Quick Take: Fringe, “Worlds Apart”
“Keep looking up after it rains.” – Olivia
Review: Fringe, “Worlds Apart”
(S0420) Don’t unplug your “Fringe Friday” sign just yet, universe-hoppers; despite a waning audience, and by extension, gradually declining profit margins, Fox has perhaps learned from its frying of Firefly and signed on to give Fringe fans the closure they deserve. Announced earlier today, J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi-bending drama has been slated for a streamlined 13-episode season to play out the endgame so recently put into motion.
Which brings us to “Worlds Apart.” Separate though the universes may be, Walter has had a dream – one in which David Robert Jones plans to annihilate existence in a dimensional-shredding singularity. The sense of excitement and urgency is certainly invigorated by the knowledge that, even if DRJ can be stopped, the Observers will still take over the world(s), having poisoned their own beyond repair, as revealed in last week’s flash-forward.
We’ve already seen the veritable Noah’s Ark of Fringe beasts that Jones plan to terrorize and populate the world with, and it’s common consensus that his plans don’t stop there. During a meeting between the most important figures in Fringe – some of which happen to be doppelgangers – they learn that Jones is progressing with his plans to synchronize the frequency of both worlds, effectively knocking out the pieces of the multiverse like a game of Don’t Break the Ice.
Having already proven his capabilities with the impossible element, Amphilicite, Jones has once again extended his influence over former Cortexiphan patients. Continuing down a running string of similarities from earlier seasons, we are finally reintroduced to the pyrokinetic Sally Clark and extremely empathic Nick Lane – or rather, Lanes – one of whom is misled in his attacks against existence.
The shuffled deck of abilities available to Cortexiphan patients has always been hinted at, but aside from Olivia, everyone dies before they can develop more than one power. Now, it seems, Jones has amassed an army in both worlds, causing Cortexiphan-induced earthquakes across Earth 1 and Earth 2 under the guise of protecting the multiverse against Walter Bishop and William Bell.
Unable to neutralize the onslaught of psychic attacks, the multiverse must confront a desperate reality: the bridge between worlds must be closed. Despite the aid being provided to the other side, it would ultimately amount to nothing should Jones succeed in killing both worlds. Even though there’s another season left to decide the fate of the worlds, it will be a true emotional feat to top the touching parting of ways between friends and counterparts alike as the First People’s machine raises the bridge between universes.