Fringe: Season 3, Episode 22

The Day We Died (6 May 2011)

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Peter successfully enters the machine with Olivia's help, and is transported to the future days where Walternate's universe is the one which has been destroyed. Walter learns about the ... See full summary »



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Peter successfully enters the machine with Olivia's help, and is transported to the future days where Walternate's universe is the one which has been destroyed. Walter learns about the origins of the machine and its ultimate purpose and sends back Peter to change his choice but gets lost in time warp. Written by Anonymous

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Walter was apparently tried for the eventual devastation created by his original crossing between universes (something for which there is obviously no law against because it had never been done) and was imprisoned. It would not have been possible to be tried for breaking a law that does not yet exist. See more »

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The opening titles are gray, and feature new fringe science topics: futuristic concepts such as "brain porting" and "clonal transplantation", but also "hope" and "water". See more »


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Universe Collision
7 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've been waiting for this episode since the show started - Here are the answers to all of the mysteries... Or not! Now what? This episode simply arse-kicked me, I wasn't expecting this ending - Which is par for the first 2 seasons. Season 1 showed Walter standing over Peter's Grave, Season 2 had Olivia looking out over NY from the WTC, and this one...? "Future" Walter spoke about consequences, well he could not have foreseen this, and it is worse than the "Future" Peter saw. I do not agree that this is a Nonsensical ending, when a large group of Observers gather, something incredible is happening.

I just can't see how they are going to dig their way out of this, which is why I greatly anticipate Season 4. 22 episodes are just not enough for a season of Fringe - I always leave an ep wanting more, it is a form of post-coital letdown. But each season had an enigma to solve, only to create a new enigma for the next season. Season 1 had The Pattern and ZFT. Season 2 had William Bell and the hint of Alternate Universes. Season 3 had the Alternate Universe and The Machine.

Now we see things like Time being futzed with, and some new items are listed in the Fringe opening theme: Thought Extraction - Brain Porting

  • Temporal Plasticity - Cellular Rejuvenation - Chaos Structure - and

Biosuspension, some of these items being directly referred to in this episode - I've always seen these items as "clues" to what the central theme of the season is or was or is going to be, these things have been hinted at since the very first Pilot Ep.

This episode, well... When the story is even partially written by Akiva Goldsman we know that reality is going to be bent and our comfort mosty shattered. I've said in other reviews I liked how Fringe explores the most fantastic of new science, be it cosmological, temporal, genetic... New sciences are being discovered daily and old sciences are rediscovered, theories are being refuted or confirmed or changed to fit new facts as they come into our knowledge.

When I was a child, I read a book by a crazy guy named Theodore Suess Geisel called "Horton Hears A Who" - The character Horton appears in a 1941 cartoon, so we know that these ideas have been floating around for years - The Concept there, being, there was a whole world on a speck of dust on a Flower, and people living on that speck. This was my introduction to Quantum Physics... How many worlds could be on particles which we perceive as electrons spinning around an Atom? And is our earth itself a particle on some larger Quantum's Horton-Flower? I was first presented with these ideas in a cartoon written by a guy who wrote Children's books - Fringe is just another way of telling these stories, stories infused with these crazy ideas which we are just learning. So Fringe is always on the Fringe of science, and we can always depend that the science of Fringe is actually based on some theory from somewhere... So it is not really that far gone. Maybe there are people who can perceive alternate time-lines, maybe that explains prophecy, perhaps certain people can see across probability lines.

Now in some science fiction, when two particles that are identical from two alternate universes touch, they would cancel each other out. Clearly this does not happen when Olivia and Fauxlivia fight, at least not in Fringe. But in some science, two identical particles cannot be in the same space-time continuum, one or the other or both must be destroyed, and that in much the way William Bell released his energy in s3e1 and propelled the Fringe team home.

So, I with great anticipation, await the Fall return of Fringe and all(?) of the characters I have gotten intrinsically, elementally, and cosmologically attached to.

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