I will just break it to you; this episode is such a BOOM! I was left speechless in a way that I have never been left before, not even when Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) disappeared in the season four!
Before starting my review included below is the first promotional trailer for this Friday’s episode “World Apart” courtesy of FOX Broadcasting. We will add additional promos as they become available. Enjoy.
Beginning with the opening title sequence, the brief description of what the Observers (I just knew they were pure evil) have done to mankind and also the titles itself which showed us lots of people in some sort of prison when we saw a man briefly from behind from behind him.
I really think that this man in the scene was Peter Bishop, I do not know why, but I think he was there somehow.
The color also called my attention, it was blue, but a different blue. It felt so cold and hopeless; it was such a weird thing to imagine a future like that. However, they did it. They took over the planet!
The first scene of the episode we got to see a party in a club where Observes and “Natives”, the survivors of the Purge can interact, not by free will of course as the Observers in the year 2036 take whatever woman that they want to.
When an Observer (Kis Yurij) took one of the girls, Rick (Bradley Stryker), the pimp and owner of the club went mad and started a fight which almost got him killed, if it was not for Henrietta (Etta) Bishop (Georgina Haig) who saved him.
Later on, outside the club we learn that Etta is special as she avoided being read by the observers. That was when Rick showed her he had found Walter Bishop’s (John Noble) body encapsulated in amber.
In the meantime, Captain Windmark (Micahel Kopsa) paid a visit to Captain Philip Broyles (Lance Reddick). That conversation was so tense, but Broyles handled it really great to Windmark’s dismay, sarcastically threatening him in the process.
We soon learn that the Natives have not completely surrendered to the Observers. They have been looking in secret for the missing Fringe team who was believed by some to be dead, finding them a myth, or something of that nature.
When Etta was finally presented to Walter Bishop encapsulated in amber, the myth was proved to not be a myth to the delight of the “new” rogue 2036 Fringe team .
Why? Because when we face a hopeless situation where there is no point at fighting, seen that the enemy is way more powerful, it is normal to think of past heroes as myths, supernatural beings that are no longer powerful or not even alive.
As Simon Foster (Henry Ian Cusick) himself said “they are not lost in a desert, or Peru or immortal, they are dead!” I cannot think of how much Simon must be suffering, or must have suffered to feel like that.
Even though the heroes were not dead at all, and with the discovery of Walter’s body, preserved and alive in the amber, it gave them hope that they might have a chance. Something that was very cool that some Fringies commented on twitter was about his name, Simon.
Lyn (@runpaceyrun) and Aimee (@aimeeinchains) shared a theory about the name which was great; Simon was one of Jesus’ disciples also called Peter. This made me think that Simon must be Etta’s “Peter” besides his importance to the Catholic church history.
Walter had suffered memory loss and brain damage. Walter needed to be fixed but how?
An older and somewhat more loyal Nina Sharp (Blair Brown) of 2036 was to ultimately provide the answer to help Walter recovered from brain damage caused by a malfunction when he was encapsulated.
It is impressive how Nina is always in the way of holding or withholding the answers to help the Fringe team. I still have my doubts about her role whether she is cool or not, not to mention trustworthy at all.
In this case Nina helped them, true, so I think she is a good person after all, it is just because she is often mysterious, I do not know exactly how I feel her. One thing I know is that the scene when Walter fixed with is own brain cells stored at the old Massive Dynamics facility her hand was adorable.
As they head to the city which is full of reading minds Observers to go to the old Massive Dynamic facilities, Walter went all sorts of crazy screaming “Monsters” and calling attention of a guard which meant trouble, even though hilarious.
His Star Wars reference was also mind-melting, “these aren’t the droids you are looking for” as we all know is a quote from Star Wars episode four “A New Hope” must have meant something, right?
Telling Walter he has to take some pills was awesome, and also when he mentioned that brains taste sweeter than people think was again hilarious. “Simon says go to sleep now, Walter” was another great Walter’s moment.
It is unbelievable how John Noble is so underestimated by all Emmy award committee members in this universe of ours!
Right when Walter woke up, the Observers’ agents got into the building with a “shoot first” and ask later policy. Fortunately our beloved Walter had a different plan in mind!
Walter had some anti-matter stashed at Massive Dynamic with another funny line when asked what he was doing; “You do the math!”.
When Walter’s anti-matter device exploded was another jaw-dropping moment in the episode. The whole Massive Dynamic building disappeared with whoever or whatever was inside including the evil Observer and his team of goons!
It was quite a nice revenge at William Bell, then the laughter started with more quips from Walter.
Time to release our loved agents out of the amber, the first one to be freed was Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole) and when I saw that William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) was there! I swear to god I screamed “what the hell was that”?
I really would like to tell J.J. Abrams, Joel Wyman, Joe Chappelle and the whole crew that my heart is weak, I cannot with these things… Lie, I totally can and please give us some more and maybe a return of Leonard Nimoy as William Bell in a fifth season!
As we reached to the end, there was a team coming for them, again and as their equipment failed, the only option to free Peter from Amber was by sacrificing himself, so Simon went into the Amber to push Peter out.
Taking his place reminded me of the sacrifice Peter made for Olivia Bishop, or Dunham (Anna Torv)… I do not know anymore! LOL It was so lovely to see that Etta loves him, I hope he will be freed as soon as season 5 starts in September this year.
I have to point out here that his expression was amazing, and it reminded me of something familiar I might have seen in another life. There are no adjectives to describe how awesome Henry Ian Cusick is, it is as simple as that.
It is not the first time we think Bell has passed away to later find a way to come back. I do not really know what to think of him being in 2036, I just feel there is something really wrong happening. What was so cruel is that Walter did not even think Astrid could be so compassionate after what Walter and William Bell had done to Olivia.
He was left there, in Amber, at least for now. When Astrid questioned him about the importance it would have if he was freed. Walter, in a wicked way showed her that he had cut Bell’s hand off so she did not need to worry about that. Wicked, yes!
The loss of Olivia changed him just like that, I guess this is the reason that he is this super cool kicking ass Walter.
I am going to be very clear, they better find a way to free Olivia from that fate September said to be hers. I cannot stand another “The Day We Died”.
As Broyles arrived in the underground area, they were all gone. He found a piece of red vines left behind by Walter; his expression was of complete “I do not know”, seriously, I could not tell anything different from sorrow and sadness but that he suspected Walter was free!
The final scenes between Etta and Peter were so touching; it made me cry so much. The 20 years Peter spent trapped in Amber must have decreased his IQ or temporarily affected his memory somehow (like Walter), because he took a bit of time to realize Etta was his daughter.
I mean, the last time she saw them she was 4 years old, so Peter would have known he had a daughter and he should have asked about her, no?
Anyways, it was so lovely when he finally got to know she was his and Olivia’s daughter. The moment he says “Henrietta?” and she says “Hi dad!” makes me cry a tsunami every time I watch it, and I have watched it several times!
I want more of this future episodic story arc in Fringe season five because I desperately need more of Peter and Etta!
Lastly and for goodness sakes, Olivia has simply got to be alive somewhere in the world of Fringe hidden in the year 2036!
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