hasn't even existed in the universe or timeline the story is taking place in for long stretches, so it obviously wasn't always her we were following, but we always wanted her back. She's getting less screen time and you don't like that. That's because the story is coming to a close and she's not the character who is needed to close it out. Expecting her to always be on screen is a hollywood agent's fallacy. That doesn't serve the story. Doesn't mean her role has changed in the overall view. Bluemorphotat is right, part of what Olivia is experiencing is her diminished ability to take action. It is baffling to me that you can say we were seeing things through Olivia's eyes during seasons 1-4. That is not a thing that did happen or could have happened. She was either out of the universe or out of the timeline for significant portions of that. Your emotional connection to the character is causing your memory to play tricks on you.
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@safibwana, you are not suppose to identify with the protagonist, plus 'identifying' is not about a direct similarity. We can identify with anything - it is the emotion we connect to - so be it robot, observer, terminator, etc, it doesn't matter. Whatever structure (or guru) you may follow, they likely deal with the inner and outer journey. The outer journey is the protagonist, not the inner one.

@bluemorphotat, exactly. Good to see the understanding of main character here. And a better explanation than mine. However, I'm not sure what you're saying about season 5........ we aren't seeing that through Olivia's eyes (unlike 1 - 4). Is that what you are saying also? That is what is different in this season.
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Anna Torv is first billed... so main character. Now in some shows B cast gets very nice arcs like in Bones! I love Ange & Hodgins... there were a couple of seasons that I was watching Bones only because of them... but still Bones & Booth ARE the main characters.
And the way Fringe is written we see everything through Olivia's eyes, what she feels, what she does or how she reacts. And in this case how she gets sidelined, precisely.
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I'll grant you Etta, but at no point could Walter be the protagonist. No one could identify with Walter. You also can't identify with Peter-as-observer. Etta is dead. Therefore the protagonist is Olivia by default. As in most sci-fi shows, the protagonist is the lead who is the most human. That wasn't her when she had superpowers, but is her now.
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Well, I'll leave you to look into this. I can assure you though I don't have this backwards. I am involved in this subject every day.
In fairness, 'main character' is often mixed up depending on who is using the term. Most uses of focal character is an alternative way of saying viewpoint character, which is often used as an alternative term to main character.
Terms are not the point though, and 'teaching' each other is boring for everyone else.
One thing that is different in series 5 is Olivia's role. This is clear. Whatever we call it, she had the role in series 1 - 4 as the person the audience most identified with, and she also played the protagonist role most of the time (assuming we are separating the focal / viewpoint / main character from the protagonist). This is not the case in series 5. I am most surprised that you would consider her the protagonist in series 5. Clearly this has been Etta, Walter or Peter, depending on the episode.
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In regards to Peters ear bleeding, purely speculation here but the observers are most likely implanted with the tech since birth thus their body adapts to it whilst they grow (if they grow, who the hell knows), lol
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I think the observers are also genetically different, perhaps engineered to interact better with the technology.
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I don´t know if they grow, because there are no females - if they grow, it must be in a lab bottle or something.
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Maybe there's 1 female Observer, like there's 1 female Smurf! ;)
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PETERVER, lol, the name doesn't work.
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I think Peter will become an Observer and somehow by what we saw in the first tape will restore the planet and return back to 2015 ?

I don't want Fringe finish ! :(

Olivia and Peter away from one another and I don't like that
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As for the bleeding ear ( and headaches ), I think Peter, being a 21st-century human, can't really tolerate Observer tech like 27th-century humans do. I guess his brain is not completely compatible, and is somehow rejecting the implant. But I might think that just because I want him to go back to normal sooner or later, and, like you said, smile again ... a REAL smile, not those fake con-man smiles he did in this episode ( which, I must admit, totally fooled me in the beginning of the episode : I had hoped his transformation wouldn't go so fast ! )
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Is it just me or Olivia didn't do anything important this season ? I t seems to me she is just either worried for Peter or just helping him in whatever crazy plan he comes up with . She is the main character after all . I hope she gets to kick some serious observer's ass this last half of the season because it would be a huge dissapointment if she just saves Peter from becoming and Observer or whatever .
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I think Olivia might play a big part towards the end, since Walter has a problem with his brains and Peter... mmm... he has a problem with his hair. She doesn´t have superpowers now, but she is still Olivia. She will have to save the world at the end!
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Yes, I said above but will say again. I completely agree with you. I'm surprised there haven't been more views expressed like this.
Don't worry about comment trolls. Ignore them and they go away.
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Yes you're right Olivia has been basically window dressing. This season has been all about Wather and Peter. That idiot that flamed you I flagged, sadly since the cite went down hill. People from the outside come in here and break the rules of discourse.
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I totally agree! I want her cortexiphan to kick back in gear and be a total BAMF!
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Just expressing my opinion , I don't see why I have to shut up , if you don't like my comment just don't read it , nobody is forcing you . I didn't say anything offensive , everyone is entitled to express their own opinion last time I checked .
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Do these articles have character limits now? I was only able to post like half my comment.
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The last moments with the Peter and Olivia followed by David Bowie track was just tv perfect. Almost drop a tear because i love this characters, and knowing that we just have some episodes left, it's just sad.
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GREETINGS FELLOW FRINGIES!

Last week I wrote that "the precarious progression of Peter has become the most interesting aspect of this fifth and final season", and "Peter's transformation into Peterver is as captivating as it is frightening".

