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I’m first going to start off by saying that I enjoyed the finale, “Brave New World.”  It had a lot of great moments, like when Olivia was saying how Bell used her when she was young in the tests and now he is using her again to collapse the two universes or the scene where Olivia tells Peter she’s pregnant. Oh and when Holt was being interrogated after dying with the whole crazy eyes thing was really cool/ creepy!  Overall it was a strong finale for a season that just seemed a little off base.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Fringe. It’s easily the best sci-fi show on TV right now and I applaud FOX for giving a final season to hopefully wrap things up nicely. It just feels like by the way season 3 ended, the writers had a tough time moving the story forward with a rebooted universe.

It seemed like season 4 lacked focus. Did anyone else get that feeling? It felt like for a while the writers didn’t know where to go while in the first three seasons there was a strong sense of purpose.  They were able to bring back characters like Jones and Bell that we were done with from the original and it felt a little forced, having to explain that these characters are back and why.  It was almost like they had run out of ideas and had to rehash old story lines in a new way and in the end it didn’t all quite come together well.

Regardless, it was an enjoyable season despite these flaws and I can’t wait to see the final season this fall. The ominous “they are coming” message to end the finale was a great way to end it and I can’t wait to see how things come together.  The Fringe execs have said they know EXACTLY where they are going with the final season and with only 13 hours to end it all, it’s surely going to be non-stop awesome!

Just as a final thought; when when Olivia died from the gunshot from Walter, I was hoping that Bell would take over her body using the soul magnets. Then he could have continued the universe collapse as the power source.  That would have been an interesting twist!

What did you all think of the episode?  Predictions for season 5?  Comment below!

-Tom

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