Fringe Series Finale Review: A Fond Farewell

Fringe S05E12/S05E13: "Liberty"/"An Enemy of Fate"

Guys, I don't know about you, but I'm super stoked that my Fridays are finally free so I can go see that local band that sucks or cram into a crowded bar of jerks and pay lots of money to be ignored by women! Oh, I'm kidding. Hey, I'm just trying to lighten the mood because I'm basically writing an obituary here.

There will be no more Fringe. The show that defied so many odds, that was saved by a network with a track record of "shoot first," and that delighted us for half a decade ended its five-season run tonight with back-to-back episodes. And even to this grumpy stickler, it was a satisfying close to a wonderful run.

But let's not go crazy and call this one of the best series finales of all time or anything. Fringe didn't need to blow us away or try to do too much, it just needed to stick the landing without falling on its face, and it did that with ease. In fact, most of "Liberty" and "An Enemy of Fate" played a rather conservative game, which was probably a good choice given the way other series have flamed out. But "An Enemy of Fate" stayed true to what Fringe was really about: not the intestinal slugs or the doomsday devices or the LSD (okay it was kind of about the LSD), but family.

Before we get to the REAL finale we should spend at least a little time talking about the penultimate hour, "Liberty." This was essentially an episode that didn't need to happen, but I'm glad it did because HELLLLLLO MILFy Oldlivia! Really, "Liberty" set out to undo the ending of "The Boy Must Live" when Michael stepped off the train and into the grip of Windmark and his other sharp-dressed tools. The plan was relatively simple for Fringe: Olivia would take the Cortexiphan Express over to the alternate universe, have her old friends escort her into the Department of Defense on Liberty Island, zap back into our universe (because the boy was conveniently being held in the same space in the alternate universe), grab the boy, zip back to the other universe where it's safe, get off Liberty Island, and zing on back to our universe with the boy. Kinda like some Paper Mario level.

In terms of being a penultimate episode of a beloved series, it was really just an errand that Olivia had to run and that was dragged out for an hour. But here's why I don't care about that: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE. God how I've missed the alternate universe! I don't care if Olivia went over there just to do some grocery shopping—as long as she was over there count me in. Ahhhh the memories... they're flooding back in! So many happy thoughts came back, and that was the point and that's (partially) why this super-sized series finale was so satisfying for those of us who have been along for the whole ride (yes, even through "Brown Betty"). I think the producers specifically put Michael into the hands of Windmark not because it served the story (like I said, the majority of it felt like a task and not the setup of a finale), but because it allowed them to come up with a cool way to go to the alternate universe because they knew that's what WE would want. I'm thoroughly convinced that they didn't have to do this, but they WANTED to. Fringe, you know me too well!

And the final hour served the fan base even more, carrying out a plan to have something to do while the real meat of the episode was in three emotional conversations: Walter and Peter, Walter and Astrid, and Walter and Donald. For my money, the one that had the most oomph was Walter's goodbye to Astrid. And it wasn't just that he got her name right and said it was beautiful, it was the outstanding chemistry between John Noble and Jasika Nicole and the way they both conveyed a deep understanding and comfort with each other. Well, that and an appearance by Gene the cow. And for God's sake, Jasika's teary eyes! Good lord woman, you brought the house down!

Second would be Walter and Peter's chat, which was played more conventionally but had the deepest impact. This wasn't just two characters saying goodbye, it was two human beings who have worked with each other in sound stages in Vancouver and New York for the last five years showing how much they'll miss each other. Powerful stuff.

And finally, Donald and Walter's chat delivered the message that Fringe wants you to take home: Fate is not rigid, it can be bent, and though the world may conspire against you, it's your loved ones who give you strength. It's the kind of sappy mantra that can be etched on the inside of a Hallmark card, but it's also what Fringe has always been about.

