Taking a Leap of Faith with Fringe.
In this past season of Fringe, the fans of the show have been asked to take a leap of faith as the series re-spun itself into a new timeline. Now that the season has come to its conclusion I would like to know if you all thought it was worth it.
We all know Peter was removed from the time line only to be re-inserted into a world where no one knew who he was (except for Olivia eventually, and we’ll get to that shortly). Was it worth it to you all for Peter to be transported to this strange new land? Did you feel it betrayed the earlier narrative of the previous three seasons? Or, are happy no matter what Fringe does to itself as long as the series continues?
Here are a few more “gripes” that are worthy of examination.
- What of Olivia and her reformed memory? Was Walter 2.0 correct in declaring Peter responsible for this transference? How did Olivia retrieve the memories of a time line she was not a part of? How can September tell Peter, “She is your Olivia” when no one else in that world is?
- What of the downfall of David Robert Jones? He was heavily invested in his Shape-shifters, so much so that he cried when he sacrificed one of them. Yet the Shape-shifters played no role at the end and Jones himself was reduced to a pawn set to ash. How does that sit with you?
- What of the ultimate master puppeteer, William Bell? He is now cast as the bad guy. He is shown to be utterly delusional and beyond redemption. Shouldn’t he be allowed absolution the same way Walter 1.0 was? He declared himself a god. Isn’t that beyond redemption and goes against one of the major themes of the show of hubris and forgiveness?
- Back to Olivia. She finally comes to terms with her abilities and is told by Nina that she was capable of this all along. Yet when push comes to shove she was reduced to an “off” switch by taking a bullet to the forehead. For all her sacrifice and suffering she was still a lab rat to Walter and Bell. Bell manipulated her as a simple battery and the Walter pulled the plug on her. Is that fair to the character?
- Has Fringe become too clever for its own good? The original title of the last two episodes were “End Game, Parts 1 and 2.” When Leonard Nimoy was secured to play William Bell once again, it wasn’t long before the season conclusion was renamed “Brave New World Parts 1 and 2.” Fringe loves to make call backs to its characters and stars’ previous work. Nimoy was in a 1998 made for TV movie as the character, Mustapha Mond of a “Brave New World” . A little too clever of Fringe? Did this inclusion of Nimoy lead to a re-write of the final episodes that some mistook for the filming of two alternate endings of season four?
These are just a few of the head-scratchers we were presented with this year. There are many things to be thankful for and many other things that Fringe did well. So if you are fine with all of the aforementioned than please tell me so and share your thoughts with the rest of the community.
If some or all of these things don’t sit well with you then by all means tell us how you feel also.
Freedom of speech no matter what time-line, universe or dimension!
(The above GIF comes from the tumblr page, “Observer Totalitarianism” visit it here.)