“Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair”
There are just three hours of Fringe left and before we know it one of TV’s most seminal works of science fiction will be over. But we are not there yet and this interregnum affords us some time for a little philosophical debate. Consider the title of this blog post (which was inspired by the last episode of Fringe to be aired) and ask yourselves how your personal philosophy impacts your outlook to the end of Fringe. In other words which side do you come down on Fate or Free Will?
The argument that you exercise free will over your destiny or that you are fated to play out your destiny has been argued for five seasons of Fringe. So which side are you on and how do you think Fringe will finally answer this question? The finale title seems to suggest that our players are willing to challenge fate because they believe it can be changed. To throw a monkey wrench into this philosophical debate we can look back at the episode “An Origin Story” and see how Peter Bishop and the rest set to implode the Observer wormhole only to have the wormhole reappear and deliver its cargo. Were the Observers able to calculate Peters machinations and reset the timeline? If so, does that mean they were able to preserve their destiny and manipulate it at the same time? (That would be headache inducing.)
To add further grist for the mill lets consider Walter’s need of absolution from God. You could argue that this version of Walter isn’t the same as the one we saw in the first three seasons of Fringe. However, this current iteration still recognizes he sought to play God and is wracked with guilt over it. He even seems resigned to eventually feel the wrath God over his indiscretions. But if God gave Walter free will then why would he need absolution from the Almighty? Walter has made his own decisions independent of God. But if God stands in judgment of Walter’s soul then doesn’t that suggest that God is the final arbiter of Walter’s fate and free will is an illusion? (More headaches ensue.)
So I ask you dear readers do you think our Fringe players control their own destiny or will the hand of Fate/God be the final judge? Will the introduction of a “variable” tip the hand of fate?