TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: The Boy Must Live
Original Air Date: January 11, 2013
Episode Number: 5×11
As time dramatically ticks down toward the end of this acclaimed series, Peter, Olivia, and Walter stop at nothing to save the universe from Observer rule. Walter enters the infamous deprivation tank in an attempt to uncover a key piece of information about the mysterious figure, Donald. Meanwhile, Captain Windmark sets out on a revealing mission of his own as long-standing questions are answered.
I know September’s exposition was necessary, but damn, were those minutes the most boring moments of this show or what? Olivia was so bored she got up to take a drink (I know she had a revelation that if the plan worked and it would reset time, then there’s a chance they’ll get Etta back) that I almost laughed because I felt the same way!
The plan seems to be solid, but there seems to be way too many variables that are out of the team’s control that it would almost seem impossible that they will succeed. So they want to send Michael to the future to prove to the scientists hundreds of years in the future that they don’t have to sacrifice emotion for intelligence. This would mean that the Observers will not come to existence and that they wouldn’t invade Earth in 2015. Then this will lead for everything to be reset (apparently). Within all this, Walter is supposed to sacrifice himself in order for the plan to work.
The Walter/Peter scene was supposed to left us emotional, but it left me with a feeling of “Umm, okay then. Next scene, please.” I think the show has not hit a lot of emotional beats like it has done so well in previous seasons. I’m just not feeling the same emotional investment as I did before and it sucks because I still care about these characters.
Even the white tulip scene with September/Donald and Walter should have made quite an emotional impact, but it left me feeling bored (it pains me to say this). Ah well, these episodes can’t all be winners.
Was not a fan of the “The boy is important. He must live.” statement being somewhat of a retcon, but thinking about it, maybe it did apply to Peter and Michael. Also, how exactly did September father Michael?
Why did Michael step off the train? What’s he up to that he wanted to get himself captured by Windmark?
Lastly, Olivia getting an eyeful of Walter naked in the tank was definitely the most hilarious scene in the episode. “Are you feeling sufficiently free and open now?”