Fringe: Plot details and trailer released for "The Boy Must Live"

Fringe Episode 5.11 The Boy Must LiveIt's hard to believe it, but there are only three episodes remaining in the fifth and final season of FOX's sci-fi series Fringe. With the show growing ever near its conclusion, these final three episodes are going to be absolutely chock full of answers, revelations, and more. Unfortunately, we have to wait three weeks to see exactly what those answers are. Fringe will return on January 11 with the episode "The Boy Must Live" before finishing up its run on January 18 with the two part series finale, "Liberty" and "An Enemy of Fate." 

Following the absolutely shattering events of Friday's "Anomaly XB-6783746" which saw the death of Nina Sharp (Blair Brown) and the revelation of a (strangely follicular) September being Walter's revolutionary accomplice Donald (which I'll get more into in a later post), Fringe is on a sprint to the finish. Just listen to the plot details from the January 11 episode, "The Boy Must Live": 

"As time dramatically ticks down toward the end of this acclaimed series, Peter, Olivia and Walter stop at nothing to save the universe from Observer rule. Walter enters the infamous deprivation tank in an attempt to uncover a key piece of information about the mysterious figure, Donald. Meanwhile, Captain Windmark sets out on a revealing mission of his own as long-standing questions are answered in the all-new “The Boy Must Live” episode of FRINGE airing Friday, Jan. 11." 

First of all, it's great to see that deprivation tank back for one final go-round. If you'll remember, it was the source of some of our first ever Fringe science way back in the first episode. 

Next, it looks like we'll be getting some very important backstory on who September is in relation to the rest of the Observers, exactly what happened to him (Walter called it "unexpected"), and what his goals are. Who is this boy/Michael/anomaly? And, for the love of god, what is Walter's plan? 

We get a hint of what Walter's plan is in the teaser for the episode. "The plan is going to reset time," Olivia excitedly tells Peter, while the rest of us at home groan. Not another time reset! Fringe has made its season 5 bed, now it needs to lie in it. If we want the deaths of major characters like Etta and Nina to have significance, they need to be permanent. Aside from maybe Charlie in the second season (and even then, his alternate came back) the series has failed to have one meaningful, permanent death in its entire run. Let's make the ones in season 5 count, guys. But I digress. The trailer has some other cool-looking stuff, including -- is that Michael aging? Check it out below. 

"The Boy Must Live" airs January 11 on FOX. 

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- Michael Cerveris

Written by: mcpherson
Dec 21st, 2012, 11:38 pm

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