FRINGE “The Last Sam Weiss” Review

FRINGE The Last Sam Weiss Review

FRINGE “The Last Sam Weiss” Season 3 Episode 21 – So far this season of FRINGE has given us some great episodes, but “The Last Sam Weiss” tops them all (except maybe next week’s finale). Walternate has activated the Doomsday Device, and the effects in our universe are starting to spread with dangerous consequences. When Peter tries to step into the device to stop it, it flings him across the hangar and leaves him in a coma. Luckily for us, Sam Weiss knows how to bowl and repair Doomsday Devices.

In “The Last Sam Weiss”, the Fringe team and our favorite bowling alley proprietor/First Person, Sam Weiss, work to stop the device before we lose it all. The events caused by the doomsday device in “6:02 AM EST” have transformed into dry lightning storms that seem to appear out of nowhere and strike at will. Sam takes Olivia on a trek to find a tool to help remove the force field protecting the device, but the results of their search shows them that Olivia and her abilities are the only way to stop the device. In the meantime, Peter has awoken from his coma and decides to go to Liberty Island in New York on his own, though he’s not really himself. Walter and Astrid figure out how to contain the damage from the lightning strikes (moving the doomsday device to Liberty Island), and Walter tries to coach Olivia on how to communicate with the alterverse device.

In the end, it turns out that Olivia can only communicate with the alterverse device when she is in the same room with Peter. When she helps Peter get into the device we see the power surge into Peter, and he then wakes up in the middle of an apocalyptic New York….ten or more years into the future. That sound you just heard was your mind being blown!

I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record in these reviews, but once again the Fringe writing team has stepped up and knocked it out of the park. Tonight’s episode had the perfect blend of science fiction, plot twists, and OMG moments. I had expected something to happen when Peter entered the device, like traveling to the alterverse or something like that, but I did not expect time travel! It’s another layer to the storyline and it sets a very interesting stage for the season finale.

Really enjoyed Kevin Corrigan’s acting in this episode, he brought a lot of humor into some of the more serious scenes. I hope the title doesn’t mean this is the last we see of him. The two best scenes of the night both involved Anna Torv; the first being the touching scene between her and Walter while she’s trying to communicate to the alterverse typewriter, the second with Joshua Jackson right before Peter enters the machine.

Favorite Parts of Tonight’s Episode:

– The only thing that will distract Walter from being with Peter….Tapioca Pudding.
– Olivia asking about what happens when Peter enters the device: “Does he die?”
Sam: “No. I dont think so.”
– Really enjoyed how they played the Doors’ Riders on the Storm as the lightning storm began to take shape. Added a nice feeling of foreshadowing to what was coming up, plus it’s one of my favorites to listen to while on long road trips.
– Walter talking to Astrid: “Oh, Ostrich, you are a genius!”
– Peter in what we’ll call his reboot mode. It’s a little creepy and you’re not really sure what’s going on with him.
– Bringing back story elements from the previous seasons: Olivia’s “Be a better man than your father” from the Season 2 premiere (“A New Day in the Old Town”), and how she used her mental abilities to stop the bomb in Season 1 (“Ability”).

So what did you think of tonight’s episode? What about that insane ending with Peter time traveling? Will this be the last time we see Sam Weiss? Let me know in the comments section, I look forward to hearing from you.

Next week is the Fringe Season Finale, the ominously titled “The Day We Died”. Make sure you tune in next Friday, May 6 at 9 PM EDT on FOX.

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