Two words describe the Fringe finale: shock and awe.
This episode is the epitome of the unpredictable and remarkable first season for Fringe. It gave us lots of surprises, some missteps, a few answers, and a few new mysteries. And for good measure, it ended on a surprising and controversial image. The finale was an appropriate ending for this chapter of the series, and a great sign of what's to come.
This episode had plenty of bright spots: perfect acting by John Noble, huge answers to questions that have lingered throughout the series, and new revelations and mysteries to ponder for season two. Fans that have been waiting patiently for the big story payoff should be very happy.
There were, however, some notable flaws in this episode. The pace of this episode was a little slow in some spots, which is something that a lot of Fringe stories have suffered from. Also, Jones' makeup was, in a word, bad. The series had a little trouble with makeup and props before, but this stuff was really poor. And the much-anticipated reveal of William Bell didn't quite work as well as it could have. The "shocking special guest star is revealed from the shadows!" moment fell flat, partially because many sources already reported that Leonard Nimoy was cast as William Bell weeks ago. And if that weren't enough, the Nimoy credit at the beginning of the show certainly didn't do anything to maintain the suspense.
Once Bell made his not-so-grand entrance, the show teased us with a scant glance at a newspaper cover that gives us a glimpse into what's going on in this other universe. If you pause that precious moment, you'll see the main headline about the Obamas moving into the "new" White House, and it also has a headline about former President Kennedy addressing the U.N. And for you masters of obscure sports trivia, Len Bias wins the MVP award in a Celtics sweep.
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