Each week FringeBloggers invite some of the most interesting personalities from the Fringe community into FB Towers to review aspects from the most recent episode in our Fringe Roundtable! Joining the panel this week to review the season 1 finale – There’s More Than One Of Everything, are Fringeling, Paul Levinson and yvaine!
Do you believe there is more than one reality?
Fringeling: In real life, most definitely — they exist in our minds at the very least . On the show, I think doing an unlimited amount of realities isn’t really feasible, however I’m still debating whether or not we are dealing with only two thus far …. or three.
Paul Levinson: No, I do not – I don’t believe in time travel either. But that’s why they make such great science fiction –
to read, to see on television or in the movies, and, in my case, to write, as well (as in my novel, The Plot to Save Socrates).
yvaine: In terms of Quantum Mechanics, yes. I have yet to see the blue lights for real, though, so who knows? 😉
Your favourite moment from this episode?
Fringeling: I loved the Twin Tower’s reveal. I never saw that coming, and it really caught me off guard. It was so deep on so many levels — it made Fringe all the more real. And Fringe has been fairly good so far at catching me off guard at the very end of the episode, kicking it up a notch right before credits. It was a fitting way to end a great first season in my opinion.
Paul Levinson: As I pointed out in my review in Infinite Regress, there were three: (a) the revelation that Peter was from another world, (b) the World Trade Center towers in the alternate reality, and (c) the newspaper, and, in particular, the part that said former President Kennedy will be addressing the UN. All three give me cosmic chills.
yvaine: Walter with the Observer, and the Walter/Peter moments. Quiet, but explosive.
What are your feelings about the reveal that Peter is from another world?
Fringeling: He is? When did we learn that? Just kidding. No I wasn’t too surprised, as I was already onboard more or less with this theory. But I am counting on there being a lot more to the ramifications resulting from his “origins”.
Paul Levinson: It was the best personal moment in the finale, and in the series as a whole. It explained, in a brilliant flash, why Peter couldn’t remember some of the things from “his” childhood that Walter mentioned to him (we found out in that instant that this was because this Peter had different memories). And it also said and explained a lot about Walter. It also made me wonder – did Walter in the reality in which our Peter was born think his son was kidnapped, or what?
yvaine: I think it’s an interesting twist even if I’ve suspected something like this ever since the spoiler about an important tombstone appearing in the Finale came out. At least it answers Walter’s vague reference to Peter’s “medical condition”. The reveal yielded more questions than answers for me, though, so… bring on Season 2!
Is there any possible way that we’ll see Jones again?
Fringeling: I think there might be. It might not be in Season 2, as he would make a great card to play down the road if things get a little stale in later seasons (but not too much later ). And there is more than one of everything, is there not?
Paul Levinson: I hope not. I love teleportation as a science fiction possibility – I think it could happen, someday. And The Stars My Destination is on my top-10 all-time favorites in novels. But Jones didn’t appeal to me.
yvaine: If he is half the man we think he is, we will probably see Jones alive and kicking and masterminding freaky plans and Star Trekking himself out of enclosed places in one of the alter-verses… Okay, I just had to use “half-the-man”. Sorry. Couldn’t resist. *waves hand and does Jedi mind trick* You did not read that bad joke. Move along… Oh, hey, Star Trek and Star Wars in one answer!… Okay, okay, move it! :p.
William Bell. Worth the wait?
Fringeling: Not at all in my opinion. Would have resulted in a jaw dropping “oh snap!” if his casting was kept on the extreme hush-hush. But instead it resulted in a yawn for me. He was the most disappointing part of finally meeting Bell! But heh, I’m sure it was good for Star Trek. If we see more manipulative product placement though please remind me we’re watching Fringe and not Seinfeld.
Paul Levinson: Yes, and it was great to see Leonard Nimoy in the role.
yvaine: In a way, yes. We’re finally seeing him! But they could’ve upped the excitement for the reveal. Like maybe not having Nina tell Olivia she can finally meet Bell — we’ll just suddenly see Olivia traveling between realities and then stumble upon him. Or they could’ve kept Nimoy’s involvement a secret and not name him in the opening credits. He’ll just show up. I imagine JJ will hear me shouting “Holy sh*t!” from halfway around the world all the way to his office once Nimoy steps out of the shadows..
What are your feelings on the use of the WTC in the final scene?
Fringeling: If someone is going to use the WTC as an element to a storyline, it had better be for a good reason and something other than a punchline or as a “throw away prop”. So to actually “resurrect them” for lack of a better term was gutsy — and it caused me to feel a wide range of contrasting emotions. At first I was taken aback, and almost teared up with the beauty of the scene. Then after thinking about it some more I was a little offended. Days later I was reflecting again on their use, and I felt some deep and profound symbolism in the choice to have our first meeting with Bell take place within their towers. So after it’s all said and done, I’d say I found their use the best part of the series thus far, because they made me think and feel so deeply and seriously both about aspects of the show and real life events. Essentially, they caused me to imagine the possibilities, and the impossibilities —- which is why I watch Fringe in the first place
Paul Levinson: It was daring, and I give Fringe kudos and props for doing this. September 11 is a still a sensitive subject – but nothing should be off-limits for science fiction (indeed, I have a novel in draft in which an alternate reality with no September 11 is a theme.)
yvaine: Personally, I thought it was surprising but emotional. I think it was done with the proper respect, and it was a nice metaphor for another reality where things are a bit different.
Your rating for this episode?
Fringeling: A solid 9.
Paul Levinson: 10 out of 10 – superb and outstanding!
yvaine: A 9.25/10 Not the best episode of the season, but it answered a lot of questions, and the storytelling was generally good..
Predictions for season 2?
Fringeling: Just for fun — and if I’m wrong I’m wrong — but I think we are going to learn there is only ONE William Bell, not multiple Bell’s (either because of something he has done to himself, or because of his death in alternate realities, etc). We might learn that AlterWalter is in fact the “real” Walter who is native to the dimension we have been dealing with primarily thus far. I think we will learn the Observer was, more or less, created by Bell (and I have 101 elements to this theory ). We will meet either Olivia’s step-father or “biological” father, or at least have his identity revealed to us. And there will be one episode where we see Peter and Olivia “hook-up” — but only in an alternate reality. This will be soley a ratings booster for all the shippers out there, but when the alter-dust settles, Peter and Olivia will still be the UST couple they were all this season.
I’ll save my more risky ideas for the forum threads !
Paul Levinson: Hopes – rather than predictions – that Fringe will stay focused on this main story, and not get too distracted by Bug-Eyed-Monsters…
yvaine: Walter will come face to face with William Bell; Astrid will play a bigger role; We’ll see which side of the war Bell is really on; Olivia might start a fire; Peter will suspect there is something out-of-this-world about his childhood; Zachary Quinto will appear as Young William Bell in a flashback; We’ll learn more about The Observer’s origins; Bell: “Olivia, I am your father.” Liv: “Noooooooo!!!” (okay, kidding on this one!).
Thanks Fringeling, Paul and yvaine, for participating in the “There’s More Than One Of Everything” Fringe Roundtable! We hope that you join us again sometime, on the other side. – FringeBloggers.com