What I liked:
- The way that Walter deals with Faulivia. It never ceases to entertain.
- So much more Lincoln Lee. I love the guy, both universes. He is awesome.
- Walter really was mistrustful of Peter once he returned to his timeline. Just the way he treated him was dead hilarious.
- The way Walter is actually so broken without Peter, and terrified of the world. It was really sad to see him, who he was, and how he was dealing with the new world. Astrid is still majorly important for him, but Walter is basically this mad scientist with some people, no real connections.
- Even though it was not necessarily how I would have liked it, and it was handled in quite a clunky manner and it frustrated me a little, Peter and Olivia coming together again was just beautiful. Every damn time they come together, something rips them apart, but it does not stop it being perfect when they are together. I just love watching them, they are adorable.
- The cast. I think they all do amazing jobs of portraying themselves and then alternate selves in the two universes. They should all be commended for it.
- The alternate universes starting to work together to heal the worlds, I think that it is done rather well.
- Alternate universe Astrid and our Astrid together. It was adorable, and to see the little lies our Astrid told alternate Astrid to make herself feel better about the relationship between her and her father was really heartbreaking, and the coffee the two shared was also immensely sweet.
What I didn’t like:
- How Lincoln Lee was written out in the alternate universe. This show just does not know how to write people out successfully.
- The way that the Olivia in this timeline starts to morph into Olivia from Peter’s timeline but nobody else is morphing back in and they all seem to be so calm about it all. It just doesn’t fit so nicely.
- Jumping into the future and back. This whole season just felt scattered. Initially when it started, you understood what was going on, but then it was only Olivia and Peter that went normal, and everything else stayed strange.
- How Lincoln and Olivia were sort of on their own mission, then she was Peter’s Olivia again and Lincoln just disappeared to the other universe and it was over. Why introduce something that you were going to write out without any further explanation to it?
- The way that there were just so many stories being dragged in (shapeshifters, ruining the worlds, Bell’s plan to play God, Peter and Olivia and their timeline).
People will always say that this is where Fringe started going downhill, and I am inclined to agree (much to my chagrin). All good and well that it comes to be that Peter was erased from a timeline and we are on another one, and that Walter and Olivia’s love for him pulled him back here and that September didn’t erase the remaining traces of Peter all all, but it wasn’t done properly. Like when Olivia started becoming Peter’s Olivia again, they should have started morphing the other characters back into the same timeline. Instead, it jumps from there to Lincoln Lee defecting (for all intents and purposes) to the alternate universe so that he can be with Faulivia, and then we jump into the future with this random episode where Peter and Olivia’s daughter frees Walter from amber and saves Peter and Astrid from the amber that they, too, were encased in in a universe run by Observers. Ugh. I cannot describe to you how melodramatic it all got and how quickly it got there. It was great to see Jones return, he was always quite an entertaining villain, and sometimes his story is fleshed out well, and other times it is rushed over (why the alternate Broyles joined him and betrayed him, all done in under an episode). I miss the Fringe feel of the previous seasons, this season does not fit completely, and it doesn’t flow too well, and it isn’t quite so sure what it wants to be. I really missed the dynamic between Walter and Peter, because Peter is not part of Walter’s timeline anymore, everything is a little disjointed, and you still manage to pity the hell out of Walter. Seeing the two sides start to work together more is something worth checking out, though it is a pity that this season floundered a bit. Nina Sharp was also quite the enigma here, finally becoming that questionable and evil person we have all expected, even though they snatch that out of our jaw pretty quickly, too. I did not like how they randomly brought that one episode in from far in the future, which basically sets up for season five. Like watching the season is all for nothing if you just need that one episode. Oh well. Pity that, while this was done very well visually, good score and fantastic acting, the story is a little uneven and scattered and will certainly lose some people along the way. However, Fringe is still something I dearly love and can see myself returning to many times in the future.