Friday’s final Fringe was very middle of the road in terms of finales to beloved series: it didn’t offend with any out-of-left-field direction (“Starbuck’s an angel,” “Jerry and the gang go to prison,” “the whole series took place in a snow globe”), but it didn’t really surprise with any developments either. But for the fans that stuck it out through the time changes and the consistent on-the-bubble hopes for renewals, Fringe delivered a fine finale that blew them a kiss goodbye and left them with the feeling of having just eaten fresh baked cookies. All’s well that ends well. At least that’s how I see it. (more…)
“Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11,” the premiere episode of Fringe‘s fifth and final season picks up some hours after last season’s back door to an extra season episode 19, “Letters of Transit.” Strangely, if you want to jump on Fringe in its final hours, this episode offered a great opportunity, an exposition dump that sets up the characters and their world heading into the final stretch. We’ll go into the episode briefly after a hardy breakfast of tea and egg sticks…
It was a minor miracle that Fringe beat the odds and got a fifth season. So now the question for Fringe fans, all 10 of them (Kidding!), is what’s going to happen in season 5: War with the Observers? More of Belly universe-collapsing madness? A three-headed baby for Peter and Olivia? Things are about to get spoilery, so if you want to remain pure, overt your eyes….
The first question for showrunners J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner: what effect will this past season’s future-centric episode “Letters of Transit” have going forward?
Wyman: Well, let’s say that basically 2036 is extremely important to Season 5. It’s crucial, but having said that, everything that you have seen in Fringe from Season 1 all the way to 4 is really, really, really, really important to what’s going on in Season 5, and 2036 is part of that.
Season 5 is designed to be very important, a huge payoff for loyal fans. They will feel like, “Because I invested in every single episode, and I have so many questions, I want these questions answered. And I want everything to be made sense of, but taken on a journey that just can’t be stopped. I want it to end in a place where I feel like everybody kind of belongs where they are and got what they’ve earned.” There will be a sense of satisfaction for those long-term viewers that go, “Wow, I really feel good. I feel OK about what has transpired, what I have watched. But I also can imagine life after that for our main characters.”
Question #2: How will having 13 episodes, as opposed to the usual 22, affect the storytelling next season?
It’s a 13-episode sprint; there’s no filler episodes. It answers some very bold questions. It culminates with a very satisfying type of crescendo that really is so important for the fans, that’s the biggest thing. That’s the only thing that’s really important is to make sure that they feel absolutely satiated.
Since Olivia was able to heal herself after a shot in the head in the season finale, does that mean the erstwhile Agent Dunham is Wolverine now?
Olivia healed because of all the Cortexiphan. At the end of Season 4, as Walter said on the screen, because of the wildly activated Cortexiphan in her body, this experiment to heal her brain tissue would work. Because that’s not constantly the case, because that’s just a fleeting condition, absolutely, she could be killed.
Also at the end of season 4, Broyles was promoted and Fringe Division was given more money. So how is that going to affect our heroes?
Pinker: You will see changes, but you will see things that are familiar, as well. I know that’s a terrible answer, but the truth is, I just can’t say in specificity what exactly is going to happen.
How about what’s next for the “Other Side”, the alternative Earth that’s been at the centre of much of Fringe’s mythology for the last three years…
Pinker: We had a conversation with Fox earlier in the season while we were closing the door, one of our Fox executive partners said, “I was so sad. I had tears in my eyes when we closed the door, and we said, “Yeah, these were characters that you never wanted us to introduce in the first place because you were afraid that nobody would care about them.” She said, “I was so wrong.”
So no more Agent Lee, I guess. Anyway, Pinker and Wyman really want to thank the fans for making whatever happens in season 5 possible.
Wyman: We’re so thankful. Four years of everybody working incredibly hard, people have put their heart and soul in this show, and by some amazing miracle, we get a chance to get more canvas to paint on, and it’s like the biggest thrill and honor, and we’re just going into it knowing that we’re very fortunate.
Fringe returns next fall on Fox.
Source: Screen Rant