Reaction: Fringe (4×22)

Had I been coherent enough to give an actual post on last week’s Fringe episode, I would have mentioned my suspicions about Jessica Holt. She was too calm and cool with the whole “gonna die” thing. I’m generally skeptical of TV people who can remain that calm. Perhaps it happens in real life, but I’d imagine that when people face imminent doom in a horrible way, they might panic.

Bwah! The Observers can be caught in their own version of a Devil’s Trap! Adorable.

Hmm, Peter started out with his sling under his coat, then when they got to the hospital, it was outside his pea coat. But, WHEW, ASTRID IS OKAY.

William Bell is quite the megalomaniac, isn’t he? I rather enjoy that Fringe was trying to make us believe it was all David Robert Jones, but he ended up being a giant red herring. I had thought Leonard Nimoy had officially retired from acting, but I’m glad he came back for this.

I also rather enjoy that Fringe managed to weave things we’d previously seen somewhat logically into this episode – September’s bullet wound, the bullet Ella wore around her neck in the future (and knowing the timeline, we also knew the pregnancy would be revealed), the ominous announcement that “they” are coming. I also like that despite having these bits dangled in front of us, all the speculation in the world couldn’t have brought me to the answers that were revealed. I’d assumed Bell would kill Olivia, but what he did was so much worse. When Walter saw the gun and bullets, I knew. I knew it would be him, but the efficient way he did it was … wow. Cold. Amazing, as it was still somehow very shocking. I also liked that Walter whacked Peter to get him out of his grief so they could magic science Olivia back to life.

Broyles gets a promotion. A BIG promotion! It made me a little uneasy, though, when he and Nina walked away laughing. I remember the future. I also can’t seem to let go of Nina’s other versions being so nasty to trust this one completely.

I’m not much more coherent this week, apparently. I have to say this episode was filled with glorious, glorious magic science and I kind of wish it had ended before September visited Walter. Meaning, I wish it had ended that way and didn’t get renewed. What can I say, though the Epic Romance of Olivia and Peter is totally predictable and sometimes schlocky, I love it. So there.


  1. Azzy says

    In retrospect, I don’t know why we were so worried about Astrid: we’d already seen she was alive in the future! I slapped myself on the forehead when I realized I’d completely forgotten this fact.

    Also, the Devil Trap thing was, indeed, adorable.

    And Bell was appropriately vilainish. Is that a word? I don’t know, he was believably antagonistic: he wasn’t just doing this shit because he was evil, he did it because… um. Cancer, I guess. I dunno, he really did strike me as the kind of guy so terrified of his own mortality that he was willing to tear down the whole world and recreate it in his image.

  2. sbg says


    That’s true about Astrid, and I found the handling of it odd. I mean, that was dramatic, right, so I expected some sort of tension from the start. Instead it was “Oh, yeah, Agent Farnsworth got shot” and then she was walking around right as rain by the end. Oh, TV medicine.

    Totally agree about William Bell as well.

  3. Danathan says

    I thought this was very enjoyable, and I too loved the Observer trap. There wasn’t quite enough Walter for my tastes, and nowhere near enough Astrid, but I liked the scenes of them that we did get. I’m not sure quite why, but I really liked how upset Astrid was about failing to protect Walter – I thought that scene was very well written and Jasika Nicole played it very convincingly. And I’m glad that we got to see more of why Future!Walter was so angry with Future!Bell, and the fact that it was Walter who was forced to shoot Olivia does put a slightly different spin on his anger.

    Some unusually cheesy dialogue in this episode, though. I couldn’t believe it when Nina said “You had the power in you all along”, apparently without irony, and Broyles’s promotion scene and the scene with Nina that followed it both had a lot of corny lines as well. Found it a bit jarring, because Fringe isn’t usually like that, but I suppose if the writers were unsure at the time when they were writing it whether the series would be renewed, I suppose that could have affected their writing and made them a little mawkish.

    I’m still unsure what the scene with September in the warehouse was there for. What exactly were Jessica and Bell wanting? If the point was just to make Olivia upset and/or angry in order to activate the cortexifam, then why were they threatening September (a character that Olivia has never been shown to be particularly close to) when Peter was RIGHT THERE? It was almost as though the writers realised that they were right at the end of the series and they still hadn’t shown how September got shot, so they wrote it in at the last minute. Perhaps they had initially planned to address it in the next season, but didn’t want to leave such a big thread dangling in case the series was cancelled.

    Still, overall, that was an excellent finale and would have worked well even if the series had been cancelled. Yay for the next series hopefully focusing on the evil Observers!

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