Almost Human premieres this Sunday and Monday

      Email Post       11/15/2013 12:45:00 PM      

The new FOX Sc-fi drama Almost Human begins its two-night series premiere this Sunday and Monday (11/17 & 11/18) at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm central).

The show, brought to you by the creators of Fringe - J.J. Abrams, J.H. Wyman, Brad Anderson, et. al - is a mix of Fringe, Robocop, and Blade Runner. You can read the official description after the break.

I've seen the Pilot episode, and really liked it. It will feel very familiar to Fringe fans, almost what we would have gotten if Fringe had stayed in the future.

While we won't be blogging about Almost Human here, please check out out Almost Human Wiki at

Also, if you have any suggestions for a good Almost Human blog, please leave them in the comments!

Fringe Panel at Dragon*Con 2013

      Email Post       9/16/2013 04:08:00 PM      

Lincoln, Astrid, & September at DragonCon 2013
Michael Cerveris, Jasika Nicole & Seth Gabel participated in a Fringe panel at this year's Dragon*Con.

"The actors answer a full hour of fan questions about their time on the show, the fate of Gene the cow, what it was like behind the scenes, their future plans, and much more. At the end of the panel they are asked to choose between Star Wars and Star Trek, and Seth’s answer is hilarious!"

The entire audio is available at

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TV Guide: JH Wyman on Fringe Finale and Almost Human

      Email Post       7/20/2013 10:52:00 AM      

TV Guide has an interview with Fringe executive producer J.H. Wyman, which was done before the Almost Human panel at Comic-Con. Wyman discusses Walter's ultimate fate on Fringe and the White Tulip that Peter receives in the series finale:
In the series finale, Walter (John Noble) sacrificed himself by traveling to the future with September's son so that the Observers would never invade the past. In the closing moments, we saw the series flash-back to the day in the park when The Observers originally invaded, but this time, they don't show up. Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia (Anna Torv) and young Etta are able to go home as a family.

Though a touching swan song, Fringe fans still lamented the fact that Walter didn't get to be part of the happy family. "I'll make you not sad," Wyman tells "Walter is only happy when his brain is being challenged. Walter went to the future, and how do you know he didn't find a way back once again?"

Wyman notes that he meant for Peter's expression when he received the "white tulip" letter from Walter to be ambiguous. Did he recognize it or not? "Maybe someday there will be a Fringe movie and I'll explain some of the things that I want to explain, but I also wanted to let people make their own opinion. I wanted it to be as special to each person individually and let them make their own assumptions and live with it. I have a lot of story I can tell still and I love those characters so much."

Check out the rest of the interview for his comments on his new show Almost Human.

BTW, I have seen the pilot for Almost Human, and it has a very Fringe vibe, and it looks like it could be one of my new favorite shows!

Fringe at the 39th Annual Saturn Awards

      Email Post       7/01/2013 12:28:00 AM      

On June 26th, 2013 The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films held the 39th Annual Saturn Awards.
I was reading through the history of the Saturn Awards and at one point they were actually broadcast. It's too bad they have not done that in a while. It was so worth it being in the ballroom and watching the whole ceremony. 

Fringe Stars Will Appear on "Almost Human"

      Email Post       6/28/2013 05:06:00 PM      

IGN has a interview with Fringe executive producer Joel Wyman about his new show "Almost Human". Wyman promises that Fringe actors will appear on the new J.J. Abrams show:
I can guarantee you that we’re going to see Fringe actors. I miss all of them so much, and we’ve been keeping in touch. Anything I can do -- it’s just got to be worthy of them, because they’re all in my heart. I want to write them great stuff and make sure they come out with a big bang.
For the rest of the interview, visit

Are you planning on watching "Almost Human"?

Fringe: What Would You Ask JJ Abrams or Lance Reddick?

