'Fringe': The mission begins
October 6th, 2012
01:02 PM ET

'Fringe': The mission begins

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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  1. Walter Bishop

    Maybe the Observers will use Demond Head in a live action version of the cartoon FUTURAMA? Maybe his body is still there somewhere. Im sure Walter could reassemble poor Demond, I mean Simon. Or maybe the Obsevers themselves will do it as an experiment in head transplantation. Maybe Desmond Simon will get a better body or maybe even a robot body. Desmond Simon Cyborg.

    October 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. whalewatch

    that's why the butts from here to alpine...donate - do something to help people can only eat ketchup for thanksgiving.

    October 8, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. we dont eat sketti and ketchup...

    we cook a sauce and i come from a pretty well known family now in the entertainment business
    the sketti comment has been forwarded into security...people are having problems buying food and i don't find it funny...
    people cannot afford to eat...if your ass is so big..then donate sauces and spaghetti to the poor for thanksgiving


    October 8, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Zanika

    what time is it?

    October 8, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Johnny Cage

    Are they even going to mentio the alternate universe again this season?

    October 8, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Zoyla

    looking forward to current season anytime now.

    October 8, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. tracie

    Ok, he can sit on my face. My husband sat on my face after we had a steak and eggs dinner at waffle house last night. I was smothered in his crack.

    October 7, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hailey

    It’s almost inevitable that they get rid of my favorite character, but how could they kill Simon? My friend from my office at DISH and I are going to have to re-watch the previous seasons that I have saved on my Hopper in order to get our Simon fix. I love that I have enough memory to keep my old seasons, but it would have been better if Simon had returned this year. Still, season five looks pretty great. I’m looking forward to Etta and Olivia fighting The Observers together, even if they do it in different ways.

    October 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zoyla

    hopefully he'll move on at some point

    October 7, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. diane lawlor

    have been watching from the begining love this show, sad its over

    October 7, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Will

    I am in shock that Simon is apparently gone.

    October 7, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. good show

    well scripted

    October 7, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Juan

    he's stuck all day long...he better get drunk as a skunk...

    October 7, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Will it fit in the pagent dress?

    her rear goes from here to albany...

    October 7, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Buttons?

    town loves you...we were howling at the other

    October 7, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  16. And we just we laughed at you at the diner

    for a good hour-enjoy your pagent–(no you buttons) somebody else

    October 7, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  17. we have an outing...

    and we'll be laughing at you all day

    October 7, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  18. July

    your spaghetti is all dried up.

    October 7, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
    • JuneBug

      That's ok. Well just add some water. An some more ketchup. It's better that way. We have a pagent today. The Little Miss Country Fair Critter Pagent. I'm gonna bring a possum. Possums are sassy.

      October 7, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  19. timmie

    This sounds like a good show. Wish I had been watching it. Why is it I only find out about the good shows during their final season. Guess I need to follow the Entertainment blogs more closely – and listen to them. : )

    October 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  20. JuneBug

    They better red-neck-o-nize. If they don't we won't share our sketti an butter. Sketti is good. Its gots catchup an butter on it. That makes it good. An sassified.

    October 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  21. we're here...

    you know your going to have to make a decision about this pig right?.....

    October 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Michael Calaizzo Sr.

    How RU gang?

    October 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Michael Calaizzo-San Francisco CA.

    We think this is good news.

    October 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. WhaleBug

    cant stop laughing at that picture

    October 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |

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