The finale of Fringe started slowly before building to an ending fans can be proud of. It didn’t answer everything and a few answers were too pat but I was pleasantly surprised by how the season ended, even though it could have been a little better.
Olivia tries to rescue Peter before he can end up destroying the universe. Peter is hesitant to return, fearing he doesn’t belong in either world. William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) and Walter come together to help save the universe.
The episode spent a lot of time focusing on the consequences of Walter removing Peter from the alternate universe, forcing the audience to see things from the viewpoint of the alternate universe. Madison Square Garden was quarantined, along with half of Boston, and Bell was not afraid to tell Walter it was his fault. There was also equal amounts of give and take shown, the scene with both Olivia’s showing what they’d lost and gained in life was fantastic. One Olivia losing a sister and a mother showed a fantastic contrast in how they’ve formed two distinct personalities. It was a subtle change but it opened up a wealth of information on both characters. The present and alternate Olivia fight was one of the better fights in this season and while it didn’t last long who ever thought Olivia would end up fighting herself at some point? Walter and William Bell’s dialogue scenes had the sharpest writing of the episode. Two super geniuses coming together and squabbling has been what fans have wanted all season. This episode really seemed to cater to what fans wanted in the finale and was both well-written and well-acted. Without spoiling the ending too much it was beyond fantastic. The gimmick has been used in other shows but having rewatched the ending I never saw it coming, it was the perfect switch and the final image of Olivia was terrifying. Who knows where the third season will go but that ending opens up a wealth of possibilities including who will figure out about Olivia, and how will they get Olivia back?
I don’t know what I expected but the episode seemed to drag. The alternate Walter wasn’t quite as menacing and manipulative, aside from the final scene, then he started off. Charlie Francis continued to be wasted in this episode, and while I’ve said it several times, I hope he returns at some point later on.
Fringe Season 2 has ended and it was quite a showstopper. We finally learned about Walter’s missing memories, even more about William Bell, and the type of troubles the alternate universe is battling. It’ll be interesting to see what goes on in next season in regards to Olivia but it should be both unique and fascinating. Until next time!