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‘The Boy!! He Is Important!!’ The Last FRINGE Of 2012!! Herc’s Mayan Apocalypse TV Talkback!!

Today we learn whether the Mayans were any good at making calendars or if they were just, in the words of Scatman Crothers, unreliable assholes.

Last week Walter took (some more) LSD and the Bishops and Astrid found the Boy Observer.

Fox says of tonight’s “Anomaly xb-6783746”:

As the countdown to the climactic series finale continues, the Fringe team is running out of time to save the world. As Peter, Olivia, Astrid and Walter scramble to tap into a key piece of the puzzle to defeat the Observers, they enlist the aid of Nina Sharp who conjures up a plan.

Jan. 11 brings “The Boy Must Live.”

Jan. 18 brings the series’ final two episodes: “Liberty” and “An Enemy Of Fate.”

Fridays, Sept. 21-Dec. 14, 2012
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; earlier weeks in parentheses)
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1.6 (1.2) (1.7) (1.5) (1.4) (1.6) (1.5) (1.4) (1.4) (1.4) (1.2) (1.3) (1.4) 20/20
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1.5 (1.5) (1.6) (1.4) (1.4) (1.6) (2.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Last Man Standing
1.5 (1.4) (1.5) (1.4) (1.4) (1.7) (2.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Malibu Country
1.2 (1.5) (1.6) (1.3) (1.9) (2.1) (2.3) (1.8) (2.0) (1.8) (1.8) (1.5) (1.6) Shark Tank
1.1 (0.9) (---) (---) (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) (---) (1.0) (1.0) (1.1) (---) Fringe
1.1 (1.2) (---) (---) (1.2) (1.2) (1.0) (0.9) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Kitchen Nightmares
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0.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) (0.8) (0.7) (0.7) (0.9) Robot Chicken
0.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Erin Burnett
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) CNN Newsroom
0.7 (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.8) (0.6) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (0.8) WWE Smackdown
0.6 (1.1) (0.6) (---) (0.9) (0.5) (1.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) NBA Basketball
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0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Bret Baier
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Shepard Smith
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) UFC Fight Night
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) House Hunters Intl
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0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Neil Cavuto
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (0.3) (0.2) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) The O’Reilly Factor
0.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) Hannity
0.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Prancer Returns


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  • Dec. 21, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Wut? Did I go deaf halfway through that promo?

    by Breotan

    Seriously, if you're going to link to stuff, check it first.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Cannot wait

    by skiprat1

    Hope it's a good one, sure it will be. Walter's animated recall of the password last episode was excellent.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Glen Mazarra has left The Walking Dead

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    The guy he gave us season 3 has left/walked/pushed. Fuck, whats going on at AMC? PS. Yay Fringe!

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    re: "Jan. 17 brings the series’ final two episodes:..."

    by jim

    January 17 (Thursday)? Not the 18th (Friday)?

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    That little bald boy is tarded.

    by Fries Against

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    damn this talk back will get on your ass for typos

    by Matthew

    too bad Fringe is over, might better to burn out than fade away, or however that goes, better to end on a high note but I will miss the show and would like to see it keep going. Could do a soft reboot on the show, sci fi is endless with ideas. Anyway that Monty Python animated bit was so cool, I had to watch it a few times. I was over a friends house and they had it on, I was upset because I wanted to wait till later to watch but anyway when the two finger grabbed Walter's head, everyone was like what the f!!! I would like Fringe to continue on cable or as specials or a movie, just because the cast is really great. I hope John Noble gets plenty more work now. Maybe he could be on another show or play in a Marvel movie, the guy would be great in the new Star Wars or something. I should look up Nobles past work and watch it. Walter the mad scientist who loves lsd, david bowie, and red vines... you sir are a badass character if there ever was one

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    everytime i see kirkman interviewed my spider sense kicks off

    by rakesh patel

    i don;t know what it is about that dude. pity about Mazara he precide dvoer a damm fine turnaround. maybe amcs strategy to save money is make one great season and one shit season and repeat. cant anyone get an actual scoop and find out what the fuck is going on. to lose ne may be considered bad luck, but two?

