FRINGE - Fans Ask: Walter's Backstory

      Email Post       6/30/2012 10:27:00 PM      


Here's the newest installment of Ari Margolis' famous "Fans Ask" video series. This week a fan asks John Noble about Walter Bishop's backstory.

The Fringe Podcast Summer Rewatch Episode 05

      Email Post       6/24/2012 09:38:00 PM      



In this episode of The Fringe Podcast we start our season 2 rewatch with "A New Day in the Old Town, " "Night of Desirable Objects," "Fracture," "Momentum Deferred," and "Dream Logic." This episode features community members Dana and Michelle and they provide some great insight on this batch of episodes. We discuss the role of the Observers and the upcoming war, the battle with the reverse, new insights we gained about the history of shapeshifters, and the stream of foreshadowing clues about Peter's mysterious past. Darrell will also chime in on whether or not "Night of Desirable Objects" was as bad this time as it was when he first saw it originally. You might be surprised by his answer! We also give our thoughts about the recent announcement that Executive Producer Jeff Pinkner has left the show.

Send in you theories and feedback to 304-837-2278 or feedback@thefringepdodcast.com.

Older episodes of The Fringe Podcast on The Fringe Podcast Network can be found here, or the entire episode collection of The Fringe Podcast can be found here.



What Is The Bishop Paradox?

      Email Post       6/24/2012 07:16:00 PM      



Well, the bad news is that Fringe: September's Notebook has had its release date bumped back to January 29, 2013, according to Amazon. On the other hand, Amazon has released the cover art for the much-anticipated tome and there's a very interesting subtitle on the cover: The Bishop Paradox.

Now it may merely be September's way of naming all of the notes he's made pertaining to the Bishops and their particular case. But it's certainly interesting to consider just what additional meaning the phrase The Bishop Paradox may suggest. Is it something to do with Robert Bischoff? Or is it simply the paradox implied in Walter's discovery of a machine years before he actually invents it? Or... pick the FRINGE paradox of your choice.

At any rate, if one assumes that TPTB would not want to release the book until the show has concluded its run, perhaps the release date suggests that the end will come sometime in January. 

Jasika Nicole at the Denver Comic Con-From My Perspective

      Email Post       6/23/2012 04:29:00 PM      

Jasika Nicole at the Denver Comic Con-From My Perspective
Friday, June 15th, 2012. 
Getting ready for Denver Comic Con. My packing list had everything I needed. 
I guess I should say that I consider myself a fairly mature person. But when it comes to Fringe, I'm like a kid in a candy store. 


It is 5 pm. 
We are standing in line to enter the exhibit hall for the 1st Comic Con in Denver, Colorado. 
This was my first Comic Con ever and Friday was a recon mission for Saturday. Jasika Nicole made a one day appearance and we wanted to make sure we would be able to get an autograph and be able to listen to the panel. Not knowing how many people to expect and even though having an autograph ticket is not a guarantee, we wanted to be in line early for both. 
Buying the tickets online is definitely the way to go. I know you pro’s already know this but this was my first so humor me, will you? 

Throughout we encountered attendees dressed up from some of my favorite movies and TV shows. And believe it or not some of them had a connection to Fringe. I’ll explain as I go.

Star Wars was one of the first we encountered. 
I still have to think of Walter in 4.19 Letters of Transit as he was trying to pull a Jedi Mind Trick on the Loyalist.
WALTER: “"These aren't the 'droids you're looking for."… "Move along."”

I was also thrilled to see Stargate SG1 fans there because before Fringe that’s what I would watch over and over. 
And this is where the fun begins. So many times in Fringe, I thought of SG1. 

John Noble was in SG1 9.20 Camelot.

Agent Edwards (JR Bourne) from 2.06 Earthing and 3.12 Concentrate And Ask Again was Martufone of my favorite characters on SG1. 
Canaan (Tim Guinee) from 4.17 Everything In Its Right Place was Tomin on SG1. 
When Olivia went into the tank in 3.05 Amber 31422, 
she reminded me of HathorThere was one scene in that episode of SG1 where Hathor climbed out of a tank, wore a similar gown and a tiara. 