Which makes the end rather interesting, because it goes against what Donald said about fate not dictating our lives. Donald made the decision that it would be him who would escort Michael into the future, where he'd be prodded by doctors until they realized that creating the Observers was a bad idea, letting Walter off the hook and seemingly resulting in a happy ending for everyone. It made sense! Walter would stay with his son, Donald would be with his, and everyone could go for ice cream afterward. But as Donald sprinted toward the wormhole hand-in-hand with Michael while the enemy was still shooting all over the place, he took a bullet and croaked, forcing Walter to shepherd Michael across to the other side and leave Peter forever, because all of a sudden NOW the world is picky about time paradoxes and Walter in 2015 would cease to exist. So now it becomes fate rearing its ugly head again, and Walter's destiny to be fulfilled.

Or maybe it's just stuff happens. You can argue that fate won and killed Donald to force Walter through. Or you can say that the Loyalists FINALLY hit their target and Walter made the choice to go through. Fate vs. free will is a question that Fringe set out to ask, but, like a wise old man or Yoda, chose not to answer, allowing its students (us) to come up with our own answer. Fringe never wanted to solve the mysteries of the universe for us; it just wanted us to ponder them. What's more likely is that Walter set out to atone for his sin of stealing Peter from the alternate universe, to make up for the stolen time he had with his son by giving Peter back the time he deserved with the daughter who was stolen from him. Go ahead and argue that Peter never would have met Olivia if it wasn't for Walter bringing him over, but I'm going to stick my fingers in my ears and loudly mutter, "LALALALALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU." Those two were meant to be together and they would have found a way somehow. (Yes, at this point you can pick and choose what works for you to fit your Fringe theories.)

But there was one final moment Fringe decided to leave for us. After Walter and Michael stepped through the wormhole and into the future, we found out the plan did work. Back in 2015, Peter, Olivia, and Etta were in the park where Season 5 started, but this time, the Observers didn't show. Michael and Walter presumably made sure the future scientists didn't create the hairless freaks and therefore didn't tear apart Peter, Olivia, and Etta with their invasion. At home, Peter found the letter Walter was talking about in 2036, and in it was a drawing of a white tulip—which, to Walter, represented forgiveness from God for the atrocities he'd committed. But it's Peter's reaction that should have the Fringe fandom gabbing for weeks. Walter's plan worked and time was reset, effectively meaning the events after the Observer invasion never happened. Season 5 didn't really happen to this Peter and Olivia. But Peter picked up his head as though memories came flooding back to him. Did he just realize that his father had done something grave? Did he actually remember his dad's sacrifice from the time that supposedly was erased? Or did Peter just think, "WTF a white tulip?" Again, ambiguity—sweet, beautiful ambiguity—rules, and it's up to you to think it out for yourself and choose the ending that works best for you.

Me, I don't have an answer, even for myself because I'm not sure that final moment needed to happen at all. Tonally, I don't think it really helped the series. It was an interesting bit to add to tease our brains with a parting puzzle, but with the (almost) final scene in the park showing a family reunited, the mood was at such a triumphant high point. The finale could have ended there, and all would have been great. But in showing Peter discovering the letter and leaving us with that stare, the all-important closure for a series on the way out was slightly interrupted.

But that doesn't ruin what was a complete, satisfying, and bittersweet series finale. I wouldn't place either of these hours in my own Top 20 episodes, but given how this season was going and how Season 4 ended, the finale exceeded my expectations. It didn't have to be amazing to be successful, it just had to show respect to the fans. And hey, the way things ended, Fringe could conceivably come back for a Season 6. Right?



NOTES

– "Special guest appearance: Seth Gabel." WAY TO BE A SPOILER, OPENING CREDITS. God I hate opening credits.

– Stupid observation: What was the deal with that loyalist woman in the red coat with the loyalist dog who was on the waterfront while the gang was trying to look through the window into the other universe? They pointed her out, she went away, and things continued. She must be related to someone who works on the show and was included as a personal Easter Egg for the crew.

– Ummmm... is crossing over to the other universe IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET really a good idea, Olivia? How about bringing that window to the other universe to make sure you don't end up in the middle of a busy road or a brick wall or a hot dog cart?

– Chelsea Clinton is a presidential candidate in 2036 on the Other Side. I guess the universe where the Observers invaded is safer. Ha I kid, I have no political interests at all and I'm sure Chelsea would make a fantastic puppet president.