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by skiprat1

    A Walter-centric spin-off would be good. Someone in last week's TB mentioned Zachary Quinto as young Bell - a young Walter and Bell show would be great, or a present-day Walter and Dr Jacoby from Twin Peaks team-up.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    stop saying the mayans were "wrong. YOU were wrong.

    by altoandando

    anyone ignorant enough not to realize they were being taken by a ride by American pseudo "authors" was wrong. if you really bought into it, no biggie, just be less stupid for the next one.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    Donald and the Boy

    by GlyphGuy What if it was simply this Donald who in this timeline is attempting to combat the observers as part of the resistance? Also, wasn't there supposedly more children observers than just the boy from last week? I thought I remember in the boy's original episode, the FBI saying something like, we found another one. Anyways, can't wait to watch, but am sad it is coming to an end. So bittersweet!

  • Yea obviously Olivia was doing all of her worrying on her own, and repeatedly just asking Peter if he was alright and him saying stop worrying, but then basically there was simply one "let's get real" scene where she asks him to please take the tech out of his head because she fears she's losing him... and he does it.<br> <br> I honestly thought there was going to be a little bit more of a fight there, Peter not wanting to do it.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Observer Jr.

    by mongo126

    I'm wondering if he is the first non-tech Observer. What does this mean? The scene where he touches Nina's face and she starts to stand....does that mean he has healing powers? Can he rewire Walter's brain? I look for tonight to be a doozy since it's setting up the finish. Maybe we finally learn what "the Plan" is. 2 minus 2 1/2 hours. Ready for it.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Yeah, pretty sure that's Friday the 18th

    by bah

    Heard that date before.

  • It seems like AMC goes out of their way to undermine their best programs.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Of course AMC wants to undermine their best shows...

    by Breotan

    It's worked so well for SyFy so far, hasn't it?

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap!

    by thepoohguy


  • Dec. 21, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by mongo126

    What a bitchslap by Nina!

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    September = Donald, called it!

    by Rebel Scumb

    Great swan song for Nina, definitely her best acting of the series.

  • I learned this shit in the 4th grade back in the 1980s it blows my mind that people were still worried about it. Our calender fails every 4 years, so we need to add a day. The Mayan calender is much more mathmatically sound so it takes hundreds of years to need a reset/leap day. That's it! That's all!

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Well duh

    by mongo126

    The big Donald reveal was....not surprising. That being said, it fits perfectly. Just 3 more hours to go.

