Television Recap - 13th August 2012 - 20th January 2013: A fond farewell to Fringe
Watching the concluding two episodes of Fringe last week was both a sad and wonderful experience. I was glad to see this show get a proper finish but disappointed it had to end. Thankfully, they did a just and proper farewell with its final season.
I was thinking back to when Fringe started, and then over the course of its memorable, original run. What struck me was how this show really felt like a journey. We got these incredible stories that took these three characters (and the great actors that played them) of Olivia, Peter and Walter (along with Astrid and others) into the extremes of science, parallel worlds and future incarnations of the human race, and did so with this central theme running through it, what would you do for the ones you love? That question shaped and influence what they went through, and I cannot recall a show doing this so well through so many far out ideas. By the end of their battle with the Observers, I felt like we had the conclusion to this journey. And though it left it open for other to take place in the future, this part was done and we were all the more blessed for being part of this creative and thrilling piece of television. Oh and it was pretty awesome to pop back into the Red-verse again!
Season five produced some great episodes and great moments. The scene that has stuck with me most though was that which finished the season premiere ‘Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11’. A despairing Walter venturing outside into the comparative wasteland of this future world. There he would find solace in music, a huge part of his life, and that hopeful flower sprouting out of the ground. The choice of song (Yazoo’s ‘Only You’) felt utterly perfect. A great song about love the soundtrack to this extraordinary story about love. As Walter himself once said: “I think I shall miss them, more than I imagined”.