– Oldlivia might be the hottest Olivia, wowza! A little Cortexiphan does wonders for slowing down aging.

– You know, for someone who was supposed to be more emotional and smarter than everyone else, Michael sure was boring and dumb. Although at times I felt like he was just waiting for everyone else to figure out what he already knew, like when you're watching someone else try to get through a level of a video game you've already beaten.

– When Olivia was flickering between universes, what did the people in the universes see? Did they see her flickering in and out? Is it like when you're playing online multiplayer on Xbox Live and you have crappy lag?

– Where can I get some Balloon bullets?

– I absolutely LOVED all the Fringe-y things attacking the Loyalists and Observers. It was definitely a scene for the fans and was almost like a clip show. So cool.

– Just a little shout out to Michael Kopsa, who has really been amazing in this second half of the season as Captain Windmark. He did the best of anyone this season not named John Noble.

– I'm planning on doing another write-up on the series as a whole. Look for it next week.

– At least Fringe's finale was better than the finale of Lost. YEAH I SAID IT BRING IT ON!

– Thank you, Fox, for believing in the show and understanding that art lasts forever, but advertising dollars are blown funding something stupid like Stars in Danger: The High Dive.

– It's been a real joy writing about Fringe these past several years and I want to thank all of you for reading my ridiculous words about philosophical implications, romanticized theories of transuniversal love, and which Olivia was the hottest. Some of my Fringe pieces have been the most fun I've had in this job, and you all were game to take the journey with me. It saddens me that both Alphas and Fringe left television this week and that broadcast science fiction is in such dire straits at the moment, but something else will take their places (something always does). It might be fate or it might be free will, but we will see each other again.
Love,
Tim



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Mrs. Bolivia Dunham -Lee made me very, very happy. And I cried like mad at the sight of the white tulip. I will miss Fringe very much.
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I notice how everyone is talking about Peter and how resetting time should have made it so he was never saved by September, but my question is, how was the alternate universe's Agent Broyles alive after Peter was taken out of the timeline? In the original timeline, Walternate found out his Broyles was helping Olivia to try and get back to her own universe. The original plan was to swap the Olivias so they could get theirs back, but since Olivia made it back to her universe with the help of Broyles, they killed him and traded him for their Olivia instead, cutting off some of his limbs so their masses would match. As far as I know, in the new timeline the alternate Olivia pretended to be Olivia like she did in the old timeline, so the events should have played out the same and Broyles would be dead.
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so this has bothered me since i started re watching fringe with my brother and sister in an earlier episode
( i believe before the alt universe comes more into play)
walter says that william bell was the person that introduced walter and his wife.
meaning that since william bell died in the alternate universe when he was a teenager never meeting walter. peter shouldnt have even been born in the alternate universe because walter and his wife never met
anyone else notice this?!
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Tuesday September 2nd 2014 - So far no science fiction has surpassed Fringe or Alphas.
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yes you are right. it was better than lost. with lost, what the hell. with fringe. thankfully there are no creepy observers. peter's daughter looks a lot like olivia
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I loved the series, but it doesn't make sense to me, that if the observers were never made, rhen there would not have been a September to save Peter from drowning...
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But you gotta remember that in this timeline he didn't save peter. Both versions of him died and the only reason he is back now is because of the love of both Olivia and Walter that would not let them forget him
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The hottest Olivia was when she had William Bell inside her.

To people pointing out paradoxes.

The biggest is the fact that the observer that distracted Walternate was there because saving peter was an important event, but it was only important because Walternate failed to save him and Walter crossed over to try himself, but if he hadn't been there to distract him in the first place Walter never would have needed to cross over. So the event is only important because the observer was there to distract him, which he wouldn't have been originally.

I think I explained that properly.