  • 'Fringe' Friday: Three burning questions answered, plus a special poster project for fans by Jeff Jensen Comments 24 Add comment Image Credit: Liane Hentscher/Fox One doomsday averted, another one still to come… if you’re a Fringe fan. The series finale of the Fox sci-fi saga is less than a month away, and this time we’re pretty sure the calendar can be trusted. Tonight’s new episode of Fringe is the show’s last outing until Jan. 11, when the two-part, three-hour series swan song begins. If you’re in the market for a tease, we direct you to this image from our recent “Fringe Finale” gallery of photos and intel provided by showrunner J.H. Wyman. (Don’t worry: It’s not a spoiler.) If you’re interested in more scoop, we can tell you this: The episode — entitled “Anomaly XB — 6783746″ — will address, in some fashion, a burning question that Fringe fans have been asking for most of the season. And that Burning Question just happens to be one of the three BQs we recently asked Wyman about when he called us from Vancouver, B.C., where he was getting ready to say goodbye to an iconic set: Walter’s lab. “I keep looking for all of these incredible angles to feature because it’s literally the last time we’ll be seeing the lab,” Wyman told EW. “I was walking around when the lights were out, before everyone came in to start lighting, remembering all of these incredibles scenes that have taken place there. That’s not going to be a good day for me, when we yell ‘CUT!’ on that last shot.” Pause to dab our own eyes… And now on with the Burning Questions. (And if you want to remain completely spoiler ignorant, skip to the very last paragraph, where we have some news about a Fringe fan event/program timed to the end of the series.) BQ #1: WHO’S DONALD? GET EW ON YOUR TABLET: Subscribe today and get instant access! This season, set in the year 2036, Olivia (Anna Torv), Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Walter (John Noble) have been piecing together clues to a master plan to defeat the oppressive time-traveling Observers that now rule the world, a peculiar scheme designed by Walter in collaboration with a mysterious ally named Donald. Walter can’t remember the plan or Donald, as the memories were eradicated by the cruel Captain Windmark (Michael Kopsa). Asked for some more insight into Donald, Wyman just laughed: “You will understand more about Donald soon enough.” He hints that Donald is “important, plot wise” but declined to say when we’ll meet him – or if we already have. BQ #2: WILL WE BE SEEING MORE OF WILLIAM BELL? Walter’s longtime frenemy, played by Leonard Nimoy, played a major role in last season’s storyline, in which the mad scientist tried to destroy the world so he could create a new one. Here in Fringelandia 2036, Bell was last seen sealed in amber, although his severed hand recently played a critical role in retrieving an element of the master plan. “I’m going to be honest, because I don’t want to give people false hope,” says Wyman. “Leonard was such a huge part of the program and so iconic, and I think he was used in the best possible way. This season for me was about resolving our core characters. Because we only had so many episodes, and not 22, I had to be really particular about what stories had to be wrapped up. It came down to focusing on the people that fans really love. Yes, they love all the peripheral characters, and I love them, too, and we’ll try to get to a number of them. But as far as the Bell storyline goes, I thought it was answered.” Wyman adds that he wants to provide as much resolution as possible in Fringe’s remaining episodes, but a few, unspecified aspects of the mythology will be left to the imagination – and it sounds like Bell’s final fate could be one of them. BQ #3: WILL THE OBSERVERS EVER DISCOVER THAT THE FUGITIVE HEROES OF FRINGE HAVE BEEN HIDING UNDER THEIR NOSES INSIDE WALTER’S LAB AT OBSERVER-OCCUPIED HARVARD UNIVERSITY? “They won’t,” laughs Wyman. Yes, he gets that this bit of business has been somewhat implausible. But he hopes fans can accept it with the implicit wink that it contains. “I really loved the escapism of it all, the idea that they were hiding in the belly of the beast. Look, I watched Hogan’s Heroes for many years, and I could roll with the idea that Col. Klink never knew what Hogan was hiding under the barracks. I thought it was a really cool, fun idea.” Speaking of nifty ideas: The folks at Fox and Bad Robot have brainstormed a cool, fun way to commemorate the end of Fringe. They’re asking fans to vote for their five favorite Fringe moments. Those moments will then be re-imagined as pieces of art, which will then be turned into posters that fans can purchase, courtesy of Gallery1988, which executed a similar project for the last season of Lost. Proceeds will benefit The Mission Continues, a service organization comprised of military veterans dedicated to working in communities across the nation. The artwork will also be exhibited at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. beginning Jan. 9.

  • The first revealed one is "White Tulip" Fans are asked to vote for their favorite episodes from a list to decide what the other 5 are going to be and then I believe theres supposed to be an art show at the Paley Center or something.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Preview for next episode

    by mongo126

    Looks like they're going for a "time reset" a la what Peter did at the end of S3. Machine anyone?

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    The biggest flaw in this season...

    by MaxHeadroom

    The Fringe team keep running all over the place using their cell phones. Are you telling me the Observers are too stupid to track cell phones???? COME ON!

  • It protected the child Observer which rebooted Walter.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Put a cowl over his head, expose the chin

    by tendaiamos

    Looks like Palpatine...subliminal folks

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Going to miss this show

    by Extr3m1st

    Great way to go out for Nina. I wonder what the boy did to her or showed her? Donald is September, is he also the boys real father? Where is he now? Can't wait for the last 3 episodes.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    cellphone tracking...

    by Rebel Scumb

    True, but they still seem very inefficient as a whole. WHy did they need to drive to her location, if they had teleported they would have got their in time to catch the child. How are the fringe team getting around so easily?? aren't there checkpoints everywhere? don't they need letters of transit, isn't their facial recognition software? In fact we've seen at one time or another that all of these things are out there, but for some reason are never used. Anyways I'm beating a dead horse at this point, it's too bad but I think its fine to let it slide when so much of everything else about the show this year has been great.

  • especially since seasons 4 and 5 went back to payoff so many minor things from season 1. I'm going to miss having Torv on my screen each week, hope she lands some more good roles

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 7:43 a.m. CST

    The Observers

    by Michael Gunn

    Maybe they can't teleport over long distances? If that wasn't the case they could go anyway and would need to go anywhere in a car.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Fringe before bed

    by Mr Lucas

    I watched the previous episode just prior to sleeping. Consequence: Anna Torv sex dream. I recommend it, she was fun.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Mr. Lucas

    by Rebel Scumb

    I endorse that recommendation!

