October 6th, 2012
01:02 PM ET
When last we left our Fringies in the final season premiere, we were back in the year 2036, Olivia joined her colleagues unfrozen from amber, and met her daughter after a 20-plus year absence.
Meanwhile, an Observer tortured Walter to the point where his brain no longer recalled the secret plan for saving the world from their dictatorship.
On Friday night's pulse-pounding "Fringe," the group figured out the answer just might be in the old lab at Harvard, which was tightly controlled by the Observers. They captured a loyalist (Eric Lange, "Lost") and Etta used a device which damages a person's atoms to find out information.
When Olivia discovered the fact that her daughter had become ruthless in her fight with the Observers - to the point of torture - she was horrified.
The loyalist told Olivia a story about how he came to be that way, in order to protect his family. Etta told her mother that he was lying.
Peter and Etta disguised themselves as loyalists, but not before she discovered that the Observers were experimenting on her old partner Simon's disembodied head! Desmond... I mean, Simon... noooooooo! (I was truly bummed to see that we lost him so quickly. I had hoped the fact that Henry Ian Cusick left "Scandal" meant he would return to "Fringe," but that wouldn't appear to be the case.)
This development also nearly sent Etta over the edge, out for Observer blood, but Peter stopped her from flying off the handle.
Later, Etta drove the loyalist - now elderly in appearance and blind from the torture - out to a field. He admitted to her that she was right: he did lie about protecting his family. He said he joined the Observers because he was a coward. Etta sent Olivia a live video showing that she was letting the loyalist go.
I gotta say, this show keeps topping itself in emotional scenes. I recognized that musical score in the scene between Etta and the loyalist from Peter's reunion with Etta, and it's one of my favorites ever.
Finally, the Fringies gained access to Walter's old lab. They watched a videotape where Walter said the full plan to stop the Observers was on a series of videotapes they would have to locate. It's like Harry Potter's horcruxes! The mission - and the end of "Fringe" - begins now.
With only 11 episodes left, how are you liking the season so far? Has it had as much of an impact on you as it did me? Are you still in shock that Simon is apparently gone? Share your view on video or comment below.
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