Unless Peter had some other important role that never played out because of Walters interference. (if I was the writer that is what I'd say)
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Just finished rewatching the whole series. Now I'm sad.
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i think someone is missing something... you remember that episode where they were made cartoons and that was like inception... the guy who olivia thought was supposed to kill her... it was william bell because of the print on his shirt and the signature on the nanites were the same... but william bell doesn't want olivia to die... instead he needed her...
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Hahahah. I just found you as i was searching if there was a season 6. I just finishing watching season 5 on netflix. Your review was spot on. I enjoyed it. That's all i had to say. Carry on.
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People are forgetting about the NEW timeline. At the end of Season 3, Peter and his son Henry were erased and a new timeline was created. That timeline is this timeline. Both young Peters died from an illness in 1985. Walter crossed over to try to save the other Peter but when they crossed back to the our (blue/this new timeline universe in which s4 and 5 took place) universe, the ice broke, September never dove in to save them, so the alternate Peter died too.
It wasn't until 2012 that Peter (original alt-Peter from s1-5) who was erased, came back into THIS new timeline.
So even if the Observers never existed, Peter would still be here. This final reset wouldn't have an effect on Peter because he was already living in a world where both versions of him died when they were kids. Olivia's memories from the old timeline got restored due to Cortexiphan and the inter-dimensional love her and Peter shared. Micheal, the child Observer, had the power to show Walter the old timeline (s1-3) that he shared with Peter and once he touched Walter in 5.10 he restored Walter's original timeline memories too. Michael did the same for Nina before she died.
However that doesn't mean that he restored the timeline.
We were still in the NEW (s4-5) timeline in which both Peter's died. Alt-Broyles and David Robert Jones were alive hanging out with Alt Nina and and William Bell was barking mad and trying to create his own universe....and so on.
This is the timeline in which Season 5 took place folks!
Nobody even met Peter before he showed up in episode 4.04 "Subject 9".
So when people ask: "If the Observers never existed, September never interrupted Walternate in the lab and therefore Peter would've stayed in the alternate universe and never met our Olivia." Wrong!
This is the new timeline in which both Peters died and the original timeline Peter only showed up in 2012. Observers or no Observers, they wouldn't have an effect on Peters existence at all. He was already an anomaly/paradox.
NEW TIMELINE PEOPLE!!!
Sidenote: If it helps, think of Peter as the "Desmond Hume" of Fringe. He is "The Constant" in the world of variables in Fringe. All of our other characters had alternate versions of themselves and then new timeline versions of themselves and their alternates.
While Peter (against all odds) remained the same Peter throughout the entire 5 seasons.
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I think we are all forgetting the biggest mind fudge here. Walter and belly were capable of creating another universe, the only thing that stopped them was when Walter crossed over to save Peter and discovered that he shouldn't be playing god. That and the only thing to stop Walter and belly now that he no longer had a dead son and a kid from another universe, was the help from September which no longer exists. The universe is still fucked because Walter and belly would've created a new universe in place of the initial two.
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So I finally got around to watching this and I must say I love this show but if there were no observers than the original Peter wouldn't have died and thus there wouldn't be Fringe events and Olivia and Peter never would have met, time would have totally reset not just to the Etta moment but to the moment when the observer distracted Walter from Peter's cure. This is why I have a growing hatred for time travel concept shows, but sine I started this 5 years ago when that idea didn't annoy me as much I'm gonna let this go and say that I will miss this show and all its randomness.
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Having now finally watched the full 1-5 seasons, to anyone wondering if it's worth watching 'Fringe', I can whole heartedly recommend it.
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so fringe is not coming back I get so frustrated when such a great creation of a series get canceled it is so sad i love this show so much such great idea's put into it so very sad to see it go disappointed also wish it would come back :(
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Great Review. gonna miss this show.
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Where can we all sign a petition to get John Noble recognized by the Emmy's? Most ridiculous snubs this side of Ben Affleck.
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You know Fringe is a great, respected show when people are coming back and reading reviews, commenting, and liking posts on it two months after the series ended.
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what happend to the baby of peter and the alternate olivia?
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He never existed. He got erased in the last episode of the season 3. Poor kid.
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i thought it was awesome, and if you didn't like it, go and write a show that suits you. FAREWELL FRINGE, I'LL MISS YOU
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I still feel cheated that long standing plot holes were never addressed and that the ending is not plausible even if the science was beyond comprehension.