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I'm pretty disappointed in this final season

    by Beebop

    The lapses in logic just induce headaches. The cell phone use that isn't tracked....the fact that Olivia/Peter/Walter have their faces plastered EVERYWHERE yet are never recognized by civilians....the fact that Observers seem easily duped and not nearly as powerful as they SHOULD's baffling and insulting. Look at Windmark riding in a car to the black bunker where Nina was - why wouldn't he and other Observers just warp there immediately, knowing what a threat she is? Why, at the warehouse, is there NO security whatsoever, despite the fact that friggin' Windmark was interrogating suspected subversives there? That place would've been shut down with guards in real life, but instead, Peter, Olivia, and Walter break in with ease. There's suspension of disbelief, and there's outright stupidity. This show has foundered in stupidity.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST


    by skiprat1

    Gonna download and watch as soon as I can get my wife and kid out of the house for some peace and quiet.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    Even if Windmark DID need to take a car there, don't they have a loyalist dispatch service where the nearest available troops can get on the scene quicker, like real life cops who can show up within a couple of minutes? Why is there even a ministry of science run by humans? Aren't they trying to stifle human advancement? No one staking out the old lab, Etta's apartment, and several other logical locations one would keep an eye on with even the most basic profiling of the prime suspects. Even the interrogation of the suspects at the warehouse is just Windmark doing them one at a time with a big line up of suspects waiting, are there no other observers available for this kind of stuff? This would be like President Obama personally interrogating all POWs from Iraq and Afgahanistan, and also personally kicking down the doors for any arrests. It is baffling to me how they can be getting everything else so right, but have not thought this stuff out a bit better. A truly scary regime of Observers who are on the hero's tails at every turn, would have boosted this season incredibly, as it stands it actually seems like it would be easier to commit crimes in 2036 observer occupied earth then it would be to do so in present day US/Canada. Even in the season 1-4 episodes if the Fringe team had an incident they would still send regular cops or FBI agents onto the scene to secure the area ASAP while the fringe division made its way there. There isn't even a sense that the occupation has really disrupted day to day living for the humans, everyone seems well off and going about their business. Something more the tone of Half Life2 would have been better.

  • Seriously, WTF? Whenever Joss Whedon pulled a last minute surprise, he ALWAYS put the character as a "special guest star" as the first thing that popped up in the end title credits.

  • BQ #3: WILL THE OBSERVERS EVER DISCOVER THAT THE FUGITIVE HEROES OF FRINGE HAVE BEEN HIDING UNDER THEIR NOSES INSIDE WALTER’S LAB AT OBSERVER-OCCUPIED HARVARD UNIVERSITY? “They won’t,” laughs Wyman. Yes, he gets that this bit of business has been somewhat implausible. But he hopes fans can accept it with the implicit wink that it contains. “I really loved the escapism of it all, the idea that they were hiding in the belly of the beast. Look, I watched Hogan’s Heroes for many years, and I could roll with the idea that Col. Klink never knew what Hogan was hiding under the barracks. I thought it was a really cool, fun idea.”

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by Paul

    I think that its like Nightcrawler's teleportation abilities in the X-Men. He could only teleport 3 miles at most (theirs is probably shorter) and would only do so to places that he had seen before so that he knew that he wouldn't be teleporting into a solid object.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Nina Sharp's "lizards" talk to Windmark reminded me...

    by Thanos0145

    of the Dennis Hopper Sicilian scene from the movie True Romance.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Silly,boring episode

    by dasaroo

    One of the weakest this season. After grilling Nina- "where are the fugitives!"- they suddenly get bored and go home? Don't stick around to pounce when our team comes to find her body? Ridiculous. Why do they even bother driving in those old shitboxes when they can instantly apparate anyplace they please? Just an incredibly static episode. And, September looked silly wearing that rug at the end. On the plus side, Michael Cerveris is great at playing a creepy music producer on Treme...

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Boring again

    by kingoflight

    nina is dead and i don't care. Seriously i hope they pull their fingers out for these last ones as this is looking disappointing for the ending of a great show.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    In stark contrast to last week

    by dasaroo

    The awesome, imaginative "Walter on acid" episode with the lovely Monty Python shout out. That was completely unexpected and so great.

