‘Fringe’ review: A bittersweet ending

2:00 pm EST, January 20, 2013

On Friday night the show that many of us have come to love ended after five seasons, and it left us clutching our hearts and smiling so big it hurt. Tariq explains why this was one of the best series finales yet, and how they did no wrong.

I’ll start this review by saying that at first I wasn’t a big fan of the whole Observer taking over the world plot line. It kind of felt like that random 5 year jump that Desperate Housewives pulled, and so contrived I almost stopped watching. However, once you give it a chance you’ll see that the Observers were the catalyst that let Fringe end in such a fantastic way that we don’t need more cases or weird investigations, we’re perfectly content with what we got.

Joshua Jackson said it best, that the show came to a natural ending that was right for every character in it. We got to see the story lines and relationships between each character come to a satisfying finish and we have no unanswered questions or loose ends, unlike the Merlin series finale. I think the best thing about this is that they even went to give us a glimpse of Gene, Walter’s pet cow. How many other shows make sure that they give us the thirty seconds we need to make sure we have no questions? Not that many, at least that I’ve seen, and I’m very grateful for it!

With every show, there’s the risk of getting overly sappy when you want to give the fans a happy ending. You want things to work out for your characters but at the same time you have to decide what, and who, to sacrifice to get there. So many shows try to skip the sacrifice and try to just please the fans, but realistically it just doesn’t work. You can’t have your cake and eat it too, the saying goes, and Fringe is a true testament to that.

When we found out that Donald took the syringe so he could be the one to take Michael to the other side, it was kind of a disappointment and a copout. It was disappointing because — this might just be me– I love tragedies. The feeling of complete loss is exhilarating, it’s refreshing, and we don’t get it that often in today’s TV. Shows today tend to do the copout, the almost sad ending that turns around to be completely happy and full of sunshine; but not Fringe. They were able to give us a sad ending that still had a sweet aftertaste, and it left us open to imagine Walter in the year 2167, where I hope they still have redvines!

Another reason I loved this finale is while we got to see the Bishop family reunited (technically never parted, though), it was bittersweet when Peter got the white tulip. He would never get to see his father again, but because of his sacrifice Etta would grow up to be a completely different person, someone who would get to enjoy her teen years and high school and not hardened by war. This is why I was smiling so big at the final scene; it was the ending we always wanted and it gave us a future that would continue on in the hearts of the fans. Yeah, it’s just a tad disappointing that the characters look like they don’t remember the Observer time line at all, that they won’t realize what they missed and who they lost in the process to get normal life back. Though in the end I’m glad they don’t have to remember the hardship, and instead are rewarded with years of happiness with Etta.

If you’re angry because Walter had to leave his family, be happy instead because he did his duty as a father, a friend, and a scientist. He paid the ultimate price for taking Peter from the other side, but only after he got his due. Yes, we were upset when no one remembered Peter before he was erased, and we were sad when the relationship they had was restarted from scratch. But with Michael’s gift he left his family knowing everything, and he reminded us of the Walter we grew to love in the first four seasons.

This was the absolutely one of the best finales a show has ever produced, and I honestly have no questions or needs to know any extra information. Do you feel the same way, or do you have questions that you’re dying to get the answer to? Let me know in the comments below!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!