Season 4 Episode 20

Worlds Apart

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 27, 2012 on FOX
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    Fringe: Goodbye, Cool World

    We're all set up for a two-part season finale after an emotional episode with a series-changing revelation.

  • Episode Summary

    The Fringe team on both sides fight a common cause and developments are made regarding the Cortexiphan children.

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    • "Fringe" is a TV show written and produced to near feature film quality.

      Writers often lend stories weight by increasing the stakes involved. The higher the stakes, the weightier the story.

      In "Fringe" the protagonists are fighting to save not just the nation, not just the world, but the universe. In fact they are fighting to save not one, but two universes.

      You can't get much more weightier than that!

      But this is hardly the only factor that makes the show feel important.

      "Fringe" writers have been amazingly adept at depicting human relationships as well. This episode is an excellent example.

      The scene in which the protagonists from the two universes must say their goodbyes before the connection between the two universes is severed, forever, was truly touching.

      "Fringe" is a TV show written and produced to near feature film quality.moreless
    • Great Plot, with a little sloppy writing

      Great big-picture plot. I like the return of David Robert Jones - he was built up to be such a great villain in the 1st Season, but ultimately came to nothing. Now that he's back, it's good to see echoes of the "army to fight the other universe" plot that also petered into nothing in Season 1. The reboot of the timeline was a clever arc device to fix a lot of strategic mistakes made by the producers early on.

      A few things annoyed me about this episode, mostly silliness caused by a one-eyed vision of where the plot HAD to go, irrespective of logic. This is usually a characteristic of lesser series; it's disappointing to see it here.

      1. A small niggle. It was impossible for it to be simultaneously daytime in the USA, UK and Australia. OK, blame the director, but the script should have specified a night scene at at least one of these locations.

      2. It was pretty stupid of the Fringe team to leave Nick alone in a car with ONE agent, and no backup or surveillance of any kind, especially when he's (a) not yet proven to be trustworthy, and (b) already explained his deadly empathy projection powers to the team... again. Dumb dumb dumb. If that agent had died, imagine the guilt.

      3, The Fringe team was also uncommonly and uncharacteristically dim when trying to find a solution to the problem of stopping Jones' plan. The obvious solution was to find and restrain/incapacitate/kill (if necessary) the cortexaphan agents ASAP. Immediately. They should have started looking as soon as they realised who was involved. If they didn't get all of them, they might get enough to foil Jones' plan. They knew how many earthquakes there were, so they knew the number involved. (assuming he didn't have any in reserve). They also had files on all the kids. So why didn't they at least TRY? We know why, of course - it's because the script demanded that they close the bridge. Frustrating to watch. Reminded me of Torchwood, where the one-eyed stupidity would make me shout at the screen. I didn't expect that from Fringe.

      Despite all that, a good episode, though it's sad to say goodbye to the red universe.

    • Worlds Apart

      I am in love with Fringe. I like many others seem to think that DRJ is actually trying to save the Universe or Multiverse.

      After learning the Observers were bad, minus a few, I seem to remember that episode inn season one where Fringe investigates a cop who exploded like an ice bomb in order to prevent Observers getting information on Walter, Peter and Olivia. Remember they were passing briefcases around with info on Walter, Peter and the Fringe Team and this Army guy was trying to stop them. I wander what else that Army guy knows?

      I am so excited to see what happens.

      What ever happens I know I will love it.moreless
    • Great show but with some bugs

      This episode has a "big bug". If you can see when people were activating their abilities to trigger the earthquake at the same time. In US, it is daylight all right, but not in China or Australia or some other areas around the world because they should be either night time or dawn. Of course it doesn't really make any sense about shutting down the doomsday machine to prevent collapse of both universes. Well anyhow, this episode is really great if they can fix the bugs and makes a bit more sense.moreless
    • The bar is set so high with previous episodes......

      Just not as good for me as previous episodes. Trouble is, with this show the average standard of each episose is 'briliant', so liking one less than te last just makes it 'superb'.

      I want the other universe back. Can't be the end of Fringe and Seth? As Tim said in his recap, it did feel like a setup for the remaining two.

      Some excellent scenes though, with Walter / Walternate, Olivia / Altlivia. I think there is so much more I like to know about the other side.

      The possibility of DRJ not being what he seems is fascinating. The 'tea' comment by the previous poster is interesting (although in a new universe there would be no tea yet either).

      Perhaps....... as we know the Fringe team are a threat to the observer take-over, that everything DRJ is doing is designed to make the Fringe team complete certain tasks, act in a certain way, which leads them to being in a position to defeat the observers? But DRJ acts and talks like a villian.... and as they say, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck.

      As always, can't wait for Friday! It's going to be strange when this show is done this season. But, thankfully, we now know it won't be the end.moreless
    David Call

    David Call

    Nick Lane

    Guest Star

    Pascale Hutton

    Pascale Hutton

    Sally Clark

    Guest Star

    Cameron Dent

    Cameron Dent

    American Tourist

    Guest Star

    Jarod Joseph

    Jarod Joseph

    Agent Tim

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Olivia: I knew Nick when we were kids. We shared an emotional bond. I'm hoping that through you we may be able to reconnect and find him.
        Nick: And this makes perfect sense to all of you?
        Lincoln: I find it's best if you just go with it.

      • Secretary Bishop: "The universe has changed. Our life is what our thoughts make it."
        Walter: Marcus Aurelius.
        Secretary Bishop: Philosopher-king. Who survived war and spent the rest of his life working for the betterment of his people. Perhaps we will too.
        Walter: We'll see.

      • Bolivia: You know, there's a lot of things about you that I wish I had. There's a lot of things about you that I admire.
        Olivia: That's funny. I was about to say the same thing about you.

    • NOTES (1)

      • International Airdates:

        Canada: April 27, 2012 on Citytv
        UK: May 2, 2012 on Sky1
        Germany: August 20, 2012 on ProSieben
        Finland: March 27, 2013 on MTV3

    • ALLUSIONS (0)