September 25th, 2012
Walter, Peter and Olivia
When we last saw Walter Bishop he did something really drastic. In order to stop William Bell from creating a new universe he could control, he was forced to shoot Olivia through the head. Thanks to the high levels of Cortexiphan in her system, she was able to regenerate the tissue and survive, and she later learned that she’s pregnant with Peter’s baby. Walter was warned that the Observers are coming, a reference to the flash-forward to 2036, when the Observers have taken over the world and enslaved humanity.
This fifth and final season takes place in 2036, picking up the day after Peter, Astrid and Walter were freed from the amber. First order of business: find Olivia and reunite the Fringe team. Though the key to taking down the Observers lies in Walter’s mind, the group may also need William Bell to win the war. However it ends, showrunner J.H. Wyman says the final season will pay off for long-time fans in a bunch of a-ha moments. “There’s going to be a lot of those [moments] and one specifically that’s going to be very impactful, I hope,” he says.
“Fringe” premieres Friday, September 28 at 9:00pm on FOX.
January 21st, 2011
Friday Nights – Where Popular Sci-Fi TV Programs Go to Die
Fringe fans are in a panic that the sci-fi show is moving to a Friday Primetime slot. TV history shows that previous favorite programs that have been switched to Friday nights have been cancelled shortly after the move was made.
Executive producer JJ Abrams says the series will stay true to its story line no matter where it lives. But it’s not going to become a more complicated storyline either. Writers are being tethered back but not dumbing things down. There are still parallel universes to contend with along with parallel characters in said universes. The writers will keep to the core concept of a woman who was experimented on as a kid, a man who may not originally be from our universe, and a father who has incredible knowledge and secrets. Fringe lures the watchers into its carefully crafted world of layered mysteries. It was a bold move move to switch the Olivia’s and provide a glimpse into the parallel universe, and it worked out. There is enough arc left to provide for a satisfying 4th season.
Fox’s Entertainment President Kevin Reilly asks reporters (and bloggers and fans) to not write Fringe’s eulogy prematurely. According to Reilly’s logic if viewers who watched the show on Thursdays all made the move to Fridays, it would be more than enough to keep Fringe alive. Sure thing Mr. Reilly. No one has anything else to do on a Friday evening.
Some fans are saying that it doesn’t matter what night Fringe airs as they will DVR it wherever it lands. Others respond that this is a good way to get the show cancelled as the show needs to be watched live in order to be counted in the ratings, while others say the only households that get counted in the ratings games are those that are a part of the Nielson family. I agree with the latter statement.
As far as needing to watch the show live to be counted, time-shifting is here to stay and advertisers need to learn how to deal with it. Maybe if they realize that the viewers will note who supports their programming and who abandons it at the drop of a hat and take action accordingly, advertisers will stop aggravating and alienating their target market audience. I most always DVR and watch all my shows either delayed or at a later date. Advertisers need to learn to deal with this. That’s the way the world is revolving and they have to get on board and count DVR viewing toward the ratings.
Should Fox cancel Fringe I would miss it dearly, but they proved with Firefly that they know how to treat material with the potential to turn into huge successes.
FOX’s SCI-FI FRIDAY NIGHT GRAVEYARD
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)
John Doe (2003)
The Lone Gunmen (2001)
Dark Angel (2000)
Strange Luck (1996)
January 17th, 2010
Appearances can deceive as is depicted in Fringe’s latest episode, Johari Window. And, of course, it has something to do with past experiments the Dr. Bishop was involved in. The deformed people of a small town have found a way to mask their deformities from the rest of the world, which is quite alright, because it is experiments that were done on them long ago that caused the deformities to begin with. But the masking comes undone if the people leave the town. Will their secret remain safe? Find out HERE.
Photo: John Nobel as Dr. Walter Bishop
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January 12th, 2010
The previously unseen Fringe episode entitled “Unearthed” aired on Monday night, January 11, 2010. It turns out that the episode does not take place in a parallel universe as had been speculated by many. If you are not a loyal Fringe follower, and maybe even if you are, the episode could be confusing with the presence of now dead Agent Charlie Francis still alive and kicking in “Unearthed.” Read more on the recap of Fringe “Unearthed” HERE.
[Source: Jeffrey Weeks]
November 9th, 2009
It’s no secret that “Fringe” has been struggling since Fox decided to move them into a different timeslot. Tell me, can you name ONE show that has done good by being moved to a different day and time? The fact that the show was preempted by baseball for 2 weeks didn’t help matters either. Boss J.J. Abrams says that although ratings are low, Fox is still committed to the show. Plus, everyone is in agreement that “Fringe” is airing their most creative season yet.
“The mood on set and in the writer’s room is as good as the ratings are bad, which is to say, wonderful,” Abrams tells Ausiello. “Luckily, Fox has been insanely supportive, for which we are deeply grateful.” It looks like “Fringe” is in no immediate danger of getting axed to the TV graveyard. [Source. Ausiello Files]
November 6th, 2009
Fringe boss Phillip Broyles meets up with an “old friend” in Fringe’s “Earthling.” Most of Fringe is based on science that is “out-there” – science that is really hard to grasp and believe. But this episode introduces to us an alien that apparently a Russian cosmonaut brought back from space. Broyles had a previous encounter with the alien 4 years ago in which he resolved to get to the bottom. That determination also resulted in his divorce. The cosmonaut’s brother promised the killings would stop if only the FBI could solve a complex physics equation that was far too complicated for the FBI. For more detail on Season2 Episode 6 “Earthling” on Fringe read this great review:
Fringe “Earthling” Grounded but Lance Reddick Soars
[Sources: Jeffrey Weeks, Associated Content]
September 20th, 2009
Fringe continues to explore the unexplained phenomena and terrifying occurrences linked throughout the world – known simply as “The Pattern” – in pursuit of a larger, more shocking truth. Dr. Walter Bishop, once hailed as one of the most brilliant scientific minds of his generation, understands the peril and promise of fringe science better than any other. Walter supplies the scientific genius and technological wizardry needed to explore The Pattern – a series of events that disturbingly often trace back to Walter’s own scientific explorations. Sadly, his shattered memory can only tell him fragments of the real story.
Click here for a review of “A New Day in the Old Town,” the season 2 premiere episode of “Fringe” on Fox.
[Source: Myself (Gunkee) on Associated Content]