      Email Post       6/16/2013 05:51:00 PM      

The 39th Annual Saturn Awards are on June 26, and Fringe is nominated for 6 awards:
  • Best Network Television Series
  • Best Actor (Joshua Jackson)
  • Best Actress (Anna Torv)
  • Best Supporting Actor (John Noble)
  • Best Guest Starring Role In A Series (Blair Brown)
  • Best Guest Starring Role In A Series (Lance Reddick)
Our own Cortexifan will be there LIVE on the Red Carpet, interviewing whoever comes down the line.

We know for sure that JJ Abrams and Lance Reddick will be attending, but there could be more Fringies as well.

Is there anything you still want to know about Fringe? Post your questions in the comments and we'll try to get as many answered as possible!

Fringe Season 5 Soundtrack Available On iTunes

      Email Post       6/13/2013 04:26:00 PM      

While the release of the Fringe Season 5 Soundtrack CD (do people still buy CDs?) is still over a week away (June 25), the entire album is available for download on iTunes for $9.99. The 24 tracks can also be purchased individually for 99¢ each.

Official Description:

FRINGE — the supernatural sci-fi crime drama from J.J. Abrams — is back for its fifth and final spellbinding season. The year is 2036. The Observers have become ruthless rulers, limiting free will and speech, and are slowly poisoning Earth’s atmosphere so that only their own kind can survive. All is not lost, however. A series of videotapes, preserved in amber, hold detailed plans for overthrowing the Observers and restoring the planet and its people. The Fringe team will undertake the most important mission of all time: retrieve the tapes, follow their clues, decipher the code, and prepare for the battle to save humanity. Join Fringe scientist Walter Bishop, FBI agent Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop, and Olivia and Peter’s now-grown daughter, Henrietta, for 13 episodes filled with struggles, surprises and sacrifices in this explosive and emotional final season.

Composer Chris Tilton hangs on to the FRINGE musical reins for the series’ epic finale and delivers some of his finest and most dramatic scoring yet.

Holy Naked Tuesday! The Fringemunks release first Season 3 song in almost 2 years

      Email Post       5/29/2013 01:26:00 AM      

Twenty months have passed since David Wu's Fringemunks last released a song recap of a Fringe Season 3 episode.  Twenty.  The wait is over, and a new song (a parody of Mumford & Sons' "The Cave") is available for you to hear.

That's not to say that these twenty months were unproductive.  The Fringemunks, after all, did release seventeen Season 4 songs, three Season 5 songs, a contest entry song, and a Christmas album all in that time span.

So why the delay with Season 3 songs, of which only three remain?

"It might be part psychological, part difficulty, part indifference" says Wu, who now only needs to complete song recaps for episodes "Reciprocity," "LSD," and the season finale "The Day We Died" to finish the Season 3 album.

Of the 100 total Fringe episodes, this new release - "Epis. 3.20: 6:02 AM EST" - is the 82nd song recap.  Although it recaps a 2011 episode, Wu uses the musical and lyrical sensibility that he has been employing in more recent material.  "It has to reflect how I feel about the episode now, because we are in the 'now', and we're no longer in the past," says Wu.  "And it works for this song.  It is from Walter's point of view, and he has changed.  He is crying.  Instruments in his head are different and more profound and direct."

With lyrics such as Last year, I received a sign from Thee / a white tulip You sent to me / I believed you had forgiven me, the Fringemunks are at their most spiritual - complete with fanfare horns, subtle organs, and banjo-like steel guitar meshing together in the song's instrumental backdrop.  And yet amidst the spiritual content, there is the comedy.  I bumped into Olivia, who screwed Peter the previous night, goes one of the earlier lyric lines.  It is a nod to the other Season 3 songs, while also showing that the project isn't afraid to go where most lyricists don't care to venture.  "Whatever the case, there's no way I would have written these same lyrics two years ago," says Wu.

The Fringemunks started off with a buzz in Fall 2008, just a few weeks into Fringe's five-season run, but now each new song is lucky to get a few "likes" and "shares" on Facebook, or even retweets on Twitter.

