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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


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!


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

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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.


“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?”

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Leonard Nimoy Previews His Stunning Return To FRINGE for Its Climatic 4th Season Finale

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, Fringe on May 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Leonard Nimoy as William Bell on “Fringe”

After last week’s reveal that Leonard Nimoy had returned to reprise his electrifying role as William Bell in FRINGE for its fourth season finale, the sci-fi legend took a few minutes to chat with press in a recent conference call about what inspired him to return to the celluloid screen.

What was it about the role of William Bell that enticed you to return from retirement to reprise the character?
LEONARD: Well, it’s not just the role of William Bell. It’s the show. I think FRINGE is a wildly imaginative show. The writers and the creators of the show, the producers, are very bright and very theatrical. All the characters are fleshed out wonderfully and the chemistry amongst the cast is terrific. I wanted to be part of this project. I enjoy the project. Of course, the character of William Bell started out to be rather ambivalent. We weren’t quite sure whether we were supposed to enjoy him or be afraid of him. We couldn’t quite figure out what his motivation was. At the end of last season, he seemed to come around to be less dangerous. This season I think things have taken another turn. He’s in another universe and has taken on other characteristics. There were challenges in the character itself that were attractive to me. I could play aspects of a character that I haven’t played in a long time, so it was very welcoming to me.

How long have you known you were going to come back and what was it like keeping that secret?
LEONARD: I’m not sure exactly the amount of time. I would say somewhere around two or three months from the time that I knew I was going to do it until now. I’m a sucker for a good role and J.J. Abrams, the Executive Producer of the show, is a friend of mine. He calls. I take his call. The writers and producers, Joel Wyman, Jeff Pinkner, and the cast, they’re a wonderful bunch of people and I enjoy being there. When they called and asked me if I would do it, it was pretty easy to convince me that there was an interesting challenge in the character and a very wonderful company to work with.

William Bell and Walter Bishop on “Fringe”

You probably can’t say exactly what’s going to happen with William Bell in the finale, but if there was an opportunity to see him again somewhere in those final 13 episodes, is that something you’re open to?
LEONARD: I’m sure that we will be having conversations about that before too long. I haven’t heard anything new about William Bell or the show, except that it has been picked up for 13 episodes, which I think is wonderful. I know the company was hoping for that that they could have another season to close out successfully. I haven’t heard anything about Bell coming back, but I’m sure I’ll be getting a call. We’ll talk about it. It will depend on my schedule. It will depend on what they have in mind for the character. There are a lot of issues that have to be dealt with, but we’ll be talking.

Is it important for you to keep up with what was going on with the FRINGE world? Or have you kind of jumped in here and there to catch up with what’s going on?
LEONARD: I haven’t watched all the episodes but I have a general picture of what has been happening and where my character fits in the story, in the overall arc of the story. I think they’ve done a really wonderful job of finding ways to reinvent the story and reinvent the characters. When I was asked about coming on this season, I said I think the mystery of William Bell has kind of gone away by the end of the last season because it was pretty clear that he was a pretty decent guy. I said, “Where are we going to go now?” It was explained to me that we’re opening up a whole world and a whole new can of peas, so to speak, and William Bell is being recreated as something else. That intrigued me and I was excited to go back to work.

Are there any lengths that William Bell won’t be willing to go in this week’s episode?
LEONARD: You’re going to see some interesting activities on the part of William Bell tonight. This character has gotten himself out on a limb and is doing some very wonderful theatrical and bizarre activities. He has become a world of his own. Take that as a hint.

You’ve been playing a lot of these bad guy roles lately? Do you prefer playing the bad guy rather than the good guy?
LEONARD: I don’t have a preference for bad people. No. I have an interest in playing a broad range of characters. Obviously, I’m mostly identified with a character who is very responsible and very solid and very intelligent, but there are plenty of questionable characters in my past career. I’m interested in exploring theatricality and characters with some dimension. William Bell certainly has that.

How does it feel to be portraying a character who turns people into monsters?
LEONARD: Well, if there is anything I can do about it, I’ll see if I can change his attitude about turning people into monsters. I’ll have a conversation with him very soon. I’ll say, “William, cut it out.”

William Bell on “Fringe”

If the right show and the right film or the right role came along, are you now seeing yourself as a little more open to doing some more acting or do you still mostly consider yourself retired?
LEONARD: The door is not completely closed. Obviously, I said a couple of years ago that I was retiring and here I am talking about a performance that I just gave. There are certain special situations that come along that can intrigue me. This one did. As I said before, J.J. Abrams is a friend. Jeff Pinkner, Joel Wyman, they’re all friends, the producers of the show. I think the writing is wonderfully imaginative. It’s a fascinating character and a great company. It’s nice to get off the couch and throw the clothes on and a little makeup and go back to work every once in a while. I still enjoy it. In this case, as I said before, it’s all of the elements that come together at the right time in the right way and I was happy to do it.

