FRINGE SERIES FINALE: Liberty/An Enemy Of Fate — Viewer Ratings


The acclaimed series that has explored the human condition through the prism of parallel universes, unexplainable phenomena and unimaginable threats, reaches a milestone 100th episode and comes to an epic and climatic conclusion. First, the Fringe team engages a desperate plan as Olivia embarks on a dangerous and otherworldly journey into the unknown. Then, Peter, Olivia, Walter, Astrid and Broyles face off against the Observers in one final and extraordinary battle for the fate of mankind. The five-season saga comes to an epic and emotional end in the special two-hour “Liberty/An Enemy of Fate” series finale episode of FRINGE airing Friday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). (FR-512/513) (TV-14 V)

Fringe 5.12-13 Liberty/An Enemy Of Fate Series Finale

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  1. Scott Jenkins says

    I’ve given it nine stars for being exactly as enjoyable as I’d expected. I didn’t give it ten because there were no surprises. At least, nothing big. I didn’t expect December to pop up, but I feel like his role wasn’t notable enough to warrant a tenth star. I’m also almost slightly disappointed that Anil didn’t die a gruesome death.

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  2. Mel Duff says

    I’m guessing William Bell had a role in designing the endgame machine? The case had an X on it (Man X), which Walter ID’d as being a “Belly design” in the episode with the nanites. Plus, Bell, was ambered with the team…

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  3. ibbi says

    I mean, seriously – it is illogical that everything up to the point of “park scene” in 2015 happened exactly the same, without the existence of September (he talked with the other guy – December as i recall, and the guy told him that resetting time would result in the fact that they would cease to exist – never exist)

    So… why the hell did Walter crossover? Peter wasn’t saved on the other side? etc. Without September and his appearance in the lab, Walternate would cure Peter, and the whole timeline would be different – the “park scene” wouldn’t take place …

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    • Jim says

      I’m trying to make sense of it too. The best I can come up with is that the paradox was already there in season 4 – assuming September’s mistake didn’t happen in the yellow timeline. Walter crossed over and BOTH Peters died. The Peter we had now was never supposed to exist in the first place, but he did because “love” brought him back to this timeline. I’ll have to think about the other things that the Observers caused, but I think most of what happened on the show happened pretty much the same way.

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    • Jim says

      Either way… I think they should have addressed it on the show. At least expressed some concern that the plan might NOT work. Now it does seem like the writers didn’t think of the Peter paradox at all.

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      • Surun Tunne says

        walter and bell are still oing the cortexiphan trials and it has been adressed more than once in the show that they planed to cross over before peter even got sick.
        so, peter grows up in the redverse because walternate isn’t distracted when he finds the cure and at some point walter and bell or olivia would still cross over and they are going to meet each other.
        the point is: exactly answering this is just not necessary.

        all the emotional aspects ot the finale were phenomenal, the action and the callbacks were awesome and ending the series with the white tulip and how peter looked at the very end was brilliant.

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      • Page 48 says

        They should have “at least expressed some concern that the plan might NOT work.”

        Further to that point….While, onscreen, the reset was pretty much instant the moment that Walter and Michael left for the future, it seems reasonable to assume that there would be a considerable real-time lag before a reset could occur.

        Even if “the plan” went well, Walter and Michael would no doubt be detained for some period of time before achieving the desired result. And, at the best of times, Walter is a guy who can barely function without adult supervision, so traipsing off into the future with a child who doesn’t speak is by no means a guarantee of success.

        This must have led to an excruciating waiting period for our favourite fugitives, knowing that, at this point, they were merely waiting to vanish. How do you live like that from day to day, when you still have to eat and sleep and carry on for what could be a significant period of time, when all you’re hoping to do is vanish without a moment’s notice? And, was that waiting period spent in captivity or were they able to fend off the Observers in time to wait it out somewhere safe?

        It would have been nice to explore these situations in future episodes, but, unlike Walter & Co., we cannot change our fate. It is what it is (or was what it was).

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        • Mel Duff says

          “Walter is a guy who can barely function without adult supervision”…

          This intrigues me. I feel like his reverting to the “old” (pre-brain-slice-removal) Walter also makes him more capable of seeing this through. “Old” Walter was always goal-oriented, right?

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    • Anna says

      “So… why the hell did Walter crossover? Peter wasn’t saved on the other side? etc. Without September and his appearance in the lab, Walternate would cure Peter, and the whole timeline would be different”

      These are all addressed in S4, and S5 is continuing on from the S4 timeline.

      You are forgetting at S4 reset the timeline where Peter was saved. In the S4 timeline, he died in both universes. His return as an adult was an anomaly.

      In the reset S4 timeline, the Observers weren’t as well known – the team were only just starting to notice them in photos – so their influence in the Fringe events we saw was minimal.

      As for crossing over – this is to do with S4 not S5. But in answer, Walter and Bell had been working on doing that before Peter got sick. Saving Peter was the catalyst for Walter crossing but they would have crossed at some point anyway.

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  4. YourPique says

    I’m still processing…overall, I’m satisified, but it was far from my perfect ending.
    My biggest issue so far…Windmark’s Cortexi-death. After all of the callbacks to former Fringe cases, I expected Olivia to light him on fire.

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      • says

        I don’t know… The way it was shot, it really seemed like it was Olivia. When Etta’s bullet fell on the ground, all the lights in the city went out (which just screams Cortexolivia to me!) and the camera kept switching between her and Windmark… Either way, I loved his death. Could have been more bloody though.

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  5. Skylar says

    I gave up trying to make sense of it all, and can’t understand how Walter would be a paradox, and I enjoyed the finale anyway. The saddest good-bye… “You’re my favorite thing, Peter. You are my very favorite thing.” Not a dry eye in the house. I will miss these characters. I will miss the lack of sci-fi on network television. :(

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