Season 3 Episode 20

6:02 AM EST

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 22, 2011 on FOX
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Secretary Bishop on the Other Side activates his Machine, triggering devastation on This Side. Peter realizes he has no choice but to enter the Machine and try and break the circuit. Meanwhile, Bolivia resolves to save both worlds by trying to bring Peter back to convince the Secretary to stop the Machine.moreless

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  • 6:02 AM EST

    This pre-final is always tricky. Or throw themselves headlong into a hellish barrage, which ends only at the last minute, or else stand up and hold up the troops, guarding faithfully all that matters to the ultimate act. Accustomed to the second hypothesis undoubtedly prefer the former.

    It is therefore with great sadness of mine that categorize this "6:02 AM EST" party like a giant sausage filling. After the odd episode as typical of that expected to return to the mythology and the preparation of what was to come. But never so amorphous and defeatist. Throughout this season, "Fringe" has always skillfully managed to turn a new case to the old narrative. Things were so fluid, and if one side was weaker, one hand washing the other.

    Now, here, decided to tell in 40 minutes what it boiled down to five: the other universe began to attack us. This is new. The rest is a certainty or suspected to accumulate more than certain that we have We carried:

    Walternate (John Noble) use his grandson to activate the machine. He decides to forget her son and took him as an enemy;

    This fact leads Bolivia (Anna Torv) to choose our side, something that was anticipated and which will make Lincoln (Seth Gabel) and Charlie (Kirk Acevedo) also join her;

    Sam Weiss (Kevin Corrigan) knows a lot, which we knew well before Nina (Blair Brown) have discovered its connection to the First People;

    Peter (Joshua Jackson) tries to control the machine, but once it has been activated (by his son) gives a painful rejection.

    And ready. I wish I had something more to say but the truth is that neither the apocalyptic scenes managed to save this preparation of land at cruising speed. They are missing the last two episodes, but these, promises of a final magnificent. Come on it.

    Best: Being the beirinha the end, it promises.

    The worst: The total inertia of an episode that made no effort one iota.moreless
  • Warming Up

    Well Peter is out of commission when the machine rejected him. The machine is protecting itself, Bolivia tried to go to the other side to warn Peter, Sam Weiss goes missing after the event of vortex's everywhere. Olivia goes out looking for him but shows up at the hospital where Peter lies at. All in all this is just a set up for the finale no answers are yet known I expect to hear more in the season finale. But as I expected 16 episodes ago we won't know much about the machine until the finale. One hero is down, I guess it will be up to the rest. I hope he's not out of the story yet, that was kind of corny in a way of taking him out of the picture.

    P.S. For those that have a problem with the religion in this show, and saying it's not going for atheist and it's going for religion. Believe it or not this show is going neither, even to religious people some of these episodes would offend them. But, this show is showing real life dramatics which that includes all religion and atheist all of the above because it whats in our world. This is based in the United States where anyone can worship who they want or don't it's their freedom and right. Don't hate a show because someone is doing a religious act, remember most people believe in a higher power. This show is just pointing that out. You want reality when the universe begins to end expect tons of people praying to their gods. Thats just the way it is either you like or not. JJ Abrams is just portraying whats in this world into his story to make it more dramatic.moreless
  • The beginning of the end

    There were many indications that this was going to be the beginning of a three-episode finale arc, and sure enough, this definitely felt like the introductory chapter of such an event. In essence, the previous episode was the prelude to what is happening here, and there are plenty of little twists and turns that change the rules of the game.

    Walternate initiates his plan to wipe out Fringe Prime, and he manages to do so without Peter, thanks to the DNA of Peter and Fauxlivia's son. (He avoids using the child, which is consistent with his earlier statements regarding the use of children in his experiments.) Walternate's characterization is once again note-perfect; his actions are reprehensible, yet it's impossible to ignore the fact that he has a logical and even sympathetic rationale behind it. After all, who would sacrifice their own universe, if it came down to it?

    While it's definitely a cool turn of events, and something worthy of triggering a season finale, it does serve to render Peter's entire storyline this season a red herring and therefore moot. And once the initial shock of that revelation wore off (no pun intended), it just seemed like a waste. On the one hand, I'm glad that Peter isn't being drawn to the Alt-Fringe side by knowledge of his son, but surely he must be involved somehow!

    It was nice to see them directly reference Walter's experience in "The Firefly", which at least demonstrates that the writers have been planning much of this for a long time now. And Walter's faith came to the forefront at what felt like a logical and appropriate time, especially given the stakes and Walter's overall character arc. When Walter, willing to do nearly anything in the name of scientific possibility, is left to appeal to the Almighty, it speak volumes as to his state of mind.

    Less obvious is Fauxlivia's character turn. I really wasn't expecting her to betray Walternate, especially considering the fact that she pretty much has everything she could ever ask for in the Alt-Fringe universe. Granted, she had feelings for Peter, and wouldn't want him to die, but Waternate makes it plain for her. It was a choice of her son over Peter. I just don't know that Fauxlivia would make the opposite choice, even if she disagreed with the morality of Walternate's actions.

    The real hook to this episode, though, was the indication that Sam Weiss' nature and purpose is finally going to be explained. If anyone other than Olivia (through transferred William Bell knowledge, perhaps) could shed light on the mythology at this point, it's Weiss. And he certainly seems to know what all these signs represent. How could he, if he hadn't seen it before in some way, shape, or form?