The major plot hole is about the renegade observers that made appearances earlier on, but their purpose and origin was ignored. Another plot hole is everything about Peter from season 1. I know his past was rewritten, but still there should have been more repercussions of his absence from the timeline that dealt with these people.

The last plot hole is about the ending. How can he reset time and keep Peter in the timeline. How was the paradox controlled to a specific time frame? If the observers didn't exist, September wouldn't have helped them in the past resulting in Peter surviving in the Red timeline with Walternate. Also, Septemeber was a big help in fighting against William Bell.

Speaking of Bell, what happened to him? How did he find out about the runes that imprisoned September if the tech was beyond him? (Season 4 Finale)
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yes there were a lot of things left unexplained, overall though I am satisfied, simply because I panicked when Walter was gonna get to stick around, I think we would have kept going in circles if he "lived", so I'm glad he disappeared, but I do wish it was in a more plausible way
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you also have to remember that since the observers have been erased that September was also never there in the alternate universe to interrupt Walternate from finding a cure to save Peter which means him and Olivia still knew each other when she traveled between worlds as a child from Walters cortexiphan trials!! you have to think of ALL the things that have changed b/c the observers are no longer valid at this point. No war ever began because Walter never had to travel to save a child b/c he was already saved. and b/c no war started nothing needed to be mended or rebuilt which leaves almost all seasons obsolete so in a way the end of fringe was excellent yet awful b/c now it just leaves you to question what about Walter and the boy who are "suppose to live out the rest of there lives in 2067" they're not erased from the timeline at all just replaced somewhere else. And eventually do they gain the ability to travel back i feel like they should've at least made one more episode to close all of the future questions but it was a good run and i enjoyed it all!!! hopefully someone else will come by and make a different version or a newer one..
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question (which might be a dumb one) but the observers aren't not going to exist right? Walter and Michael went to talk to the scientist to create ones with emotions right, not to stop them from being made completely, at least that was my understanding.
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Peter is still here because Walter was in 2015 when time was reset at the end so everything happen the way it did over the first four seasons becasue Walter was a paradox but up until the precise moment the observers were supposed to invade but didnt, at that moment walter was not needed as the universe hates paradoxes and was wiped from 2015 as a paradox and lived the rest of his life with Michael in 2167 it is similar as the season 3 finale Peter was a paradox when he was wiped from exsistence.
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People are forgetting about the NEW timeline. At the end of Season 3, Peter and his son Henry were erased and a new timeline was created. That timeline is this timeline. Both young Peters died from an illness in 1985. Walter crossed over to try to save the other Peter but when they crossed back to the our (blue/this new timeline universe in which s4 and 5 took place) universe, the ice broke, September never dove in to save them, so the alternate Peter died too.
It wasn't until 2012 that Peter (original alt-Peter from s1-5) who was erased, came back into THIS new timeline.
So even if the Observers never existed, Peter would still be here. This final reset wouldn't have an effect on Peter because he was already living in a world where both versions of him died when they were kids. Olivia's memories from the old timeline got restored due to Cortexiphan and the inter-dimensional love her and Peter shared. Micheal, the child Observer, had the power to show Walter the old timeline (s1-3) that he shared with Peter and once he touched Walter in 5.10 he restored Walter's original timeline memories too. Michael did the same for Nina before she died.
However that doesn't mean that he restored the timeline.
We were still in the NEW (s4-5) timeline in which both Peter's died. Alt-Broyles and David Robert Jones were alive hanging out with Alt Nina and and William Bell was barking mad and trying to create his own universe....and so on.
This is the timeline in which Season 5 took place folks!
Nobody even met Peter before he showed up in episode 4.04 "Subject 9".
So when people ask: "If the Observers never existed, September never interrupted Walternate in the lab and therefore Peter would've stayed in the alternate universe and never met our Olivia." Wrong!
This is the new timeline in which both Peters died and the original timeline Peter only showed up in 2012. Observers or no Observers, they wouldn't have an effect on Peters existence at all. He was already an anomaly/paradox.
NEW TIMELINE PEOPLE!!!
Sidenote: If it helps, think of Peter as the "Desmond Hume" of Fringe. He is "The Constant" in the world of variables in Fringe. All of our other characters had alternate versions of themselves and then new timeline versions of themselves and their alternates.
While Peter (against all odds) remained the same Peter throughout the entire 5 seasons.
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Well, the finale was OK. I have to confess I didn't like most of this season. I wonder if it would have been more effective for me if it had finished with Peter and his arms stretched out - with us never knowing if things really worked out. It is good to get some closure, though. And Tim: I think there will never be a finale as bad as Lost's! Fringe has done a much superior job, it gave answers to or addressed pretty much every question it raised. Overall, excellent job!
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What was the ting about Michael and the "don't speak" gesture with Olivia? He did it when she asked him what to do, he did it when Windmark was killed. What was the point?
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Well, the first time I think it was so that Olivia wouldn't offer to be the energy source for the worm hole, and the second time, it left me the impression that he helped her with crushing the power in the city and moving the car so that Windmark would die. Just a thought...
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Yeah, you can say that again! That puzzled me too; I wonder if anybody knows the answer to that! I feel so stupid sometimes or am I not paying enough attention?? (sorry, I didn't mean to imply that you are stupid by not understanding that either!)
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I felt that he did this to make sure that Olivia did not come to grab him. If she had made her way to the boy and September came after, there could have been a less desired outcome. The boy just told her that her part was done and the rest is up to others.
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The first time he did it I was expecting a scene where Olivia would need to stay silent. But in the fight with Windmark I didn't see any need for her to be silent. Still, Michael did it again. Strange...
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Alas, farewell Fringe-I have loved you for 5 years and to the best group of actors who could have played these parts! It is what contemporary science fiction should be on TV (by contemporary I mean setin our current time) and what X-Files never was. yeah-I said it. bring it on.
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So I rewatched some more episodes. In season 2 Ep 16 "Peter", the Peter from this universe dies and Walter is watching Walternate thru the window as he is trying to find a cure. September shows up, distracts Walternate long enough for him to miss the solution turning blue (meaning he found the cure), by the time Walternate turns around the solution is pink and he moves on believing he had not found it yet. Had the Observers not existed, Walternate would have seen the solution turn blue, cured the alternate version of Peter and Walter would never have crossed over at that time, therefore walter and peter would not have needed saving by September in the first place. Now, as for how would Peter and Olivia meet...I haven't figured that out yet. Any Ideas?
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why apologize for saying this Finale was a lot better than Lost's? Clearly it was and I think the mystery of the finishing touch White Tulip made it even more so. Do you really want all the questions answered by the producers.

