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  • 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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Fringe: The Last Sam Weiss

Better a Better Man Than Your Father

By Kurt Anthony Krug     May 01, 2011

Fringe: The Last Sam Weiss
© Fox/Robert Trate

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.  


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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 5/1/2011 9:50:06 PM

I think that Scream 4 reference is unneccesary. Even though you say it's not a spoiler I already can imagine what happened.

spiderhero 5/2/2011 4:20:52 AM

Saw this episode last night. Can't wait for next week. I just hope next season isn't all about stopping the future from happeneing. That's a cliche, but like you said, this show is good about avoiding them so I'm hopefull.

Bryzarro 5/2/2011 6:19:31 AM

 Mind blowing episode.  My interest is dailed into 100 for this friday's episode and Season Finale!!  The future!!  Who knew!

wish 5/2/2011 11:15:48 AM

It's not the future, it's a 3rd universe.  That's where the Peter that woke up in the hospital is from and that's why  he's so confused.


I don't have an inside scoop, It seems to me like the existence of a 3rd was bound to happen, and when you consider the way Peter was acting, it makes total sense.

Bryzarro 5/2/2011 12:31:01 PM

 If it was the 3rd universe then why did the Memorial have the date dedicated September 11, 2021 on it?  

Thats the future.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 5/2/2011 2:45:01 PM

Yeah, they said they wouldn't get into the 3rd universe for awhile, though, they did mention it. I think that the universes either merged or something. Walternate's universe, whatever, happened is destroyed but not obliterated.

wish 5/2/2011 6:38:39 PM

Oh it was definitely the future, but the fringe division soldier called Peter agent Bishop, but we know that Walternate from the 2nd universe that has a fringe division with the same uniform/logo, lived most of his life without Peter, who grew up in the original universe.  The Peter that woke up in the hospital thought his father was the secretary of defence and was a little stunned to meet the Walter from the original universe.  I'm pretty sure the only way that can work is if this Peter is from a 3rd universe.  But I'm just speculating, I'll be here next week after the finale!!



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