Can Fringe Be Saved?

Written by  //  January 11, 2012  //  Televised Entertainment in Review  //  3 Comments

After a Piss-Poor Fourth Season – Is the Fate of the Quirky Sci-Fi Fest Sealed?

I think I speak for many when I say – what the fuck is going on with Fringe this season? The breakout scifi hit (in my mind… just go with it) is set to return this Friday to finish up its fourth season – but after completely dropping the ball during the first half of Season 4 with shitty plot choices and the decision to create a Peter-less world – this could end up being the series’ final season if Fox execs don’t figure something out soon.

Noooooo!!! I feel like Phoebe the Feeb in Monster Squad when Frankenstein has to return to oblivion and jump into the wormhole and she’s all grabbing at his leg like “Don’t go away, Frankenstein, please don’t go!” Except in this case Frankenstein would be Joshua Jackson and the rest of the cast, maybe linked together by holding hands, and the park bench she cries on would have to be thoroughly sterilized, and the stuffed dog she carries everywhere would need its own Hermes Birkin, but you get the idea – can’t we save the show???

What about some kind of crazy mind-erasing machine where Fox could collectively wipe the first half of Season 4 from our memory and start fresh? Could they pull a Dallas and have Olivia or Peter wake up and breathe a sigh of relief knowing it was all just some bad phoned-in nightmare? Or maybe a Walter acid-trip gone totally wrong? And by wrong I mean totally bland (because even an acid trip gone wrong still has its bright spots – but remember that feeling you’d get 2 hours after dropping a tab on your tongue – or in your eyes, it happens, I don’t judge – and you realize the walls haven’t started warping like drops of water on a pool by now and you probably just got sold a bunk batch – yeah, like that).

The first two seasons of the show were so stellar – then the third season wasted all of our time by setting us up for this grand event where the two dimensions were either going to co-exist or destroy each other – getting all of our pulses racing wondering what the hell was going to happen next – only to completely fuck us all over by having everyone in the story forget that Peter ever existed?

I spent the first half of this season just completely pissed that they’d pull that crap – it’s not interesting, I don’t care, and I want Peter back – I want everyone back to the way they were before all this stupid “In this world Peter never existed” plot line that’s completely sucked the energy out of the show. Walter’s degenerated into this crazed neurotic that’s somehow aggravating and boring at the same time now that Peter’s never been there to get him out of his shell, Olivia’s like a piece of cardboard now that she’s never had Peter show her how to emote and connect with others – it was a boneheaded idea on the writer’s part and someone should’ve cried foul before they put this mess of a season out.

Unfortunately it’s looking like that mistake is going to cost the show dearly – with Fox losing money on the series, it’s days are unfortunately numbered. And if I could still feel anything beyond the barbiturate cocktail I’m on, this would sadden me.

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3 Comments on "Can Fringe Be Saved?"

  1. Special Occasion Bobby January 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm · Reply

    Yeah, this whole Peter-less plotline sucks. Looking back, I don;t know why I even came back after season three. Not to say season three was that bad, but I should’ve seen they were losing steam.

    I think that J.J.’s mind was probably on his new series, Alcatraz. Let’s all hope that’s worth it.

  2. Alistair January 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm · Reply

    My thoughts exactly! It’s like when you have that one friend that gets really into coke, and everyone knows it but you all kind of try to ignore the fact that you’re witnessing a slowly sinking ship until BAM – before you can say “Put down the mirror & razor!” it’s a one way ticket to Crackheadsville and everyone’s left wondering what they could’ve done to stop it. Or something like that.

  3. Special Occasion Bobby January 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm · Reply

    Exactly like that!

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