Young observer remains muted. The team seeks Nina Sharp's help to understand him, but the mission is compromised.

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Young observer remains muted. The team seeks Nina Sharp's help to understand him, but the mission is compromised.

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Compression killed the greatness
22 December 2012 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

I still do not know what vote to give to this episode. Some parts of it were magnificent, such as the death of Nina Sharp, who departs in a manner of a great tragic hero, after gaining a moral victory over captain Windmark.

Some other moments, basically the ones concerning the plot setup, are so sloppy that it makes me wonder were those brilliant creating minds of the Fringe drunk or high while writing this episode. As yet Aristotle said in his "Poetics", plot should be built having in consideration what is possible and what is plausible and consequent, and the plausible should prevail over the possible if a writer wants his story to be persuasive.

How plausible and persuasive is that the Observers, depicted in previous episodes as all-controlling and all-seeing, would leave the Black Lab completely unguarded after Nina Sharp committed a suicide there? How plausible is that Peter, Olivia and Walter could sneak into the Ministry Lab while Windmark is inside with his team questioning Dr. Hastings? If loyalists could trace Nina Sharp's phone location from the moment she switched on her phone, how is it that they could not trace the call she received from Olivia? So far, the 5th season mythos has been driven upon the mystery, revealing the pieces of the puzzle Walter set up. This stream of motifs is very much alike some other J.J.Abrams babies (Lost, Alcatrazz, Person of Interest...) predictable and monotonous - which is not a little disappointing, since "Fringe" used to be by far superior and better crafted story than these mystery soap operas.

The other, much more interesting and unpredictable stream - Peter's private crusade, his self-implanting the Observers gizmo into his head, and the consequent duel with cptn Windmark, was left unsolved.

So far, only Olivia is showing a surprising lack of initiative in the season 5. Will she be the hero who saves the day? The good thing about this episode and the 5th season in complete is the successful linking of persons, events and things with ones from previous 4 seasons, and shining a new light upon the entire set of riddles from the past.

The bad thing in general is too much gizmos and too great part they play in the plot. Also, almost every "invasion" SciFi story has a "traitor invader" as a key character, in this case it is a good ole September who reemerged as Donald. But what is his motif to betray his kind?

I am still a big Fringe fan, as before, and it is still the best SciFi series ever made, but all these opened questions I don't have answers for decrease my enjoyment in the show. I guess the problem of compression of what was supposed to last for another 48 episodes into only 13 made the finale less impressive than what it deserves to be.


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