The Fringe season finale 2010 finished a rather eventful trip Over There. Like last year, the Fringe 2010 season finale would end in an alternate universe, but this time after a much longer stay. This was merely the second part of the show’s first extended look at the other side, where things are different in both subtle and destructive ways. The destructive ways were just another casualty of Walter Bishop’s past sins, and the Fringe season finale had the regular world ‘invaders’ fight to contain the blowback.
Warning: Spoilers follow.
The mission for Olivia Dunham and Walter Bishop to get back Peter began last week, as they arrived at the alternate New York. But with the regular Walter shot, with Peter already meeting his real parents, and with the only hope for survival being William Bell, the Fringe season finale 2010 presented some tall orders.
The long awaited reunion between Walter and William had a lot of expected bad blood, before they worked to try and reopen the door between worlds. The heavy lifting of finding Peter went to Olivia, who had to face her long haired, less serious counterpart as a result. But by then, Peter had discovered the destructive plans that his real father – a.k.a. “Walternate’ – had for him.
The Fringe season finale 2010 had a lot to live up to, after building up the struggle between worlds for a full season, and after having Peter discover where he came from. In addition, the cliffhangers and memorable images from last season’s ending had set a major bar.
This time around, the Fringe season finale 2010 didn’t end with a reveal of the Twin Towers, or a major secret about a main character. Peter and Walter took their first steps towards future reconciliation, and Leonard Nimoy ended what may have been his final acting performance with a bang. As for the final cliffhanger, it had the same result as the Season One ending in a way, only under very different circumstances.
Heading into Season Three, Fringe continues to gain a substantial following, and may indeed be the closest thing TV has to the next Lost. The show started off with poor ratings in a crowded time slot, and with uncertainty about its future. But by the end of the season, its fan base and critical fans increased, making it better equipped to survive in the 9 p.m. Thursday time slot next year.
Following the Fringe season finale 2010, the massive dynamics of the show will be shaken up even further to start things off. The central trio overcame a lot this season, but they still have a ways to go to be truly together again – especially with a war and more spooky cases still on the horizon.
Television Without Pity- “Fringe: Dun Dun Dun!”
TV Guide Magazine- “To Liv & Dye in the Alterna-Verse”