Fringe: A Question of Faith
Not too long after the last episode of Fringe I went to Facebook to gauge viewer reaction. I wanted to see if many were as nonplussed as I was. Not that I didn’t like the episode but I didn’t think that it covered any new ground nor revealed anything new to the storyline. In fact, I thought we had pretty much covered all the ground there was to cover when it came to tests of faith. Walter beseeched Peter to keep their pact, Olivia explained to Simone that humanity can be reduced to numbers and basically when it comes to math we finish in second place.
By the end of the episode all was right with the world. Peter had regained his humanity, Olivia had kept the faith, Walter had his son back and emotion was seen as a strength and not a weakness.
So, yeah, that’s good.
What about defeating the Observers, how close are we?
Judging by some of the internet reaction this was another filler episode and we’re just spinning our wheels. The frustration was palpable and the comparisons to Lost flooded the web.
But let’s step back a little and look at this episode from a larger sense. I’ve always thought the people at Fringe talk to their viewers through the show itself.
“Look at what we are showing you, what is the meaning, how does it make you feel?”
So when I took a step back I came to realize this was Fringe’s way of telling us to be patient. To take it all in and most of all..
Keep the faith.
There are only so many episodes and they can try to jam in as much as possible but what would it really serve. Do we really want an encyclopedic tour of all the minutiae from this series or do we want a conclusion that is a fitting end to this journey?
I vote fitting end.
Keep the faith people.
OK, I’m off the soapbox, here’s a couple of nuggets I also gleaned from the episode. Take a look at the necklace that Simone is wearing from the above picture. It’s a ring. A large one to be sure and we’ve seen a lot of ring imagery this season especially when it come to Peter and Olivia’s wedding bands. But, to me, and since we’re taking a step back and looking at things from a larger sense it also represents a circle.
To me, a circle is symbolic of where the end meets the beginning, what comes around goes around and the completion of a journey from whence it started. If we are all to keep the faith then I see this as a sign or clue that by the time we reach the end of Fringe things may well end up where the started. Wouldn’t it be interesting if end up smack dab where it all started? (Keep an eye out for more circles or rings.)
Lastly, I thought Walter said something very interesting to Peter over the phone.
“We all want Windmark dead, the plan outlined on the tapes is the way to do it.”
Will Walters plan actually kill the Observers? That seems extreme but they are at war. I originally thought the device would block the Observers from invading the past or at least make the world uninhabitable for them. But kill them? Maybe.
What are your thoughts people?