“What a miserable future”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11
Original Air Date: September 28, 2012
Episode Number: 5×01

Episode Description

The fifth and final season picks up from the ominous events of last season’s “Letters of Transit” episode, in which the year is 2036 and the overpowering Observers rule. The Fringe team – preserved in amber for 20 years – is now a rebel resistance team fighting for freedom. Peter, reunited with his now adult daughter, Henrietta, sets out to find out what happened to his wife and Etta’s mom – Olivia – as they launch their mission to free their world.

My Review

The last season…really dreading starting this, but here I am. From what I remember, I didn’t like this season for the fact that my favorite character was relegated to the background for the majority of the episodes. However, I’m willing to watch this season again with an open mind and not be biased. Maybe I’ll change my stance on it.

Everyone working to find Olivia was great and I cracked up when it was revealed that it was Markham who bought Olivia’s amber state. Kinda messed up that he was using her as a table and that he had plans to have her fall in love with him if/when he figured out a way to remove her from the amber. Find your own Olivia, Markham. Like Olivia said last season, she’s already taken.

Etta and Olivia’s reunion brought tears to my eyes. “Hi, mama.” Yes, I’m fine. I’m definitely fine! Loved that quick moment in Markham’s apartment when Etta crouched down and touched the amber while looking at Olivia through it. It was very touching. Kudos again to the casting team because Georgina Haig looks so much like she really could be Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson’s daughter.

It was quite a shock to learn that Peter and Olivia had a falling out when Etta disappeared the day the Observers arrived. Olivia was ready to move on and go to New York to join the resistance, but Peter stayed behind because he wouldn’t give up looking for Etta. Let’s see if they can rekindle their love and find their way back to each other again. They’ve been through worse situations than this. This scene was nicely acted by both Torv and Jackson so kudos to them.

Seeing Walter getting tortured and his brain getting scrambled by Windmark was heartbreaking. As if he hasn’t gone through enough, he had to endure that torture just to keep Etta’s identity a secret, keep September’s plans a secret, and keep the rest of the team a secret. He was great, though, because he didn’t really give up anything concrete.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– The Walter/Olivia reunion was beautiful.

– We have two new nicknames for Astrid: “Aspen” and “Afro.” Lovely.

– Egg sticks apparently taste pretty bad. Hell, just by their name, they already taste bad. I wouldn’t dare eat them no matter how hungry I am.

– The last scene with Walter was great especially the choice of music, but how did that CD player in the cab able to play a CD? Or was that just Walter imagining he’s hearing the music?

– “What happened to him?”
“Occupational hazard.”
“That’s my girl.”

Etta is definitely her parents’ daughter.

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