Some of the concepts from SG1 also reminded me of Fringe or vice versa.
One that stands out is 3.19 LSD, trying to transfer Bell’s conscience into a computer.
That happened to Captain Carter on SG1 in 4.20 Entity 

Some of the other things we saw were Resident Evil 
and Dr. Who. I swear I had a picture of the Tardis but it disappeared. 


Oh, wait, here it is. 
And the Avengers. 

So back to our recon mission. The object was to find out where Jasika would sign autographs. Back in the corner we found the sections where everyone would be sitting.
After we found the area it was time to stand in line (again) to get the actually autograph ticket. All I had was a payment confirmation. 
This is the geek in me. I’m really glad I took a picture because they kept it. Hey, the instructions in the program said to "Geek out! Hard!" And by golly I was planning on doing that. 

After that we checked where the panel would be on Saturday as well and thus our recon mission was complete. First day of DCC was done!

Saturday, June 16th, 2012
9 am arriving at the parking garage. In typical Fringe manner we looked for the appropriate parking space. 
And I went all out.  
Then it was “standing in line again”. Fringie6989 and I and Gene stood in line for 45 minutes before we could enter the exhibit hall. 
But… as we stood in line Jasika walked by us going upstairs. We thought that there were specific times when the guests would sign autographs but decided as soon as we were in to check out the area already. We knew where the table was so once the doors opened we headed straight for that. Jasika and her helper set up the table. We waited a few minutes, almost hesitant to approach her but then we did. EEK!  We were first in line. EEK!
I purchased a Fringe print for her to sign
and a piece of her art to sign.
I was so nervous I really didn't know what to say. I did ask her if she had a word for fans on fringetelevision.com and she said she hopes we will enjoy S5 as much as we did S4. I know I will because S4 was my favorite so far. 

Then we left. But we went back so Fringie6989 could get a print as well. I then chatted with Jasika for a bit. Jasika sounds just like on the show. She is/was so sweet and down to earth. We talked about knitting. I told her I work at the library and every time I put knitting books away I think of her. She never sells her projects because it’s hard to put a price on it. I agreed. I cross stitch and feel the same way. She said it was nice to talk to someone who understands that. I also mentioned that I had been following her tumblr for a while. She wanted to know what my name is on there. I told her and she said she knew exactly who I was. Gulp, I hope that’s a good thing, lol.

We found a lonely table off to the side and admired our autographs for quite a while. I would have been totally happy just leaning at that table, watching as other people went up to talk with her. As a matter of fact (that’s how pathetic we were) we checked a few times to see if Jasika was well received. After all, right next to her were Colin Ferguson and James Marsters. But we didn’t have to worry.

Part one of our mission was complete.

As we made our way down to the panel room we came across an Observer.
He actually shaved his head for this occasion. He and the two of us were the only fans in Fringe paraphernalia who engaged in a conversation. I saw one other person in a Fringe Division t-shirt but he just shrugged his shoulders. 


Anyway. 
It was now around 11:15 am. The next step was to get in line for her panel (forget about food).
We knew where we were going because we planned ahead. As soon as the panel before Jasika’s started we sat right by the door and did not move. 
We knew that VIP attendees had priority but right after they would be let in the room, it was our turn. 
Then it was time. 2nd row seats! 
I still couldn't believe I’m actually there just a few feet away. 
On the panel Jasika talked about her character, how she thought Astrid was going to be killed off in 1.04 The Arrival when Walter sedates her so he can steal the beacon. She was glad she wasn't and enjoyed her character expanding even to the other universe. The interviewers asked her about other cast members and Jasika said she’s very good friends with John Noble. Friday nights they would get together at his house and actually watch the show. Jasika spoke very highly of all her co-workers and even gave another impersonation of Lance Reddick. He is actually quite funny and not bad at impressions himself. During the conversation she brought up a scene from 2.04 Momentum Deferred  I believe, where she was chopping up worms for Olivia to drink to jog her memory.  In a jar on the table were leeches trying to escape. I always wondered what she chopped up to put in the blender and then Jasika said it was black pasta.
She shared that Anna is quite the teaser telling Jasika she stepped on a leech which of course she didn’t and also that the two of them have knitting and sewing parties. 
Although Jasika likes Horror movies some of the stuff on Fringe does scare her. In 2.18 The Man From The Other Side was one of those scenes. It was when they were trying to bring the shapeshifter embryo back to life.
There was lots of goo and even though she knew that there was a man under the table controlling the shapeshifter it was still creepy with the lights being out and Josh saying something like “this is cool” she just wanted to be done.  
Before the floor was open for questions the interviewer asked about her passion for art. Jasika said she had been drawing since she was a little girl. As a waitress, she would often find herself doodling on her order pads. She had hundreds of sketches. She likes the freedom of being in control and having sole power over her creations where as an actress she sometimes has to give that up; in a sense being the tool for the creative mind behind the screen, fitting the writer’s vision. She said that in 2.21 Brave New World Part 1 
when Astrid gets shot she actually had a line there but it was cut for that very reason. She just had to learn to relinquish. 

