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|4th October 2011, 06:35||#1|
Join Date: May 2010
The displacements of Fringe
The fourth season of Fringe is certainly more peaceful than originally anticipated.
When the previous season of Fringe ended, we were left with a lot of questions, but the new season has skirted some of the potential conflict.
When last we saw these characters, their worlds had been merged and Peter had disappeared as if he never existed.
The new season would need to cover the complications of a world made of two universes - some buildings torn in half, with almost every person meeting their double and suffering from inevitable overpopulation.
I expected the first scene to be of a devastated wasteland: Olivia and Fauxlivia standing on the roof of one of the few remaining skyscrapers, or perhaps in the doorway of a zeppelin, overlooking the devastation, knowing that they caused it, but also knowing that it was better than the alternative.
Instead, itís almost business as usual. Peter is gone, and thatís this seasonís subplot, but otherwise, the only effect of the machine is that it built a bridge between the worlds, a single room where the alternates overlap.
Some of the characters are also a bit fudged. Walter is a bit crazy again without Peterís recent influence to keep him grounded. Olivia is a bit hardened to real emotions lacking that same influence. Astrid seems to be her field partner in Peterís absence, quickly replaced by her worldís version of Agent Lee.