Fringe May 14, 2012 16:03:13 GMT -5
Post by Sara on May 14, 2012 16:03:13 GMT -5
Big "whew!" over Astrid, and "awwww" when Astrid pulled out that bag of red liquorice and Walter called her by her real name.
As for the Observer telling Olivia that in all the universes, she has to die...
They pulled a Buffy! THEY PULLED A BUFFY! The prophecy said she had to die, and die she did, but the prophecy didn't take into consideration advances in science in that universe, not to mention Walter Bishop. I'd call it a perfect storm - the right version of Walter and brave enough (and crazy enough) to do what had to be done, the right Olivia getting the right dose of cortexiphan, Peter, it all worked. "I was only gone for a minute." *snicker*
And our Olivia is pregnant, and we get another season to wrap things up. Not to mention that Bell is still out there somewhere... It's going to be a very long summer.
Anne, rather incoherent, squeee
ETA: However, "Stasis Runes"? Seriously, did we cross over into Middle Earth?
Agree with all.
Really, they did a pretty decent job of wrapping it all up for a series finale. Quick but neat, even taking away (probably) her super powers (which concerned me greatly). So good that I'm almost worried about re-opening a can worms and then having to re-tie it up again.
[Also agree re the runes -- my thought was "when did we wander onto the Supernatural set?"]
Incredible that Walter had the guts to shot her like that.
[Still a bit sad that this Walter doesn't have all the memories of Peter's childhood but you can't have everything.]
They really did think this was the end, didn't they. Broyles, Nina, everything.
I said to Greg and Matthew that the particular genius of the whole shooting Olivia thing is in how smartly they took advantage of the finale being a two-parter when it came to Olivia's survival. If we'd had the lemon cake scene early in the same hour as Olivia's seeming death, most viewers would have gone, "Oh, but we just saw how the lemon cake made with cortexiphan-laden brain matter healed itself: she'll be fine." But because the lemon cake moment happened a week ago, it was no longer right at the forefront of the viewer's memory (other than the brief visual reminder at the start of part two when Peter picks the cake up). So we could both be worried and freaked out about Olivia dying, yet as soon as Walter mentions letting her brain fix itself we also get to enjoy the aha! moment of, "OMG THAT'S RIGHT—THE LEMON CAKE THING WILL SAVE HER!"
Another bit of excellent advance plotting: leaving Olivia out of the flash-forward ep, yet never stating anything specific about what happened to her. Everything the characters say leads us to believe that's she's dead because of Bell (Etta's bullet necklace was a particularly clever way of implying Olivia's fate), yet they never state it outright.
Just two great examples of using episodic storytelling to fake out the audience and make the final payoff that much more rewarding.