TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Brave New World, Part 2
Original Air Date: May 11, 2012
Episode Number: 4×22
In the climactic conclusion of the two-part Season Four finale, the Fringe team is pushed to their breaking point as they desperately attempt to prevent a catastrophic event that threatens the lives of everyone.
This finale pretty much encapsulated my feelings about this season: great character moments, crazy science, okay mytharc, shocking twist. I was sort of dreading watching the last two seasons of this show because I remember not being a big fan of them when they first aired and because of the fact that one character was relegated to the background in the last season which totally annoyed and pissed me off. I’m sure it’s not hard to guess who that character is if you’ve been reading my comments.
Anyway, this episode had its ups and downs. Bell’s master plan is so fucked up and doesn’t really make sense, at least to me. He wants to destroy the two universes and build his own universe. I’m still not sure why exactly. And he had a feeling that he would die anyway after this new universe is created? What kind of half-assed planning is that? I’m going to just roll with this and not question it because if I do, the episode diminishes in quality.
Best part (and my favorite) was Olivia displaying her superpowers: the way she stopped those bullets from hitting September made my jaw drop. I have forgotten how fucking badass she was (even more so than usual) with these powers that she had all along. Telekinesis, pyrokinesis, ability to heal, etc. This is probably the only good thing that came out of the Cortexiphan trials which became a double-edged sword in the end.
She was the power source that Bell needed to collapse the two universes and with every breath she takes, the universes degrade more and more. As Bell puts it: “Olivia is a living uncertainty engine. Every breath she takes brings us closer to nirvana. Every beat of her heart, tears the world from its hinges. She is the redeemer.” Well then!
Of course, this leads to Walter shooting Olivia because he didn’t really have a choice. If he didn’t do it, everyone would have died. But Walter had a plan in that he believes that the Cortexiphan in Olivia’s system would heal her and the damage caused by the bullet would be repairable. All theory, of course, so it’s a good thing he was right and that it worked.
Kudos to Joshua Jackson for the emotions he displayed after Olivia died. Seeing Peter so broken and just rocking Olivia’s dead body was heartbreaking. Walter had to slap him to get him to save Olivia before it was too late. The whole procedure was way too graphic and made me cringe. That was pretty brutal to watch. I was also cringing when Olivia injected that needle into Jessica’s temple earlier in the episode. I could almost feel the needle going into my own temple.
I can’t believe I wrote in the previous episode that Rebecca Mader’s appearance was a one-off. D’oh! Totally forgot she’s in this episode and was actually Bell’s lackey. Was it explained how she and Bell started working together and what her reasons were? If it was addressed, I missed it. It was too freaking creepy when Jessica was reanimated and her eyes were going all over the place, omg. I never want to see that again! This show never fails to up the creepiness factor in every episode.
You know I never get tired of people talking about Olivia and how awesome she is and we got to hear Nina and Bell say so in this episode:
“You’ve always had incredible compassion. It was your capacity for feeling that made William and Walter so sure that you were the perfect candidate for the trials.”
“You’re right, Walter. She truly is a remarkable girl.”
It was good of the show to give us one happy moment (before hitting us with more doom and gloom) in that scene with Olivia telling Peter that she’s pregnant. I admit, I smiled like an idiot seeing them so happy and smiled even more when Walter and Astrid entered the room and basked in their happiness.
Of course, no one on this show ever stays happy so we got that final scene of September warning Walter that “They’re coming” and ‘they’ as in the Observers. Season five is going to be interesting…
Other random thoughts and observations:
– So relieved Astrid is alive and well. Leave it up to her to have licorice on hand just when Walter is feeling peckish.
– Walter calling Astrid by her real name made me smile. I do believe that was the first time he’s done so this season.
– It’s safe to say that the bullet that came out of Olivia’s head is the same one that Etta was wearing in the Letters of Transit episode.
– “I hate kids.” – Well, Jessica and I have that in common, lol.
– “She’s not alive. She can’t faint.” – Only on Fringe will this statement not seem absurd and make complete sense.
– “If you’ve lost your mind, now would be the time to tell me.” – Olivia making a funny and saying this to Peter before they jumped off the helicopter.
– Broyles got promoted to general was SUPER COOL! Definitely deserved it. Loved Nina’s reaction when Broyles asked her if she wanted a job.
– “I’m so sorry, Olive.” – Walter apologizing to a dead Olivia. Heartbreaking.
– “You just called me by my real name.”