Walter: “Sacrifice is hard son, but you are no stranger to it.”
Peter: “Neither are you, dad. You’ve sacrificed a lot.”
Fringe concludes its five season run with an epic, two part finale: “Liberty” and “An Enemy of Fate.” This article contains major spoilers, so beware! To review the last case file, click here. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode! Long live Fringe.
Walter: “It’s a beautiful name.”
Astrid: “What is?”
The finale two hours are an absolute rollercoaster and it wouldn’t have been better any other way. The writers manage to bring back little snippets and characters from the past in a realistic manner. Some, like Alt!Liv and Lincoln, serve as both an emotional and function purpose. Others, like Gene, are just there for emotional reasons (aka to bring everyone to tears). The writers don’t just bring someone or something back without a purpose, even if the purpose is only to make you cry. Because of all of this, the writers create a fitting send off for a beloved show. Is there anyone or anything in particular that you loved seeing again?
Alt!Liv: “Please stop checking out my young ass.”
There were a couple issues and predictable moments. The main one being Donald’s demise. It would have been too easy to allow Donald to go with Michael in the future. Plus, it would have left Walter still feeling guilty about all the pain he has caused. The shock factor dies down a bit, but the writers handle Donald’s death well. Michael playing the little music box for his father is a beautiful and heart wrenching moment that shows Donald that he loves him. Donald had suspected that Michael couldn’t understand his feelings of love for him, and by having Michael play the music, it shows Donald that Michael understands and loves him back. Fringe has always been about the love of a father and son, and it is great that the writers take it a step further with Donald and Michael. Did you love Michael’s music box moment as well?
Broyles: “Lieutenant, are you suggesting that I might be the dove? I’m more of a raven, don’t you think?”
Here are quick thoughts on elsewhere in the finale. The writers did a great job of taking the time to explain things, which has been an issue for most of this season. Both Donald and Walter break down parts of the plan, and what exactly does what and so forth. One thing that could have been explained better is why the observers are suddenly feeling emotional. It’s great that the writers show that the original team of observers (the ones named after months) started to feel emotion as well. It could have been really cool to delve into the reasons behind all of this. What did you think of the finale overall?
Walter: “What I wouldn’t give for a good, old fashioned, tumor inducing cell phone.”
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