Worlds Apart (Fringe)

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Walter Bishop (right) and his parallel universe doppelganger "Walternate" discuss the ramifications of losing Walternate's biological and Walter's adoptive son, Peter Bishop, should they deactivate the bridge. Critics praised the technical work to create this scene using the solitary work of John Noble, playing both Walters, who also was praised for his acting during this scene.
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 20
Directed by Charles Beeson
Story by Graham Roland
Teleplay by Matt Pitts
Nicole Phillips
Production code 3X7020
Original air date April 27, 2012
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"Worlds Apart" is the twentieth episode of the fourth season of the Fox science-fiction drama television series Fringe , and the series' 85th episode overall. It was co-written by series story editor Matt Pitts and DC Comics' Nicole Phillips based on a story by co-producer Graham Roland. Charles Beeson served as director.

<i>Fringe</i> (season 4) season of television series

The fourth season of the American science fiction television series Fringe premiered on Fox on September 23, 2011 and concluded on May 11, 2012, consisting of 22 episodes. The series is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The show was officially renewed for a fourth season on March 24, 2011.

Fox Broadcasting Company American television network

The Fox Broadcasting Company is an American commercial terrestrial television network that is a flagship property of Fox Corporation, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. The network is headquartered at the 20th Century Fox studio in Los Angeles, with additional major offices and production facilities at the Fox Television Center also in Los Angeles and the Fox Broadcasting Center in New York City.

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The series depicts members of a Federal Bureau of Investigation "Fringe Division" team based in Boston, Massachusetts as they investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences, which are related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe. In this episode, David Robert Jones (Jared Harris) employs former Cortexiphan subjects to create simultaneous earthquakes across the globe, leading Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) to hypothesize that the end of both the prime and parallel universes is imminent. The two worlds must decide whether to close the bridge that was repairing the parallel universe, or they may all face destruction.

Federal Bureau of Investigation governmental agency belonging to the United States Department of Justice

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes.

Jared Harris British actor

Jared Francis Harris is a British actor, best known for his roles as Lane Pryce in the television drama series Mad Men, David Robert Jones in the science fiction series Fringe, King George VI in the historical series The Crown, Anderson Dawes on the science fiction series The Expanse and captain Francis Crozier in the AMC series The Terror. He has also had significant supporting roles in films such as Mr Deeds (2002), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Lincoln (2012), and Allied (2016).

Walter Bishop (<i>Fringe</i>) fictional character on the Fox television series Fringe

Walter Harold Bishop, Ph.D. is a fictional character on the Fox television series Fringe. He is portrayed by John Noble. Noble also plays Walter's counterpart in the show's parallel universe, who is referred to in the show as Walternate.

"Worlds Apart" first aired on April 27, 2012 in the United States. The episode featured the return of David Call and Pascale Hutton, two guest actors not seen since the second season finale. It aired in the wake of the official renewal of a fifth season for the series. An estimated 3.1 million viewers watched the episode, a small increase from the previous episode. Critical reception was generally positive, as many highlighted the performances as well as the scene between the two Walters.

David Steven Call is an American actor.

Pascale Hutton Canadian actress

Pascale Hutton is a Canadian actress. She was born in Creston, British Columbia, Canada. Hutton attended the conservatory acting program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Over There (<i>Fringe</i>) 22nd episode of the second season of Fringe

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Plot

Several earthquakes strike simultaneously across the globe, at the same time and locations in both the prime and parallel universe. The combined Fringe teams agree that David Robert Jones is behind it, the quakes the result of stresses of bringing the two universes into synchronization so that he can collapse both of them. The teams also conclude that Jones has found a means, through the previous "experiment" in Westfield, Vermont ("Welcome to Westfield"), to ride out the destruction of both universes. The idea of shutting down the bridge created by the Machine is brought up, believing that the bridge is enabling Jones' plan. However, this is considered a last resort, as destroying the bridge will affect the healing of the singularities in the parallel universe.

"Welcome to Westfield" is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of the Fox science-fiction drama television series Fringe, and the series' 77th episode overall.

