‘Fringe’ Season 5, Episode 11 Review – Everything Revealed

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After 5 years on the year, Fringe will finally come to an end next week. And in this week’s penultimate episode of Fringe, “The Boy Must Live”, Walter’s plan to defeat the Observers is finally revealed, while a former ally reunites with the team after 21 years.

Now that the identity of Donald is revealed to be September, Walter visits the isolation tank to pinpoint his location and does so, thanks to some help from the Observer child. September – now human – reminds Walter about his time traveling plan to defeat the Observers, requiring Walter to sacrifice himself in order for the plan succeed and revealing how important the Observer child is to cause. Meanwhile, Windmark finds out about September and the Observer child, and Windmark stops at nothing to gain control over the key to Walter’s plan.

With only one (two-hour) episode of Fringe left, the pieces to this season’s puzzle are now coming together, finally revealing Walter’s plan to defeat the Observers – which may or not return everything to normal. This, above everything else, is the core story for the season – a story which took 10 episodes (read: hours) to fully reveal itself. After weeks and weeks of watching an Observer battle which is, essentially, outside of past seasonal story-arcs, a hint at a “time travel fix” may be the light at the end of the tunnel that fans have been waiting for. Still, suspension of disbelief may be required.

Piece by piece, Walter’s plan has been coming together – slowly. Now, thanks to September, the few remaining (though extremely important) pieces have already been collected. With only one episode left, being able to see everything come together is rewarding, even if September’s “I’ve got the rest of the required items” convenience is a bit disconcerting. Still, in the list of faults for Fringe season 5 this one is at the bottom; while it would have been nice to truly see the future Observer world (not just The Matrix version of it), the fact that it’s bringing the story back to Walter provides reassurance to fans that the core series storyline has remained intact throughout various travels through time and alternate universes.

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The Observer child, though interesting in regards to the Observers, has unfortunately yet to fully reveal itself. Aside from explaining how humans decided to trade emotions for a higher intellect, thus creating the Observers, the Observer child serving as an anomaly (intelligence and emotions) better helps develop the Observer storyline. However, the Observer storyline isn’t what’s going to interest fans the most.

Fringe season 5 has always felt like a stand-alone miniseries of a show championed for 4 years. So even though the Observer child September are providing some much needed information about the Fringe team’s foe, that information wouldn’t have been needed if a time jump didn’t occur in the creation of season 5. Fortunately, the hint of potential time travel and focus on Walter is what will pique most fans’ interest.

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Ever since the beginning of Fringe, audiences have been following the wonderfully chaotic, deeply emotional journey of Walter Bishop as he travels through time and space, all in an attempt to come to terms (or fix) a decision he made to save his otherworldly son. This story of struggle, no matter when or where Walter may travel, has remained throughout the series’ run. Although its appearance hasn’t been as strong in season 5 as it has in past seasons, Walter’s battle with himself and his past decisions still remain – and this is where much anticipation for the finale comes into play.

Although the Observers will likely be defeated, and the Observer child is likely to change the course of the future forever, it will be Walter’s story which will illicit the most emotions, and rightfully so. Because before there were Observers, before there were cartoon adventures into Leonard Nimoy’s brain (in Olivia), there was a brilliant man in a psychiatric hospital who simply wanted to save his son, not matter what the cost. Could it be that, in the finale episode, Walter will have the pay a real price for what he’s done?


Fringe series finale airs next Friday on Fox. You can check out a previous of next week’s episode below:

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  1. Although the Observer child allegedly still has emotions, in addition to intellect…he seems absolutely emotionless. Really disappointed with this year, as I felt it had potential and could have been so much better. I will be watching the finale, although I think it is a year overdue.

    • It’s hard for me to say my review of this season because if the Finale is as satisfying as John Noble and Abrams said it is my entire perspective could change. I thought this review hit it on the head that this season has felt like a mini series, as opposed to a continuation of the previous 4 seasons, if i looked at it as it’s own entity i actually enjoy it, but in comparison to the past 4 seasons its just so different different pace, different dynamic entirely.