I was wondering what happened to the Alternate Universe and I was glad they pulled it in the way they did, personally I think they had Michael captured and had Olivia do this end run in the other Universe to keep that whole story lines relevance going. They did a good job on that score. Good series, thanks to FOX for sticking with it, satisfying and sensible conclusion which for a network TV drama is a hard thing to come by.
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i will miss Joshua definitely
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"At least Fringe's finale was better than the finale of Lost. YEAH I SAID IT BRING IT ON!"

Oh but you are absolutely right Tim! Fringe's finale was very satisfying, like a good home-made meal shared amongst friends... Lost's was... eh, well... one of the silliest things ever... LOL!

Acting was great all round, and you are right, after bowing almost to floor level to the Titan that Noble is, Michael Kopsa does deserve a "chapeau bas"!
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I remember being so nervous near the end of season 3 when there was a lot of speculation whether it would survive to see a 4th season and the thoughts of it being cancelled was devastating as the show was at a level that surpassed most shows. Many would agree that season 4 and 5 never really reached the same level of quality as season 3 and in a way made letting go of fringe that less painful. Don't get me wrong I will miss Fringe so much especially Anna Torv who is simply awesome and of course Walter who has being amazing throughout the series.
Kudos to Fox for keeping fringe alive as long as they did,,,,,,,,and Tim for some quality reviews.
Farewell Fring we will miss you.

