As we all know, Fringe is winding down to a close in a new story line a bit different than the first four seasons really built the franchise on. I wasn’t fond of the fifth season swap out to move forward into the future, facing off with the Observer-invaded Earth. I had no emotional connections to this new time.
But since I’ve invested four seasons of time watching the series, this TV watcher is tolerating the season. It’s not horrible, I’m just not as invested as I was.
Though as this season of the show is winding down, some things are starting to get a bit interesting. So I’m mostly glad I stuck it out.
But alas, all good things must come to an end. And so too, will this final season of Fringe.
If all stays according to schedule, Friday, January 18th, 2013 will mark the series finale to the show. This will also be the 100th episode of the franchise.
What I take away from Fringe is that I had never seen John Noble (who plays Walter) on TV or in a movie. (That I recall.) I’ve been introduced to a rather fascinating actor who became the central focus for myself.
Sure, I also enjoyed Anna Torv (especially her alternate version), Joshua Jackson’s mysterious season and the rest of the Fringe team. But Noble made it purely enjoyable and at times, riveting. He really brought it.
The other aspect of this final season was how Fox had chosen to cancel the show but let the showrunners finish the story on their own terms. Any TV consumer has to appreciate that. Even if the creative team took a twisty new take on the tale.
Hey, I enjoyed the X-Files-like tone of Fringe while pursuing the mystery of the Observers.