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Ok. So this isn’t really Doctor Who related, but I’ve reviewed the rest of season 4 of Fringe and leaving the last episode un-reviewed is like a black cloud over my shoulder. I hate to leave lists unchecked (or not crossed out) and when I start a project, I finish it (even if no one is reading them). Honestly, I was a little disappointed with how predictable the season finale of Fringe was this year, and is probably why I kept putting off reviewing it. And then life got in the way of living and all the things I wanted to get get done in a day were impossible to perform and the things I didn’t want to do, just didn’t happen. So, I’m going to try and do this as quickly and painlessly as possible.
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
- T.S. Eliot
Fringe came to a close this way with a large dose or predictability, Walter humor, and a tad of surprises swirled in the mix. The Bad Guys show up, something horrible must happen, Walter makes a hard decision, and Peter weeps. Predictability. Nanites and people going up in smoke. Predictability. Olivia’s sudden expansion of abilities. A tad surprising. All in all the mixture was tasty and fun to consume. Then the end came, the final moments of the season and I went, yah pretty much figured that one out. Isn’t there supposed to be another season? Meh.
“Letters of Transit” was the episode I’ve been holding my breath waiting to appear on my screen all season. Walter is amazing, and he seriously has all the best lines! When I grow up I want to be Walter. The episode begins as no other one has before, with a background story and I wondered if I had clicked to the wrong channel. Then everything got weird even for Fringe and I was amazed. This is what the last two episodes were building up to, and it was worth the build up.
I know, I know, my Fringe reviews have not been on track lately and this is a leetle over due, but honestly I’m back on track and will be posting last weeks episode review on Friday, promise. Some times hanging out with your rent-a-kid and making jellyfish arts and crafts is a little more important than writing up a review for your fun side project blog. Just saying.
“A Short Story of Love” is my favorite kind of episode, a leap forward in the overall story arc for this season. Olivia and Peter fight to figure out who they are and where they belong in this time line, Walter discovers that something has been left behind by the Observer September, and a burn victim is killing couples in love. A great story, emotional, and quirky little side bits from the Fringe event of the week.
Fringe returns tonight with “A Short Story About Love”, in anticipation of this show hitting the airwaves again after its 4 week hiatus I have decided to finally get around to reviewing “The End of All Things”, which aired in February. Yeesh. Suffice to say, I’m a bit behind, but not too late. I have valid family emergency excuses and I wont apologize, I’ll just get down to business.
“The End of All Things” was a brisk walk though the over all story arc. Many important things happened, and I’m sure I missed half of them. Olivia has been kidnapped right from under Peter’s nose, and there are two Ninas floating around who could be anything from shapeshifters, to alternate universe Ninas, to alternate timeline Ninas. It is a mad race until the end and it quite exciting!
Last week’s episode of Fringe was a heart strings tugger (apparently tugger is not a word, well, it should be). In “A Better Human Being” Olivia’s memories are being taken over by Peter’s Timeline’s Olivia’s memories and her own are becoming fuzzy. Peter is concerned and a little heart broken, Walter is upset with Peter thinking it is Peter’s fault. Meanwhile, Olivia and Peter are working on a case of a killer who is somehow connected mentally to a patient of an institution.
In “Welcome to Westfield” Fringe begins with its best opening bit, maybe ever. Olivia and Peter in bed. Woo Hooo. Must be dream. But it is only a dream. Damnit. While Olivia has been dreaming, Peter and Walter are trying to figure out how to get the machine to respond to Peter so he can get back to his old time line. Olivia’s time at the lab is cut short when an airplane goes down near a town where the electricity in everything quits, even the cars stop moving forward. Probably some EMP (electromagnetic pulse) thingy. Turns out some electromagnetic charge is affecting the town and intermittently shutting down electronics. I watch too many of these types of shows. Peter and Walter show up at the scene. Woot! Walter in the field again! Walter wants some pie, so Olivia, Peter, and Walter head back to town, only to find out any attempt to leave lands them right back where they started.
Last week Olivia was left with the ominous news that she had to die. Not a believer in predetermined fate, Olivia took the news with her usual stoicism. But this week, she starts to wonder if fate can be predetermined, and what does that mean? Must she die?
This week marks the beginning of Bad Broyles, evil pops up in unexpected places, and everyone has to learn to work together. This episode delves into the story arc for this season, the translucent shape shifters. Old frenemies show up, new enemies are revealed, and an unplanned for variable may be the two universes only hope to defeat the bad guy. Jared Harris returns and I love when parts of plans are revealed but not enough to spoil or really explain where everything is headed. I’m racking my brain as to what all of this means, and I’m interested to see where the show will go from here.
Fringe returns with Walter making chocolate chip and banana pancakes. Can I just say, that I totally love chocolate chip and banana pancakes. I discovered this amazing phenomenon one afternoon when I wanted to make pancakes and didn’t have any eggs. A quick internet research showed that I could substitute one banana for one egg. Drop a few chocolate chips down onto the pancakes as they are cooking on one side, flip, cook all the way through (this takes longer with bananas) and wah lah, yummy goodness. And that is not the only yummy goodness in this episode. Indeed, at one point two Agent Lees are standing next to each other. Yum. Then there was also not so yummy parts. People getting run over by buses for example, not so yummy. The translucent shapeshifters are back and they have infiltrated the government in the Alternate Universe (A.U.). This show was full of reveals and it moved the story along with a great big old shove that this season needed. I knew once Peter arrived things would start moving forward. And I was right. Yet again.