In the climactic conclusion of the Fringe Season Four finale, the team is pushed to their breaking point as they desperately attempt to prevent a catastrophic event that threatens the lives of everyone.
Last night was the time for the fourth season of Fringe to get to an end, but did it delivered what the season was building up? Well, this fourth season was excellent in the beginning, we had Peter coming back after he had disappearing in the end of season three, and now, he returned to a different timeline, it was not the one he used to know, he had to get the trust and love from the people who used to be close to him, Walter and Olivia mainly, which was not an easy task. The season was going good until the half, Peter was trying to get back at his own timeline, David Robert Jones, who originally appeared on the first season and eventually died, was back, but this time with new plans, and this was his version from “Over There”. Right, but then the season started losing the main point, Olivia eventually became the one from Peter’s timeline, because of the cortexiphan on her, and because of Peter influence too, and eventually, with his Olivia back at his side, and now with the trust of the people who he used to know, Peter saw that this was his timeline… and you fan thought that they would try to get him back at his timeline.
But lets stop talking about the whole season itself, lets focus on the season finale. The actual David R. Jones plot was revealed eventually, he wanted to collapse both universes to create a new one, but it happens that he was not the guy behing this master plan after all… SURPRISE! William Bell was behind this whole destruction plot, the guy who Walter admired, his best friend, wanted to destroy two universes to create a new one. We had all this being revealed in the episode before this one, with also another factor: Astrid getting shot, and then after the team finds her, she rapidly recovers(isn’t that something?).
The episode starts well, with Bell showing to Walter how beautiful his new universe can be, and it has both of them arguing about the whole creation method, about the “god complex” situation they’re facing, and it a fantastic display of great acting by both John Noble and Leonard Nimoy. Yeah, but not everything is gold on this episode, which compared to the seasons two and three finales, is really weak, it has a storyline which was building up in a good pace, but here it eventually rushes too much, also there are too much people dying and coming back(the scene in which they resurrect Jessica is one of the best scenes in the episode though, because it has great creepy elements, and takes Olivia to the edge of her powers), and mostly, things were to easy here, barely there was any difficulties for the team, specially because it ended up being so easy finding Bell’s location. Not to forget, Bell was using Olivia to collide the universes, yes the whole cortexiphan experiments had this objective after all, and the solution to end this was Walter shooting her in the head, but they saved her and everyone lived happily ever after… or not!
Well, the episodes ends with Olivia pregnant, we see that the Fringe division will now have an increased funding, but then the Observer September appears to Walter and tells to him: “They’re coming”, and now we can only expect that the whole plot in which the Observers take over the world will eventually be explored in the upcoming fifth and final season.
With good moments, and mostly weak and rushed parts, this season finale doesn’t deliver the same good quality as the finales of seasons two and three did, but is still decent, it surely makes the fans satisfied.
Lucas Silva M.
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