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Fringe 4.20 "Worlds Apart" Review

Last night's Fringe was an episode heavily laden with mythology, yet it still managed to include some wonderfully poignant character moments. The reintroduction of Nick Lane and the other Cortexiphan kids in “Worlds Apart” finally revealed what David Robert Jones had in store for both worlds: Jones’ plan was to use the former Cortexiphan subjects to tune into their Alternates on the Other Side in order to weaken the barrier between the universes to collapse both worlds. Although it was certainly telegraphed, I kept hoping that there would be another way to stop Jones than closing the Bridge, and I refuse to believe that that's the last we'll see of the Other Side.

Only in Fringe could the characters go from battling against their Alternates to fighting instead to keep the bridge between the worlds open. Somewhere along the way these strange bedfellows became not only allies but friends, and the moments between the various alternates as they said goodbye were quite perfect. I think the scene between Walter and Walternate in the hallway might just be one of my favourite of the series: the dynamic between the two elder Bishops has always been rather fraught, and yet it certainly seems as though the Secretary has forgiven Walter, even going so far as to reassure him. I found it interesting that the Observers never “prepared” this Walter to give up his son, like we saw in last season’s “The Firefly”, and yet Walter still chose the fate of the worlds over the life of his son. I hadn’t actually considered myself that turning off the Machine could lead to Peter disappearing again, and it didn’t seem like it occurred to Peter or Olivia either. Read More...


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