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Saying Goodbye to FRINGE: One Last Fight For The Future

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Events, * Interviews, * Showcases, * TV Addict, * Video interviews, Fringe on January 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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The time has come to say goodbye and FRINGE fans across the globe are preparing for a teary-eyed finale. It won’t matter if it is a happy ending or a sad ending for our heroes, it will be just hard to say farewell to characters that become like family. Will Friday nights ever be the same again without Walter, Peter, Olivia, Astrid and Broyles? Will it be enough to know that somewhere out there a “fringe” division exists and they are working diligently to save the universe or multiple universes from mad scientists, wormholes, dark matter, converging timelines and much, much more?

When it came time for the cast and producers of FRINGE to say goodbye to the fans at last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, there was not a dry eye in the room. Even the normally impervious press were not untouched by the extreme emotion displayed that day.

So recently when the FRINGE Benefit event was held at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, it was similarly emotional. Attending to say one final goodbye were executive producer J.H. (Joel) Wyman and star Lance Reddick. They even took a few minutes to share a few last minute memories and final words for the fans:

J.H. Wyman:

Lance Reddick:

All along FRINGE has promised that it will deliver answers and which will not leave its fans hanging wondering what might have been; yet it is impossible to not suspect that, even after the end, whether we will wonder for years to come the final fates of our FRINGE heroes. Could they be living wondrous lives out there, somewhere? We certainly hope so. It is too painful to imagine that they would not be having more adventures – in our dreams at least.

The only thing for certain is that the 2-hour epic series finale of FRINGE, which airs Friday, January 18th at 8:00 p.m. on Fox, should not be missed. It is time to conquer the Observers and return the world to those who truly deserve it. It is one last fight for the future and we are certain that Walter, Olivia, Peter, Astrid and Broyles have one last trick up their sleeves – and with a twirl of one last red vine, Walter shall vanquish the Observes once and for all. That’s the FRINGE we know and love. So raise a glass and celebrate with them. The time has come to say goodbye. So long and farewell, long live FRINGE!

Related:

“Fun candid photos and video interviews with the cast of FRINGE at San Diego Comic-Con (2012)”

Where to find this article:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2013/01/18/a-farewell-to-fringe/

A Few Final Thoughts About FRINGE’s Swan Song Season

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Showcases, * TV Addict, * Video interviews, Fringe on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

FRINGE has been an absolute miracle of a sci-fi show since its debut. The fact that it lasted to its fifth season is also a testament to its loyal and tenacious fanbase that followed it from timeslot to timeslot and even to the dreaded Friday nights. In fact,
“Fringe Fridays” became a destination for fans every Friday nights last year. Thus, it is with joy and exuberance that FRINGE will be celebrating its final 13 episodes of its fifth season continuing the same tradition.

As the extraordinary journey of FRINGE and its Fringe Division heroes comes to an end, it is only fitting to reflect back on its achievements and to ponder where the journey has taken us. The following interviews with executive producer J.H. Wyman and some of the cast show their excitement over what is still yet to come and the joy over what they have achieved:
Anna Torv interview:

Josh Jackson interview:

Jasika Nicole interview:

Executive producer J.H. Wyman interview:


As Joel emphasized, this final season is designed to be a “love letter” to the fans. He wanted to answer every possible remaining question he could, which he ruefully admitted was hard to do. He also understood how hard it is going to be to say goodbye to these characters, adored by fans and those who have brought this show to life. But all good things must come to an end, and so too does FRINGE.

With 13 final episodes to showcase and conclude this fine series, Joel felt that was enough to tell the story he has been dying to tell. FRINGE has always been a remarkable series carefully constructed with each season’s theme mapped out and making sure that it paid off. In addition, not only did the story arcs and themes have to work, there had to be emotional continuity. Each character traveled a specific path that led them to a specific point; and that is something he intends to continue through this final season. Thus, for season five, Walter, Peter and Olivia all must endure a final odyssey. So with emphasis on the ideas of: what are they experiencing, why is it being shown, and what is the purpose of it; hopefully all these stories and relationships will tie together like melodious movements in an orchestra.

