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FRINGE Recap: ‘Worlds Apart’

April 27, 2012 by  

First of all, let’s start this off with a “yay” for FRINGE’s fifth season renewal! It’s bittersweet the end is near, but I’m so glad things will get the chance to properly be wrapped up.

But before we get to season 5, we still have to survive season 4. So let’s get to talking about what went down in “Worlds Apart”…

“I think I shall miss them. More than I imagined.” – Walter Bishop

It’s only fitting that a day after we learned that we’d soon be saying goodbye to FRINGE as a whole, that our characters were dealing with similarly painful farewells in “Worlds Apart.”

See, David Robert Jones’ evil plan to collapse both universes meant both worlds were at risk for “mutual destruction”…so that Jones could form a new universe where all the rules were designed by him. That’s pretty badass, but very bad news for our Fringe teams. While some members of both teams had some doubts when Walter reveals he figured this out due to a dream, Walternate didn’t want to dismiss his alter’s theory.

That’s a good thing because while the teams were debating what to do, those Cortexiphan kids were busy little bees — Jones was using them to cause earthquakes all over both universes…basically trying to tune the two universes so they vibrate at a common frequency. (Which sounds so insanely complex/dangerous.) The combined Fringe teams theorized that Jones was perhaps using the Westfield experiment as a test, proving he could find a safe place as the worlds around him collapsed so he and his new creatures could remain safe.

At first, their only solution to stop him is to find him and kill him. But since Jones is a squirmy little brat who manages to almost always get away, the teams catch a break when alt-Nick Lane (!) comes into the Fringe Division looking for alt-Lincoln. He finds Lincoln — who apparently doesn’t bother to tell this guy that the man he was looking for is actually dead? — and tells the agent that he had a vision of the earthquakes before he ever knew they occurred. When Lincoln calls up Olivia on our side to tell her of his visitor and Olivia quickly realizes that the woman our Fringe team was trying to identify was another Cortexiphan kid.

Walter realizes Jones is using the Cortexiphan kids’ abilities to link the two universes (versus using a weapon). Unfortunately for them, Peter realizes that the connection he forged between the universes is what is making this possible to begin with and the solution might be to close the bridge between worlds and shut down the machine. Walter points out that if they do that, they may not ever be able to start it back up and the two sides could be separated forever.

In order to prevent that, Olivia has the alt-Nick come to our side and she connects herself to him to try and locate Nick. She’s able to lead Peter and Lincoln to him, but it doesn’t stop the earthquakes from occurring.

With time running out, Olivia offers to interrogate Nick. He tells her about the “war” that is going on and that Jones is protecting them and their interests. Nick says the damage on our side isn’t bad, but the damage on the other side is far worse, which is good because he thinks the other side is about to surrender. Olivia has to break it to him that the two sides are actually allies and Jones is the bad guy.

Meanwhile, Peter is taking apart the watch Nick was wearing (which had alt-tech) and Lincoln came over to chat. Peter noted that it was weird to think of never seeing the people from Over There again, “knowing that they’re right there, so close” but “everything goes back to the way it’s supposed to be…almost everything.” Lincoln immediately realizes Peter is talking about himself, given that he was born in the other universe, but he chooses to stay on our side. Peter says that “home is where the heart is,” and really, that’s just good advice even if you aren’t facing a decision like which universe you want to stay in.

Unfortunately for them, the timer on the watch starts back up so Olivia tries once again to get Nick to see her side of things. When she mentions going along with Jones’ plan will put the people he love at risk, Nick tells her when he moved away from Jacksonville, he got depressed and the night he was going to kill himself, his sister beat him to the punch. Apparently Jones told Nick that his emotions were contagious, so Jones taught Nick to control them and recruited the youngster to be a “warrior.” Olivia finally convinces Nick that Jones was lying and that he may be the only one who can save two universes.

Nick tells the team he once met Jones at a warehouse, but surprise, it’s actually a trap and he uses his emotions to get the agent watching him to stab himself. Dude, I hope you live to regret that. Because if you survive, Olivia should kick your butt.

