“The battle to save mankind is about to begin.” So begins the final season of Fringe, which we will spend in the future - year 2039. Picking up immediately following the end of episode 419, “Letters of Transit,” Peter, Walter, and Astrid join with Etta (Olivia and Peter’s now-grown daughter, herself a Fringe agent) to find Olivia and basically save the world from the tyranny of the Observers.
Fear not - Olivia is found in the premiere episode. That’s not a spoiler; she’s the star of the show! The Observers have taken over the planet (or at least the United States) and they are running it like communist Russia. New York is filthy, the citizens live in squalor and fear, and it is not yet precisely clear what the Observers’ end game is. September supposedly told Walter how to stop the Observers, but good luck digging it out of his swiss cheese brain.
This season is off to a great start. There are a lot of places for Fringe to go. Time travel in a show - especially where the time travel is not part of the plot (i.e. Quantum Leap or Sliders) - can come across as gimmicky, but in Fringe it is totally within the realm of normal.
One of the things that I have always hated about series finales is that shows almost always end with the characters going through some major, life-altering event that has all the main characters moving on to other locales. But when you have spent multiple years following these characters, you want to see where they end up multiple years from now. Fringe seems to be building that in, not to the finale, but the entire season. I have high hopes for the finale, but I have no predictions. Fringe operates on a totally different level. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Fringe premieres September 28th on Fox.