Joel also promised that there will be an explanation why the entire Fringe Team was trapped in amber until the year 2036. Not only was that twist intended to be visually exciting, but it was a way of transporting the Fringe Team from the past to the future; for to be the saviors of our planet, they had to be preserved until they had the best chance of succeeding. So the story of the Observers and the amber is at the forefront of this next season, as the over-arching story will be about what the world is missing and what it needs.

The “happy accident” of this last season of FRINGE is that it is set up so that new fans can jump right in and without having seen a single episode of the prior four years, new viewers can figure out what is going on and join in the fun. Then for the more curious, they are welcome to watch episode 19 (“Letters of Transit”) from last season, or better yet to watch all the preceding four seasons. But this final season was meant to welcome all viewers, new and old.

Josh Jackson happily added that he was ready to say goodbye because the opportunity to properly finish the show is the rarest thing to happen in television. He also appreciates that FRINGE is getting the chance to tell the story they wanted to tell for the audience, which does not happen very often. So it is their final gift to the fans – giving them a proper goodbye. He was also excited that the show is finally exploring the idea of colonization by the Observers. After years of being observed, to be conquered and ruled is a very different feeling, which puts humans in the curious position of being rebels. This is a chance for them to reach outside their everyday lives and reclaim their planet from an invading, superior force. So while FRINGE has always felt like it was on the cutting edge of the future, and this is meeting it head-on. It also provides a unique way to give emotional payoff for these characters, many who have traveled through alternate realities and timelines to get where they are – and we get to see them finish their amazing journeys. So, for Josh, he is satisfied where the story ends, and is incredibly happy they get to tell their ending, for better or worse.

Then for co-star Jasika Nicole, her one regret is that her character Astrid never had a chance to prepare Astrid’s father for her disappearance. It worries her that he probably sat there wondering what happened to her when she never came home. But perhaps that haunting emotion is intended as it resonates through the next season; that vacancy felt by the world and the people who cared about them when the Fringe Division was trapped in the amber and what happened because of it. She also acknowledged that this final season is all about the urgency of what our Fringe heroes must accomplish because there is so much at stake. The entire world has gone downhill and it is up to our heroes to reverse the effects of it; and for those who watched Episode 19 from last season (“Letters of Transit”), that is where the 5th season picks up. With so little time to tell the story they want to tell, she emphasized that each episode will feel like a roller coaster ride rushing towards the end. But FRINGE is a show that intends to go out with a big bang; never quietly into the night.

Anna Torv also said that she felt it was extraordinarily fortunate that they knew going into fifth season that it was going to be their last and that they did not squander a moment of it and simply sprinted towards the end. Thus, she is incredibly excited to focus on Olivia for this final journey and to see where it ends.

And for Lance Reddick, he simply forewarned that Broyles will surprise us this season — in who he is. He recommended that fans keep careful watch for Broyles and to pay attention when he does.

FRINGE is about to embark on its final journey and you are invited to take this extraordinary journey with them. Humankind is having to reclaim their planet from the mysterious Observers and it will be a fascinating fight. Take this final adventure and discover how it all ends. FRINGE’s fifth and final season begins Friday, September 28th at 9:00 p.m. on Fox.
Related:

“Remembering FRINGE Season 4: William Bell, Altered Timelines and Destined Love”

“Fun candid photos and video interviews with the cast of FRINGE at San Diego Comic-Con (2012)”

“Why FRINGE’s ‘Letters of Transit’ Should Make the Series An Emmy Contender”

“Looking Through the Alt-Verse Lens: Who Died and Broke Our Hearts?”

“Counting Down FRINGE’s Final 8 episodes of the 4th Season (with video interviews with the cast from WonderCon)”

“Fun photos from WonderCon 2012: FRINGE”

“An Evening Celebrating the Mysteries of FRINGE with Anna Torv and John Noble

“Inside FRINGE’s Puzzle Box: Has FRINGE Lost Its Heart and Its Hero?”