"These are lean times for Fringe fan projects, now that the show is over," Wu admits.  "But with this new song release, and the 18 remaining, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and still a lot of great music to make and lyrics to write for this project.  And being that fan projects are now a bit thin, this means that the Fringemunks likely obtain more of a percentage of the audience, albeit a smaller cumulative amount."

The project almost came to an end after Season 3 broadcasts ended.  "At the time," says Wu, "the series' end was not defined, so I knew that committing further to The Fringemunks would mean that it would put a damper on the rest of my side music career as long as there were unreleased songs.  It reached a boiling point, when I said 'forget it.'"

In early Fall 2011, Wu in fact announced the project's retirement, to the dismay of many.  But this retirement was short-lived, as Wu devised a plan for the Season 4 songs.  "Basically I was going to parody the entire White Album (the nickname for the Beatles' eponymous 1968 album), in order.  The season premiere would be - and was - a parody of 'Back in the U.S.S.R.,' while the finale would have parodied 'Revolution 9' and 'Goodnight.'  It was a crazy idea, abandoned after four songs - but it saved the project.  And the 4 songs are among the best, even if the subject matter wasn't the greatest."

Yet all the while, the Season 3 episodes remained on the shelf.  "I always knew I wanted to finish them," says Wu, "but I just wasn't in the mood at the time."  But now, with only three songs remaining from that middle season, the album's stock is up.

Click here to listen to the new song, "Epis. 3.20: 6:02 AM EST."

Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox (Novel #1) by Christa Faust

      Email Post       5/14/2013 02:30:00 PM      

The new novel Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox has just been released today as a paperback or for Kindle:
Critically acclaimed Fringe explores new cases with endless impossibilities. Set in Boston, the FBI's Fringe Division started when Special Agent Olivia Dunham enlisted institutionalized "fringe" scientist Walter Bishop and his globe-trotting, jack-of-all-trades son, Peter, to help in investigations that defy all human logic - and the laws of nature. The first in an all-new series of tie-in novels!

The author, Christa Faust, has written tie-ins to Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Twilight Zone amongst others. Her most recent novel Money Shot for Hard Case Crime won the Crimespree Award and was nominated for several others — a sequel is forthcoming. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and loves vintage shoes and noir cinema.
Amazon has a preview of the first 3 chapters available free.

Faust will be writing at least two more Fringe novels: Fringe - The Burning Man (Novel #2) and Fringe - Sins of the Father (novel #3), both of which are available for pre-order on

Bloopers From Fringe Season 5

      Email Post       5/08/2013 10:51:00 AM      

Here is the "Unusual Side Effects: Gag Reel" video from the Fringe Season 5 extras.

Win Fringe Season 5 on Blu-ray!

      Email Post       5/07/2013 03:35:00 PM      

To celebrate the release of Fringe: The Complete Fifth And Final Season on DVD and Blu-ray, Warner Bros. is having a sweepstakes, giving away a Lenovo Yoga 11 tablet/computer and 15 copies of Fringe Season 5 on Blu-ray.

The enter click the image above, or visit

Fringe Season 5 Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD

      Email Post       5/07/2013 03:34:00 PM      

"The Complete Fifth And Final Season of Fringe" is now avaiable!

The DVD version is currently priced at $22.99 (list price $39.98) and the Blu-ray version is $27.99 (list price $49.99)!

Also, if you join Amazon Prime, you can watch Fringe Season 1, 2, 3, and 4 for FREE using Amazon Instant Video, plus you get:
  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items
  • No minimum order size
  • Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Videos
  • A Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
Best Buy is also matching Amazon's prices today for both the Blu-ray and DVD.

