Tragedy strikes on 'Fringe'
October 27th, 2012
09:30 AM ET

Tragedy strikes on 'Fringe'

[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.

What did you think of this week's episode? Did it break your heart too? What are your hopes for the remaining episodes? Share your view on video or comment below.

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  1. Simon

    Have people actually been watching this...?

    November 7, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Anonymous

    Actually, if time travel figures prominently in the finality of the series, I'll bet that time is restored to the day they keep showing us, from when Etta was around 3. Time is restored, the Observers never attack, and life goes on as if all the bad stuff never happened. A perfect ending.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wow...


    October 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alichat

    "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)." Um...this didn't happen as you state. Peter was siphoning gas from an abandoned car and stopped to buy Etta a new necklace (for the bullet that saved the world.) He was read by an Observer, who ordered that he be detained, and he took off into the sewers to get away. Also, the observer who killed Etta and escaped the bomb is Windmark, the leader of The Observers.

    Also, this makes no sense. "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." The Observers don't know that Etta could block them from reading her mind, and that she taught others how to do the same.

    It was an excellent episode. As much as I hated to see Etta die, I think she's the catalyst to ramp up the action in the remaining episodes.

    October 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GO JETS


    October 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TheWorst

    lousy acting, scripts are awful..good bye show.

    October 28, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. ah...

    This is such a good show. Why is this the last season? I was sad to see the daughter die, too. I have to agree with the others about the time travel thing. I'll bet they are all together again when the show finally ends. At least, that's what I'm hoping for. But again, why are they ending this show? It's so unfair!

    October 28, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. BoxedInButt(u)

    another awful show, the acting is ridiculous. the cast is directed poorly and they seem like the do not know their
    lines. they appear very insecure about their acting abilities.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      I am just curious. You obviously don't like the show. So why are you posting anything about it?
      There are plenty of things I don't like, but I don't waste my time thinking about them. I would rather spend my time talking about things I like or doing things I like.
      What kind of mental problem would force someone to be compelled to waste his (and our) time replying online about things he/she does not like?
      If you don't like the show don't watch it. Go do something you like and leave us to enjoy a show we do like.

      October 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • That's too bad

      check out the nicki and rosie and honey boo reviews and then come back and talk to me--

      October 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeadGameNotHere


      October 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Graham

      To John, above. Are you serious? Are you seriously suggesting that one can only praise something, never criticize it? Congrats – you've just invalidated the entire field of literary, artistic, musical, theatrical, and cinematic criticism.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bongo houzi

      Why are you even here then?

      October 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pee Wee Morris

      Graham – I think you missed the point of John's post. He didn't suggest that a person couldn't or shouldn't have a different opinion on a show others love. I think he was questioning why he wasted his time to post at all. I don't like Breaking Bad even though others love it. Because I'm not a fan, I don't waste my time reading about it or posting comments about how much I dislike the show. I spend my time reading and posting in the positive instead of the negative. I think John was wondering why someone that doesn't like Fringe feels the need to have his opinions validated.

      October 29, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • doublellnfl

      Much like your opinion, worthless..

      November 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • fireoasis

      I think the point is more that if you do not like the show -at all- why would you come to post about the show or read about it for that matter. One can understand you saying oh I didn't like this scene or that scene, or you don't like where a plot is going or you like how they are doing something vs something else. However to flat out state you hate the show and find no redeeming qualities in it, then it makes no sense for you to ever have read the article or posted on the comments section.

      November 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Johnny Cage

    Well, I'm going to guess that Fringies will get the ability to tiem travel, because we know that they have to get the parts to the 'machine' from season 3 and 4 back to the past to be buried, otherwise they can't find and dig the parts up in season 3 like they did. At least, that would make sense. Then they can setup some kind of time paradox to destroy the observers from ever existing.

    October 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paula

      I am a huge fan of this show, but I have to say, I do not like the way they transitioned into this last season. It seems a little bizzare and "reaching". Although I will watch it until it ends, I am not at all enthralled as I have been all along. I will certainly miss Walter and "Astro" and the gang. I just really wish they had not made this season so off the mark.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • sub-zero

      get over here !!! MORTAL COMBAT !!!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. LanaSweet

    I thought the entire episode was riveting. I teared up at the Broyles/Olivia reunion and cried when Etta died. Unlike Mrs. M I did get invested in Etta. I don't have a specific direction I'd like the show to go in. I'm just enjoying the season and look forward to whatever is to come.

