Fringe: The Last Sam Weiss (Mania.com)

By:Kurt Anthony Krug
Review Date: Sunday, May 01, 2011

The penultimate episode of the third season has inexplicable phenomena occurring all over the world – particularly dry lightning storms – as a result of the Doomsday Machines’ quantum entanglement.

At the end of last week, Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) tried to enter the machine and was put in the hospital. This week, he wakes up and experiences some confusion as to who he is and what universe to which he belongs. Jackson gives a good job this episode, really selling this scene. He has come so far since his Pacey days on Dawson’s Creek.

When Peter was escaping from the hospital, you’d think that the staff would realize that he’s left his bed… that his monitors would be beeping like nobody’s business. However, since there was mass chaos in the ICU and ER with multiple burn victims from the dry lightning storms, it is very plausible how the medical staff could overlook him and that he could slip away in the confusion. Bravo to the writers to get him out of the hospital in a realistic fashion. It was certainly much more believable than the final scene of Scream 4, which occurred in a hospital (no spoiler warnings about that far-fetched scene).

Anna Torv also delivers another fine performance as Olivia Dunham, especially the scene where Peter hooks into the Doomsday Machine – the look of concern twisting her face was so authentic. She really had a chance to stretch so much as an actress this season, playing three different parts. Torv deserves an Emmy nomination for this season, no question.

Olivia teams up with Sam Weiss (Kevin Corrigan), the last Sam Weiss in his line, who has info about the Doomsday Machine. He tells her that it’s been tricked into believing Peter is inside it and he offers her a “crowbar” to pry it open.

Olivia also accesses her latent telekinetic powers. She’s frustrated that she can’t call upon them. Then in a moment of frustration… nothing happens. Kudos again go to the writers for turning that cliché on its ear because it’s at that point that something would happen. But this is Fringe – it’s a brilliantly-written show, so no clichés here.

Anna reunites with Peter and tell him for the first time that she loves him when he hooks into the Doomsday Machine in the hopes of crossing over to the parallel universe. There’s a cool montage sequence of both Peter and Olivia from the beginning of this series as he does this – a nice touch.

Peter ends up in the future, which looks pretty dystopian. It’s also an exciting place to stop so fans will come back for next week’s season finale – thanks, FOX, for doing the right thing and renewing Fringe for a fourth season – to see what happens (definitely DVR the finale if you’re going out to see Thor). This show keeps getting better and better.  



Mania Grade: A-
TV Series: Fringe
Episode: The Last Sam Weiss
Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown
Written by: Monica Owusu-Breen and Alison Schapker
Directed by: Thomas Yatsko
Network: Fox
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