    The main problem is not that the episode was full of red herrings, both short- and long-term, but that it also had to weave the seeds of the real explanation into the story at the same time. It was a thrilling hour as a result, but in the end, not as much happened as might initially appear. Then again, perhaps that is for the best; it leaves the real fireworks for the next episode, which cannot help but raise the stakes and cause jaws to drop.moreless
  • And now I'm personally offended. Well done, Fringe.

    Ok, no, it's not a terrible episode. The plot is good, there's dramatic tension, there's interesting conflict and despite some hammy lines that Anna Torv for some reason couldn't pull off, the whole thing clicks mechanically.

    But man, this is the most offensive anti-atheist TV I've seen in a long, long while. At the climax of the episode, Walter goes to a chapel and literally begs for God to punish him and save the world. Wow.

    There's been a couple of episodes along those lines before in which characters told Walter that things were meant to be and his meddling with God's mandates were being punished and the implication that he had started to believe it was present. I didn't like it, of course, but I was more than willing to ignore it as long as the show kept it nuanced.

    Not anymore, though. Look, if you think I'm overreacting, and I see how you could, put it this way.

    What if Walter had been portrayed as a gay man instead of an atheist and he got "cured" and went straight. Would that have been jarring? What if he had been a muslim and decided to embrace Christ. Would that have been off-putting? Even better, what if he had been a Christian and eventually accepted that Allah is the true God and converted to Islam. Would that have been weird to you?

    This is weird to me. It's jarring and off-putting, and actually quite offensive. I like Fringe. It's fun in a corny, cheesy, pseudo-scientific way. But it does not have the gravitas , the depth or the intelligence to go around making religious or political statements, much less one-sided ones that actively take a stance and perpetuate discrimination. If it comes down to a choice between Anna Torv doing a silly imitation of Leonard Nimoy or this, I'll take the silly, thank you very much.moreless
  • 6:02 AM EST

    6:02 AM EST was a superb episode of Fringe. I enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character and plot development. This episode seemed like what the series The Event should have been more like in terms of cinematography and special effects. This episode had some intimate scenes as well as action, drama, intrigue, humor, mystery and an uncertain future. It was nice to see Olivia reconnecting with Peter. Olivia from the other side learns what was happening and decided to risk every thing. The end of this episode was interesting. I really look forward to watching the next episode of Fringe!!!!!!!moreless
Forbes Angus

Forbes Angus

Science Director

Guest Star

Richard Ian Cox

Richard Ian Cox


Guest Star

Tobias Der

Tobias Der


Guest Star

Seth Gabel

Seth Gabel

Lincoln Lee

Recurring Role

Ryan McDonald

Ryan McDonald

Alt Brandon

Recurring Role

Kevin Corrigan

Kevin Corrigan

Sam Weiss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Olivia: And, uh, your father is walking around the house naked.
      Peter: Oh, yeah, it's Tuesday. He always cooks naked on Tuesdays.
      Olivia: Is that safe?
      Peter: Uh-uh. It's not pretty, either. But you get used to it.

    • Olivia: This is my favorite time of day. Sunrise. When the world is full of promise.
      (their cellphones ring)
      Peter: Well, that's not.

    • Bolivia: What's going to happen to the people over there?
      Secretary Bishop: My concern is for the people of our world.
      Bolivia: But your son is over there.
      Secretary Bishop: I'm aware. Peter chose to leave. He chose his allegiance. I chose to give up my son so that you could keep yours.

    • Bolivia: That was my first commendation.
      Lincoln: Yeah, for dragging my ass out of a Class 4 vortex.
      Bolivia: Well, you actually owed me fifty bucks, so I was going for your wallet.

    • Broyles: What do you think?
      Walter: Excuse me?
      Broyles: Peter's your son. As a father, do you think this is a good idea?
      Walter: It's because of my selfishness, my inability to let my son go 26 years ago, that this is happening. My opinion as a father doesn't matter.
      Broyles: Walter... it matters to me.

    • Broyles: The techs said they're ready when you are, Peter. Good luck.
      Peter: If this works and I save both universes, I want you to consider me officially retired.
      Broyles: I'll think about it.

    • Walter: I don't know my way around here. Other people, I suppose, find comfort being in chapels, speaking to You. I have no other place to turn. I asked you for a sign, and you sent it to me. A white tulip, and I was so grateful. Since then, in moments of deep despair, I have found solace in believing that You had forgiven me. I was willing to let him go. I was willing to let Peter die! I've changed. That should matter. God. I know my crimes are unforgivable. Punish me. Do what You want to me. But I beg You, spare our world.

    • Secretary Bishop: I know this is hard for you.
      Bolivia: Oh, you don't know anything about me.
      Secretary Bishop: Don't I? This morning in my office, you asked how I could be willing to let my son die to heal our world. But you understand sacrifice better than anyone, Olivia. You're willing to leave your son behind, to risk your life, for what you perceive to be the greater good. We're more alike than you think.
      Bolivia: I don't understand how killing billions of people could possibly be in the interest of the greater good.
      Secretary Bishop: That's because you still have the luxury of your ideals. I have to be pragmatic.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: April 22, 2011 on Citytv
      UK: June 1, 2011 on Sky1
      Sweden: August 26, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Finland: January 18, 2012 on MTV3
      Poland: June 11, 2012 on TVN