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"because the boy was conveniently being held in the same space in the alternate universe"

Walter had to give Olivia enough cortexyphan for her to cross over 4 times. She crossed over into the alternate universe and went to Liberty Island, where she bled back through to her reality to get the boy, then crossed back over where she saw Oldlivia and Lincoln, and then finally crossed back to her own universe with the boy in tow. He wasn't being held in the other universe. The Observers hadn't even invaded that timeline.

Great write-up, however. You're right about the finale not being mind-blowing, and that what the show was really about was family. I was very pleased to see September again over these last few episodes. That guy made a remarkable transformation. I kept thinking back to the first time we saw him, in that diner loading up his roast beef sandwich with chili peppers.
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Goodbye Fringe. I am going to miss this series especially the character of Walter Bishop. Very good ending. This series was worth watching. Thank you Fringe. Goodbye.
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I'm being an observer for Halloween this year!
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I felt as if the entire fifth season was an homage to The Matrix. Between the very Agent-like Observers, the main bad guy questioning the bald, black good guy (Morpheus and Broyles), and the epic battle between the good guys vs the bad guy foot soldiers (soldiers and loyalists) there are a lot of parallels. There was even the woman in red.
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Who was that? Nina?
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It was just some random woman walking her dog who happened to be in a red dress. I think she had no other purpose than to be an homage to the woman in red from the Matrix.
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I need to watch Fringe from the very beginning right thru to the end. There is alot my hubby and I missed. We did alot of catch-up on the Science channel, but they aren't showing Fringe on there anymore according to Direct TV guide. Can someone tell me where or how to do this? PLEASE and THANK YOU
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It's on Netflix. or buy the dvds/blu-ray discs.. download the seasons on itunes.. pirate it.. watch on hulu+.. etc.
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Walter.. the only reason I ever watched the show to begin with delivers a glorious and epic finale. Noteworthy killer scenes squish job delivered by Olivia to hateful observer and little "mutant" making same observers eyes and nose bleed when he dared to interrogate him.
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I love this show but I'm definitely not an expert when it comes to all the connections and mythology in the show
So if anyone knows or has theories, remember when they had that FBI agent, I don't remember her name filling in for Olivia for a couple of episodes and at the end of one she was comparing fringe events to the book of Revelations from the Bible then we never saw her again as far as I know.
Was this in reference to how the two universes would be ripped apart if fringe events continued? How William Bell was trying to destroy the world and remake it? How the observers were going to take over the world and slowly destroy it? Something else entirely? Or was it just a storyline that they decided to abandon?
Not looking to bash the show in any way, because I think part of what's great about it is that it can be interpreted in so many different ways and no one can say for sure that you're right or wrong, so just looking for opinions or connections I might have missed:)
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Hmmm...interesting point, I don't even remember that. I am going to do a complete rewatch at some point in the future!
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Farewell, my old friend. You've brightened my spirits many a-night, intrigued me, and left me pondering the mysterious possibilities the universe holds. You've been a companion for many years, and I am saddened to see you go. Regardless of your sorrowful departure, I know you will live on within the hearts of many people all over the world, who when they saw you, fell in love, like I did so many years ago. You are an inspiration, and I can only hope, that somewhere a likewise brilliant mind, will create something as glorious as what you were, and will always be. Fringe is in our hearts, always. Farewell, old friend.
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Hear, hear.
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Thank you Fringe for your heartening stories and for deepening my love of science. LOVE YOU, MISS YOU. And thanks Tim for your reviews, fun to read and ponder!!! My heart aches every friday knowing I'll never see a new episode.
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all I can say is Thanks FOX, and JJ, and Tim, too - excellent summary "Fringe never wanted to solve the mysteries of the universe for us; it just wanted us to ponder them. ambiguity—sweet, beautiful ambiguity—rules"
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It wasn't a surprising finale, but it delivered. I'm glad they went to the alternate universe for a goodbye too. It's a series with a lot of rewatch value (in series marathon) for me in a couple of years. Thanks Fringe!
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I have read all of Tim's reviews on Fringe and decided to come out of the shadows to bid my fond farewell to a really excellent show as well as to the fun commentary that follows. I admit I got a touch teary during Walter and Peter's goodbye and yes I could certainly feel that more than just two television characters were bidding farewell to one another. (oh who's kidding I cried like my new little baby!) I too feel a sad that this journey is now over but as Tim said I too trust that something engaging and intriguing will come along where we can all join together again in communal enjoyment and retrospective commentary. Thank you Tim for your insightful comments and thanks to all you fans whose comments added depth and humor to the whole experience of this great show. Also to FringeFanatic, we miss you!
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Amazing review... speechless! Much respect to Fringe!
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It says a lot when the reviewer and the vast majority of the fans here are happy and satisfied with the series finale. Well done Fringe! What a unique show with at least one already legendary character!
Could it been better? Yes but who cares as long as it wasn't fucked up like Lost or BSG.
Thanks Tim - nailed it and I agree that the permanent absence of Fringe and Alphas leaves a strange feeling in my SciFi-stomach(I got seven: love, drama, horror, football, comedy and fantasy) and I got no hopes whatsoever for other upcoming or running SciFi-shows.
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I loved most in finale (next to tiome being reset) is how Olivia's last surge of her cortexiphan was so justly used against Windmark-so that he was a bloody pancake being crushed by truck when her powers prevented him from transporting out. That was cool. Never, never tick off the mama. we loved how Peter was ready to sacrifice his humanity for Etta and it was right to show Olivia having her revenge as well1
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Uh, alternate Olivia never took Cortexiphan, just want to put that out there.

