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"Fringe" has taken so many twists and turns over four years, it’s anybody’s guess how the series will end for good this season. One thing’s for sure: we’ll glimpse more of the future.
"Last season, we got a taste of what to expect," "Fringe" star Anna Torv told CNN Geek Out. "2036, here we come!"
We briefly met Peter and Olivia’s grown-up child in 2036. What did Aussie Torv think of her TV daughter?
“She’s really sweet. And she’s Australian, so that totally works.”
Of course, it’s bittersweet when any show is coming to an end, and it becomes all the more real when there’s a final San Diego Comic-Con panel to see it off. But Torv is looking on the bright side.
"We’re fortunate that we can end the show knowing that we’re ending the show," she said.
"Our writers are going to be able to do it justice, serving the viewers and serving us as well, because we’ve put a lot in. And we can make it count, knowing we can finish the game."
The show’s enthusiastic fans have rallied to keep it going, and those fans – many wearing “Fringe” fedoras – filled the cavernous Hall H at Comic-Con.
“That’s been our core, our extraordinarily supportive fan base, from the start,” said Torv.
The show has a lot of heart, dealing with the familial relationship between Walter and Peter Bishop, as well as the romance with Peter and Olivia Dunham (“It would be good if they ended up happily ever after, which they kind of did at the end of season four. But is that the end?”), but its science fiction roots can’t be denied and that’s a big source of its popularity.
"I feel really proud that we’ve tipped our hat to the genre, and we’ve done it right," Torv said. "But that’s not me, that’s the guys who write it."
Torv herself is not new to the world of science fiction and didn’t rule out continuing to explore it, post-“Fringe.”
“I’ve always loved sci-fi and I think when people think of sci-fi, they think just of ‘Star Trek.’ They probably really do love sci-fi, they don’t know that’s what they’re watching. One of my favorite books is ‘Neuromancer.’ I read that years ago. Lots of stuff is science fiction, it’s not just people in suits.”
Added some HQ photos of Anna at the Entertainment Weekly’s 6th Annual Comic-Con Celebration
Sorry for the lack of update, i will try to catch up with everything A.S.A.P
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Fox’s Fringe ended its penultimate season on Friday with 3.2 million total viewers — up 16 percent week-to-week and a 14-week high — and a 1.0 demo rating (up a tenth).
Of the night’s other finales, Fox’s cancelled The Finder (4.2 mil/1.1) inched up 4 percent and a tenth, Undercover Boss (5.8 mil/1.1) plunged 27 percent in the demo, CBS bubble drama CSI: NY (9 mil/1.2) dropped 20 percent in the demo and Blue Bloods (10.6 mil/1.3) slipped a tenth (yet was of course Friday’s most-watched program).
TVLine’s remarkably easy-to-use Renewal Scorecard can of course be found here, reflecting the flurry of moves made in recent days by ABC, The CW and Fox.
So I tuned into the Season 4 finale of Fringe, when all of a sudden a mediocre summer blockbuster disaster movie broke out! It’s a shame, too, because the show’s fourth season had some fantastic moments in the face of an uncertain future. But that uncertain future might have been what transformed the tone of the show in “Brave New World: Part Two.” Before you all Google my address, gather up some paper bags and matches, and feed your dog Ex-Lax, let me make one thing clear. I love Fringe. I just wasn’t a huge fan of the two-part finale.
Because Fox didn’t give Fringe an early renewal for Season 5 (btw, thank you, Fox, for renewing Fringe for Season 5!!!), “Brave New World” could just as easily have been a series finale, and creators J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkman played it that way, a lot more so than they have in the past, particularly with the show’s Season 2 and Season 3 finales. This was an open-and-shut chapter of the series that avoided risk, exploited clichés (ugh, so sad about that), and generally ignored much of what has made the Fringe so great in the past.
One of those things is the show’s ability to live just beyond our understanding of the universe. It’s called Fringe for a reason, and not Super Way Out There Science Fair. With the late introduction of David Robert Jones and the even later introduction of William Bell, Fringe began entering the territory of super-science a lot more than it had in the past. It’s true that elements such as Cortexiphan have been a huge part of the series since it started, but those have always been the elements that felt a little too far out there for me. I love the multiple universes because they’re theoretical and allow me to crack open a nice, cold can of philosophy with you guys. The concept is a ton of fun to explore and compare notes on. But Cortexiphan may as well be Adamantium or Unobtanium, and Bell’s perfect-universe Porcu-people may as well be Sharktopus or Megagator. It’s fun to watch Fringe and wonder if there might actually be another universe out there; it’s a lot less fun to wonder what I need to do to control someone on a nearby rooftop as if they’re in an Xbox Kinect game. Fringe grabs my brain and takes it on a wild ride when it deals with concepts of identity, existence, and the fabric of the universe. But when it regenerates brains and lemon cakes or jump-starts dead people to push the story in a certain direction, it’s just not that Fringe I love.
I know, I suck.
But this was a season finale, and potentially a series finale, so there were important things to do like tie up loose ends. And “Brave New World” accomplished that. William Bell returned with a God complex that was too big for both universes, so he came up with the idea to create his own new universe. I could’ve sworn that Bell was showing Walter old episodes of Terra Nova, but it was actually a simulation of the universe he was planning to create. Bell’s motivation to build such an idyllic porcupine paradise actually came from the full-brained Walter of the past, before he had the portion of his brain that held that thought removed. (You can do that?) But Bell thought Walter was onto something, and was so convinced that he was meant to fulfill Walter’s idea of playing God by creating a perfect universe that he was willing to destroy two universes in order to do so, even though the guy who convinced him of the idea in the first place (Walter) decided it was a stupid idea after all and told him to stop it. William Bell, as it turned out, was a giant asshole with incredibly flawed logic.
