So I’m less pissed at Fringe. But i’m still pissed.
THERE WILL BE SPOILERS
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Can i just have ONE show per season which cultivates and delivers an apocalyptic vision of world-rending betterment? Is that ASKING TOO MUCH?
For three seasons, Fringe was [almost] that show. This season, I thought it was going to be that show. It was dealing with tough moral issues, it was weaving two universes together in a way that they were no longer at war, and in fact relied on each other for survival. The Walter Bishop from “our” universe broke “their” universe, and you know what? We were putting it right. We were investigating the implications of what it meant to be a person, an individual. The paths diverged, the roads not taken…
But apparently that was making people’s heads hurt with the thinking and the whatever.
So instead of this, we get the other universe sealed off (What’s that Red Universe? You’re still pretty broken, and light doesn’t work right? Eeessh… Well… See ya!), one of the best characters dead (What’s that ALincolnternate? You survived being blown up by a woman with Mind Fire, so you shouldn’t be taken down by some punk ass shapeshifter sniper? Welllll… Uhm… See ya!), one of the most fiercely independent characters knocked up by The Boy Who Was Loved™ (What’s that Olivia? You never really wanted children of your own, and you’re pretty sure you’d be a weirdly militaristic mom? Huh. So… Baby!), and a complete motivational shift for a group of characters which previously had a stated ethos, motivation, and modus operandi (What’s that Observers? You used to be there to watch important world events, and make sure the universe A) didn’t disintegrate and B) moved toward your particular timeline? Welllp… Evil Now!).
So you know what? Yeah, I’m pissed at Fringe. They didn’t have the guts or brains to resolve the reappearance of Peter in an interesting way (which also would have given them a reason for the Observers turning), and they didn’t have the guts or the heart to show the Blue and Red Universes taking the best parts from each other, and being stronger together. They went from the promise of last season’s finale— the promise that with a little work, everyone could win— back to being a zero-sum “Us Vs. Them” Show. And they did it in the most boring way possible.
AND FOR WHAT?! If Olivia was the real energy source, why haven’t they turned the machine back on? Bringing everything back together gives everyone more resources, more people, more understanding…!
So fuck that. Yeah. I’m pissed.
If they had killed Astrid, i’d be Done. Like, Forever done. But they didn’t, so, as it stands, I find myself in the really weird position of hoping that next season is their last season.
And I think I’m pretty much alone in that one.