The extras on the Blu-ray version include:
  • Audio Commentary: Executive producer J.H. Wyman and editor Jon Dudkowski deliver a serviceable overview of "Black Blotter" and the series' run, touching on bits and pieces of the rest of the season as well. Unfortunately, The Complete Fifth and Final Season is somewhere in the neighborhood of twelve commentaries too short. It would have been far more exciting to have at least one commentary per episode and to hear from more of the cast and crew.
  • A Farewell to Fringe (HD, 21 minutes): Series creator/executive producer J.J. Abrams, executive producer J.H. Wyman, co-executive producer David Fury, and actors John Noble, Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole and Lance Reddick reminisce about the series' early days, five season run, and dramatic conclusion, intercut with behind-the-scenes footage, archive interviews, clips from the show and a look at the filming of the finale.
  • Season 5 Comic-Con Panel (HD, 29 minutes): TV Guide's Damian Holbrook hosts a Q&A session with Wyman, Noble, Torv, Jackson, Nicole and Reddick at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Stories, laughs and even a few tears ensue.
  • Dissected Files (HD, 2 minutes): Two trivial deleted scenes: "Walter's Brain" and "Observer in the Closet."
  • Gag Reel (HD, 2 minutes): Standard outtake fare.
  • Finale Script (HD)

Jess Noble's 'Friend,' Starring John Noble, is a Complex Lesson in Loss, Caring, and Moving On

      Email Post       5/03/2013 12:48:00 PM      

shot in Vancouver - Aimee Long

Two months ago, media producer Ari Margolis released a trailer for "Friend," a short film written by Jess Noble, and starring none other than her father, the versatile and beloved actor, John Noble. The scenes were filmed in Vancouver during the last days of filming for Fringe, and the crew names should seem quite familiar to any serious Fringe fan. Hint: They were members of the filming crew,  who generously volunteered their time for this endeavor.

The film's synopsis:

A lonely, grief stricken man of wealth finds a new lease on life after an unusual ‘friend’ is mysteriously delivered to his door. A unique and unexpected relationship quickly forms, bringing hope and color to the man’s bleak existence. But will tragedy strike again?

Over the past few days, Fringe fans may have noticed some clues about the film's release, in the form of teasing tweets from Ari Margolis (@jonxproductions) and @Fringenuity, and from some posts on Facebook, Tumblr, and Google Plus.

The wait is now over.

The film was released today, as announced by TVGuide Magazine's Fringe-faithful senior writer, Damian Holbrook.

Watch it before continuing to read, and be sure to scan the credits. There's some wit from video editor Ari Margolis, and a tribute to one of his most special friends. I have a personal wish that Ari's heart has healed, and that maybe someday a new buddy will "assist" him at his desk as he writes his breakout screenplay.

Bad Robot Art Show at Gallery 1988

      Email Post       4/28/2013 12:09:00 AM      

Gallery 1988 - the gallery that brought you the Fringe Benefits Project - had a new show on Friday to celebrate Bad Robot.

The "art experience" featured works inspired by J.J. Abrams' creations, including Lost, Star Trek, Cloverfield, Super 8, Revolution, Alias, Felicity, and of course FRINGE.

There was a lot of great Fringe art work, many of which is still available for sale at

Seth Gabel at Denver Starfest - From my perspective

      Email Post       4/24/2013 10:34:00 PM      

Here I am again reporting from my 2nd convention, this time Starfest in Denver, Colorado, April 19-21, 2013.
One of the guests - a cast member from Fringe - Seth Gabel

Last year I got to meet Jasika Nicole at Denver Comic Con. You can read it here.

Fringe Mentioned on Parks & Recreation

      Email Post       4/19/2013 06:13:00 PM      

Fringe got a nice little shout-out on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" by Ben Wyatt:
After you fell asleep making Jerry's scrapbook, I went back to season 1 of Fringe to check for plot holes. As I suspected - air-tight.