    October 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. liz

    i think that a connection has been made with etta on the show especially since olivia has returned. i have not seen the recent episode yet but just reading about it i can envision the emotional impact i will see on the show. i want peter and olivia to reconnect that is my wish.


    October 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sunbeamcandy

    I definitely agree that Etta’s death scene is one of the saddest ones of the show. I liked Etta well enough, but the way Peter and Olivia reacted was what really broke my heart. I can’t believe this is the last season of this show. One of my DISH co-workers got me into it in the first season and I’ve been addicted ever since. It’ll be so weird when it’s over. I wasn’t home last night to watch this episode, but thankfully my Hopper was all set up to record it for me. I can’t handle being out of the loop with this show for too long, so I’m glad I don’t have to worry about missing it.

    October 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mrs. M

    Yes, Etta died. But, it wasn't the least bit heart-breaking because her character hasn't been on the show long enough for the audience to become emotionally invested in her. Her character never really felt like part of the "family" anyway. I understand the writers have a direction they're going in so far as to wrap-up this series. While I will continue to watch until the end, and buy the final season on dvd to complete my collection, I'm not feeling the excitement this season. It's kindof a let-down for me.

    October 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      If your not excited about this last season then why the need to buy the seasons box set, once it's finished? Bizarre statement.

      October 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hinkster1864

    "The Bullet that Saved the World" episode 10/26/12

    The death of Henrietta, Peter and Olivia's daughter was unexpected. But the mere fact that Henrietta was somewhere around her early twenties, as Peter and Olivia are in there late twenties or early thirties, (due to the fact that her parents went twenty some years not aging as they were trapped in amber for that time) also tells you that basically anything is possible with this series. I suspect that before the final end of the last show this season, I would imagine that if a fairy tale ending arises, the Observers will be dealt with and time travel will permit the return or saving of Henrietta from her fate in this episode. Otherwise 'Fringe" will deal with having hit home a very hard lesson for the starring members of this television series. Something lacking in most of writting and storylines in today's media. Bravo for the bold and departure type style from the norm. Which is what makes this show so attractive to begin with.

    Ironic that Henrietta just got a necklace from her father as a replacement for the one she gave up earlier this season for the silver so Walter could use it as solder. The pendant she was using was the bullet from Olivia's head from last season. And a bullet is what killed Henrietta from the observer gun that was used by Captain Windmark.

    October 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. daniel schantz

    i think peter will do what ever it takes to get her back like his father did. dont the observers have time travel .the one thing that man observer sad was LOVE like he didn't understand it .i see peter going back in time to save his daughter and the last thing he gonna say when peter shoot him in the head is LOVE .WILL SEE IM CURIOUS IF LENARD NIMOY IS GONNA BE THE THE ONE TO TRANSLATE MATH ON SCROLL THEY FOUND I REALLY BELIEVE THIS SHOW SHOULD BE PICKED UP BY SCI FI OR ANOTHER SANITATION REMINDED ME OF X FILES MY FAVORITE SHOW OF ALL-TIME.

    October 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. PTM

    If the Fringe team discovers the Observers' means of time travel it may be used to conclude the series. Perhaps with a means in hand of ending the Observers' assault before it takes hold, and Etta may be spared. The old time travel trick. Etta illustrated another side of Peter and Olivia, I think that will be their supreme motivation to end the Observers' reign and find their daughter, again.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  17. KS Winchester

    What a fantastic episode on Fringe! I was shocked to see their daughter die. I didn't actually expect that at all. So, what next? Are we going to see the wrath of Olivia, Peter and Walter? I am more angry and enraged than them. Kick the a$$es of those observer Sons of b!tc#e&.

    And I would like to mention that the author probably hasn't watched Supernatural. It is obviously the most emotional show on Televsion. Agree Fringe is emotional, but certainly not more than Supernatural.

    October 27, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |

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