When Jasika was asked about S5 she said that SDCC is still a month away so whatever she can share DCC heard it first. Of course she couldn’t really say much because I don’t think she knows anything yet. Jasika thinks that S5 will take place a few years after S4 finale and end at 2036, which is interesting because John Noble said this in an interview (See the Fringe Spoilers article titled "Fringe Exclusive:" dated 06/19/12 by clicking here. Warning, the article contains spoilers!). So anyone’s guess is as good as any or in other words… the game is on.

When asked if we will see the alternate universe and September again she said it is more likely for September to return than the alternate universe.

As far as plans for after Fringe she didn’t really say except she would like to do a horror movie.

When asked what the overarching story of the show was she said love, the relationships not only between Olivia and Peter but even more the relationship between Walter and Peter and how they are connected and interwoven in the sci-fi part of Fringe.

That I think is all I can remember from this hour. After the panel was over we went upstairs for a smoothie, went back to the autograph table area and checked on her (I know but we felt protective and just wanted to make sure…). We went to one more panel with James Marsters and then left.

On the way out of the parking garage we had another Fringe moment.
The parking garage was set up sort of like the one in 2.07 Of Human Action.
On our way in and out that’s all we could think of. Creepy. As the Fringe songs played in the car and as we shared Red Vines we made our way back home. 

Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to go to SDCC, it being Fringe’s last panel and with the end of the show in mind, this weekend will always have a special place in my heart.

And just as much as this show is special, so are the fans. Fringe fans stick together like "goo". Fringe Honor is as high as Scouts Honor and Fringe fans are friends for life.
I agree withFringie6989 who said it far better than I ever could:

“The intricate web of relationships that have created the foundation of Fringe has crossed not only universes and timelines, but reality itself. As I've started to come to terms with saying goodbye to my favorite show, I've started reflecting on what Fringe has done in my life and I am proud to say that what started as a show that honestly freaked me out a little and then shifted into an obsessive need to dig deep into the mythology and very human struggles that the characters went through over these past 4 years, also brought me something unexpected: family. When I have seen the relationships in my day-to-day life crumble and break, I've also been privileged to see this "little family unit" known as the Fringe fandom soar to unimaginable heights in a shared devotion to something bigger than ourselves. The ever-fading idea that just one person can make a difference in the world has been at least slightly brought back to life as I've watched this fandom come together and speak up. We made a difference, guys. Is it going to change the world? Maybe not. But it's changed my world. And it's changed the world of television and the world of the cast and crew who didn't have the numbers that were needed, but they had the heart and isn't that what really matters? Jasika talked about how even if she doesn't get to work in sci-fi after Fringe, she knows now that the fans will follow her and the other cast wherever they may go because sci-fi fans are a special group of people. In no other genre are there groups of people more devoted, more passionate, and more loyal. And just coming back from Comic-Con, I can attest to that. The Fringe fandom is my family, but there were many families at Comic-Con. The Star Wars family, the Stargate family, the Avengers Family...it was like a family reunion! We may belong to different clans but we are all part of the bigger family of sci-fi and honestly, there is nowhere else I would rather be. Thank you for going on this journey with me, Fringies :)”



The Fringemunks present "Brown Betty" music video - parody medley of all songs featured in episode

      Email Post       6/21/2012 08:58:00 AM      

The Fringemunks recap all episodes of FOX sci-fi TV series "Fringe" with song parodies. In 2010, they (and creator/producer David Wu) were faced with the challenge of recapping the musical episode, "Brown Betty," which contained performances of several songs.