      This is precisely why i wanted them to give the show a full 22 episode final order, or hell maybe even a shortened 6th season as well, because i felt like despite the fact that last season ended in such a way to be an ending, it wasn’t satisfying, but once they announced it would be a shortened season i felt like they painted themselves into a corner, the result this season. Which is a huge jump in time from last season, and honestly i would of loved to see them slowly show what happened prior to them being ambered, and Etta as a child and what not, and then the things that have unfolded in this season wouldn’t feel like such a jump and shock, it would of been a more natural progression.

      It’s why in the end i can’t put too much fault in the creators, they were almost forced to make a season like this one, one that feels like none of the past, with the exception of the first 3 episodes or so i have enjoyed the season, it’s just so drastically different than i, and probably most people anticipated which is why i think it’s gotten so much hate, i think once that subsides people will have better perspectives. Though as i mentioned in the beginning of this rant, a great finale will subdue all the hate all on its own.

      • I have also said all along that this season is laregely distinct and separate from the first four seasons, and the writers were forced to create this storyline after they were given notice that they had an additional year to pen. Frankly, I am so disappointed with it, however, that when it is all said and done, I will happily remember the first four years of Fringe, with what I thought was an excellent ending to the show in Season 4, and I will likely forget about this fifth season. As I said, I’ll be watching the finale to Season 5, but even if it is good, it will not change my opinion of this year as a whole. Good job Mr. Noble, and good job Mr. Nimoy. You two made the show for me.

        • my thoughts exactly. I believe the show should’ve ended at the finale of season four. The entire idea of Peter being wiped off existence was already too much for me to swallow, and quite frankly, by the end of season four I couldn’t care less about the observers, where they come from or what they want! by the end of season four it started to show quite clearly that this is a show that had much more storytelling material on its hands but had to bail out prematurely!
          So yes I think they should’ve taken the hint in low viewership that was only getting lower, and wrapped it up with four seasons tops. Had they done that, they could’ve left behind such a legacy!

  2. cant wait to see the alternate olivia and lincoln in the final ep :o and of course time travel

  3. I am curious as to what is going to happen if they do succeed. Will Walter never have to go into the other universe to cure and bring back Peter? I am leaning towards no. If September never exists (which might be so if they succeed and the scientist doesn’t go the same path to begin creating super smart humans) then Walter will never be interrupted by September and miss seeing that he succeeded in creating a cure, and thus he will be able to save his son, which leads to Walter never crossing over to save him.

    Anyway, love the first few seasons of this show. Really cared about the characters but this fourth season I am discovering I don’t really care all that much any longer. Only continuing to watch to find out how everything gets wrapped up.

    • Sorry Walternate was interrupted, not Walter.

    • Yeah I really hope that they don’t ignore that. That was blaring me in the face when they were talking about resetting the timeline with the plan. I’m pretty sure they’ll address it though

      • With September not interrupting Walternate, and Peter being saved, Walter, may still go and get Peter, being grief stricken, but if he does, he and Peter still fall in the water and die at Reiden lake with no September to save them, thus insuring that the Observers will be created in the future meaning that September will save Walter and Peter….

        ….I’m starting to get a headache!! :)

  4. too good

  5. why would the observers “punish” september by placing him in the same city and same timeline as those he is being punished for helping ?
    and is it that much of a punishment , when september has an admitted fondness for this era ? surely windmark read his mind and said “oh, you like the early 21st century ? well its off to the cretaceous for you, asshole”.
    or at least some equally tech barren era.

    just sayin.

  6. Not sure how they are going to tie in the alternate Fringeverse in the finale. In the preview, it looks like Olivia is getting a shot of Cortexiphan but it’s years in the future there too so unless Fauxlivia and Lincoln have been suspended in amber, they should be senior citizens.

    I also wonder about the Peter conundrum, the preview make it look like he’s fading out of existence but that could just be a red herring because you can always tie it up that he is in the other reality.

    I think the only mystery really left is why the Observers have gone back in time. You would think that since they know all these timelines, they would already know about the “anomaly” kid plan… but whatever.

    Will Mark Valley make a cameo in the finale?