With Nick gone, the teams’ hopes of keeping the bridge open is fast fading. Eventually the decision falls on our teams to figure out what the right call is. Walternate says that unless someone can think of an alternative, the bridge needs to be closed so they have the best chance at survival.

Peter does his magic with the machine and overloads the system. As they wait for the power to surge so they can shut it down, Walternate and Walter discuss Peter and Walternate praises the man his son has become. Walter is overcome with emotion and has to leave, but Walternate follows him out and the two have a quiet moment alone. Walternate points out that it occurs to him that if the machine stops working, Peter may disappear. Walter admits he is worried about that, but “I’ve come to accept that he’s not ours.” (How sad that once again we’re at the 20th episode of the season and Walter is bracing himself to lose his son? This is almost an uncanny parallel to Peter interacting with the machine in “6:02 AM EST.”) It was amazing to see these two men come together — given how simultaneously similar and absolutely different as they can be — and just exist in that moment knowing they both love this man they view as their son and they could be sacrificing him in order to save both worlds.

As the two sides prepare to be disconnected, Lincoln decides he wants to stay Over There. (We all saw the look you gave to Fauxlivia, sir. She does want a nice man…) Peter tells him it was a pleasure working with him and getting to be his friend. Aw, I’m really going to miss Lincoln.

Also saying goodbye are Olivia and Fauxlivia. “You know, there’s a lot of things about you I wish I had,” Fauxlivia admits. “There are a lot of things about you I admire.”

“That’s funny, I was about to say the same thing about you,” Olivia says. She tells Fauxlivia — who had previously expressed regrets over no longer being able to see rainbows on her side — to keep looking up when it rains. Considering the chaos Fauxlivia once brought into Olivia’s life (in both timelines), what a lovely parting scene.

The teams take their sides and the connection between universes is severed. Walter immediately looks over and finds that Peter is still very much there in the flesh (is poor Walternate always going to be wondering? How tragic.), so at least the loss wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

And yes, like Walter said in the quote I started this off with, I will miss those alt-personas. I will miss Lincoln. I am sad and weirdly enough, I do feel like I’m already mourning them. So much of this season feels like it’s letting go of what we knew about the show before — the comforts of our characters and their histories, their previous relationships and now we’ve lost a little more by losing these new versions of the alts and access to that entire universe.

With only a handful of episodes left in the series, I truly, truly, truly hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the other universe and those characters. (It is worth noting that nothing was mentioned about the other universe in last week’s 2036 episode. Perhaps they’re all safe and unharmed by the Observers’ reign in the future?) If it was the end, it was a beautiful way to say goodbye, but…I don’t know. It just still seems a bit unfathomable. And really, who the heck would have thought we’d feel this way when these characters were first introduced all the way back in season 2?

A few other notes…

  • It’s amazing…the first time I watched the scene where the bridge being closed was first brought up, I thought Walter’s discomfort was due to the notion that the other universe wouldn’t continue to be healed. It would only make sense Walter would feel incredible guilt for the damage he caused, after all. Instead, after seeing Walter admit to Walternate that he feared if the machine was turned off, Peter would disappear, too, upon rewatch, those scenes were even more powerful. Goodness. The notion that John Noble (Walter) hasn’t even been NOMINATED for any major acting award is wrong in every single way possible.
  • Watching Anna Torv (Olivia) act opposite herself is just unreal. Fauxlivia and Olivia have such different presences that it’s almost jarring to remember midscene that it’s the same actress playing both roles. Torv is just so good that she makes it look seamless.
  • Walter noted that he and Peter figured out the machine “back when we thought the machine was key to his returning home, back to his timeline.” Does that mean he totally knows now that this is his Peter and he’s the one missing memories? I know what Josh Jackson (Peter) said about that storyline being addressed, but I wish there was a little bit more between Peter and Walter — if Walter knows this is his son, you’d think he’d be doing everything in his power to remember the 20+ years of memories he lost. If he doesn’t, you’d think he’d still have questions.
  • Alt-Astrid’s wave goodbye was adorable. I hope someone snuck her some coffee before she had to leave.

Stuff Walter(s) say…

  • “If I have learned one thing, it’s that anything is possible.” Preach it, Walternate.
  • “It’s horrible and deranged, but you have to agree — it’s really quite ingenious” — Walter on David Robert Jones’ plan.
  • “One more thing — have you ever tried LSD?” Walter shortly after drugging alt-Nick.