  • some sort of tech they had figured out in that lab with their tests which would kill everyone in the room

  • The TNG series finale is probably one of the best of any show, it's a very effective resolution to the characters and story (admittedly not a show that had a dense serialized mythology) The TNG movies are just sort of slapped on after and not really necessary, Some are better than others, and opinions on the overall quality and value of the TNG movies vary, but whatever the opinions, generally speaking the show doesn't need any movies after it, it ends effectively on its own at the end of season 7 The way I look at it Fringe ended very effectively with the finale of season 4, the last 10 or so episodes lead up to it really nicely, and nearly everything set up in the show was addressed, except the 'letters of transit' episode which set up this season. Lack of logic and menace in the villians aside (which is a big deal) I've enjoyed this season enough that I will buy the blu-ray and the season can sit with the other 4 on the shelf, but if this season was truly awful I would just not bother getting it on disc, and think of the end of 4 as the finale.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by NudeandAroused

    One of the weaker Fringe episodes. They have done better. Much better.

  • With all the cell phones, cameras, face recognition a reality nowadays, it's tough to write a story that doesn't have all sorts of holes in it. Or else writers need to learn to adapt.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    If you're going to bitch about continuity

    by mongo126

    Season 3 would be the perfect finale. It tied everything together perfectly. Season 4 was like, "Oh shit, we got another season, we have to bring Peter back", but it still was satisfying, but not in the way the first 3 tied together. This season is doing it's best to bring everything full circle. Yes, it's not perfect and you have to suspend belief, but I realize some of you don't like to enjoy anything. So fuck off. It's still the same awesome characters. John Noble is still great. The Peterserver arc was neat to see if not a little abbreviated. Olivia has been a little subdued but has come on of late. It's done in 3 episodes, so complain all you want or go watch some horrible Law and Order spinoff and bitch about that.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    mongo, I don't think anyone is making over generalized complaints

    by Rebel Scumb

    The only real critique I've seen is regarding the lack of logic re: the observer occupation, which is valid. The cast is still great, the VFX, the look of the show, there have been plenty of good twists and turns, some great character moments. I think if anything it's a testament to the show that even with a problematic villain story element for the season it is still working so well.

  • Ya know, when Peter first engages with the machine, and seemingly gets booted several years in the future? They had a daughter there, looked extremely different than Etta, and I don't recall her name, but she was smoking hot ("Sleepwalk With Me" was the thing I saw her in, btw). So, was that simply another reality/timeline at this point? I have to admit, I've been happily watching Fringe since the very beginning and even I feel still rather confused about a good number of things.

  • I believe that is the future in the 'peter didn't get erased' universe. Although why there is no observer invasion I'm not sure.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    I wouldn't have a problem with that, for the most part I hate cellphones and seeing tv shows where people are on them constantly. it's always nice to see slightly retrograde technology in things. Old rotatory phones, no internet, and whatnot.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    oh yea I think you're right, rebel scumb

    by TheSeeker7

    the NIECE, not the daughter. I thought my math on the age was a little off there.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Nina wasn't calm because she had a trap planned

    by chromedome

    She was calm for the very exact reasons she explained to Windmark: she had a sense of something larger, a purpose, and value to her sacrifice. She was acting out of love. She knew the moment Olivia phoned her that the Observers knew about her. Rewatch that moment: in those few seconds she realizes what she has to do. She realizes that she will have to die, and that it must happen very soon. "I have to go..." had more than one meaning.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Theseeker7: Ella, not Etta

    by dasaroo

    Yes, the dark-haired chick was Rachel's daughter Ella, all grown up. The infamous episode where Walternate shoots Olivia in the forehead while Peter is talking to his holographic image.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    rebel scumb - I'm just tired of all the bitching.

    by mongo126

    Good season. Doing their best to bring it all together and it's bitch bitch bitch. We could have reruns of Smarter the a 5th Grader for chrissakes.

  • ...I thought 'OH! maybe she has something up her cyborg sleeve!' I like the way it played out though, it was a very worthy exit for a character who they managed to keep you guessing about for 5 seasons whether she was an enemy or ally

  • there's one aspect people are a bit let down by, but the majority of all the talkbacks have been resoundingly positive about Fringe past and present. I think everyone is enjoying and hopefuly about the show ending well. To me the 'bitch bitch bitch' is when people rag on and on about BSG or LOST, especially because half their complaints are just for things they misinterpreted anyways. But fair enough, at this point this season is what it is, and overall its been very good.

