Was “Worlds Apart” a rip-roaring continuation of seriable goodness, or was it all set-up for events to come? Read our review to find out..
- The development of the ongoing storyline.
- The reemergence of the CorteXkids and ZFT mythology were good callbacks. It was interesting to see how they played into the ‘Jonesverse’ plans.
- Ultimately, the concept of closing the Bridge was a strong story point, bringing things full circle.
- It was important to bring the two Walters together before the Bridge closed. It’s a somewhat meek exit for Walternate (should that be the case), but at least his arc feels complete.
- Walter figuring out David Robert Jones’ aims from a dream — off-screen at that. While this could be interesting, it seems pretty contrived, for the moment at least.
- The episode wasn’t as exciting as it threatened to be.
- The Peter/Walternate goodbye was disappointing. After everything, Peter still treats the man as though he pooped in his cereal.
- The final scene was a touch anticlimactic.
There’s surely no better place to pick up where the Broylnate/mole storyline left off than at the Boom-Boom-Machine. It may have been blowing smoke but at least Walter saw fit to wear a tie for the occasion.
It was good to see the major Fringe Division players at the Bridge summit. Not only was this significant in conveying DRJ’s threat, but both Walters were present this time around, reinforcing how far they’ve both come since spitting feathers at one another in “The Day We Died”.
DRJ’s use of Cortexiphan kids to achieve his goal of creating a new world worked for me as a plot point and seemed rather brilliant on his part. He’s not only unearthed them but given them the tools to channel their abilities.
I find myself intrigued by Walter’s view of Jones, perhaps due to their shared backstory-at-a-distance, or maybe because DRJ *swoon* really is one of the few minds capable of matching, if not surpassing, Dr. Bishop. He seems to recognize this by admitting “I underestimated him,” which plays into Jones’ obsession with being “special”. Given all that he’s achieved so far, it’s amazing to think he was killed relatively easily by Peter at the gates of over here. Special, yes, but he’s also a man of circumstance.
While I don’t think Nick has ever truly recaptured what he had in “Bad Dreams”, his return to the fold worked well enough. It was pretty cool seeing Olivia and Alt-Nick’s empathic sync-up. More important was getting Nick’s motivation for working for Jones, which I found pretty solid given his instability.
Bellie and Walter recreated powerful beings and left them in the wilderness. Jones manipulated their sense of helplessness and isolation into one of great purpose. If he can convince people to turn themselves into flying Sonic the Hedgehog’s then empowering humans with natural and unnatural ‘super powers,’ under the guise of saving their world, probably isn’t too difficult for Jones.
I’m glad the episode didn’t go down the more predictable route with Nick being swayed from his purpose with Jones. The tea-total genius has always surrounded himself with those who are loyal to the end. Still, it was interesting to see Nick being made to question his loyalty.
The decision the close the Bridge was a bit flappy, but still carried a certain poignancy, witnessing both Walters basically curled up in the fetal position is not something you see every day. The possibility of losing Peter again all too palpable for both of them, though as Walter noted: “I’ve come to accept that hes not ours.”
This is one of those moments where the sense of journey kicks in, and where Peter’s ‘sacrifice’ in the BBM feels more poignant, not just in healing the universes, but the people in them. It’s as though the both Walters needed an external mirror of their son to understand the internal bonds they share. We may or may not be dealing with ciphers in this recontextualized timeline, but their ability to grow from their past iterations says something in itself.
The final goodbyes were kind of touching, especially as it sunk in that I might never see Red’s peacoat again. Sure, Olivia’s “keep looking up” was a spoonful of syrup I could have done without, but the overall the sentiment behind the dissolution needed to play towards the emotion. Perhaps it could have felt less forced, but sometimes you just have to roll with it.
Like the episode before it, “Worlds Apart” felt very much like the opening gambit of an extended push. “It’s time,” indeed, to face brave new worlds.
- Lincolnate knew Alt-Nick from school.
- Will we see the alternate universe Fringe team again? Is this the end of the road taken for Lincoln Tyrone Lee and his expert skills?
Best Moment: The Bridge goodbyes.
Best Performer: John Noble
Best Quotable: “The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” (Walternate to Walter)
8/10 Seriable Stars