With Fringe’s release off the final season (as well as the complete series) on DVD and Blu-Ray fans of the show will have a lot of fun re-watching the show. Also it will allow us a chance to introduce future fans to the show from beginning to end and I’m honestly jealous of those new fans.
They don’t know on the truly epic journey that they are about to sit down to.
To paraphrase Walter Bishop from the show, for current fans “so much happened here” and for the new fans “and so much is about to.”
Fringe was truly an amazing show to experience from an audience member who couldn’t get enough of the show. How about for the actual cast? Recently IGN had a chance to sit down with John Noble and talk about his time playing Walter Bishop, one of the most iconic and interesting characters to ever grace the small screen.
When asked about the fans of the show John believes that “the fanbase has been very vocal. And probably the fanbase was the reason that we had five seasons.” So really its all of our love on ratings and social media that have kept such an amazing piece of television on the air to completion and the cast could tell on our devotion to the show. (Personally I think a lot of that outpouring of love really had to do with John’s amazing portrayal of Walter Bishop and the rest of a cast that did such an outstanding job.)
His thoughts about the fan’s push for an Emmy (aside from every actor probably not wanting to turn down such an award) was that “I think Fringe was a great television series, not just a good one. And so it would be great to see it be recognized. But you know it’s going to be remembered for a long time. And I think it’ll be around for a long time in people’s consciousness, for years to come.” Which is absolutely true and I couldn’t say it better.
Why was a show that involved such interesting twists to science fiction so amazing though? “, Fringe was a family drama as well, which was probably the strongest theme throughout it.” The entire depth of the relationship between Peter (Joshua Jackson) and his father was so well written. Even with the growth of Peter’s family to include Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) it was always to the core about Peter and Walter’s dynamic.
When talking about the finale the symbolic image of the white tulip came up. For fans who didn’t see the series to completion to this point they may not have known about that “ it first appeared in a terrific episode that [executive producer] Joel Wyman wrote – he also wrote the last one. Walter was desperately seeking meaning in life and he asked for a sign, and what he got was the white tulip. So in the mythology of Fringe it was quite important, but it must have been a bit mystifying for those who hadn’t seen those earlier episodes, I must say. They must have been saying, ‘What is this?’ It was so bizarre, when we went down to Comic Con this year we were in that room with eight thousand people and they all held up white tulips. It was so moving. It’s an interesting icon.”
The big payoff at the end though was how much self-sacrifice was brought into the series. More importantly though it was owning up for ones actions and taking responsibilities for ones mistakes. Noble put it as “The take-away thematically is that we’re responsible. We’re responsible for our actions. The gratifying part for me, and I always felt it needed to be this way, was that Walter really needed to go through the journey and take responsibility for what he’d done, and by the ending of the show he basically did that. He was able to correct the imbalance he’d created by the action that he took. I think that was poetic and absolutely correct. So I was absolutely thrilled that the writers gave him that ending. He needed to pay the piper, as it were, for what he’d done. ”
Noble was also asked about his favorite scene from the series and that played out in the last episode itself and that ended up being when “there was a scene in the finale between Peter and Walter which was incredibly powerful, and quite a long scene between the two men, which was beautifully written. I think in some ways that exemplified the depth and intensity of the show, and the intellect of the show. ” So when Walter told Peter that he was his favorite thing. It was moving to the core to watch and clearly reflected the family and responsibility aspects to the show completely.
I’ll miss the mad little world that Fringe had given us a glimpse into. Fortunately though we were able to watch it to it’s conclusion and can only hope they’ll end up creating another science fiction show even half as smart and entertaining as this one was in the near future.