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  • TV Series: Fringe
  • Episode: Brave New World Part 1
  • Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown
  • Written By: J.H. Wyman, Jeff Pinker, Akiva Goldsmith
  • Directed By: Joe Chappelle
  • Network: FOX
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Fringe: Brave New World Part 1

Part One of the SEASON finale

By Kurt Anthony Krug     May 05, 2012
Source: Mania.com


Fringe Review(2009).
© Fox/Bob Trate
It’s so nice to be able to say that this is a SEASON finale, not a series finale. It was announced last week that Fringe is returning for a final season, albeit abbreviated – it’s 13 episodes. That’s fine. That’s enough to give it the proper send-off because I don’t think it would’ve been possible with this episode and next week’s finale. 

In a disturbing opening sequence, human beings are spontaneously combusting. Turns out it’s from nanites that appeared to be the handiwork of recurring villain David Robert Jones (Jared Harris). However, upon closer examination, Walter realizes it’s the handiwork of his old friend William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) believed dead since the end of the 2nd season, but was somehow resurrected due to the change in the timeline (that’s the theory anyway). The question remains: Why does Bell want to destroy both worlds? It’s always been clear he’s on his own side, but this doesn’t make any sense. Guess we’ll find out next week.

At any rate, Bell is the mastermind and Jones is the pawn (or the bishop as he says), who is sacrificed. That was a pretty cool rooftop battle between Jones and Peter (Joshua Jackson). Olivia is manifesting her powers in different ways. Peter defeating Jones vis-à-vis Olivia providing the fighting moves was a neat twist (although in reality, those cops would’ve probably shot her rather than let her do that. I don’t believe she showed them her FBI creds, but that’s small stuff not worth sweating). 

The ass-kicker award for this episode goes to Astrid (Jasika Nicole). She really held her own against Bell’s thugs in that warehouse. If she went all schoolyard before, it doesn’t come to mind here (Maniacs, help me out if she has). Then she gets shot. I certainly hope she doesn’t die and Bell finds a way to save her. Whatever his intentions, I don’t believe he’s one to let someone die, but you just don’t know what’s going through his head.

The ending certainly was a WTF moment. It’ll be a long wait until the next week for the SEASON finale (again, it’s so nice to say that word instead of SERIES finale). 

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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 5/5/2012 12:32:05 PM

I'm thinking they might use cortexiphan like the lemon pie to heal her. Maybe. Why only a B? That episode was the best one ever and heartbreaking. Poor Astrid. After all this time not in the spotlight she...

zalder 5/5/2012 3:19:35 PM

Heh you did catch who the bhisop was really supposed to represent right?  Anyway can't say as is a spoiler and some may not have watched BUT I agree with Jaw I would have given this an A.  Still the best scifi/fantasy show on television.

Graebeard 5/6/2012 5:01:28 AM

 Astrid must live! I was so excited to see her finally using her FBI training rather than playing able assistant to Walter - i'm betting that being a lab rat was not what she had in mind when she went into the acedamy. More Astrid!!!

TwoCase 5/6/2012 5:04:38 AM

Definitely deserves an A.  These last 2 episodes have had some really unexpected twists.  Has anyone ever asked why there are no female Observers? Even in the Letter of Transit episode.  There must be something behind that.

XeroWarp 5/6/2012 9:04:34 AM

I've really enjoyed Fringe since day one. However, the writing has been a bit of a roller coaster. Anyone remember the cartoon episode(uhg)? Someone help me out..........Spoilers here>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

In the beginning of this episode, how do the patrons/victimes instantly surmize that by moving, they will die? That semed to be a huge assumption/conclusion for them to jump to.

Going to shutdown the satellites. Why do Olive and Peter have no backup? Not even a couple of extra agents/cops. Hell even Kirk would beam down some red shirts for fodder!

I can't wait to see the season finale!!

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 5/6/2012 10:06:53 AM

Xeno, the name of the episode LSD should be enough to explain the cartoon episode. Plus since it was the nineteenth episode it was going to be tradition to have a weird nineteenth episode - hence the cartoon.

Because if you're standing still and everybody that is falling is doing so while walking that's a pretty good hypothesis.

They could have had backup but what's the point if they weren't going to get there in time. They didn't know when the sun was going to burn throught the ground.

Anyone else notice the X' on the nanomachines and remember the LSD episode where the man in the blimp had and X on his shirt? And the man was supposed to be the an that kills Olivia. And The Watcher has said that Olivia will die in all universes.

rkngl 5/6/2012 3:21:41 PM

 Am I the only one to think that the Fringe'verse has LOST all coherence? Seems like they are inventing things as they go along. Each episode is worst than the last one, and nonsense is becoming a common currency (Olivia telekinetically punching Moriarty? Gimme a break...). The guys writing this must have FIREFLY brains.

Oh, wait... I'm commenting the "Fringe" show from the other timeline, not this one. Sorry...

XeroWarp 5/6/2012 5:08:41 PM

@MrJaw...I'll give you a couple of those points but, the beginning sequence and giant assumption that everyone is combusting because we're walking was lazy writing.

Fringe has lost its way a little bit since the first season. I really felt it was on track to replace X-Files but, it has ran into the ditch. Now, Fringe has done a good job of trying to get back on track. I have really liked this season so far. The show is at its best when the whole team is together, working on the same page with one another. Yes, it can be a bit incoherent and lazy but, it seems to be getting better. Now, what the hell is the deal with Bell?

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 5/6/2012 7:02:13 PM

How's it lazy writing? What would you peronally as a layperson would have thought if everybody that was moving was dying but you and everybody else you saw that standing still was fine? Did you want that lady to be like - "Hey! Were you on the escalator? MAYBE that's it!"

XeroWarp 5/6/2012 7:56:08 PM

Come on Man!! Your walking through a lobby, full of other people walking and carrying on about their day. A guy walking next to you collapses. Then, a lady behind you. Another man falls to the ground. Your confused, excitment and fear begins to race through your veins. You start scanning the area looking for something odd or out of place. Like a man with a gun. There is no smoking gun. So, the only logical explenation is that we need to stop moving. Ok....whatever dude.

In reality. Everyone infected probably would have died. Fear and chaos would have taken over. Everyone there most likely would have panic at the sight of each other falling to the ground. Peoples natural fight or flight instincts would have taken over. Since there was no obvious threat to fight everyone would have fled. Result. Death.

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