Happy Friday everyone! So, last Friday we bid fair well to Fringe. When Fringe first burst onto the scene in September of 2008, it was often compared to both The X-Files and The Twilight Zone. Not bad company when you think about it. Despite declining ratings, the brainchild of creators J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek), Alex Kurtzman (Alias, Hawaii Five-0) and Roberto Orci (Alias, Hawaii Five-0), had developed a cult following due to its quirky premise and the complex dealings of parallel universes.
To say that Fringe was at times confusing would be an understatement. But its greatest strength was not its fantastic mythology but from a wonderful ensemble led by Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham, Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop and the always amazing John Noble as Walter Bishop. While there were times I was frustrated during its 5 year, 100 episode run, it was these three who kept me coming back no matter what new night it showed up on. I found myself caring for these characters and their struggles and kept hoping that they would make it and be happy in the end. That’s a winning formula for any show.
Was it a satisfying ending? I would yes. Unlike so many shows before them, the cast and crew knew they were not going to be renewed for another season. This gave the writers the time to give the series a proper send off. Have we seen the last of Fringe? I hope not. I think it would play very well on the big screen. Timing is everything so I wouldn’t wait too many years to do it if such a thought is in the works, think The X-Files 2. What? Exactly my point.
If however this was the end, then I say thank you, Olivia, Peter, Walter, Philip, Astrid, Nina, Lincoln, Fauxlivia and of course William Bell played by the great Leonard Nimoy for 5 years of compelling and intriguing stories in any universe.