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September 25th, 2012

“Fringe” 5th and final Season Premiere

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.

May 4th, 2012

Lucky 13 for Fringe and Fans

fringe walter olivia peterLooks like 13 is the lucky number for Fringe fans, because that’s the number of episodes the show has been renewed for! The producers tweeted out the news on April 26 that Fox’s four-year-old critical fave and perpetual bubble-show was given the green light for a half-season order next fall which will presumably be designed to wrap up the ongoing, alternate-universe exploits of Agent Olivia Dunham and company.

However, executive producer Joel Wyman recently told TV Guide Magazine that “every season finale ends a chapter and begins a new one the next season,” so until viewers see what goes down on the May 11th season-ender, who knows what universe, timeline or team they’ll be seeing come September (the month, not the Observer). Still, this renewal gives fans hope that things will turn out OK for Olivia and the Bishop boys. And they’re not alone. When asked about the possibility of Fringe’s final run, Josh Jackson (Peter) states that his “sincerest hope is that when the end comes, that it is a satisfying completion.”

What do you think? Are you thrilled that Fringe is getting a chance to tie things up? How would you like to see things end?

One fan (Jokapul) says it nicely, “Shots of cortexiphan all around! Gonna party like its 2036!”

October 8th, 2011

Anna Torv’s Split Personality

“Fringe’s” Olivia Dunham

Anna-Torv-FringeWhen Fringe started playing all those lysergic time-travel tricks on our brains, Anna Torv looked like the normal one. As FBI agent Olivia Dunham, she was the voice of reason in the middle of all the X-Files weirdness, the skeptical Scully who kept her cool whole everyone else was prancing around through alternate universes and fretting about an ominous-sounding conspiracy. But now that Olivia is battling it out with Fauxlivia, her evil twin from a parallel reality, she’s become a full-fledged player in the Fringe mind games, swept up body and soul into the paranormal madness all around her. In a sense, Torv is responsible for two of the best characters on TV – one rooted in our own universe, and one who inhabits a hostile parallel terrain next door, a place populated by alternate versions of ourselves, only with different histories and haircuts.(How else would viewers be able to tell the difference between the two, if not for the different hair styles?) The two worlds are at war, which means the enemy is us. “Fringe is a sci-fi show,” says Torv. “But once you go beyond the genre, you’re immersed in a profound reality.”

Torv is so understated and poised, it’s easy to overlook what she brings to Fringe – especially since she’s caught between two flashier characters, mad-scientist Walter (John Noble ) and charming con man Peter (Joshua Jackson). But last season, thanks to all the loopy plot twists, Torv found herself forced to toggle furiously between Olivia’s sweet and tentative uncertainty and Fauxlivia’s ass-kicking aggressiveness. “There’s such an earnestness to Olivia,” Torv says. “She wants to be the best at what she does, and the weight of the world is on her shoulders. But the alternate Olivia doesn’t have all the responsibility that our Olivia has, so she’s able to muck around a little bit more.”

Now that a corridor between the two parallel realities has brought her two characters face to face, it’s about to get even more complicated for Torv. “Last season, the two characters just kind of flipped places in the two universes,” she says. “But now that the Olivias will be playing opposite each other, it’s going to be fun.” And which character s more fun to play? “I’m always in a much better mood when I’m playing alt-Olivia,” Torv admits. “When there’s not much you need to take responsibility for, life’s kind of cool.”

Fringe airs Fridays @ 9:00pm on FOX.

January 17th, 2010

Fringe’s “Johari Window” is a Stand-Alone Episode

Walter Bishop 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?

Photo: John Nobel as Dr. Walter Bishop

[Source: Fringe; Photo Credit/Copyright: fox.com/fringe]

January 12th, 2010

Fringe Confuses Fans by Airing an Episode from Season One

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.”

November 6th, 2009

An Alien on Fringe?

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.