  • as far as the bitching. I've come to realize, unfortunately, this is simply just a byproduct of the geek culture, specifically one that's given such a tool that can allow their thoughts to be so quickly spread but still essentially retaining anonymity for themselves. People will always want to complain about SOMETHING. Any doc I suppose could tell you a few different reasons why. Maybe about achieving some kind of misguided sense of superiority, I don't know. But these fanboys just love love LOVE the media and general pop culture to take the time to build up some piece of 'art', if you will, to this critical mass and let it gain extreme popularity, just for these fanboys to swoop in and start knocking that thing way back down to square one.<br> <br> It really is one of the more disturbing aspects of human behavior.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    The complaining

    by bongo dummy

    It has a lot to do with what people want to see. They have a gap between finding out about something, allowing anticipation to build and they get disappointed. The same thing probably occurs with soap opera viewers. With so much pre-release hype, TV or Movies or a lot of entertainment *, we can complain before we see it and like loons afterwards. It is that marketing crap plus waiting plus giving it just that much thought that dooms so many from just 'turning it off' and 'enjoying the ride'. The Web does make it much easier to vent that frustration though. That may or may not be good. It certainly isn't great. It definitely is predicatable though, isn't it? *(perhaps excluding music because we may be willing to be surprised as our tastes change ever-so subtly while we grow older)

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Another great episode!

    by IceTitan

    The first half of this season was really tough to watch, even as a huge fan of the show, but they've really turned it up a few notches in the last few! Fringe is surely going out with a bang rather than a wimper! I'm wondering what will become of Broyles, and will we get to see Lincoln Lee again?

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST

    That was a great episode, still lots of questions

    by skiprat1

    Nina's exit was fantastic. The "I have to go" moment ... that lady can act her ass off when she needs to. And the whole head-tilting lizard speech to Windmark was fantastic. Nina also reminds me of my mum, which made it all the more upsetting and awesome at once. I am going to miss this show like crazy. I hope that, as the last episode is apparently longer than normal - two hours I think? - they'll have time to give each of the main cast members a good send off, whatever it may be. My money is still on the plan failing but the Fringe team somehow winning anyway after some major sacrifices... despite the fact we still don't know what success what be in this scenario. Maybe it really will be a huge reset, and the writers will have a killer callback to season one or two. Or the last scene might be young Peter floating down to the bottom of the lake and no September to save them. I'm still curious why they haven't used any of the original Observer actors from the previous four seasons. Is there a possibility there are more than one set of Observers, as there is more than one universe? Despite the Observers being aware of multiple universes.

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by skiprat1

    ... if they really go the reset route, I think a more disturbing, yet totally Fringe ending would be the last scene being with Walter back in the mental institution from season one, never released but somehow with the memories of seasons 1 to 5, and therefore condemned to crazy town forever as no one would possibly believe his story. Even if Peter is still saved, grows up, etc, but the Fringe story never happens.

  • I love the villain and feels he's very scary, I love the story, sure theres leaps in logic, but then thats the way that most of the shows like this are. The acting is superb like always and theres tons of nods and winks to previous seasons/episodes. I'm just loving this season and feel that they are totally hitting it out of the park! I'm sad to see it go, but am so glad that it wrapping things up so well.

  • Because about a month ago they had a 100th episode cast party right before shooting the finale and both actors were in the pictures.

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 5:04 a.m. CST


    by Yazman

    Hell no. I hate those types of dream endings. "it never really happened" with a bit of a wink at the camera. Fuck that.

  • also, and I hate to admit this but... has old Broyles been killed yet this season. I can't even remember!

  • No, it's Mayan Apocalypse TV Talkback. I know there's an inside joke in there, Herc. Along the lines of *Even if this is THE LAST TV TALKBACK EVER there's no chance calling it Fringeback! Sorry, paburrows!* It's funny, though. Even funnier, that I'm still able to write or think anything... Seems, like I missed another Doomsday--- I must look like an idiot now...

