The Science Channel was having a Fringe marathon during the Thanksgiving weekend. On Friday, viewers were treated to season 1 episodes of the series.
As I’m sure you may know, the present season of Fringe airing on Fox is its fifth and final season of the show. When Fox announced last year that they were cancelling the show, they at least gave the showrunners a chance to close out the story of Walter (John Noble), Peter (Joshua Jackson) & Olivia (Anna Torv) and their conflict with fringe events and those pesky observers.
But the creators took the story of the first four seasons and jumped 20 something years into the future where the observers have taken over the Earth and as our heroes are broken out of the amber, then take on their continuing battle with the Observers.
If had not been so invested in the series in the first four seasons, I’d have written off this fifth season. But I am invested and need to see this story through to what the writers foresee as the end of the story.
But I’m not attached to the story or other extraneous characters in this future. Yea… for me, they had a running start at jumping a shark.
But having watched the marathon of the first season of the TV series, it reminded me about everything that I came to enjoy about the show’s first few seasons.
To be honest, I miss the quirky nature of Walter and his missing brain pieces, his need to urinate at the oddest of times and his relentless desire for his tinkering with homemade medications. Or Peter’s mystery past that haunted him in the first season or so. (What the heck happened to the story of Peter’s mystery past? Did I miss something or did they smite it with that entire “Peter didn’t exist” story line in season four?)
So being committed, I will see Fringe through to the end of their fifth season, which looks to be five more episodes left for the series. So I’ll see you on the other side of the story.