FRINGE: 5.04 “The Bullet That Saved the World”
The final season of Fringe takes us one step closer to the end, with familiar faces and last good-byes. What happened this week? Well, if you’re like me and decided to watch it late — and you haven’t yet checked it out — I’d suggest you stop reading. I’ve probably already said too much.
As it turns out, I knew something pretty big was going to happen before I watched the episode. So I saw nervously the entire episode, wondering who was going to make it and who wasn’t (and if it wasn’t as extreme as a character death, who would be horribly dismembered — I don’t know if that’s being trained by Joss Whedon or American Horror Story).
In the end, it was Etta who took her last breath and took quite a number of people with her. I can’t say I’m too disappointed. Sure, my fear was that it’d be Peter, Walter, Olivia, or god forbid Astrid! But I can bet that Etta won’t be the last death in this final season, and she certainly won’t be the one that hurts the most. I have my own predictions on that one.
I don’t want to say I was happy to see Etta go, but I can’t say I’m all that disappointed, either. I haven’t been the biggest fan of Etta — it’s not that I didn’t like her, it’s just that I didn’t fall in love with her the way that Peter or Olivia, her parents, did. And honestly, her presence on the show has just hidden a lot of what I’ve loved about Fringe in the first place.
With Etta hanging around, I feel like we haven’t really seen Walter, for one. At least not to his full capacity. His craziness is diminished, partially because his memory has been tainted but also because it’s just not the same dynamic that we knew.
More so, I’ve really missed Olivia. While I’m sure the writers didn’t mean for it to become the battle of the blondes, I feel like we really haven’t seen Olivia at all since Etta came into the picture. All the action has been around Etta, and all the touchy feely emotions (which I can’t say has been Olivia’s strong suit — or as interesting) has been around Olivia. Poor Olivia’s been pushed to the background in favor of her younger generation.
But this death is clearly going to mean something. I can see Peter’s reaction to the death will be powerful. I think the word that comes to mind is rage, and I think we’ll see that in future actions. Most of all, I just hope that Etta’s demise will lead to a happy reunite of Olivia and Peter, since, you know, that’s all I really care about here anyway.
So what did you think of this week’s episode? Are you sad to say bye to Etta? Let it out in the comments.