EW: Peter and Olivia - Greatest TV Couple of All Time

      Email Post       4/12/2013 02:05:00 PM      

Entertainment Week's PopWatch is running a Greatest TV Couple of All Time poll bracket, but they have already announced who they think should be the winner: Peter and Olivia from Fringe:
The question EW has been asking in polls throughout this tournament is “Whose love is stronger?” In Round 2, voters favored Gossip Girl‘s Chuck and Blair over Peter and Olivia by a 10.6 percent margin. But I have to argue that only the strongest love – like that shared between Olivia and Peter – can weather storms of cosmic proportions this Fringe couple faced for five seasons.
Visit EW's PopWatch to read the full article.

The Fringemunks: Epis. 4.16 Nothing As It Seems (parody medley of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" & "Rocket Man")

      Email Post       4/12/2013 12:20:00 PM      

The Fringemunks recap Fringe Episode 4.16 "Nothing As it Seems" with a parody medley of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)". This is the sister song to Season 1's "The Transformation," being that a scene from that episode is revisited before diverging into a different storyline from the new timeline. We find out who is behind the Porcu-man project.


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Song Credits:
- Music composed by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
- Parody lyrics, all instruments & production by David Wu

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The Fringemunks: Epis. 4.15 A Short Story About Love (parody of "Happy Together" by The Turtles)

      Email Post       4/10/2013 02:49:00 AM      

The Fringemunks recap Fringe Episode 4.15 "A Short Story About Love" with a parody of "Happy Together" by The Turtles. This is a short story... about a woman forgetting memories from a particular timeline... about the universe being unhidden from an Observer... about a scarred man who extracted pheromones from males to seduce their women... about love.


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Song Credits:
- Music composed by Garry Bonner & Alan Gordon
- Parody lyrics, all instruments & production by David Wu

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SFX: The Unanswered Questions Answered

      Email Post       4/05/2013 02:14:00 PM      

Sci-Fi magazine SFX has an exclusive interview with Fringe executive producer David Fury, in which he tries to explain what happened to all the timelines in the Fringe series finale "An Enemy Of Fate":
“Here is my take on it: we are still in the revised timeline where Peter died as a child. The dystopian future was the future of the timeline of season four, therefore Peter did die as a child in this timeline. However, we know he reappeared in this timeline in season four and became part of this family. Then Olivia regained the memory of the erased timeline, so she remembers seasons one through three even though she didn't really experience it in the timeline. The same with Walter after Michael touches him in season five, so now Walter remembers it. So they have a shared memory of seasons one through three but the life they are continuing is the life presented in season four. As far as what happens when Walter and Michael step into the corridor to the future, our premise is that the change happens – and it’s the part that is inexplicable but go with it – once they step through Walter and September stop existing in the timeline. It’s not that they never existed. They still experience the events of season four and still have all the memories of the earlier seasons when the timeline hadn't been erased, however they stop existing at the moment of the Invasion. It’s not like Walter died. Peter is just going to find Walter missing. He’s not going to be looking for September because he didn't continue their relationship, just Walter did. When he looks for Walter, he just won’t be there because this corrects the paradox. It’s somewhat nebulous but that is the premise of what we did.”
How does that explanation match up with your understanding of what happened?

For the rest of the interview, check out Fringe: The Unanswered Questions Answered, in SFX: Issue 234 on sale now.

Already With The 47's!

      Email Post       3/30/2013 12:56:00 PM      

From the pilot shoot of Joel Wyman's Human.

Fringe Observiews 5.13 An Enemy Of Fate

      Email Post       3/20/2013 12:33:00 PM      

Welcome to the Observiews for Season 5 of Fringe. I call them Observiews because they are more visual observations than deep thinking reviews, if that makes sense.
Screen caps from this episode are taken from Dialog is from

All observations are mine and therefore could be totally off the wall and/or wrong. I have not read or looked at any recaps or reviews. I could also have missed a few things, oh well…

2.17 White Tulip
WALTER: "I, too, attempted the unimaginable, and I succeeded. I crossed into another universe, and took a son that wasn't mine. And since then, not a day has passed without me feeling the burden of that act. You don't know how things will be changed by your actions, but they will. It's not our place to adjust the universe.  And you will never be able to look at her again without knowing that, just like every time I look at my son. I have traveled through madness to figure this out."
3.22 The Day We Died
WALTER: "Truly, if I could go back in time and change things, I would. I would give anything to be able to go back and make different choices."

