Fringe: Liberty and An Enemy of Fate

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by Ashley Binion

It’s hard to say goodbye. After countless fringe events, ninety-eight  episodes, and two universes Fringe ended its five year run with “Liberty” and their 100th episode,  “An Enemy of Fate.” The two-episode ending gave fans callbacks,  retuning characters, and ultimately remained true to itself.

Warning: Major spoilers ahead!

Fringe’s final Friday began with the series’ penultimate  episode, “Liberty,” a universe-jumping and Cortexiphan-filled  hour.

It started with the team frantically trying to  find Michael, the child Observer, after he allowed himself to be caught  by Windmark. Broyles coerced a Loyalist soldier into giving away Michael’s  location, Liberty Island. Being “the dove,” he then relayed  the information to the former Fringe team.

Since the island was so heavily guarded, Olivia  suggested using the other universe to help in their quest. After checking  that the other side was still intact by using the universe window, Walter  injected her with four bottles of Cortexiphan. Anna Torv did an amazing  job making me cringe while watching Olivia struggle with bottle after  bottle of the drug being injected.

The first of many moving father and son moments  occurred between Walter and Peter. They discussed sacrifice, but Walter  couldn’t bring himself to tell Peter about the impending sacrifice he  was to make.

Olivia jumped universes, where she was instantly  snatched up by the other universe’s Fringe Division. The audience gets  a glimpse of an older Lincoln Lee and Fauxlivia. I didn’t realize how  much I missed Fauxlivia until I saw her. It made me want to watch season  three all over again. Did anyone else notice that Chelsea Clinton was  running for president?  I thought that was a nice touch.

I loved the reunion scene between the married  couple and Olivia. It’s always fun to watch Anna Torv act with herself.  We were then caught up with all the events of the other universe. Fauxlivia  and Lincoln have a cute little family life, Fringe division is still  around, and Walternate is ninety years old and continues to lecture  at Harvard. Lincoln and Olivia had a nice moment where he showed his  remorse and regret for leaving his home world behind. Then came the  best line of the episode from Fauxlivia: “You can stop checking  out my young ass.” Such an adorable moment in a tense episode.

Olivia jumped to our side’s Liberty Island. After  some initial hiccups, she found Michael and took him back to the other  universe’s Liberty Island.  Observers followed, but Fauxlivia and  Lincoln had her back. After a short goodbye, Olivia and Michael safely  jumped back to our side’s Battery Park.

While Windmark had the boy, he tried to read his  thoughts, but got nowhere. He ordered for tests to be done. The Observers  realized how he had a higher intellect and they are unable to comprehend.  Windmark traveled back to 2609 and informed his superiors of the revelation.

Meanwhile, September built the device that would  create the wormhole that would help transport Michael and Walter to  2167. He ran into difficulties when the main power source was no longer  viable, and made his way to December’s apartment, hoping to get some  help from the fellow Observer. With that, the episode and the door closed  with the number 513. This, of course, is a shout out to the next and  final episode: the thirteenth episode of the fifth season.

The glyph code for this episode was “loved.”



The 100th episode, “An Enemy of  Fate” continued the pace of the previous episode. December and  September had a nice discussion about emotions, and a nice shout out  to August (my favorite Observer besides September).  Even though  the original twelve Observation Team had been engineered to not have  feelings, they all ended up developing emotions. December agreed to  help, but once he acquired the piece, he was killed by Loyalists and  it was taken from him.

After some old-school Fringe science talk, they devised a plan to shoot the  beacons into one of the Observer’s shipping lanes and have Michael enter  the future.

Peter discovered a tape while lasering through  the amber, with his awesome Doctor Horrible goggles, that was addressed  to him. The father and son watched the tape together. On the tape, 2015  Walter described sending Peter a letter with something of his inside.  But when he tried to reach his father, he wouldn’t be around because  he vanished and living in the future. Current Walter told his son that  he would be the one to take Michael to the future and he would disappear  the moment of the invasion. In this moment, Walter was a father sacrificing  himself for the well-being of his son. Peter visibly upset, embraced  his father. Joshua Jackson and John Noble did an excellent job in this  scene.

Back in the amber, Astrid showed Walter she found  Gene. This led to another one of my favorite scenes. Astrid noticed  Walter’s distress and tried to comfort him with the prospect of drinking  a strawberry milkshake. They have always had a special bond. After calling  her every name in the book that began with an “A” throughout  the series, when he complimented her on her real name it was absolutely  heartbreaking.

Windmark, now onto Broyles “being the dove,”  had him followed, captured, and tortured. But never fear Olivia and  Peter to the rescue! They released a handful of old Fringe events on the compound. The ones I saw were the  parasites from “Snakehead,” closed orifices from “Ability,”  exploding heads from “The Cure,” the butterfly attack from  “The Dreamscape, crystalized bodies from “Pilot,” and  a random six fingered hand which is a glyph image. Oh, and another was  another callback to “The Equation,” when Peter was hacking  into Broyles’ room and the light flashed red, red, red, green.

It all came together in a final battle, where  sadly September bit the dust, Olivia used her Cortexiphan powers to  throw a car and kill Windmark (which was awesome), and Walter took Michael’s  hand and led him into the future as Peter said “I love you, Dad.”  This mirrored the moment when Walter took Peter from the other universe  into ours, where the entire universe of Fringe began. Shout out to Michael Giacchino’s moving  score.

The next image the audience sees  is the scene in the park, where the season began. It worked, the Observer  invasion never happened. The series ended with Peter, now at home with  Olivia and Etta, discovering the letter Walter sent him. Inside the  letter was the drawing of the white tulip, Walter’s symbol of hope.

I was extremely satisfied with this ending, which was emotionally  rewarding. Sure, it was somewhat predictable, but to see Peter and Olivia  get their happy ending with their daughter was fulfilling.

To me, the series was never about the awesome science, the father  and son relationship, nor the romance. Of course, these elements I loved,  but instead it was about family. Yes, Peter and Walter were biologically  family, but the Fringe world and team came together to form their own dysfunctional family  who loved each other and would do anything for one another. This was  well represented in the final two hours.

It was poignant and optimistic, much more optimistic  than I thought it would end. Of course Walter was never going to have  a happy ending. He had to amend for his mistakes and his overwhelming  hubris. In the end, Fringe stayed true to itself and its overarching  theme of the importance of family.

The glyph code for this episode was “close.”

What did you think of Fringe’s ending?


Ratings:

“Liberty” – 5  out of 5 stars

“An Enemy of Fate”  – 5 out of 5 stars


    4 Comments

  1. SynbiosJanuary 22nd, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I loved it too. My favorite scene was Olivia using her cortexiphan powers one last time. She’s a badass 😀

  2. BethJanuary 22nd, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I had read somewhere that although time reset and Peter didn’t remember anything that had happened, the Cortexiphan in Olivia’s system let her remember the invasion, Walter’s whereabouts and Etta’s death. That is why Michael kept motioning to her to keep quiet and why she had that secret sad smile when Peter was playing with Etta in the park. That is satisfying to me, that SOMEONE remembers how much they had to go through and sacrifice for that happy moment.

  3. MeganJanuary 22nd, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    such a great ending…would have preferred to have Walter alive in 2015. But it was a bitter sweet ending. Happy Peter and Oliva could have Etta back.

  4. AnnaJanuary 23rd, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I thought the ending was superb and fantastic that we got to see the end of a series rather than the network just pulling it. Even better that nobody was killed off so if my any miracle someone does want to bring it back they could (I live in hope).
    Quick question: Was time reset in the alternate universe?

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