Less than a week into filming the fifth and final season, Fringe has suspended production on its Vancouver, BC set. When we hear news like this, some of us tend to fear the worst. But don’t worry, the shutdown should only last through the rest of this week. You were scared for a second, weren’t you?
The postponement comes just one day after Fox’s embattled paranormal investigation serial held its final American Press Association summer press tour panel.
Apparently actors John Noble, who plays madcap scientific genius Dr. Walter Bishop, and Blair Brown, better known as Massive Dynamic head Nina Sharp, are both “under the weather.” The more conspiracy-minded among us may see something hidden here, but it makes sense. The cast is just back from an emotional final go-round at Comic Con, and starting to film a television show sounds stressful enough without knowing in advance that it is your last (now they have to go out and get new jobs, that always sucks). We’d all be run down and need a break after that.
Also, co-star Jasika Nicole, who plays Astrid Farnsworth (AKA Astro, Asterix, Asprin, you get the idea) was recently involved in a minor car accident.
Luckily for us, cameras should begin rolling again early next week.
A sizeable portion—though just how big is unclear—of the final season of Fringe will take place in the future, the year 2036 to be precise. This Orwellian dystopia, where the bald and pasty Observers rule with an iron fist, was set introduced in the episode “Letters of Transit” in season four.
Fringe returns for one last season Friday, September 29th at 9pm on Fox.