Fringe

Season 4 Episode 21

Brave New World (1)

14
Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 04, 2012 on FOX
AIRED:
9.1
out of 10
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275 votes
6

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  • HELLO, OLD FRIEND

    Fringe: Yeah Science!

    The first half of the Season 4 finale delivered huge moments, gigantic reveals, and a lot of hooey science.

  • Episode Summary

    Walter is forced to relive his past while investigating a series of spontaneous human combustions, while David Robert Jones begins his end game.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • dissapointing

      6.0
      Hastily put together and all over the place. This season has been a great season so far, full of twists and turns but the finale part 1 just felt lazy. Its like the writers threw everything including the kitchen sink at it with the hopes that something like the big "reveal" would stick. I didn't buy it and hope part 2 is better with season 5 going back to explore 2036.moreless
    • I love Fringe (Spoilers)

      10
      Fantastic Episode!

      This is what I've been waiting for, for 4 years. Olivia's abilities. The way she controlled Peter was amazing.



      Poor Astrid got shot. I wander if the rejuvenating cortexaphan brain thing will help heal Astrid's wound. Just like it put the cake back together.



      She can't die.



      Did anyone else say NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO when Astrid got shot?
    • hrmn...

      9.0
      well at least there's no more "another timeline" stuff. Olivia has some new-found super powers... purrr!!! or is Bell controlling her? Cortexipham seems to be able to do just about anything. I want some. I wonder what kinda cool powers a 2nd generation cotex child would have.

      I didn't like seeing Astrid get shot... that was no "flesh wound" that was BAD. Overall it was good.... I hope they don't leave it on a cliffhanger for season 5. But I imagine they will.moreless
    • They Killed Astrid! Those Bastards!!!

      9.5
      Brave New World Pt. 1 kicked ass and took names. Crazy science; the genius of DRJ not being enough to explain the nanites and the return of Belly would have been enough to warrant a 10 rating - but they seem to have killed Alex... er, Astrid [c'mon! He was ona roll!]. That's worth a point for style and a point for shock, but loses two.five points for anguish.



      As we've seen in the past, stress seem to catalyze Olivia's cortexiphan-based gifts - which are now many [eat your hearts out X-Men with your single mutant abilities!]. Maybe by the end of the fifth season she'll actually know how to use them - and save two universes in the process.



      Can't wait for next week.



      Rating: 9.5. A+moreless
    • Endgame ... but whose ?

      7.0
      This was an exciting setup for the finale. The combustion and solar beam scenes were quite spooky, kudos to the special effects team ! John Noble was brilliant, as he always is, as he was both hilarious and touching in the Saint-Claire scene, and his enthousiasm in tracking his old pal "brilliant bastard Belly" was contagious. As for Belly himself, I wish his return hadn't been spoiled by Nimoy's name in the credits and the previews ( seriously, I'll never watch one of those again ! These guys already spoiled Jones' return some weeks ago !!! You have to learn to keep some secrets, people !!! ), but i's a blast to have as the arch-villain ( or is he ? ) a seemingly more unhinged version of Bell, the only man who can rival Walter in the science field. Next week should be very interesting to see. Oh, and Rebecca Madder's scene with Walter was really funny, and her situation offered us an interesting glimpse in Olivia's state of mind.

      That said, some things were a bit disappointing : Jones' last stand was as anti-climactic as they come ( his first death was really, really better ) , and I'm bothered by those new cortexiphan powers they're making as they go along : the "puppet master" thing is okay ( it's a variant of Nick Lane's power, after all ), but now, all of a sudden, cortexiphan triggers an healing factor ? What a convenient, eleventh-hour way to have Olivia escape her predicted fate !!!

      Speaking of cheating the Reaper, seriously, they BETTER not kill Astrid !!!

      Anyway, the finale should be mind-blowing, as they always are !moreless
    Rebecca Mader

    Rebecca Mader

    Jessica Holt

    Guest Star

    Samantha Noble

    Samantha Noble

    Dr. Benlo

    Guest Star

    Reese Alexander

    Reese Alexander

    Neal

    Guest Star

    Jared Harris

    Jared Harris

    David Robert Jones

    Recurring Role

    Leonard Nimoy

    Leonard Nimoy

    William Bell

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Walter: May I take a blood sample? The discomfort will only be momentary.
        Jessica: That's what all you men say.

      • Jessica: What are you?
        Walter: I'm human. What are you? Is this some sort of alien invasion? Are you part of a strike f...
        Jessica: No, I mean--I mean, what are you doing here?

      • Walter: Despite their itty-bitty size, each of them is capable of storing an enormous amount of energy and it would seem they could be overloaded by the biokinetic energy stored in the cells of anyone infected.
        Peter: You mean these people's movement is what's activating the nanites?
        Walter: That's what I just said.

      • Bell: In this game, the skill one must have above all else is patience. The board changes, but very slowly. the art of chess, the art is knowing when a piece is most valuable, and then, in that very moment, being willing to sacrifice it. For in the vacuum created in the loss of what is most precious, opportunity abounds. Influence is maximized, and desire becomes destiny.

      • Olivia: Walter, you said that you had been having a lot of shock therapy. Do you think perhaps he could have been a hallucination?
        Walter: No. No, no. My hallucinations were rarely biped and never men.

    • NOTES (4)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Peter: It'd be sort of like "don't cross the streams," just, you know, in reverse.


        Referencing the 1984 movie Ghostbusters , where the men couldn't cross the streams of their photon packs because that would be bad. Bad meaning "All life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light."

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