A farewell to “Fringe”…

The J. J. Abrams television series Fringe recently ended its five-year run on FOX, leaving an empty space in the world of nerds that was once filled with alternate universes, Red Vines, bald mystery men, and “show-me” cards.  As a tribute, we thought it appropriate to show a couple of YouTube videos that pay homage to the show, and its most unique character, Dr. Walter Bishop, portrayed by John Noble.


This compilation highlights many funny Walter Bishop moments up to 2010. If you have yet to see the show, this video will give you a taste of some rather great moments for which to anticipate.

This is a rather sentimental tribute video to the show's journey, but Fringe deserve some sentiment… it was a truly solid television series.

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Posted on January 26, 2013, in Nerd Odyssey, Nerds, Television and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I started watching Fringe for the first time about a year ago and got to the end of series 3 (I think it was series 3)… I can accept almost anything in programmes, but when it comes to time travel I get annoyed when they get it wrong. I have stopped watching Heroes for this reason, they had rules which worked, they made a fuss about not breaking the rules, then they broke them when ‘future’ Peter shot his brother, and when Hiro kept changing history to try and save a man from jumping off a building.

    Fringe did this too. The going back in time part was fine, they discussed how it could be done and Peter would just be ‘watching’ what happened, not actually participating, that’s fine. But after that, after he stepped into the machine and saved the two worlds from total annihilation, he suddenly vanishes from history like he never existed, which completely negates the entire reason for the show.

    Olivia would never have taken that drug that gives her powers because there would have been no threat from the other world, because Walter wouldn’t have gone to the other world to save Peter, as none of this happened the machine being used wouldn’t have even been created, mostly because there wouldn’t have been any need, seeing as how the other world is not being destroyed… Can you see what I’m saying?

    At this point I would like to say that it is possible I’m over-thinking this (as my friends keep telling me), but it just makes complete sense to me. You cannot have someone who is vital just suddenly not exist. Now, if they had disappeared him in some other way but had everyone remember him, then ok, I can live with that. Or if the bald ones had done something to make them forget, I can live with that.

    I’ve been told I have to keep watching, that it gets better, but I need to know how they bring Peter back from non-existence before I even contemplate it or I’ll just get angry with it.

    • *Spoiler Alert* First, let me say that HEROES was a disaster after season (series) 1. I gave up on it before it’s final season with that circus plot line. Even the shows creator has admitted various errors in how he conducted the show after it got popular, and the ratings dropped off as many fans were sick of the the ill-conceived directions the show went in.

      Now, onto FRINGE… I see your point, however, there are a events and actions that I will point out that may clarify things a bit. I must begin by pointing out a major factor in real life that influenced how the plot lines were presented from season to season. FRINGE was created for the FOX network, here in the United States. FOX is notorious for cancelling science fiction shows almost immediately, if the ratings aren’t instantly high. FOX also tends to move shows to air on Fridays, if they are on-the-fence about keeping a show, as Fridays generate lower ratings, which only makes it worse. Historically, they have no patience in letting science fiction shows build an audience. The most famous example of this is the Joss Whedon show FIREFLY, which was originally aired on FOX and was canceled after a year. I can name many other shows as well, but FIREFLY is the best example, as it has become a very popular, respected franchise since it ended, even leading to a movie. FOX even tried to cancel Joss Whedon’s DOLLHOUSE after season 1, but Whedon was able to convince them to authorize one more season by demonstrating some cost-cutting filming methods. The extra episode on the DOLLHOUSE Season 1 Blu-ray, “Epitaph One”, was filmed as a pitch to FOX executives to show these money-saving measures.

      That being said, FRINGE was in danger of being canceled from its first season; a fact that I was aware of as I watched it (when it was being aired). One of the major reasons FOX even allowed a second season was that FRINGE moved the regular production of the show from New York to Vancouver to save the network money. Each season, the FOX executives had to be convinced to keep renewing it, sometimes not even making the decision until after the season was over. The season 4 finale was a pitch to get FOX to allow for a fifth, final season to give the show an actual ending. FOX then authorized a 13 episode season 5, which is about half the number of episodes of a full season in the United States.

      Thus, it was a miracle it lasted so long, and fun fact, the Season 3 finale was meant as a possible ending for the whole show because FOX had not yet announced a decision on authorizing a season 4.

      OK, I’ll now get onto the plot points of the show. First, when Peter disappeared from time after using The Machine, it was caused by The Observers (bald guys) interfering with The Machine. The Observers’ understanding of time travel and timelines is much greater than Walter’s, which puts the FRINGE team at a disadvantage, and explains why the “rules” put forth at first for time travel are changed.

      Second, big point here, when Peter disappears THEY DON’T make it to where he never existed. The Observers alter one event in the past. Originally, when Walter “kidnapped” Peter from the alternate universe in 1985 to cure the boy, Walter and Peter fell through the ice on the lake upon their arrival in our universe. They were drowning, until September (that first Observer) saved them both by pulling them out of the lake. September was not supposed to do this, so when Peter used The Machine, they changed that event. Thus, instead, when Walter returned with Peter in 1985, September wasn’t there and Peter drowned, while Walter managed to free himself. *Important point* It was the act of crossing into the alternate universe and back that caused the damage to the universes. That still happened even though Peter drowned. Thus, the other universe still attacked our side and Walter and William Bell still conducted the Cortexiphan experiments on Olivia and others as children. However, this time there was no living, adult, Peter Bishop to sign Walter out of the institution from the Pilot episode so they had to get a court order. There was no adult Peter to help Walter adjust to life again outside or to assist with Fringe team investigations and eventually impregnate “Fauxlivia” from the alternate universe, hence the differences in the timelines. *Spoiler* The Observers have the ability to be aware of multiple timelines. Thus, they remember Peter surviving the fall into the lake and those original events of previous seasons. The Observer, September, was ordered by other Observers to finalize the process of by removing remnants of Peter from the timeline because Peter still existed in an “in-between” state, but September defied these orders. Peter, then trapped out of phase with our universe, causes Fringe events trying to contact Walter, which leads to Walter unintentionally restoring Peter into our timeline, but he awakens to a world where he drowned in the lake as a boy. Only Peter and The Observers remember the events of the original timeline… at first.

      I hope this put things in perspective a bit. FRINGE was never perfect, but it’s worth watching all the way through before making a final call on whether they got it right or not. The same isn’t true of HEROES, though… they stole enough hours of my life, and from what I’ve heard and read, its quality isn’t improved in the show’s last year. LOL.

      • Thank you for this. I will watch the next series and judge on that. I didn’t realise Fringe was having to close every season like t was it’s last, although I am aware of Fox’s tactics with Firefly.
        I completely agree with Heroes, my husband kept watching it and I caught glimpses, and frankly, it was dire! They ran out of super powers and just kept re-hashing the old ones, they ran out of story and they buggered all the characters up. Very disappointing.

      • Glad to hear it. In regard to HEROES, I’ve read that the writers realized that all that would really need to happen is for Hiro to go back in time and fix whatever conflict they thought up. Since Hiro was TOO powerful, they kept having to develop ways to incapacitate him or limit his powers… so lame.

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