In the final part of our farewell to Fringe, producers and cast discuss the episode that took Fox's sci-fi series in an entirely new direction: into the future. The series has always been known for its offbeat 19th episode, but its final one took the viewers on an adventure to Observer-occupied 2036, in which Peter, Astrid and Walter were freed from amber by Peter and Olivia's grown-up daughter Etta. In the race to the series finale, what's left of the team will attempt to reset time in hopes of ridding the world of Observers...
Stock up on strawberry milkshakes and red vines: The series finale of Fringe is upon us.
The two-hour series finale, also marking the 100th episode, will air...
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and Georgina Haig
In a cruel new world, it only seems fitting that Peter and Olivia would reunite with their daughter only to have her tragically taken away from them too soon.
On last Friday's Fringe, the Observers mercilessly killed the youngest Bishop family member, sending out shock waves among the Fringe fandom. How could Etta (Georgina Haig), who we came to love during such a short period of time, be taken away so soon? This is just a taste of the danger Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia (Anna Torv), Walter (John Noble) and Astrid (Jasika Nicole) will continue to face in the Observer-occupied future.
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"Etta's death is
We'd say "Spoiler alert," but between the Twitter reactions from both coasts and the pre-episode rumors, you probably have a good idea who we're mourning following Friday's Fringe. Yep, in a final-moments shootout with The Observers...
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While Tim Burton was busy remaking Dark Shadows on the big screen this year — and what a disappointment that turned out to be — another '60s cult item, the horror parody The Munsters, was getting a lavish reboot from Burton's TV counterpart Bryan Fuller, whose Pushing Daisies remains a fantastical benchmark of blending the whimsical and the macabre into a dazzling visual smorgasbord.
The result, reported to have cost NBC in the neighborhood of $10 million, is one of the weirdest hybrids of the comical and eerie in quite some time...
>Read any good brains lately? The Observers have!
In this exclusive clip from Friday's indisputably shocking episode of Fringe (9/8c, Fox), Josh Jackson's Peter tells the team about his run-in with one of the fedora freaks and how he was unable to scatter his thoughts enough to keep the guy from seeing an image of Etta (Georgina Haig) in his mind.
It's the final frontier for the Fringe Division, as the sci-fi drama heads to the future to wrap up its run. "It's a truck to the end," says exec producer J.H. Wyman of the show's 13-episode farewell fifth season, which will pick up in the Observer-overrun year 2036 we first saw in last spring's "Letters of Transit" episode.
Let's hope you didn't have much else planned for this weekend, because there's so much excellent TV on tap it's hard to know where to begin.
Let's start with the winners' circle. You couldn't ask for better timing, or a more satisfying result, than Homeland's sweep of the top drama Emmy prizes last Sunday — exactly one week before Showtime's launch of what's shaping up to be a remarkably taut second season (Sunday, 10/9c). Expectations couldn't be higher. (If you missed any or all of the first season, with the deservedly Emmy-winning lead performances by Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, Showtime is replaying all 12 episodes in a Saturday marathon starting at noon/11c.)
Prepare your red vines and strawberry milkshakes: The Fringe community will unite Friday when the Fox sci-fi series kicks off its fifth and final season.
In its swan song, Fringe will focus on the year 2036, 16 years after the Observers invaded Earth. As seen in last year's Episode 19, Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Olivia's (Anna Torv) daughter Etta (Georgina Haig) tracked down her family in order to release them from amber so they could hopefully save the world. And that will be their mission this year: Rid the world of Observers or perish. Yes, the stakes really are that high, and you'll discover why in Friday's premiere (9/8c, Fox).
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The only saving grace? Walter Bishop (John Noble), who may hold the key to taking down the Observers in his addled brain. First though, the gang will team up to track down Olivia, who was MIA in last season's flash-forward. While touching, the family reunion will bring up a lot of painful memories for Olivia, says executive producer J.H. Wyman. To find out why and what else is in store this year, read below: