May. 29th, 2015

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We're concluding the season five rewatch today. Thank you to everyone who participated. Thanks especially to [personal profile] sprocket, who stepped in to give me a hand when no one else could or would. Season five is unpopular, and justifiably so, but we forged ahead and finished it up. Hurrah!

The writers structured the fifth season as a sort of archaeological dig: the discovery of and lasering out of Walter's beta tapes of his plan to save the world from his ambered Harvard lab. They combined this with a treasure hunt: the search for the items needed to fulfill the plan. So when the Fringe writers decided that the best way to conclude the series was to have the damned plan not work because they were missing a piece of tech, I was pretty steamed. I was prepared for it this time so I'm less angry, but seriously folks, this stank.

Other than a failure of imagination, there was no reason to take up 13 episodes with this plot. Walter could have recorded the entire plan on one tape. The team could have watched it, made a shopping list, etc. The other problem I have with this episode is that with bullets flying everywhere, why didn't the writers just kill off all of the characters except Walter and Michael? They're trying to destroy the timeline so in effect, these particular versions of the characters are going to disappear. Why not have everyone be shot and die as heroes, one by one, as Walter and Michael walk into the future? That would have been dramatic and tragic! Most viewers would have hated it.

If you want to see a great episode about a group of heroes saving humanity from an advanced civilization that plans to exterminate it, watch Stargate SG-1's 2010. (When I'm done with this review, I might just go ahead and do that.)

Okay, let's move on to the good things. Yes, there were a few. The image of Walter and Michael walking into humanity's future was haunting and poignant. Micheal playing the little music box as Donald died, ditto, even if it was pretty dumb, since they were being shot at. The magic trick that Micheal performed was effective, even if it made no sense. Peter's last goodbye to his father broke my heart again. John Noble in that scene was magnificent, as always. Their relationship was always at the center of the Fringe universe for me. The writers successfully completed the arc for their characters, at least.

The final images, first of Etta running toward her parents, with pride and joy on their faces instead of sheer terror, and of Peter opening up the letter from his father with the white tulip, were moving. They brought the series back around to the beginning of the season, just with a different ending. "An Enemy of Fate" didn't salvage this disastrous season, but it was overall a satisfying series finale.

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Writer: J.H. Wyman
Director: J.H. Wyman
Originally aired: January 18, 2013

The original plan fails and so they come up with another plan. It works. The end.

Most Memorable Quote:
PETER: So in order to maintain a future without the Observers... you and Michael have to live out the rest of your lives in the future.

WALTER: I know in my soul this is what I am supposed to do. I want you to give Olivia your daughter back. I want to give you your life back. As a father, how could I not do that for you? What I said on the tape about stealing time with you, I meant it. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You are my favorite thing, Peter. My very favorite thing.

A.V. Club
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I don't know. I didn't read much fic for season five. To be honest, I was too depressed about the whole thing. If you've written something, or have recs, leave them in the comments.


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