Last week our lovable, smooth-pated future overlords, the Observers, released a public service announcement reminding us that any dissent will be met with a good, old-fashioned brain scrambling. Now the unnamed Observer spokesman has returned with another one, this time explaining how “natives” need to remain in their “living quadrants” and not travel without identification and prior approval. Disobey, and here comes the brain scan. There’s got to be an Arizona joke in there somewhere, but here’s the vid:
Fringe has a history of reinventing itself, gradually evolving from a “monster of the week” type of show into a heavily serialized mythology involving far-out SF concepts such as parallel worlds, time travel, and the attempted rebooting the entire freaking universe. Now the show is using its final episodes to reinvent itself one last time, dropping viewers — and the show’s protagonists — smack dab in the middle of the dystopian, Observer-controlled future first glimpsed in the episode “Letters of Transit.” If you were wondering what life might be like living in a totalitarian police state run by bald assholes from the future, this new “PSA” lays out some of the rules. Obey, or they’ll rewrite your brain.
Fox has sent out another promo video for Fringe‘s upcoming fifth and final season…and poor Walter doesn’t look so good. It provides further glimpses of the dystopian future the Observers have created, a mega-happy scene of Peter and Olivia relaxing in a beautiful field (maybe a hallucination?), and then…poor Walter.
Warning: Minor spoilers, but they probably won’t spoil much since they’re presented without context.
The countdown to the fifth and final season of FOX’s mind-bending police procedural Fringe has begun. While the finale will be a sad farewell for long-time fans, at least we get the opportunity for some closure instead of just having the cancellation boom dropped on us in the middle of the off season.
John Noble’s Dr. Walter Bishop is really the heart and soul of Fox’s sci-fi police procedural Fringe. Don’t get me wrong, the entire series is stocked with great characters, but without Walter the show wouldn’t be nearly as memorable. Without him Fringe could easily have become just another tepid X-Files knock-off. Not to mention that his experiments and forays into the outer edges of science are directly or indirectly responsible for the bulk of Fringe Division’s caseload.
We’re all excited for the season five premiere of Fringe on Fox. Unfortunately, we have to temper our enthusiasm with the knowledge that this will be the final time we get to see the Fringe team in action. At least we know that going in, which gives the show the opportunity to wrap things up instead of having the bomb of your favorite show being cancelled dropped at an inopportune moment.
Earlier this week we saw the first trailer for season five, which, aside from setting an ominous tone, and watching the Observers walk against a black background, didn’t provide much information. Hot on the heels of that clip, comes another short glimpse at the season premiere, an episode titled “Etta.”