There were plenty of questions the show didn't answer, such as how Peter was able to exist without an observer existing to save him and Walter from the lake. I also didn't like the love story turn the series took late s02/s03 I believe roughly, they could have just stuck to the fringe science imho but I guess the whole series devoid of normal human emotion would have made everyone....observers?
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Great review in BOTH universes. Well donel.
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tim that was awesome dude. you almost brought me to tears.
thanks a million for all those reviews.
cant wait for the next show that grabs your attention like this one.

long live fringe and all their fans.
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Thank you, Fox, for believing in the show and understanding that art lasts forever, but advertising dollars are blown funding something stupid like Stars in Danger: The High Dive. SO TRUE.

I love this recap TIM you're the best and totally agree with you about the respect towards the fans, and not trying to do too much..i cried like a baby with Walter/Peter, Walter/Astrid, and Walter/September...and yes fringe could go on for a 6th season.

It was nice to see all the fring-y things again and really gross!! hahaha and I also want the Ballon bullets..

I feel you about the situation of fiction genre on TV, and I'm also really sad about Alphas..so let's hope something equally good come up...

Also what is gonna happen with totally tubular? with price departure...
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I'm confused.. was the idea that Walter would vanish and they'd mourn him or that they forgot he ever existed? and either way, why would going into the future change that? how would the lack of observers change Walter's timeline (up until he left)? Plus, the lack of observers basically made season 5 moot. and that is exactly like Lost's finale- except that finale made the entire SHOW moot.
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Forgot to include in my earlier comments; despite the problems I had with the story in the end, I didn't want it to sound like I didn't love the show. It was one of the few shows I take the time to watch every week (I really mean my screen name "2muchbadTV") and I'll be sad to see it go. And I really liked the nod it gave at the very end to one of my favorite episodes ever--not just of Fringe, but of every show of all time--White Tulip from season 2. That episode was beautiful television, and it's something I'll never forget. When Walter told Peter he had sent him a letter, I was expecting something with words. When Peter opened the envelope and took out the drawing of the White Tulip......that was great, and really powerful for me.

Also, thanks for doing all the reviews, Tim. Coming here to read yours and everybody thoughts on the episodes was part of the Fringe experience.
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As i am confronted with the finale, i keep thinking back to the last beautiful scene of the first episode of season 5. Walter sitting in the car, listening "only you" soothing his soul and watching the dandelion. In some way it represents want the show meant to the fans.
Like the dandelion Fringe kept going even when there seemed like there was no hope.
Even though i'm sad to see it go, i'm glad it ended in a high note.
Also, the first thing i did after every episode was to come here and read the review, not from a TV journalist, but from another Fringe fan, and i had a great time doing so. So thanks Tim.
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