So how did they do it? A parody medley! ... consisting of The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" and the songs featured in the show. Clocking in at 9 minutes, 11 seconds, it is the longest Fringemunks song to date.  Now, almost two years later, the Fringemunks have released a new music video for the song:


Parody lyrics, all instruments & production by David Wu
Story by Jeff Pinkner, Joel Wyman & Akiva Goldsman

Parodied songs:
  • "Brown Sugar" [The Rolling Stones] - music composed by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
  • "Roundabout" [Yes] - music composed by Jon Anderson & Steve Howe
  • "Head over Heels" [Tears for Fears] - music composed by Roland Orzabal & Curt Smith
  • "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" [Traffic] - music composed by Steve Winwood & Jim Capaldi
  • "The Candy Man" [from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"] - music composed by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
  • "I Hope I Get It" [from "A Chorus Line"] - music composed by Marvin Hamlisch
  • "For Once in My Life" [Stevie Wonder] - music composed by Ron Miller & Orlando Murden
  • "Blue Moon" [The Marcels] - music composed by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

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Fringe Shocker: Executive Producer Jeff Pinkner Exits Series

      Email Post       6/19/2012 10:09:00 PM      


Today's News: Our Take
 Exclusive Fringe Shocker: Executive Producer Jeff Pinkner Exits Series

Jun 19, 2012 07:30 PM ET
by Natalie Abrams

Fringe is gearing up for its fifth and final season, but it will do so without one of its head honchos.

TVGuide.com has learned exclusively that Jeff Pinkner, an executive producer who has run the Fox series alongside J.H. Wyman since Season 2, has stepped down. Sources tell us it was Pinkner's decision to exit the series in order to pursue other projects and that it was an amicable split. Pinkner will not retain his executive producer credit and Wyman will be the sole showrunner for the final season.

"We're so excited to begin work on a fifth season of Fringe and to be able to deliver the 13 final episodes to our passionate and devoted fans," Fringe co-creator/executive producer J.J. Abrams said in a statement. "For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on Fringe. We're thankful for the invaluable contributions Jeff has made to the show and of course wish him well and look forward to working together in the future. J.H. Wyman's importance to Fringe cannot be overstated, however, and I'm thrilled that he will continue as showrunner for the concluding chapters of our story. We can't wait for our fans to see what we have in store for them in the wild conclusion of Fringe."

Read Natalie's entire tvguide.com article here.
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The Fringe Podcast Summer Rewatch Episode 04

      Email Post       6/17/2012 07:18:00 PM      



In this episode of The Fringe Podcast we wrap up our rewatch of Fringe Season 1 as we discuss Inner Child, Unleashed, Bad Dreams, Midnight, The Road Not Taken and There's More Than One of Everything. We discuss the death of Sanford Harris and who he may have been working for, the coming battle and the corexiphan soldiers that have been prepared for it, and we also talk about the recurring theme of what would you do for someone you love. We had a lot of great input from Heather and Karen in this episode and thank them for their participation.

Send in you theories and feedback to 304-837-2278 or feedback@thefringepdodcast.com.

Older episodes of The Fringe Podcast on The Fringe Podcast Network can be found here, or the entire episode collection of The Fringe Podcast can be found here.



FRINGE - Fans Ask: Cortexiphan

      Email Post       6/15/2012 10:21:00 PM      


Even though it is another Fringe-less Friday on the tube, Fringe media master, Ari Margolis, has given us some great news.
He tweeted yesterday that there will be a new installment of his 'Fans Ask' video series every Friday through the end of August. Thanks for that, Ari!

This week Anna Torv, Lance Reddick, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, and Jasika Nicole comment on whether they would experiment with cortexiphan.

FRINGE - Fans Ask: Season 4 (Part 2)

      Email Post       6/15/2012 10:12:00 PM      

Here's Part 2 of Ari Margolis' 'Fans Ask' video series in which Anna Torv,Lance Reddick,and Jasika Nicole discuss their favorite scene to film for their characters in Season 4.

Happy Birthday AnnaTorv!

