Fringe (2008–2013)
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An Enemy of Fate 

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As the Observers close in, Walter and September desperately work to complete the plan, but one obstacle after another hinders their progress.

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J.H. Wyman

Writers:

J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop
Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth
John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop
Michael Cerveris ... September
Michael Kopsa ... Captain Windmark
Shaun Smyth Shaun Smyth ... Anil
Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles
Ian Butcher ... Observer on Street #2
Thomas Cadrot ... Young Resistance Fighter
Bruce Crawford ... Loyalist Driver in Hummer (as Bruce Macnab Crawford)
Charlie Gallant Charlie Gallant ... Loyalist Guard at Desk
Abagayle Hardwick ... Young Etta
Ryan Hesp ... Butterfly Observer
Howie Lai ... Loyalist Guard in Hummer #2 (as Howard Lai)
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Storyline

September asks December to bring an initiating reactor to complete the time machine. Then he meets Walter, Peter, Olivia and Astrid and explains how the device works. Peter finds a farewell video tape from Walter addressed to him. Olivia and Astrid go to December's apartment to bring the initiating reactor but they find him hanged and the part taken by Loyalists and The Observers. Astrid suggests to use an Observer shipping lane instead. Olivia and Peter go to the Observer's headquarters and use chemical gas to retrieve a control cube to use the shipping lane. They also rescue Broyles that was interrogated by Windmark. Now they start to set in motion the plan to defeat The Observers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Last show of the series. See more »

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The point of going to the future is to stop the forced evolution of the Observers. Walter and Michael make it to the future and the show ends with the Observers' invasion never happening because the Observers never happened, or at least not in the emotionless form we saw in the show. If that is the case, then September should not have been present at the Lake to save Peter and Walter; both of them should be dead. Also, if September never existed, then Michael never existed, so the invasion would still take place. What we should have at the end is Olivia, without Walter, joining Fringe Division and researching the Plan (an idea dropped early in Season 1). Of course, we could go back as long as the Observers have been observed in history (the historical prints and paintings shown throughout the series), so it is possible that none of this would ever have happened and we could be looking at a completely different time line.

However, if the observers did not ever exist then Walter would not have crossed over to the alternate universe and brought back the other Peter and they would not have been on the lake together and therefor would not need to be saved. The only reason Walter crossed over was because Walternate missed the cure for his Peter because September distracted him.

That actually does not mean the ending could not have happened. It was already established that the Peter at the end of the show did not belong to the current time line of this universe but was present anyway, so simply eliminating the observers would not necessarily also eliminate this preexisting paradox. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Walter Bishop: It's a beautiful name.
Astrid Farnsworth: What is?
Dr. Walter Bishop: Astrid.
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End Title Theme
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Written by Michael Giacchino
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Disappointing series finale
2 September 2016 | by jchano123See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to this. For a season finale, let alone a series finale, I found this episode extremely disappointing. It was very uneventful. Nothing actually happens for the first 30 minutes except characters talking, and every conversation had the same shot/reverse shot, which got tedious and bland. Everything you would have expected to happen, happens. The entire episode felt very by-the-numbers and didn't stand out to be special from any other episode of the season, which is something a finale should typically do. I appreciated the attempt at callback from earlier seasons, but it felt very underwhelming and brief.

This should have been much more eventful.

6/10


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