Fringe “Liberty/An Enemy of Fate” Season 5 finale airs Friday Jan 18, 2013 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. This is the series finale of Fringe.
Episode Synopsis: The acclaimed series that has explored the human condition through the prism of parallel universes, unexplainable phenomena and unimaginable threats, reaches a milestone 100th episode and comes to an epic and climatic conclusion. First, the Fringe team engages a desperate plan as Olivia embarks on a dangerous and otherworldly journey into the unknown. Then, Peter, Olivia, Walter, Astrid and Broyles face off against the Observers in one final and extraordinary battle for the fate of mankind. The five-season saga comes to an epic and emotional end in the special two-hour “Liberty/An Enemy of Fate” series finale episode of FRINGE airing Friday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Cast: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham; Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop; John Noble as Walter Bishop; Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles; Blair Brown as Nina Sharp; Jasika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth
Show Summary: FRINGE, the critically acclaimed and fan-favorite series, returns for a fifth and final 13-episode season that promises to deliver a climactic conclusion.
Picking up from the events depicted in last season’s flash-forward episode “Letters of Transit,” the seemingly peaceful “Observers” seized control of the universe in 2015. Now in 2036, they have become ruthless rulers who will reign supreme. What awaits in the future is the Fringe team’s final stand, which will bring together all that they have witnessed in preparation to battle and protect the world.
Set in Boston, the FBI’s Fringe Division started when Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (Anna Torv) enlisted institutionalized “fringe” scientist WALTER BISHOP (John Noble) and his globe-trotting, jack-of-all-trades son, PETER (Joshua Jackson), to help in an investigation of an airline disaster that defied human logic. After the defining case was solved and furthermore revealed to be one of a series of unusual incidents linked together, the unlikely trio – supervised by Special Agent PHILLIP BROYLES (Lance Reddick) and assisted by ASTRID FARNSWORTH (Jasika Nicole) – was formed.
As unimaginable events continued to unfold, the Fringe Division’s investigations often led them to science and technological corporation Massive Dynamic and its enigmatic chief executive, NINA SHARP (Blair Brown). It was revealed that Walter and Massive Dynamic’s elusive founder and chairman WILLIAM BELL (guest star Leonard Nimoy) once were scientific partners, and had used Olivia as a test subject when she was a child.
Through the Fringe team’s investigations, Olivia learned that the root cause of these strange occurrences was due to the existence of a parallel universe. Even more shocking was the discovery that Walter had kidnapped Peter as a child from “over there” after his Peter had died, thus creating an imbalance between the two universes that threatened to tear both worlds apart.
Complications in these two separate, yet interconnected, worlds quickly began to ripple throughout each universe. Ultimately, Peter realized his kidnapping was the cause for the alternate world’s impending doom. So he chose to sacrifice himself by activating a device that saved the universe, bridged the two worlds together but erased him from existence.
Season Four found the Fringe Divisions working together to rebuild the alternate universe. Despite Peter’s seemingly permanent sacrifice, he returned very much alive and helped stop William Bell’s mad plans to collapse the two worlds together. Then, after Olivia learned she was pregnant with Peter’s child and all seemed right with the world(s), Walter received an ominous warning that “they” were coming.