“A Twist of Fate: An Unexpected Love Story Blooms Amidst FRINGE’s Tragedy”

“FRINGE: A Tale of Three Broken Lives”

“FRINGE: Peter’s Journey From Hero to Villain”

“Torn Between Two Realities: Is it wrong to love the alt-verse on FRINGE more than our universe?”

Where to find this article:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2012/09/28/fringe-season-five-preview/

Remembering FRINGE Season 4: William Bell, Altered Timelines and Destined Love

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Showcases, * TV Addict, Fringe on September 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

On the verge of its 5th and final season, FRINGE has lost no momentum as it races towards its climatic series finale. The entire 4th season was a carefully-crafted science fiction dream come true. FRINGE has always dared to dream the impossible and then made it possible. In fact, it was audacious enough to end its first season by introducing its fans to the alternate universe. It then upped the stakes by ending its second season with the kidnap of Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) in the alt-verse as her doppelganger takes her place. Then, to the horror of fans everywhere, in its third season finale, FRINGE dared to kill its hero Peter Bishop (Josh Jackson) and erase him out of existence. So began the 4th season of FRINGE as fans wondered how the show could possibly go forward without Peter.

Season 4 was risk-taking at its finest. It asked the audience to trust that the writers had a plan to reintroduce Peter into the series in a seamless way that only FRINGE could dream up. Even the best attempts by the Observes to eliminate one of their greatest foes could not stop the miraculous survival of Peter Bishop. In using The Machine at the end of Season 3 to help restore balance to both universes, Peter sacrificed himself and inadvertently became the “ghost in the machine.” With residual bits of Peter still in Walter and Olivia’s memories, as well as Peter’s ability to appear on reflective surfaces and in a person’s dreams, Peter himself seemed to be straining to gain a foothold back in our reality again. Thus, when given the order to finish the eradication of Peter from all existence, the Observer known as September (Michael Cerveris) decided to walked away. He had intervened enough in Peter’s lifetime and this time he chose to let Peter fight for his existence. Unfortunately, the kindly Observer would later pay with his life for his sentimentality and fondness for the Bishops.

After Peter having found a way to escape his ghostly existence and back in our universe, he still had the mind-boggling challenge of overcoming the fact that no one remembered him. His own father Walter Bishop (John Noble) was terrified of him and then considered Peter a wondrous mystery to be solved, but still wary of. The erasure of Peter from the memories of those he loved was a difficult hurdle to overcome, but as we have seen time and time again, Peter is nothing if not tenacious.

In the meantime, now that Peter had returned, life in Fringe Division continued as it always had, investigating “fringe” events and determining the person culpable for any catastrophe. The interesting twist was that this time, there was more cooperation and friendliness with the doppelgangers in the alt-verse. Benefiting from Peter’s erasure from both timelines, the acrimonious relationship with the alt-verse had never developed. Walternate did not harbor feelings of rage and retribution towards Walter, instead they had both lost a son at a young age. Fauxlivia had never kidnapped Olivia and taken over her life. There was no betrayal or rivalry to overcome. Thus, Peter’s return was a unique event that barely caused a ripple between the two universes. He was an oddity that arrived out of the blue, unexplained. Yet Peter seemed to know a lot about both Fringe Divisions and held a number of answers to current “fringe” problems.

So, as the fourth season played out, it was about the careful reintegration of Peter Bishop into life as we now know it, and we watched with curiosity as Peter began to slowly woo Olivia and breakdown Walter’s barriers. It was a season of rediscovery and the power of love. In the end, Peter’s patience was rewarded and he was reunited with his destiny love.

It was a powerful and challenging season, and it was not without tragedy and loss. As Peter reinserted himself back into his rightful place in the lives of Walter and Olivia, as well as Fringe Division, he inadvertently became the catalyst for a life-changing decision by his romantic rival FBI Agent Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel). During the time in which Peter was gone and not remembered, there had been tentative signs that Olivia and Lincoln were growing closer both in their professional and personal lives. But that all came to a screeching halt the second Peter reappeared. Olivia’s heart belonged to Peter and Peter alone. So Lincoln’s journey began to parallel Peter’s journey throughout the fourth season in an interesting fashion. Finding no place for him in our world, Lincoln traveled to the alt-verse to find out how his alternate-self had succeeded in his own life and found love. It was a curious and humorous journey of discovery. But just when things started to feel balanced and right in both universes, a bullet stole one of them away, leading to the decision by Lincoln to remain in the alt-verse and take over the vacancy left by his doppelganger – and perhaps find a way to earn Fauxlivia’s love.

