E: Let’s be frank. Fringe is one of the best shows on television, but the audience isn’t there. Sure, the show has buzz and the respect of critics, but that’s not what the network bosses most crave; it’s ratings, and Fringe hasn’t got ’em.
M: I’d argue that it had them before Fox started yanking it around the schedule, eventually dumping it in the graveyard know as Friday nights, but that’s irrelevant at this point. Continue.
E: Thankfully we’re getting at least a half season to say goodbye to one of the best, brightest shows on television, but beyond those precious thirteen episodes, our love affair with the Fringe Division seems doomed.
M: Howdy folks. I have to start with an apology/explanation. I had fully intended to provide Fringe reviews for every episode this season and, as some of you may know, I did until around the mid season break. Unfortunately, with great thanks to the federal government, my non-blogging life has been filled with a great deal of work, thus my blogging has suffered. That said, E and I were recently talking about the Fringe season finale, and felt we owed it to you, our readers, to bring the discussion online. After the jump we tackle the season finale, and the season in general, and there will be spoilers, so if you haven’t watched it, go watch it and then come back and read this! E, start it off…
M: I have to start by saying, I’m torn about this episode. There was a lot to like, an awful lot to like, in it. There was a good episodic plot. There was important overarching information. There were major discoveries. There were some classic Walter moments. There was a huge amount of building up toward the conclusion of the two universes plot. There was even Marshall from Alias! The strange thing is, it didn’t all come together for me. I’m not sure what it was, or wasn’t, or why, but it just didn’t blow me away the way Fringe does when it’s really good, and it was really good just last week. Continue reading →
M: Now for the second part of the Fringe review double feature. Keeping to this season’s pattern of, well, alternating universes, Amber 31422 is an alternate universe episode. Like the previous alternate universe episode, The Plateau, we are presented with a Fringe Division case, with the overarching plot line interwoven through the investigation. Like last season’s White Tulip, we get a powerfully understated and emotional guest performance, or, well, performances. Also like White Tulip, it is a sad performance, and all is not well, as it does not end well. Well, sort of. Let me sum up.
M: Ok, this review is three weeks late. My apologies, and to make up for it, it will be almost immediately followed by this week’s review, perfectly on time. Now, I have to start by saying, I absolutely love the title of this episode! For anyone who knows the reference, it gave away the secret that we find out about the shapeshifters, but it’s so worth it. For those who don’t, let’s get right to it. Continue reading →
M: Last week I spoke of how I was glad to have the show back into its familiar episode structure, with the fringe team investigating a bizarre case, but that it was still driven by the over arching story line. Looking back on the episode, The Box was more of a continuation of the overarching story, but done in the guise of a case. This week’s offering, The Plateau, was different. We had little touches of the overall story, of course, but this week was driven entirely by a fringe division case. It centered around an abnormal occurrence, followed Olivia and her team investigating it and solving it. It took turns, led us down a path we didn’t fully expect, and greatly entertained along the way. In other words, they went back to basics. Except there was a twist. The case was in the alternate universe. The fringe team we followed had no Walter, no Peter. It had Charlie, oh, how we’ve missed Charlie. It had Lincoln Lee, a little less covered in burns this time, but still pretty nasty looking. And it had Astrid… in a beret. It felt kind of like Spock with the beard, in a good way. Continue reading →