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Goodbye, Fringe

I have a lot of things I want to say about the recent season of Fringe, and I feel like I want to talk in depth about the series finale, but I'm not sure how to say what I want to say.


This last episode made me actually cry many times, and that is a hard thing to do for a television show. But the scene with Peter and Walter discussing his sacrifice, and the one with Olivia going into the altverse and not knowing if she would come back, got to me, as did the one where Astrid and Walter looked at Gene in amber. Actually that one made me cry like a baby. All those scenes reminded me so much of what it has been like to lose my sister, my dad, my mom, and that's a tribute to the writers and the actors that they could make those feelings so acute.

It also made me laugh out loud many times, especially with Walter, and that's never something I expect in an episode where the emphasis is on the tension and action. "Because it's cool" will forever be something that brings a huge smile to my face.

My heart swells knowing that Peter and Olivia and Astrid and Phillip and Nina are safe and well in the rebooted timeline. I wonder if they know what or why Walter is gone, and I wish that had been answered. But my heart is also broken knowing that Olivia Dunham is no longer going to visit my TV every week.

Many times in the past two seasons especially I have been frustrated and annoyed by the show, and the showrunners. But I never, ever tire of Oliva Dunham, and Peter Bishop and Walter Bishop and Astrid Farnsworth and Phillip Broyles and Nina Sharp (and Charlie and Lincoln, but of course they've been AWOL for most of the time). Olivia especially has been one of the greatest characters ever on TV, and certainly in the pantheon of female characters. She was indeed a self-rescuing princess, a badass, a brilliant, beautiful, damaged diamond of a woman, and I almost can't handle thinking of the entertainment world without her.

Goodbye, show, I loved you and sometimes hated you. But Olivia, I always, always loved you, no matter what.

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ixchel55
Jan. 19th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
Fringe was one of the shows that got shuffled aside during my great TV show abandonment a couple of years ago. I think I paired my show watching down to maybe 2-3 because I simply felt like I had no time. I've always wanted to get back to Fringe, though. I got sucked into it because of Olivia. I kind of adore her. So maybe I'll go back and watch the show from the beginning again.
silk_knickers
Jan. 19th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, this. I teared up several times, and actually cried during Walter and Astrid's conversation beside the ambered-Gene. The plotting on the show often requires handwaving, but the cast was just fabulous and the relationships among the characters were wonderfully textured.
soundingsea
Jan. 21st, 2013 04:49 am (UTC)
Totally agree, especially on the awesomeness of Olivia. Love that she didn't need to be rescued.
kerithwyn
Jan. 21st, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
I'm still digesting, and there are a lot of things that still don't sit well with s5...but it was as fitting an ending as any we could have asked for.

I'm nowhere near ready to say goodbye.
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