Also playing a vital role, the mysterious substance known as Cortexiphan became much more prevalent throughout the entire 4th season. It was key in gaining Peter a more corporeal foothold in our universe, and later it was the means by which William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) tried to destroy both universes in order to create his own utopia. But Cortexiphan can be used in many different ways, and it also became the method of undoing William Bell’s sinister plan.

Uber-villain David Robert Jones (Jared Harris), who had been killed in the first season of FRINGE in our universe was now alive and well thanks to The Machine reset of the timeline, and he came back with a vengeance in the fourth season. He along with Nina Sharp’s (Blair Brown) evil doppelganger had been dosing Olivia with Cortexiphan in hopes of cultivating her unique supernatural skills to bring about the end of the universe – or rather, both universes. It had been the diabolical plan of William Bell to create a brand new universe where only those he chose would survive – and only with Olivia’s abilities was that possible. Mentored and subservient to William Bell, Jones and alt-Nina worked diligently to bring about the end of the world. It almost worked too, but for the quick thinking of Walter Bishop, who took a huge risk in the fourth season finale and shot Olivia point blank in the head. Watching with horror as his dastardly plan evaporated before his eyes, William Bell disappeared just as Walter took aim again. But that is the mystery of Cortexiphan – it can be used to destroy and it can be used to create depending on who wields it. It saved Olivia’s life just as easily as it could have been the used as the trigger to a doomsday device to destroy everything we know and love.

The dangling breadcrumb from the 4th season was the seemingly innocuous episode “Letters of Transit.” It was the story by which we glimpsed the future of FRINGE. Taking place in the year 2036, the world has changed dramatically with the Observers have taken over the planet, ruling with iron-clad and ruthless disdain over humans. The lone hope for everyone is a young woman named Etta (Georgina Haig), who demonstrates a unique ability to cloak her thoughts from the Observers and who is inspired to rescue Walter, Peter and Astrid (Jasika Nicole) from their amber-coffins so that the future of mankind can be saved.

As the ominous final words of the 4th season, the Observer September appears to Walter to tell him, “We have to warn the others. They are coming.” It seems that the events foretold in “Letters of Transit” have come to fruition and the time has come to fight the Observers. So ended the fourth season and opened the door to the fifth season.

Season 4 was a wild and crazy ride, but for those who held on tight, it was worth every second. To relive that fantastic experience or catch up on anything missed, the 4th season will be available on DVD as of Tuesday, September 4th. With so many memorable story threads carefully woven together and laying the seems to the final 13 episodes of the series, it is time to remember all that we have loved and discovered in both FRINGE universes.

Related:

“Fun candid photos and video interviews with the cast of FRINGE at San Diego Comic-Con (2012)”

“Why FRINGE’s ‘Letters of Transit’ Should Make the Series An Emmy Contender”

“Looking Through the Alt-Verse Lens: Who Died and Broke Our Hearts?”

“Counting Down FRINGE’s Final 8 episodes of the 4th Season (with video interviews with the cast from WonderCon)”

“Fun photos from WonderCon 2012: FRINGE”

“An Evening Celebrating the Mysteries of FRINGE with Anna Torv and John Noble

“Inside FRINGE’s Puzzle Box: Has FRINGE Lost Its Heart and Its Hero?”

“A Twist of Fate: An Unexpected Love Story Blooms Amidst FRINGE’s Tragedy”

“FRINGE: A Tale of Three Broken Lives”

“FRINGE: Peter’s Journey From Hero to Villain”

“Torn Between Two Realities: Is it wrong to love the alt-verse on FRINGE more than our universe?”

Where to find this article:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2012/09/04/reflecting-on-fringe-season-four-william-bell-altered-timelines-and-destined-love/

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