"Worlds Apart" Review
If Season 4 can be narrowed down to one central theme, it would be the healing between universes. All of this healing is threatened by the emergence of David Robert Jones. Harkening back to “Welcome to Westfield,” Walter discovers that Jones’ ultimate plan is to destroy both universes, while creating one in which he has control.
I especially appreciate the role of the conference room in “Worlds Apart.” For a show primarily action-driven, these discussion were tense through careful dialogue. It felt like a court-room drama at times. Likewise, I love how all the characters are present, with the knowledge of how their roles have changed over this complex season.
This one ends big, with the eventual decision to close the bridge between both universes. I found myself oddly saddened by the conclusion, as both universes are so unique and important to the series. This was slightly undermined by the fact that the Fringe writers could easily find a way to bring the other side back into the fold in Season 5. Still, this was a huge shift in the overall mythology.
One of the strongest scenes occurs between the two Walters, who share an intimate moment on the floor outside the conference room. Walter confesses his fear of losing Peter again, and a confident Walternate explains that Walter is ready to make that sacrifice after all he’s been through.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed “Worlds Apart.” It’s one of the strongest episodes this season for its willingness to change things up in a big way. It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out in the final season.
What are your thoughts on “Worlds Apart?” Did you like the decision to close the bridge? As always, please share your comments.