But in order to create his third universe full of blue skies, lush lawns, and monster-ish creatures, he had to go back 85 million years into the past. Ack! Sorry, that’s Terra Nova again. In order to create New Bellville, he needed a power source, and that power source was Olivia and her Cortexiphanized super body. After last week’s episode, we realized that Olivia was going to be the important piece of this season’s puzzle, just as Peter was in Season 3, and that was absolutely spot-on. Peter and Olivia headed to Bell’s tanker as it made its way toward the Westfield of the sea—the only safe spot that would survive when the universes collapsed. One Dumbo “you had the power in you all along” speech later from Nina, Olivia used her powers and hopped universes, landing where the S.S. Bell, which had already shimmered away into the other universe, had “disappeared” to with Peter.
Now we all knew that Olivia was prophesied to die thanks to September, but I don’t think any of us predicted how she would be killed. Walter, faced with the possibility that both universes would implode on each other and that he and William Bell would be stuck in a third universe with no licorice, made the call. And it was the right call. He calmly shot Olivia right in the center of the forehead with the precision of an Army sniper like a f***ing champ. Just BAM perfectly centered in Olivia’s brain! Remember how Bell’s henchmen couldn’t shoot Walter and Astrid from six feet away with a sub-machine gun in the last episode? Walter’s plan worked, the universes stopped imploding, and Peter got really sad. But when it’s one person’s life vs. all the lives of two universes, it’s a no brainer. I’d shoot my cat if that was the choice. Sorry, Muffy, don’t take it personally!
Knowing that his dream universe died with Olivia, Bell said, “I’m out!” and was beamed out of there to whatever Holodeck he hides on. But guess what? There was still the Olivia-is-dead problem! Good old Walter, he always has a plan. Olivia’s brain was swimming in Cortexiphan, and as we conveniently saw last week, Cortexiphan can regenerate lemon cakes and probably brains. So Walter poked a few holes in her head and popped the bullet out, and the Cortexiphan did its thing and brought Olivia back to life (Cortexiphan doesn’t just regenerate; it can reanimate, too, and it’s also spectacular at getting red wine stains out of clothing). And that’s how this show got away with having September tell the truth about Olivia dying while still giving us the sappy ending where Olivia told Peter she’s pregnant. Fifty bucks says it’s a girl.
Also conveniently, Olivia burned off most of her Cortexiphan due to “the intense energy utilization,” so she’s pretty much back to normal now. Fringe, if you’re going to go there, then go all the way. Turn her into a frickin’ superhero, don’t just give it to us for one episode because it’s convenient for your finale. But Walter left the door open for more Olivia heroics when he said there may be trace amounts of Cortexiphan left in her. I hate it when shows do that.
I did like most of the aftermath of saving the day, though. Broyles got promoted, Fringe Division got more funding for a real science department, and Nina got a job as the head of said science department. Did anyone have flashes of The Wire when Broyles (a.k.a. Cedric Daniels) walked off arm-in-arm with redhead Nina (a stand-in for Rhonda Pearlman)? Oh, that was just me?
Anyway, we should also talk about THAT scene. You know what I’m talking about: when Jessica (guest-star Rebecca Mader) was killed but then brought back to sorta-life to be interrogated about William Bell’s whereabouts. It was totally creepy to see her eyes dance about in opposite directions like the lead singer from Men at Work. And then she started calling out for mommy and talking about her old blue bike and how it got left out in the rain! I was hoping she would say, “I’m not allowed to have chocolate before dinner,” because that would have blown everyone’s mind! And if you don’t get that reference then ask someone in the comments section and hopefully they’ll tell you.
And there’s one last thing. I was disappointed that September and the Observers and the Other Universe didn’t really factor into the finale at all, but at least September came back to set up Season 5. “We have to warn the others. They’re coming,” he told Walter. Who? The other Observers? The Porcu-people? Fox executives? The good news is that we only have four months to wait before we find out, hopefully. And you know when that is? SEPTEMBER! Don’t forget to pick up your brain matter, dudes, because your minds just got ‘sploded.
I wish both parts of “Brave New World” had been better, and I wish the end of the season hadn’t gone in the direction it did. But that doesn’t take too much away from what I actually thought was a great season of Fringe. In the end, plot became more important than themes and thinking, the two foundations of what makes Fringe one of my favorite shows. Thank goodness this wasn’t the series forever end!
This is good news no matter what universe or timeline you live in: Fox has renewed Fringe for a fifth and final season.
Back in January, Fox president Kevin Reilly conceded that Fringe‘s low ratings were negatively impacting the network’s bottom line. ”We lose a lot of money on the show,” he said. “At that rating, on [Friday] night, its impossible to make money. We’re not in the business of losing money.”
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But Fringe remains a passion project for Reilly. And Warner Bros. — eager for the J.J. Abrams thriller to reach that magic, syndication-enhancing 100 episode threshold — agreed to reduce the show’s license fee (i.e. the amount the studio charges the network for each episode).
Producers were prepared for either outcome. John Noble (Walter) recently told TVLine that the May 11 finale could serve as a season or series finale. “We’ve shot two [endings],” he said.
Joshua Jackson, meanwhile, hinted that “the door to the fifth season” was opened in last Friday’s episode, which took place in the year 2036 and featured a “game-changing battle” between the Fringe team and the Observers. “If you watch that, you’ll have an understanding of where they want to take the series.”