Well, Fringe fans, it appears I may have understated things a bit, because watching Peter go full on Observer was unsettling to say the least. Okay, I'm understating things again. Here's my real reaction: IT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME! (Pardon my vulgarity.)

Joshua Jackson has often taken a backseat to the brilliant acting of John Noble and Anna Torv, but after watching Peter's startlingly fast transformation, you've got to give him a lot of credit. He really nailed the cadence, creepiness, head-tilting, and all around emotionlessness of those bastard baldies. The more Observer-isms Peter started displaying, the more uncomfortable I became. I hated it. I loved it. I hloved it?

Tim's criticism of this episode is that it was recycling many of the plot points and thematic storylines we already knew. I would argue that these scenes were necessary and not belittling to our intelligence. I've wrote it many times in these forums, but like many themes of this episode, it's worth mentioning again: Fringe is a character driven show. Peter, Olivia, Walter and Astrid. I'm a science fiction fanatic, but they're the main reason I watch week in and week out. You can have all the spectacular fringe events and ingenious plotting in the world, but without first tethering the show to its characters, everything else would be for not.

We're over halfway through Fringe's final season and it's hard to remember all the magnificent madness that has happened through timelines, universes and resets. Character checks aren't frivolous. They are a way station through which we gauge our future path. As Peter was continuing his fall down the rabbit hole, and Walter was fearing the return of the man he used to be, Olivia was afraid of losing the love of her life all over again (Sorry Agnes, your character arc is a little lacking). That was the purpose of this episode. Reminding us of how far these characters have come, where they are now, and how far still they must go. Personally, I've never been more excited and terrified to see how it will all end. What more can you ask from an episode?
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My thoughts exactly! Well, if you took your comment and CharmedOneP391's comment and combined them - you have my thoughts on this excellent final season. Tim, man, what happened to you? You used to give this show all the faith in the world. Aside from the slightly lackluster S4 finale, has this show ever given you a reason to doubt them? And honestly, I still think the S4 finale would have seemed a lot better if they hadn't shown Letters of Transit and spoiled that our main characters (minus Olivia) and the universes would be unharmed by DRJ's scheming. It seriously KILLED the momentum in the last 3 eps of the season! Great episode. Bad timing. But I cannot wait to see how all of these random pieces of the puzzle will fit into the plot - and the characters are so real to me that I don't care when they reiterate what we already knew about them. Plus, there was a point to Walter's conversation with Nina - It was clearly stated that Walter thought Belly loved nobody and that he thought that was why Belly turned into an egomaniac d-bag. Because of this, he assumed he would eventually be okay because of his love for Peter. But finding that picture proved Belly really did love Nina. Now Walter is living with the realization that he has no safety net under him and never did. Now we the audience are even more disturbed because now - even if Peter can somehow un-Observer himself, we have doubts that he'll be able to save Walter from becoming the man Belly became. The writers are doing an amazing job this season by just showing us small pieces of the puzzle and leaving us all wondering where they're headed with this season. But as they have proved in seasons past, if anyone drops out of the show now, they're going to miss an amazing payoff in the end!
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Eloquently written. I agree on all points. Keep the faith, Fringies!
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I read in a comment below that you were only able to post half your comment. Now I can't stop thinking: What's in the other half?!
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It will forever remain a mystery ...
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Im so glad you agree with me about how unsettling it is to see Peter slowy fade away into something entirely different. Besides Tim, I always look forward to what you have to say about the show :)
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Thank you so much! When I read your comment I couldn't believe how similar our reactions were to Peter as we knew him fading away. It was like you Observer mind-read me than wrote down my thoughts. Which is awesome!

I always look forward to your comments, too! (And not just on Fringe.)
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Yes, Peter really did creep me out in this episode. At this point in the story, he's kind of like a mixture of the Machine-influenced Peter from season 3 and an increasingly emotionless Observer. And the transformation has been handled extremely well by Joshua Jackson. I could easily see this becoming his best season of the series.
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YES! I completely agree this season could shape up to be as good, if not better than season 3. Good thoughts on Peter, too.

You're the man, H_H!
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Peter REALLY scared me at the end when he was talking to Olivia. Poor Olivia, they have to do something or Peter will become a full blown Observer/Asshole. Or he will die, because blood coming from your EAR is never a good sign. Awesome episode although I thought that Nina's appearance was just to say good bye - I doubt we'll see her again.
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I absolutely agree. Olivia's look of abject horror when Peter teleported shook me up something fierce. But I still stubbornly have hope for Polivia! I also think you're right about Nina's goodbye. When Walter found a picture of her in Bell's safe, I'm not gonna lie, I got a little teary-eyed. It was a good sendoff for her. Now we just need a goodbye Broyles episode.
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I was thinking exactly the same thing! I just can't and am to lazy to put it in such nice words :D
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Haha! I don't know, you do alright. I always enjoy reading your comments. :)
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The only question is: "did I enjoy this episode" and the only answer to that is: "yes". Of course there are always moments that could have been done in an other way, but this episode felt good.
The last minutes with the music of David Bowie made for some pretty emotional tv. Both might feel (now, or later) that they sold a/the world.
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Perfect song for that scene!
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I came here to enjoy reading FringeFanatic's comment but I guess he is still somewhere in a parallel universe :(
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Sorry!
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