September’s Notebook: Reviewing Fringe’s Moments in Time

      Email Post       3/18/2013 03:19:00 PM      

With wrap removed, the book is made to have a slightly distressed look.

Fringe: September's Notebook - The Bishop Paradox


Authors: Tara Bennett and Paul Terry  

Publisher: Insight Editions  

List Price: $50.00  

Available: Now

After a bit of disappointment with a certain colossal Internet retailer regarding my highly anticipated pre-order of eight months, this gem reached my hands straight from the UPS man. (Thanks Barnes and Noble for not letting me down, unlike A-to-Z...) I made sure that I had the afternoon free to peruse the book - that is how much I looked forward to reading it.

After combing through it many times, I was ready to offer this review. Although it comes from a fan, don't expect too much bias: This assessment also comes from a critical eye, and fans can be the toughest critics. So how does September's Notebook stack up for this obsessed Fringe fan? First, a little background.

Fringe: "September's Notebook" Now Available

      Email Post       3/14/2013 07:25:00 PM      

The Fringe book "Fringe: September's Notebook - The Bishop Paradox" is now available for sale!

The hardcover book written by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry, is an authorized version the Observer September's notebook, and all his observations regarding the Bishop family and is currently available for order on Amazon for only $28.41 with free shipping!

The book starts off with a glyph code legend, which is helpful for translating various clues in the book.

The rest of the book is stylized like an actual notebook, with photos and articles faux-taped or faux-paper-clipped into the book, but there are also plenty of real notes and other items actually glued into the book.

Several of the sections contain "top secret" envelopes or folders, containing classified letters, posters, etc.

We'll have a full review coming soon!

 For even more screenshots, check out our pre-order announcement.

The Fringemunks: Epis. 5.03 The Recordist (parody of "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las)

      Email Post       2/25/2013 08:18:00 PM      

The Fringemunks recap Fringe Episode 5.03 "The Recordist" with a parody of "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las. The tragic hero story of a recordist named Edwin Massey, from the point-of-view of his son River. Both were visited in the Pennsylvania woods by the Fringe team. This song was mastered in glorious MONO.


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- Music composed by George Morton, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich
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The Fringe Podcast Episode 532-Bonus Feedback For the Fringe Finale

      Email Post       2/14/2013 08:16:00 PM      

In this bonus episode of The Fringe Podcast we bring you more of the amazing and wonderful feedback we received for the Fringe finale. More than ever before, we received some insightful and fun feedback contributions from the Fringe community. To all of you reading this and listening to this podcast, thank you. Watching Fringe with you over the last 5 years has been an amazing experience and it would not have been as sweet without you.

We hope that you'll stay tuned to the other projects we producer over at You can also check out some of Darrell's other work over at If you're interested in going to Emerald City Comic-Con, you can purchase tickets at

The Fringe Podcast Episode 531-Feedback For Liberty and An Enemy of Fate

      Email Post       2/08/2013 07:28:00 PM      

In this episode of The Fringe Podcast we share some of the amazing feedback we received for the Fringe finale! The responses we redeived for this episode are truly some of the best we've ever received. We hear from some who loved the finale and rank it as one of the best of all time, and we hear from others that were very disappointed in the finale and the series as a whole. We hear a story about how Fringe helped bring real life healing, and several people share their appreciation for The Firnge Podcast and the community around it.

We also received several insightful contributions about the paradoxes and time travel introduced in the finale and how it harmonizes with other seasons. Other contributors were able to take a step back, look at the broader picture of the story/series, and offer some great thoughts on the broad reach of the show.

We are tremendously grateful for all the amazing feedback we've received over the years and the opportunity to share this experience with you. We hope that you'll continue to be a part of the great community we have here at Golden Spiral Media.


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