Fringe: There's More Than One of Everything (season finale)
by Jane Boursaw, posted May 13th 2009 8:27AM
(S01E20) Oh my. I wondered how they would wrap things up (or not wrap things up) in the season finale, and they definitely delivered the goods. It's no big shocker that we're dealing with an alternate reality; most of us probably saw that coming. But there was that one moment that made me gasp.
We knew Walter had done experiments on Peter when he was a kid, but it never occurred to me that Peter might have died -- or maybe it was just buried in the deep recesses of my brain. When Walter visited the graveyard, I fully expected to see his wife's name on that gravestone. Instead, we saw Peter's.
Walter said he wanted to go into the alternate reality to retrieve something that he'd lost ... something precious. Was he talking about Peter? If so, that would mean he already DID go into the alternative reality and brought back the "other" Peter. But I kept thinking he hadn't yet.Then again, Walter's memory isn't so good lately. He may have gone there at some point and forgotten about the experience.
I appreciated the rounding up of Nina Sharp, David Robert Jones, and The Observer. It was good to see them brought back into the picture with the alternate-reality thread running through all of their stories.
For some reason, it was a little disappointing that Jones was doing all of this out of revenge towards William Bell. Kind of grisly, though, when he and the kid got sliced in two from the alternate reality portal. I kept thinking that Olivia would follow Jones in there during that scene in the field. She ended up there anyway, though. That was some elevator ride.
Loved the conversation about where Walter might be after he'd gone missing. Astrid: "I'm gonna check the cafeteria to see if he slept there again." Peter: "Or the marine biology lab, where he sometimes spends the night cleaning out the tanks with Mrs. Erickson."
I'd like to know where they filmed the graveyard scene. It was a beautiful little place.
John Noble deserves an Emmy for his performance in this episode. Between going crazy at the beach house and being soulful at the graveyard, it was really a brilliant performance. Just brilliant.
Broyles to Olivia when the Massive Dynamic team was working on Nina Sharp's robotic arm: "The procedure doesn't fall under any HMOs."
So ... you can communicate electronically from one reality to another? That's how Nina said Bell was communicating with her. That's some powerful wifi.
So ... that's what people see when they do LSD. An alternate universe!
Were those the Twin Towers at the end? Was Olivia inside one of them with William Bell?
The Observer to Walter on the beach: "I have said too much. I'm not supposed to get involved. I've taken you as far as I can."
Walter to Olivia, when she asks what he's doing in the field: "We're trying to plug a hole in the universe. What are you doing here?"
Walter, in his note to Peter: "I'm stepping out for a bit. Don't worry about me, son. I know where I'm going."
Overall, excellent episode, and I'm looking forward to next season already. What did you guys think of this episode?