Oh Fringe, how I love thee, let me count the ways
- John Noble, proved again last night why his Emmy nomination and win is way past due, his two interpretations of Walter in last night’s episode were breathtaking
- Licorice as a calling card
- Belly encased in Amber
- the hand
- I think Josh Jackson has a secret bet with himself to see how many times he can make the audience cry this season, last night’s final scene on the train was so amazing
“Letter’s of Transit” takes place in the year 2036, the Observers have taken over our planet, humans fought back but lost. The Fringe division has been reduced to a babysitting organization, and our Fringe team was encased in amber to prevent them from over throwing the new regime. Two new Fringe agents, Etta and Simon have made it their mission to find the original Fringe team, one of Etta’s sources has found them and brings her Walter, still entombed in amber.
She brings amberWalter to Simon, they break him out, but his brain has been compromised and he is childlike, he is amazed at the wonders of red licorice and confuses Simon with Peter. They find out that parts of his brain are stored at Massive Dynamic, they go see a silver haired wheelchair bound Nina Sharpe for help. Walter fixes her robotic hand, they share a lovely moment, you can feel the depth of the friendship that these two characters have shared and how weary the battle has made them.
Simon and Etta restore Walter’s brain, he wakes up a completely different person, all take charge and kind of an asshole. But I like it, this Walter is going to save us. Walter has a flash of recognition when he looks at Etta, something familiar but he can’t put his finger on it. Well I did in the first five minutes of the episode, this is Peter and Olivia’s daughter, and a big reason she is looking for the rest of the Fringe team is she wants her family back. We suspect Olivia is dead, but this is not confirmed until the final minutes of the episode.
Simon, Etta and Walter get to the rest of the team encased in amber, it’s very cloudy so you can’t tell how many people are in there, I saw at least two. This is a nice piece of misdirection by the show, you expect to only see two, Astrid and Peter, since we can assume Olivia is dead. They extract Astrid, who upon seeing her Walter calls Astro, perfect Fringe moment. Next we see William Bell encased in the amber, which brings up a whole bunch of questions, is this the reality where Bell never died, was he resurrected somehow. Since we only saw, two and they show us Belly where is Peter? Then we hit a couple of snags, the extraction machine breaks and the new Fringe division is onto them, they are tracking them thru Simon’s locator chip. We are now in a race against time.
With minutes to spare Simon fixes the machine, but it will only work if someone pushes the person out of the amber, risking being entombed themselves. Simon sacrifices himself to get one last person out of the amber, then Broyles and the new Fringers break down the door, revealing everyone is gone and Simon amberfied.
We assume Simon has sacrificed himself for Belly. We cut to Walter and Astrid talking on a train, she asks how could you just leave him there, we need him. Walter says don’t worry we have what we need, and opens Simon’s backpack to show Belly’s hand still encased in amber. They cut if off. Oh show, how I love you.
Final scene, Etta looking out of the rear window of the train, playing with a bullet she is wearing in a chain around her neck. Presumably the bullet that killed her mother, Olivia. Peter comes up behind her. Simon sacrificed himself for Peter, wahhhh. They start talking and slowly Peter realizes Etta is his and Olivia’s daughter. Again Josh Jackson, stop making me cry.
I loved this episode so much, I hope the show is renewed and we get to return to 2036. I would love to see the continuation of this storyline, the evolution of these characters. Of course they would have to rescue Simon, he and Etta definitely have chemistry.