Enough from me. What did you think of “Worlds Apart”?

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19 Responses to “FRINGE Recap: ‘Worlds Apart’”

  1. Jessica Lee on April 27th, 2012 10:27 pm

    First, the walter-walter scene was so fantastic. John noble for every award out there.

    As for the bridge being closed…It was pretty clear from the beginning that lincoln would be going to the other side, which saddens me. I’m definitely going to miss the other side a lot but I understand the creative aspect of the decision. I’m just excited to see where david robert jones takes his plan now that the universes aren’t connected.

    I’m not sure if there is any chance of the bridge ever being restored, but it’s fringe…so anything is possible. Before the show is over i’d like to see the alt-universe again but i won’t be heartbroken if it doesn’t happen.

  2. Marisa Roffman on April 27th, 2012 10:50 pm

    @Jessica Lee: See, and weirdly enough, I feel like I will be heartbroken if this is it. Especially after having no clue how they’re doing in 2036…I feel like I’d love to see these guys at least one more time before the series ends. I feel like it’s almost too soon to say goodbye!

  3. Beth on April 27th, 2012 10:51 pm

    AltAstrid giving Astrid that little wave? So sweet, but just heartbreaking. *sniff sniff*

    Although it was pretty obvious where Lincoln would go, it was still sad to see them all standing there without him. Maybe we’ll see him again?

    As has been mentioned over and over, John Noble is amazing. The Walter/Walternate conversation near the end? No words adequate.

  4. Jessica Lee on April 27th, 2012 11:03 pm

    @marisa i agree. it definitely felt like it happened really abruptly and I do think they deserve a proper goodbye but i don’t want to get my hopes up.

  5. Donna on April 27th, 2012 11:18 pm

    I think it;s likely we’ll see or hear from the Other Side before the series ends. I am just really gonna miss the blimps.

  6. Morgan on April 27th, 2012 11:56 pm

    Too many feelings to be had. I already miss everyone in the entire Gingerverse already, and I don’t think I know how to go on without them. I love them all, and while I am still really bitter about them killing alt!Lincoln (the only Lincoln worth Olivia’s vagenda), I just I can’t wrap my head around that universe not being so integrated with the show anymore. No more Olivias and Astrids sharing screen time, Altstrid and her coffee love, and Lincoln not knowing which Olivia to pine after (can we say transference?), it’s all too mind crushing.

    That paragraph doesn’t even make any sense I’m so out of whack over this.

  7. Marisa Roffman on April 27th, 2012 11:58 pm

    I really should have just opened up a chat so we could have had therapy hour post- “World’s Apart”…

  8. Aric on April 28th, 2012 12:09 am

    I was extremely depressed. I just sat on the couch looking at the tv for a couple minutes, letting it sink in. The other universe is gone. Gone. They may never be seen again. Sad. So sad.

  9. Morgan on April 28th, 2012 12:39 am

    @marisa Best idea ever. My friend Jodi and I were freaking out across tinychat.

  10. Morgan on April 28th, 2012 12:39 am

    @marisa Best idea ever. My friend Jodi and I were freaking out across tinychat.

  11. Trey on April 28th, 2012 12:28 pm

    Seems the universe, with Peter back in it, is continuing to correct the timeline by removing Lincoln from our universe, which as far as we knew, is correct according to the original timeline. We never knew our Lincoln until Peter was wiped from existence. Perhaps this correction is complete, or will Walter regain the original consciousness as well in time? It would make sense that he needs to, to regain all themythology from the original timeline’s mythology of what happened to William Bell.

    Also, DRJ Is a banished observer who knows their end game and is working to stop it from happening. Nothing is as it seems. We know he has the cortexiphan kids on his side and they can keep the observers from reading their minds. “preparing for the coming war”? Put a rimmed hat on DRJ and what do you get?

  12. Donna on April 28th, 2012 12:36 pm

    Can you imagine how effing sad this episode would have been if we thought the show might not make it for another season?

