Fringe Season Finale Episode 23 ‘Over There Part 2’

Okay anticipation has been building through rain, sea and storm; through sky buggering around with an extended mid-season break (and treating Fringe like a plain girl at a disco when oh-so-sexy Lost came in with her airs and graces in her finale  party frock)  and like thoughts bouncing around the damaged synapses in Walter’s brain it finally comes together and explodes on the screen.

Here be spoilers and all that. After the review they’ll be a few musings on the series as a whole.

I say musings it’ll be me essentially tonguing  a TV show.

Well we got less of a finale and more of ‘to be continued’ but it was certainly one which will have me restless until Fringe reappears on our screens.

Top draw performances all round but the tour de force as to go to Anna Torv and Peter Noble, There is a fine, glorious tradition of goatee high camp mirrorverse acting in telly Sci-Fi. Let us with all due respect and acknowledging the time it was born call it ‘Shatnerseque.’ Here however you got two skilled actors giving utterly compelling, very different characters – not mere ‘Days of Our lives’ evil twins but real human beings in their own right. Obvious the raw material must be there in the script but those two really struck it for six and having made a century continued to take 5 wickets with the ball to clinch the match. Out-stand-ing.

Which is not to belittle the rest of the cast – Joshua Jackson playing very nicely against both Olivias. (Yes they had to bring some ‘slushy’ stuff but it wasn’t overdone, was emotionally true and was agonised romantic rather than sexualised so it fitted with Fringe.) There was also a nice, simple scene that suggested some hope in the Peter/Walter relationship.

The episode was also a touching and fitting bookend to the screen career of the great Mr Nimoy.

However to a certain extent the finale didn’t feel like a finale but a grand opening of broader questions:

  • The nature, richness and threat of other dimensional intrusions in Walternate’s universe.
  • Walternate’s motivation – benign or malign?
  • The outcome of Walternate’s plan if successful – masterful or disasterful?
  • Whats the dynamic in the Red Arrow/Red Lantern team-up
  • The true nature of the Shapeshifters – are they really William Bell’s creation? (and if so how?)
  • The repercussions to our characters survival of these trips
  • The repercussions for Fringe Divisions political survival if these trips ever become known
  • The ‘twist’ and how that will be played out? Will we see the plot develop in both universes in parallel, in alternating episodes or will one take the backseat?

To name the ones whizzing around my head. All in all a good solid Fringe episode which translates as a great bit of telly. 4/5

At this point a few broader reflections on this show.  Fringe was new to me this Season and it has been an outstanding addition to my geek experience. It’s delivered strong punchy weekly threats with sufficient attention and restraint to it’s mythology to keep me viewing. Most of all though it has worked because it has very real relationships between the characters at it’s heart being represented by talented actors delivering on an emotional level. A testament to this is the devotion the show shown by colleagues of mine who are definitively non-geek but still seek me out to chat about the latest episode – it’s not just great sci-fi, it’s great water-cooler chat telly full stop.

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One comment

  1. Marianne /

    I agree with your comments. I thought the actors coped well with trying to show the differences between the two realities, it was fascinating to watch the “same” characters reacting quite differently to the same scenario. I must admit I expected there to be trouble when the Olivias met – it never seems to go well – but there didn’t seem to be any repercussions.

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