Comic con maybe long over, but I’m just now getting around to watching some of the panels that I wanted to see(I was out of town during, and I’m really behind on everything). Add to that, that I’ve now seen seasons 1-4 of Fringe and I’m pretty exited about their last season.
This panel was fun to watch, though if you’re pressed for time I’ll tell you the highlights so that you aren’t missing out. I’ll try too keep spoilers to a minimum so if you haven’t seen season 4 yet don’t worry. But you should watch it.
1. The biggest lesson is “to come”
This is not only a hilarious moment, but is also a tease for this season. Watch how Lance Reddick is shaking his head no at the audience.
This is a good a time as any to mention that everyone in the cast(besides Blair Brown who couldn’t make it) clearly wanted to be there, and were having fun with it. Also Anna Torv’s real accent is really hot.
If there’s one thing I’d say about this season of Fringe is that it takes risks. They aren’t afraid to throw away character and plot development that has been building for seasons. They aren’t afraid to change the focus of the show. Now these changes aren’t necessarily good. I’ll break down my thoughts, and let you know when spoilers enter into the picture.
This article I’m focusing on the grander idea’s and themes that are present in season 3 of Fringe. If you’re more interested in my thoughts on the plot and some episode discussion check out the previous post. Also Spoilers.
So on the alternate universe:
Aside from the obvious and head-scratching blimps and bronze statue of liberty there are smaller pretty cool changes. First of all Fringe is not a nobody branch of the FBI that struggles for funding, no quite the opposite; everyone knows what Fringe is and the implications are for their visit.
That is the amber.
The third season of Fringe is easily the best of the series so far. It moves beyond simply being a good TV show to being a great piece of science fiction. What I mean is that despite the previous seasons sci-fi elements I wouldn’t call it good sci-fi because these same elements could be switched out with regular CSI fare or whatever. There wasn’t much intrinsically science fiction about the series at its core until late season 2.
Now let’s hit the other piece of my title; it’s flawed, pretty seriously flawed but it’s pretty easy to overlook the flaws as the greater drama and ideas are pretty dang awesome.
The Second Season of Fringe opens up really smartly. It follows up the previous season’s finale directly while still not giving you all the answers about what happened due to that finale. The show felt immediately refreshed upon this episode after not being so keen on some of what the first season had to offer. The episode opens up a whole new range of possibilities and teases at even more. But that’s also a problem. I noticed that Mr. Abrams himself was a co-writer on this episode and while that was undoubtedly a good thing I also believe that since Abrams knew he wouldn’t have to clean up the “mess” he made he could just tease a whole bunch of weird crap that the writers would have to explain, or as the case rests just never mentioned again.