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The Fringe Season 4 Finale delivered goods that we have been waiting for all season long. This series is known for it’s phenomenal finales, so fans were hoping for the treat of the season. As it turns out, the finale tied things up quite smoothly (while still leaving a few bumps) had this indeed been a series finale. More on that in a bit. The title, “Brave New World” could not have been more fitting and the writers have left us with plenty to ponder until the fifth and final season begins. The glyph this week was “purge” so we know that the observers are indeed coming. Had we not seen so much of the future and the observers’ role in said future, perhaps this finale would have been more mind blowing. Still, the writers did a good job doing what they did, unsure of the show’s fate.
- Melody Simpson
Directed by Joe Chappelle
Airs Fridays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
This week, on Fringe: Bell monologues, Walter shoots, and Olivia smiles
It’s been a mixed season for Fringe. After last year’s shocking cliffhanger, much of the beginning of season four dealt with the fallout of Peter’s deletion. 22 episodes later, we’re in much the same place as we were then. Peter and Olivia are together and happy, Walter is comparatively well-adjusted, thanks to Peter’s influence, and mad scientists keep insisting on cropping up to make trouble. David Robert Jones filled this role well, but he’s already been dealt with, so we’re back to Belly as the mysterious villain. Perhaps the most significant change this season was the addition of Lincoln Lee as a permanent fixture in both Universes. »
- Kate Kulzick
Oh "Fringe," how you play with our emotions! This review is chock full of spoilers, so look away if you haven't watched "Worlds Apart: Part 2" yet. The impact of the big moment with Olivia (Anna Torv) would have been even more difficult to take if the writers put that in the ending they shot, should the show not be picked up. Not sure anyone's heart could have taken that.
The Observer prophecy about Olivia having to die in any scenario was real. After finding out that she was the power source to create a new universe, Walter (John Noble) shot her in the forehead. Did anyone else jump out of their seat? We all knew you could bring someone back for a few moments. We saw it with the incredibly, horribly creepy, eye-jerking final moments with Jessica Holt (Rebecca Mader). But all that cortexiphan brought Olivia fully back to life! »
The introductions to Fringe are always one of the best parts of each episode and this week’s introduction was no exception. It was undoubetdly one of the most engaging of the season, as a man came walking out of a cafe and collapsed before his death just as others around him were finding the same fate. But this wasn’t your typical case of the week scenario. David Robert Jones was behind it all. With the season finale airing next week, can’t say we’re surprised. But there were still plenty of jaw dropping moments intertwined, making this one of the best episodes of the season.
We were treated to Lost alum, Rebecca Mader as a guest star this week, playing Jessica Holt, one of the victims who came in contact with what resulted in spontaneous human combustion. Kudos to the random woman who said, “Don’t move. »
- Melody Simpson
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
For the first time that I can remember, Fringe has broken its formula of showing us one case per week. Usually, even the mythology episodes are linked to a single case, or there’s no stand-alone case at all and it’s just pure mythology. This week we get a jumbled mess of I don’t know what.
As per usual, Spoilers follow:
This is the first part of the two-part Season 4 finale and the episode opens with one case and then resolves with another. I found this to be very distracting considering the only point to this episode was to reveal Mr. You-Know-Who and set up the finale next week.
The first case, which was actually pretty interesting until I completely forgot about it during the second half of the episode, opened with a guy buying a coffee at a commercial centre in Boston with »
- Emile K. Lewis
Fringe 4.21 "Brave New World: Part One" Review
Last night’s Fringe was an action-packed first part of a season finale. True to form, the episode was rife with shocking moments doled out with alacrity while some long-awaited revelations brought the bigger picture into focus. In “Brave New World: Part 1” we learn that David Robert Jones still has some tricks up his sleeve, and that the closing of the Bridge doesn’t seem to have stopped Jones’ quest to destroy the universes. Not only that, but it becomes quickly apparent that Jones is answering to someone else who is calling the shots. Even though “Letters of Transit” hinted at Leonard Nimoy’s return as William Bell, I didn’t really expect to see Nimoy so fully reprise his role as the enigmatic Belly. I think it’s a credit to everyone involved that they were able to keep such a »
- Nadine Ramsden
Someone isn't dead, and if you don't want to know who it is, stop here until you've watched the episode. There is no going back now. Yes, "Fringe" fans. Part one of the season finale has brought back a character we didn't know was out of amber. William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) is alive!
In this week's episode, someone is overheating the nanites in people's bodies. A brave woman named Jessica Holt (Rebecca Mader) allows Walter (John Noble) to experiment on her to save them. What we find out is that Olivia (Anna Torv) has kinetic powers from the cortexiphan. She lowers Jessica's temperature with her mind. Nice trick!
Olivia is worried that she and Peter (Joshua Jackson) will never have a normal life after the two of them discuss getting a place with a nursery. Crazy abilities that we learn later in the episode include remote punching, might make this an issue. »
7 items from 2012
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