11 items from 2012
Last night’s Fringe episode “The Recordist” had, to me, a feel very much like some of the “classic” episodes of previous seasons. Our team, with the addition of Etta, found themselves in a settlement reminiscent of Edina in “Johari Window”. Walter, Peter, Olivia, and Etta ventured to an isolated area of Pennsylvania at the instruction of clues left in one of the tapes that Walter had hidden 21 years ago, which – in pure Walter fashion – he apparently hid out of order. The team was to retrieve a component of Walter and September’s plan to defeat the Observers which turned out to be a mineral, a crystallized form of quartz, which will serve as an energy source.
Each episode this season serves to answer questions about this future, even as it creates new ones. I find it quite fascinating that this group of people, and apparently they aren’t the only ones, »
- Nadine Ramsden
Last night’s episode of Fringe picks up not where season 4 left off in May, with Olivia and Peter finding out that they’re going to be parents, but immediately following episode 4.19, “Letters of Transit.” In that no-longer standalone episode, we’re introduced to a 2036 that has seen 21 years of rule by the Observers: after poisoning the planet in their own future, they jumped back to 2015 to take the planet from present-day humans. Fringe Division initially put up a fight, but the best hope of resistance died when our team disappeared. Unsurprisingly, the team became something of a legend, with some believing that they might one day return. Enter Etta Bishop: Olivia and Peter’s adult daughter, now a Fringe Division agent, who is a member of the Resistance hell-bent on finding her family. “Letters of Transit” ended with Etta freeing Walter, Peter, and Astrid from a 20 year imprisonment in Amber, »
- Nadine Ramsden
In tonight's game-changing episode, "Fringe" completely reinvented itself. With the reigns off for its final 13 episodes -- and no pressure to bring in new viewers, only to satisfy longtime fans -- show runner J.H. Wyman was able to approach the season as if it were a movie. Season 5 is presented as its own, standalone story written as a love letter to the fans who have been loyal since day one.
When we last saw Walter in 2012, the Observer September visited him in the lab, warning, "They are coming." As we already knew from Episode 419, "Letters of Transit," the Observers would ultimately take over the world, polluting it until it was uninhabitable by humans. We learned in tonight's Season 5 premiere that with September's help, Walter was able to spend a few years working on a plan to defeat the Observers when the time came. However, because Observers are capable of "cerebral scanning, »
As the premiere of the final season of Fringe approaches, we happily dig in to a buffet of increasingly tasty appetizers served up by our friends at Fox. While not completely satisfying, they do at least help tide us over until we can dive in to Episode 501, “Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11″ next Friday, September 28 at 9/8c.
Today our treats include a very cool new poster, and a different kind of public service announcement from the once-cool, now-forbidding Observers.
TV Spot: Fringe – Wanted: Peter Bishop
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Fox will be airing last season’s pivotal episode 419, “Letters of Transit,” which we now know is the prequel to this final season, this Saturday at 11pm/10c. If you haven’t already secured your Season 4 on Blu-ray or DVD (completely recommended), then do try to catch this replay.
And just in case you’ve forgotten where we left off, »
- Erin Willard
Picking up from the events depicted in last season's flash-forward episode "Letters of Transit," the seemingly peaceful "Observers" seized control of the universe in 2015. Now in 2036, they have become ruthless rulers who will reign supreme. What awaits in the future is the Fringe team's final stand, which will bring together all that they have witnessed in preparation to battle and protect the world. Cast: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham; Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop; John Noble as Walter Bishop; Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles, Blair Brown as Nina Sharp; Jasika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth. Fringe will return on September 28, 2012. »
This trailer finally made me realize something... This is the final season of Fringe. It's over. The ever mysterious and brilliant science fiction series is coming to an end with this fifth season, consisting of 13 episodes. According to executive producers, year 2036 will be very important element in this season, as we have already seen what happens along the way in the 19th episode of season four, Letters of Transit. Now, this Comic-Con trailer has been revealed for season five, and you can check it out below: Cast: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham; Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop; John Noble as Walter Bishop; Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles, Blair Brown as Nina Sharp; Jasika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth; Seth Gabel as Lincoln Lee. Fringe will return on September 28, 2012. »
This was always a possibility – I think every Fringe fan imagined this happening at some point – but the reality of Season 5 jumping forward in time to the year 2036 right away in the premiere is startling to say the least. I think most of us assumed the show would give us time to get our bearings before jumping forward in time to the Observer controlled future first shown to us in Season 4’s “Letters of Transit,” but this is Fringe we’re talking about. They fly in the face of what would be considered normal. In the end it makes perfect sense they would do this drastic time jump.
The news of the time jump came from John Noble – Walter Bishop himself – but he also revealed to TVLine the time between 2012 and 2036 wouldn’t be entirely ignored or forgotten. There will be references to events that took place in the time »
- Brody Gibson
“Letters of Transit” Air Date: 4/20/12
In seems about every month this season that Fringe delivers a massive episode in terms of overall story arc, featuring twists and an unreal shock factor. “Letters of Transit” was the second such episode of the past three. Beginning with a Star Wars-like crawl, we discover that the Observers, formerly intent on just watching the foibles of humanity, seized control in 2015, leading to an all-out war, where the Fringe team was ultimately defeated, and are only allowed to continue to function in a limited capacity as a police for the “natives,” the human survivors of the Observer’s conquest. The “loyalists” are marked individuals that allied themselves with the Observers, and resistance is largely futile, until now. Or something like that.
After taking that punch in the stomach (and watching an entirely unique, internment camp-esque opening sequence), the action opens in 2036, on a »
- Andy Greene
This is huge. The things that happen in "Fringe" episode 19, "Letters of Transit," will blow your mind. Not that it hasn't already been blown open by episode 19 in every season, but something is revealed in this one that is going to change everything.
There was an audible gasp in the room in the last five minutes. The thing is, the reveal isn't even the best thing about the episode. Henry Ian Cusick (what did he do to our fair lady?) and Georgina Haig kept us riveted to the screen. They couldn't have cast it better, if you know what we mean.
The setting is 2036. The Observers have taken over. Those loyal to them are called "loyalists" and tattooed on the face. Other humans are the "natives." The feel is post-apocalyptic and actually a little "Hunger Games." It's a police state, and the Fringe division is working for the Observers -- or are they? »
The Fringe Team Goes Back To The Future On An All-new “Fringe” Friday, April 20, On Fox The Fringe tradition of a mind-bending 19th episode continues as the story jumps ahead to 2036, when the Observers and the Fringe team engage in a game-changing battle in the all-new “Letters of Transit” episode of Fringe airing Friday, April 20 (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox. Cast: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham; Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop; John Noble as Walter Bishop; Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles, Blair Brown as Nina Sharp; Jasika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth; Seth Gabel as Lincoln Lee. »
Ok, so now there is this.
While the very real future of Fox’s Fringe still hangs in the balance, the network has let slip with a handful of episodic photos from the annually “out there” Episode 19, which this time around is titled “Letters of Transit.”
The title is of course a nod to the (fictional) documents that drive the narrative of the 1942 cinematic classic Casablanca, papers that ostensibly allow a person to travel freely and without question during World War II. And per Fox’s official synopsis, “the story jumps ahead to 2036 when the Observers and the Fringe team engage in a game-changing battle. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
11 items from 2012