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Obviously I *couldn't let go*! ;-)

    by wtriker1701

    That's why I'm still here... Paul, Rebel and theseeker7 and The Others might now want to slap me.. ;-)

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    And where is Jay??? Mecheeeco or France?

    by wtriker1701

    What happened to his Friday's TB joining? Not banned... again? Are you? @All of you: Have A Merry X-Mas! Be with your families, make the best of these times. Might be, that another End Of The World scenario might be lurking somewhere. In either case... we'll talk about the Fringe Finale very soon! I'm excited - and I love this season. Despite plotholes!

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Old Broyles

    by Michael Gunn

    Is still alive he just hasn't had much to do this season. Isn't Lincoln in the other universe? I'm sure he'll pop up somewhere. Widmark is pretty creepy because he never gets angry to me that's creepy. I would be real disappointed if the end was a dream or something like that. I have faith that the writers won't do something like that. It's really a cheap way to end a series.

  • He's one of those characters like Nina who might be absent for several episodes, but always shines when they appear, and the show wouldn't be the same without them.

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Awesome Shining reference...

    by SK229

    well played, sir.

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Fringe Event in NYC

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    Anyone in the NYC Manhattan area is welcome to attend the Fringe Finale party/viewing at: Stone Creek from 6-11PM Friday January 18th We'll have drink specials and be viewing "The Arrival," "Liberty" & "An Enemy of Fate." I was also wondering about the Red universe. Did the Observers invade that universe too? Some of my fav eps involved watching the little differences btwn them and seeing our known characters Alt sides. I doubt it, but both universes working together vs the Observers would have been cool to see.

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Ah - toughguyrizzo! Making events as beautiful as ever!

    by wtriker1701

    Still got your shop/restaurant on my favourite Google Maps pinned. Though a truck prohibits a good sight... If I'll make it out from Platjenwerbe, Germany - I'll surely visit your's with my wife. I still think fondly of our old LOST times.

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Observer Boy / Windmark on Scenes

    by GlyphGuy

    I was taken back most by the revisting of Donald/September's directive that the "the boy is important." This leads me to my theory: I think the other twist to come is that the Observer Boy is actually the Peter child that died but was then somehow transformed into an observer. That may explain why Peter has been the only one to have the ability to interact with Oberserver tech such as the Machine and the brain implant. Either that or it was the Obersver Boy all along that was important, and not Peter at all. I wouldn't compare Windmark to a President, but more like Agent Smith.

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Re: People Complaining that Windmark did not just teleport to the lab...

    by David Hinson

    He know that they have guns that can kill him. He also doesnt know whether or not Peter still has tech. He went with his human security team because hes not immortal. The show doesnt need to hold your hand to explain things. It expects you to think on your own.

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    Still wondering about the Monty Python bit

    by jtp8000

    Was that an actual Python bit or created for the show? If it is original it sure looks like Terry Gilliams work to me. Oh yeah, that Nina/Widmark scene was defintely an homage to True Romance

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 10 p.m. CST

    My one complaint about this season

    by mongo126

    I understand there's a lot to put in this final run, but keeping everybody in the dark about "The Plan" is old. Other than the "time reset" from the preview they've given us nothing and keep talking about it. If they're going the reset route, I'm thinking it's going to involve the machine. Which is cool, but it sure would be nice to have some anticipation rather than "hey, here it is. OK, we're done."

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    loved the episode

    by Jared Parker

    Nina's death was a somber event that made this fight much more important

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    be sad to see this go but..

    by mojoman69

    better it does and goes out on a high note rather than jump the shark like so many others (24, Xfiles, Millenium) that were great shows and went to shit.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    jtp8000--the animation was done by

    by bongo dummy

    An LA studio, in two week's time. It is a pretty sweet thing.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 9:35 p.m. CST


    by Dr.007

    All head tilting analysis but incapable of feeling any of the emotional elements if the show. Sad hating, stunted. You miss out on the joy of the journey because you're worried about the price of gas. To quote Triumph, "Spoiler alert: You will die alone."

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST

    The Final Battle Poster

    by GlyphGuy

    Looks like there are 2 suns behind Windmark with a swirling effect. Is there possibly a blackhole behind him that we can't see? Will it somehow clean up the timeline? All good stuff. I imagine the artwork is always meaningful, given the glyphs and all.

  • Dec. 28, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Real excited about the last episodes.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude