On the Fringe
Greetings! I’m a bit late for my Friday rambles, considering it’s Saturday morning, but last night was a special event in the Highley house, and I wanted to wait on this post.
It was the FRINGE series finale.
Over the last four years, I’ve become a huge fan of the show. Now, I’m an unrepentant geek, so that’s probably not a surprise. Next to The Big Bang Theory and the Ron Moor Battlestar Galactica, FRINGE has been one of my favorite shows of the last decade. The stories were weird and gripping and the acting was amazing. Anna Torv proved that a beautiful blond could be super intelligent and kick-ass tough. Joshua Jackson is the thinking-girl’s pin-up guy with a biting wit and slightly dangerous attitude. And John Noble was a revelation as the broken, but redeemable, Walter. The episode “White Tulip” was one of the finest hours of TV that I’ve ever seen, and it’s a crime Mr. Noble never won an Emmy for his work. (It’s also a crime that Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell never won for BSG, but alas.) FRINGE gave you sci-fi of the highest order; horror in generous, but palatable, doses; family drama of a high caliber; and a love story that burned slowly and beautifully.
And there were Easter Eggs. Each week they gave you a new, hidden gift. I loved playing “Find the Observer” (it’s like Where’s Waldo on an epic scale), or looking for the little gems the writers threw in. The series finale was the best, showing seven “greatest hits” in a 60-second scene. My husband and I were like, “Look, it’s…OMG, was that?!….Wait, that was from…Squee! Look!” throughout that scene.
But the best part? The creativity and sheer audacity of it all. Episode 19 of each season became the stuff of legend. Animation, future-jumps, and, my favorite, a detective-noir musical. Yeah, they sang! Here’s the trailer for “Brown Betty:”
Then there’s the opening credit montage. It changed each season, providing clues as to what the season would entail. They also did different openings for unusual episodes (check out the 8-bit opening for the past-episode set in 1985) and, when the show included two universes, they blended two openings. Red for “over there”, blue for here. When the stoylines merged, we had an “amber” opening. The final season, when the Observers occupied the world, you even got a dystopian opening that was both eerie and hopeful. See a montage of all the openings below — the “fringe-sciences” mentioned are very cool:
I’m really going to miss this show, especially Walter. How about you? Did you watch it? What did you think?