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- TV Series: Fringe
- Episode: Brave New World Part 2
- 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
Fringe: Brave New World Part 2 Review
The Conclusion of the 2-Part SEASON finale
By Kurt Anthony Krug
May 12, 2012
As far as Fringe season finales go, this one was pretty anti-climatic. Perhaps, it’s because the creators worried that it wouldn’t be back for a 5th season. Who’s to say? On a whole, it’s best to watch the 2 parts back-to-back as it gives it more heft.
Thankfully, Astrid (Jaskia Nicole), who was shot last episode after kicking some ass, is alive and well instead of being killed off. Her supporting role on the show is one of the key things that make it great, so killing her would hurt Fringe as a whole.
We learn last episode’s victim Jessica Holt (guest star Rebecca Mader of Lost fame) was really a double-agent working for William Bell (guest star Leonard Nimoy in a post-retirement appearance). She captures September the Observer (guest star Michael Cerveris) by using a rune on the kitchen floor, trapping him.
The coolest scene of the episode is Jessica shooting September, who keeps catching the bullets. However, when he can’t catch the bullets from her advanced gun designed by Bell, it’s Olivia (Anna Torv) who catches them. For an encore, she tosses ‘em back to Jessica, killing her. The wound inflicted upon September refers to last season’s episode “Back to Where You’ve Never Been.”
Eventually, Olivia and Peter (Joshua Jackson) cross over to the alternate reality where Bell is holding Walter (John Noble) hostage. To prevent the collapse of the two universes, Walter shoots Olivia in the head at point blank range, putting an end to Bell’s plans after he insists that her powers make it impossible to reverse the destruction of the two universes. Definitely the WTF moment of the season. However, he saves her by extracting the bullet quickly and her Corthexiphan-granted abilities heal her, possibly at the cost of her powers, per Walter’s hypothesis.
Fringe gets a happy ending as Broyles (Lance Reddick) gets more money for Fringe Division and a promotion to general. Olivia makes a full recovery and is pregnant (possibly the kid we saw from a few episodes ago)? At the end (which felt like a tacked-on extra), September tells Walter that “They are coming.” We don’t know who “they” are, but we’ll find out next season, the last.