October 27th, 2012
09:30 AM ET
[Editor's Note: Stop reading this post now if you don't want to know what happened on the last episode of "Fringe."]
I have to say, "Fringe" is hitting all the right notes in this final season, and Friday night's episode was no exception (as heartbreaking as it was to see).
The quest for Walter's videotapes continued, as Peter conducted a daring plan to take the second tape, making a quick getaway into the sewers (thankfully, he emerged largely unscathed despite how it looked in the promos).
Of course, if Walter owns an early-1980s VCR, it would make sense that he held onto artifacts from all of the team's fringe cases.
He led the rest of the team into the basement, which was a treat for long time fans, seeing so many reminders of episodes past, including what was left of the porcupine monster.
The fringies put some of what they found to good use, including the gas that causes people's mouths and eyes to close up (still a pretty grotesque thing to witness).
Using what they had at their disposal, they were able to fight off Observers and loyalists to retrieve the instructions for the second part of the plan, which looked like one large mathematical equation. Unfortunately, Walter could no longer remember what any of it meant.
As Observers continued to try and track down the fringies, one of them determined that Etta could stop them from reading her mind, making her a bigger target than ever.
All of this time, Broyles was assisting the Observers in their investigation, but as you may have guessed, his allegiance to his old friends won out. He met Olivia and the rest of them for the first time in decades, and explained that he placed Etta on his team with the FBI.
Suddenly, an Observer appeared and the group realized they had been tracked. Broyles held onto the plan as the rest of them took off running into some warehouses.
Etta ended up separating from the group and was caught by an Observer. He read her mind, as he looked at a necklace her father gave her, representing "the bullet that saved the world." He realized the necklace was given as a token of love. As she pulled out a knife, he took it out of her hand, saying "You never know when to give up." Then, he shot her.
Etta's parents and grandfather rushed to her. She told them to go without her, as she would just slow them down and started a ticking bomb. Peter held her, and Olivia told her she loved her. This was one of the saddest scenes of the series, no doubt.
The Observers went back into the warehouse, realizing that the rest of them would go to her because they loved her. All but one of them were apparently obliterated as the bomb went off.
Only nine episodes left, and I wonder where they will go from here. Peter, and then Olivia's reunions with Etta were two of the most emotional moments in the series' history. I have to applaud the producers for pulling off such a bold move here. As much as science fiction gets a reputation for sometimes being "cold," "Fringe" often has more heart than a lot of other shows.
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