When a second simultaneous set of earthquakes occur, the parallel universe's version of Nick Lane (David Call) approaches Agent Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) of the prime universe, believing him to be the parallel universe's version of Lee. Lee feigns familiarity, learning that Nick had visions of being at the epicenter of the quake before it began. When Lee reports this to Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) in the prime universe, she suddenly recalls her Cortexiphan trials including fellow subject Nick Lane, and with the team's help, identifies that other Cortexiphan subjects are the epicenter of these quakes, linking to their parallel universe versions to achieve synchronization.

Seth Gabel American actor

Seth Gabel is an American actor. Gabel is known for his roles of agent Lincoln Lee on Fox's television series Fringe, and Cotton Mather on WGN America's series Salem. He is a great-nephew of actor Martin Gabel.

Anna Torv Australian actress

Anna Torv is an Australian actress known for her roles as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on television series Fringe (2008–2013) for which she was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2011 and as Doctor Wendy Carr in Netflix's Mindhunter (2017–present).

Believing that by taking in one of the Cortexiphan subjects they can stop the effects of another quake, a willing Lane from the parallel universe travels to the prime and is hooked to Walter's (John Noble) equipment. Olivia also hooks herself up, allowing her to communicate what she sees in Lane's mind. When the prime version of Lane attempts to get into the right position, Olivia is able to identify his location, and he is captured in time. However, despite disrupting the process for Lane, earthquakes continue across the world. Walter estimates that the next set of quakes will cause both universes to collapse.

John Noble Australian actor and director

John Noble is an Australian actor and theatre director of more than 80 plays. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Walter Bishop in the US Fox science fiction television series Fringe, and Henry Parrish in the Fox action-horror series Sleepy Hollow. His most high-profile film role was as Denethor in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also provided the voice of the DC Comics supervillain Scarecrow in the 2015 video game Batman: Arkham Knight, where his character served as the main antagonist. In 2015, he joined the main cast of the television series Elementary as Sherlock Holmes's father. He was also cast as a doctor in the Australian TV series All Saints. In 2012, Noble was diagnosed with osteoporosis. His charity, Noble Bones, helps to raise awareness for the disease.

The captured Lane expresses his belief that Jones is helping the prime universe to defeat the parallel one. Olivia tries to convince him of Jones' true intentions. Eventually, Lane agrees to show the Fringe team a location where he once met with Jones. The team raids the site but finds nothing; meanwhile, Lane escapes custody using his abilities. With only hours left until the next set of quakes, as projected by a watch that Lane was wearing, plans are made to shut down the bridge before this time runs out.

Walter and Walternate (Noble) start the Machine equipment to overload, which will take several minutes, after which they can pull the power and deactivate the Machine. Lee states to Peter (Joshua Jackson) that he will be staying in the parallel universe, where he feels at home, reflecting a previous conversation Peter had with Lee about staying with Olivia in the prime universe. Walter and Walternate have a heartfelt discussion over Peter, and Walter expresses concern that if the bridge disappears, so will Peter. The other Fringe members say their goodbyes to their counterparts. Eventually, the Machine is overloaded and deactivated, and the parallel universe aspects of the room disappear; Walter is pleased to see Peter remains.

Production

Actress Pascale Hutton reprised her role as Sally Clark from the second season finale "Over There". Pascale Hutton wearing Paul Hardy 2 - Heart and Stroke Foundation - The Heart Truth celebrity fashion show - Red Dress - Red Gown - Thursday February 8, 2012 - Creative Commons cropped.jpg
Actress Pascale Hutton reprised her role as Sally Clark from the second season finale "Over There".

Fringe story editor Matt Pitts and DC Comics' Nicole Phillips co-wrote the teleplay, based on a story by co-producer Graham Roland. English director Charles Beeson, known for his work on the science fiction television series Supernatural and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles , directed "Worlds Apart", [1] [2] his second episode of the season (the other being "Making Angels"). [3]

In an on-set interview with The Huffington Post , actor John Noble explained that the episode's primary storyline concerned the bridge between the two worlds. The third season finale, he explained, ended with the two universes healing themselves with the help of a "bridge". He remarked, "What happens if that bridge now begins to be used as a conduit for evil? That’s the issue we’re facing. What do you do? What do you do with this wonderful discovery? Do you keep it? What do you lose if you lose it? For example, if we didn’t have that [link], we... wouldn’t have all these wonderful characters that we’ve grown to love. What would happen? I think we have to face that issue. We have to face the issue of 'How long can you keep this alive, this link between interlacing the two universes?'" [4]

"Lincoln’s interest is being piqued by this other side, because there are other opportunities that exist, it’s not even that there’s more fish in the sea, there’s more than one sea."