  13. OldDarth on April 28th, 2012 12:41 pm

    Amazing journey that has made the closing of a door to a universe, once thought hostile, now a moment of sadness akin to seeing goodbye to family and friends.

    Yeah, I definitely had something in my eyes for the last few minutes of this one.

    Marisa, magnificent job as always.


  14. Ray Roberson on April 28th, 2012 12:58 pm

    To repeat, “If I have learned one thing, it’s that anything is possible.”

    I don’t think the other side is forever written out of the show. We have seen enough plot twists and revelations to know that first impressions and developing stories are incomplete.

    I did note that the teaser for next week mentioned the possibility that William Bell is still alive – that, and the glyphs spelled out A-L-I-V-E. Sort of answers one of the questions I posed in last week’s blog comments.

    And, if you remember, this was supposed to be a six-year arc. The trials and tribulations of yearly renewals reminds me of the SciFi television series “Babylon 5”, which was a five-year arc and which moved from the WB to Turner Broadcasting to finish out its run. It would certainly be nice to see the show run on indefinitely, especially with the excellent writing, directing, and acting that this ensemble has given us this far.

    {FOX, don’t make the same mistake, let this run its intended course.}

  15. John on April 28th, 2012 10:19 pm

    I liked the episode. I had one quibble. They showed each of the human triggers going to certain widely separated spots. But they aren’t really widely separated. Jones is collapsing two universes, not two planets, and the edge of the observable universe is about 46 billion light years from earth. On that scale, separating the subjects to precise different locations on earth is meaningless. They could just as reasonably be all sitting in a living room.

  16. jophan on April 29th, 2012 9:31 am

    “On that scale, separating the subjects to precise different locations on earth is meaningless. They could just as reasonably be all sitting in a living room.” True, but the same was true of the machine on Liberty Island. Presumably the theory is that one planet’s successful destabilization would be enough to begin a universal process.

    @Trey, we did see Blue Lincoln before Peter’s erasure.

    The Walter/nate scenes were amazing. I wish we’d seen a bit more interaction between the universes this year, but I don’t regret their going.

  17. Ray Roberson on April 29th, 2012 9:42 am

    @jophan – “universe” in this show does not mean “existing in distan parts of the same space”, like the worlds available through portals in “Stargate: SG1”.

    As Walter explains, both universes exist in the same space, but operating at a different frequency. His picture window was a device that tuned an electronic viewing device into the frequency of the other universe to covertly observe its activities.

    Imagine a loaf of sliced bread with each slice representing a different frequency. Taking away the heels and viewing through the end, we would see one plane of all universes as one universe.

    If you take two slices, one on top of the other, and placed then in a plate of water and applied pressure, they would eventually meld into one soggy slice. This is what Walter is suggesting that David Robert Jones is doing. Melding along the same plane of existence, not melding across space.

    Did this help?

  18. Ray Roberson on April 29th, 2012 9:45 am

    Oops. Should have been directed @John, not @jophan.
    However, We will be seeing both universes again.
    They just won’t have the easy access across the “Bridge”.

  19. Zepp on April 29th, 2012 3:32 pm

    You’re right Marisa, now we know that (finally) renewed Fringe for a 5th season, we can better “think” Fringe, instead of worrying about the anguished “ratings.” “World Apart” was an excellent episode of Fringe, dense emotional drama, putting all our feelings into prominence at the peak. Fringe, increasingly puts us in a situation of extreme science fiction, and now puts the characters – and us – that is that we lack the “myself” that lives in bodies of a person like us, and that is resident in another parallel universe! It seems crazy, but that’s not on Fringe. That scene, among others, Walter and Walternate sitting flat on the ground, melancholy, evasive, sad, as I felt they were “missing” each other, before the inevitable separation of the universe was beautiful and deeply emotional. Emotions and feelings came full force in this episode, in the form of short sentences, dense human sentimentality, as: “.. I wanted to see a rainbow in our sky …” (Fauxlivia); “.. . decided to stay because my heart so wills … “(Lincoln); … among others. In this fine episode, I think, the drama was brought to action in Fringe, putting the existential essence of the human being at the highest point of all that is being told, referring to these fantastic events that now occur in the universes of Fringe.