You’ve played different versions of William Bell now. Which is kind of the most interesting for you to play and why?
LEONARD: I think what you’re going to see tonight night is probably the most interesting of it all because the character has become very exotic; very exotic is the best word I can come up with at the moment. He’s got himself out on a limb and doing some very strange and fantastic things with his powers. I think what you’ll see tonight night is probably the culmination of a lot of wonderful eyes coming together. I’m very excited. I’m looking forward to seeing it myself. I haven’t seen it in context, so I’m pretty excited about what people are going to be experiencing tonight night.

What kind of a journey would you say William Bell is on, the William Bell that we’ll see on Friday?
LEONARD: Well, the William Bell character started out to be a very intelligent and rational character. I think he’s still very, very intelligent but I’m not quite so sure he’s rational anymore. I think you’ll see some behaviors tonight night that have taken him quite a distance from where he started.

What did you think of Anna Torv’s impression of you on the show?
LEONARD: I saw that. I thought she was brilliant. I was very flattered. I thought she was wonderful.

Are we going to get to see you do an impression of Anna Torv?
LEONARD: I don’t think I could do justice to her the way she did for me. I don’t think I’m capable of that. She was quite wonderful and I told her so.

What is it like working with John Noble?
LEONARD: John is a wonderful actor. They all are. Working with John is always a treat and I think the relationship between William Bell and John’s character has been very well written so that we have some delicious scenes to play with each other. I look forward to it. When I began working with him I admired what he was doing. We kind of hit it off personally and in character. I think the chemistry between the two characters has worked very well. It was a very satisfying experience working with him.

FRINGE has been well received by critics and it’s got a great loyal fan base, but kind of like with STAR TREK it has struggled to get that large television audience. Why do you suppose that is?
LEONARD: If I could answer that question I think the networks would all be on me for explanations of what to do about their schedules. I’m not an authority on ratings and how these things happen. You’re absolutely right in the comparison to STAR TREK. We did very poorly in the ratings but eventually, the show started to become more and more popular until it became a news story where stations were carrying the show at various hours and various time and sometimes in marathons on weekends and 6:00 every night in syndication. The same thing could happen with FRINGE. I can tell you that when STAR TREK was put on a Friday night, which is a date night, not a good night for a show like this, it did very, very poorly. FRINGE has the same kind of audience, a very intense audience, a small audience, but very intense and very committed. I think it’s commendable that the people at FOX decided to honor that commitment. Now I understand that the show does particularly well in DVR recordings and I don’t know how that works or how they measure that. What that means is that people who are out on Friday nights record the show and watch it some other time. That’s a sign of the commitment to the show.

William Bell and Olivia Dunham on “Fringe”

William Bell, has shown up in a new and exciting way each season. Can you briefly tell us a little bit about how those worked for you and if you’re able to do Season 5, what new media would you like to be in?
LEONARD: Well, the William Bell journey has been really interesting to me and I don’t take any credit for it. I’m only the performer. I’ve given the material on the printed page. They hand it to me in a script form. Conversations first about which way William Bell is going now and then it comes to me on the pages. I have been very grateful for having been given some wonderful, rich opportunities as an actor in the William Bell character. We started out, as I said before, very ambiguous, didn’t quite know whether to trust him or not, and gradually it was revealed that he could be a helpful and reasonable kind of guy. Now in this particular season, this particular work that’s on tonight night, I think you’ll see quite a dramatic shift in the character. There is another dimension of him. We have not yet spoken at all about another season. I know that the show has been picked up for 13 more episodes but there has been no conversation yet about whether they want William Bell and if so, what will William Bell be all about next season? What’s on tonight night I think is quite extraordinary. . . I’m excited about the show. I’m proud to be connected with FRINGE. I think it’s an intelligent and imaginative and theatrical show. I told the company when I finished shooting on this particular episode a few weeks ago I said, “You are superior company. I have never worked with a better company in my entire 60-year career.” I thanked them all for being who they are and doing what they are and told them how proud I was to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to tonight myself. I have not seen the show put together. I think it’s going to be exciting for everybody.

To see what ingenious plan William Bell has sprung on our heroes in FRINGE, and the final fate of both universes, be sure to tune in tonight for the 4th season finale at 9:00 p.m. on Fox. (Then mark your calendars, FRINGE returns for its fifth and final season later this year.)


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