— Actor Seth Gabel on his character's decision to stay in the alternate universe [4]

Guest stars David Call and Pascale Hutton reprised their characters Nick Lane and Sally Clark, respectively. Both actors had last appeared in the second season finale "Over There". Lead actress Anna Torv was pleased with their return, explaining, "A few faces from the past pop up, which is always fun." [4]

The reappearance of Nick Lane and his storyline helped resolve an earlier plot point from "Over There," in which he was recognized by Fringe agent Lincoln Lee before dying. [5] Noble noted that "Worlds Apart' and the rest of the fourth season brought back a number of characters from the series' "rich history", including Sally, Nick, and David Robert Jones. "This episode," he commented, "is bringing those things back together for us as we face the decision of what to do. Do we keep the worlds together? How do we keep them together without creating the monster that is happening? How do we stop this monster from happening? That’s what this is all about." [4]

Reception

Ratings

"Worlds Apart" was first broadcast on the day following the announcement of the renewal of Fringe for a final shortened fifth season. The episode saw a small increase in viewership from the previous week, [6] with an estimated 3.09 million viewers. In the adult demographic, the episode received a 1.0/3 ratings share, which means that it was seen by 1.0 percent of all 18- to 49-year-olds with television sets, and 3 percent of all 18- to 49-year-olds watching television at the time of broadcast. Fringe finished in fourth place among both total viewers and adults, behind episodes of CSI: New York , Grimm , and Primetime: What Would You Do? . [7]

Reviews

"Worlds Apart" received generally positive reviews from television critics. Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Jensen noted that with the closing of the bridge, "Fringe effectively pulled the plug on the creative idea that defined the best years of the show. [...] I don't think we can understate the passing of the parallel world premise." [8] While he said he would miss the lost characters, especially Fauxlivia, the series "got the emotions [of their departure] just right." [8] He added his hope that the characters would be revisited. [8] In an interview, Pinckner said that they had spoken to Fox executives about closing off the bridge, to which one executive partner reportedly said, "I was so sad. I had tears in my eyes when we closed the door". [9] The executive added that despite having initially thought the idea of doppelganger characters as a poor one, she admitted that she "was so wrong". [9]

Jensen went on to praise Walter and Walternate's conversation as "devastatingly perfect," commenting "Just the very action of sitting, of Walternate choosing to literally to meet Walter at his lowest moment, was extraordinarily moving." [8] Dave Bradley of SFX magazine highlighted the episode's acting as one particular positive element, praising Torv and Noble for "delivering perfect double performances." [2] Bradley also praised the scenes between the two Walters and two Astrids, writing that the "moments of connection make the decision to split the universes apart incredibly poignant." [2] Los Angeles Times writer Andrew Hanson also praised the Walter-Walternate scenes, explaining that after their seated conversation "you almost forget the two characters are played by the same actor. If this isn’t the year that John Noble gets recognition for his performances in Fringe, it will be a crime." [10]

The A.V. Club 's Noel Murray graded the episode with an A, describing "Worlds Apart" as an "exciting, emotional episode" that "seems to resolve some of this season’s storylines while setting up the upcoming two-part season finale." [11] His favorite part of the episode was when the two teams worked together; he gave particular attention to the Walter-Walternate talk, remarking, "The last scene between the two Walters is something that I’ve been waiting to see for years now, and John Noble nails both sides of the conversation. It’s now one of the whole series’ signature moments: Walter and Walternate, side-by-side." [11] Other critics also lauded the conversation between Walter and Walternate over Peter. [12] [13] [14]

In a 2013 list, Den of Geek ranked "Worlds Apart" as the seventh best episode of the entire series, explaining that it "perhaps [is] a little rushed, but overall this is a satisfying conclusion to a number of major plot threads. Airing directly after "Letters of Transit", the closing off of a number of dangling stories and characters in this episode allowed the remaining two episodes of season four and all of season five to deal with matters closer to home, and tie up the show’s most important remaining mystery, the Observers." [15]

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