      Email Post       6/15/2012 09:57:00 PM      


Althought some sites are reporting that today is definitely the beautiful Anna Torv's birthday, no one can confirm this except Anna herself, and she has not. But the stunning actress has admitted previously that her birthday is in June.

Last year on this date, Wikipedia had her birthdate as June 7th, while the imdb site had it as June 15th.
So we posted a birthday wish on June 15th and we'll post this year's wish today also.

Anna, you are awesome, and we thank you for all the many shades of Olivia Dunham you play. Regardless which day in June is your actual birthdate all of us here at Fringe Television hope you have a very special day!

Coming This Fall: "September's Notebook"

      Email Post       6/15/2012 05:27:00 PM      


From the folks behind The Lost Encyclopedia comes September's Notebook, due to be released this November. From Amazon's listing:

"Delve into television’s most otherworldly phenomenon! Fringe: September’s Notebook is a uniquely in-world collection that explores the intricate destinies of Walter Bishop, Peter Bishop, and Olivia Dunham. Gathered by the Observer known only as “September,” these pages reveal new truths about the Fringe Division and Massive Dynamic. The book also closely examines the Amber timeline and the alternate universe “Over There.”

Packed with concept art, exclusive photos, and intriguing ephemera, September’s Notebook will satisfy every serious fan’s hunger for details about the Observers, quirks and little-known facts about each character, insight into Fringe Science, and much more. “Easter eggs” throughout build on the many symbols and codes woven into the show’s fabric, uncovering truths never before revealed.

With its layered storytelling, well-rendered characters, and complex overarching narrative, Fringe is the ideal show around which to publish, and Fringe: September’s Notebook provides a totally immersive reading experience."
With forewords from Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, the book is due to arrive on November 20.

The Fringemunks: Epis. 4.11 "Making Angels" (parody of "We Are Young" by fun.)

      Email Post       6/15/2012 01:36:00 PM      

The Fringemunks recap Fringe Episode 4.11 "Making Angels" with a parody of "We Are Young" by fun. feat. Janelle Monae.  Astrid comforts her double, whose father just died. Meanwhile, a TSA screener named Neil kills people, with the mindset that he's saving his victims from living out lives of agony.

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- Music composed by Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff, Matthias Bell & Samuel Means
- Parody lyrics, all instruments & production by David Wu

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The Fringemunks: Epis. 4.10 - "Forced Perspective" (parody of "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera)

      Email Post       6/13/2012 03:45:00 PM      

The Fringemunks recap Fringe Episode 4.10 "Forced Perspective" with a parody of "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera.  Emily Mallum experiences reverse-ripple premonition, allowing her to see deaths before they happen. Perhaps there is a divine purpose to all of this.

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Song Credits:
- Music composed by Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, Ammar Malik & Shellback
- Parody lyrics, all instruments & production by David Wu

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Happy Birthday, Joshua Jackson

      Email Post       6/12/2012 12:22:00 AM      


I'm posting this a few minutes late in Eastern time, but it's still Joshua Jackson's birthday in his home town of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Happy Birthday to the man who plays our favorite door-kicking, raising-all things mechanical-back-to-life, dumb, smart guy.

From all of us here at Fringe Television, have a great day, Joshua. And thanks for joining us on Twitter a few months ago and sticking around!

You can wish Mr. Jackson a Happy Birthday on Twitter via @Vancity Jax.

The Fringe Podcast Summer Rewatch Episode 03

      Email Post       6/10/2012 11:58:00 PM      



In this episode of The Fringe Podcast we are joined by Hank in Houston and Allan (a.k.a. Xerophytes) for a discussion about the Fringe season 1 episodes, "Safe", "Bound", "The Transformation", "The No-Brainer" and "Ability." We discuss the motives of David Robert Jones, Agent Loeb, and John Scott. We also discuss several instances of how these episodes tie in to later seasons, and we discuss the war between the redverse vs. the impending war with the Observers. Of course, we also discuss the relationship between Peter and Olivia, cortexiphan, and Peter's influence on Olivia's abilities.

Send in you theories and feedback to 304-837-2278 or feedback@thefringepdodcast.com.

Older episodes of The Fringe Podcast on The Fringe Podcast Network can be found here, or the entire episode collection of The Fringe Podcast can be found here.



 

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