Season five of Fringe kicks off exactly a week from today, and that’s the best news you’ll hear all week. Of course it’s going to be a bittersweet premiere for fans, since this is to be the final season, the final 13 episodes we’re going get. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, however, we should embrace the fact that, one, we get one more season of Fringe; and two, that even despite the impending end, it doesn’t appear that the show is going to rest on its laurels and phone in the final go-round.
To mark the occasion, we have a new poster to gawk at. That’s nice and all, but it’ll be even better in a week when, instead of discussing banners, trailers, and promo material, we can actually talk about the show.
From the look of things, even though the end is nigh, Fringe still plans on pushing the envelope and taking chances. The bulk of season five takes place in the year 2036. That’s a big, bold move, to transport an entire series into a few decades. That the show is willing to take risks like this is one of the reasons why fans of the show are so dedicated. A lot can go wrong. You have to set up an entirely new world (granted, some of the heavy lifting was done in the season four episode “Letters of Transit,” which introduced us to 2036), bring in new characters, and contend with all sorts of logistical issues.
Adopting a street-art style often employed by politically dissident groups, this poster ties in thematically with the upcoming season. In 2036 the Observers (who are from even further in the future) have taken over and established an ominous dictatorship. Much of the season will focus on the Fringe Team and new allies doing battle with these dystopian forces.
Season five of Fringe debuts on Friday, September 28th.