"Fringe has had a good run," I tell myself. "At least it got more of a chance than Firefly." It's a cold comfort to acknowledge that the latest sci-fi series to get punted by Fox had the good fortune to run for more than a season. It's a lot more than some of the other shows the network has started and then stopped over the years. As of tomorrow's finale, Fringe is done and over. I'm likely not alone in being sad to see the show go, but that's not what I'd like to focus on here. What I really want to say is this: Fringe has been a thrilling ride, and it'll be one of those shows that I watch again and again.
the internet is serious business
Game of Thrones
lost out on the "most pirated television" title last year to Dexter
. Could the scrappy younger show pull out the ignominious win this year?
Yes it could.
i'll just leave this here
Production for the fifth season of Fox's cerebral sci-fi drama Fringe
has been shut down for two weeks in light of a sleep disorder affecting John Noble's
performance as Walter Bishop. Considering that this is not the first speed bump the show has hit during its attempts to film season five -- not long ago Blair Brown
(Nina Sharp) was put out of commission by an illness, while Jasika Nicole
(Astrid Farnsworth) recently got into a minor car accident-- I'm starting to wonder whether the Observers are behind this.
To Boldly Go
Emmy nomination time is tough for a lot of people. For sci-fi/fantasy shows, though, it can be a particularly irritating reminder of how underappreciated their work remains to be. This is something veteran sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy's had to face for over fifty years. He's being pretty vocal about it, too; the actor's taken to the web to express his disappointment in Hollywood for snubbing Fox sci-fi show Fringe.
And All Was Right With the World
You don't have to go home but you can't stay here. Fans came, saw, and conquered Comic-Con International 2012 in San Diego but it had to end sometime. The last day at Comic-Con didn't provide much in the way of big announcements but it did see lots of panels including the last one for Fringe
, True Blood
, the Venture Bros.
and more plus there was a tiny bit of news concerning Mr. Joss Whedon
and Ms. Jane Espenson
. Hit the jump to find out what you missed Day 4 of Comic-Con.
Auteur of the weird J. J. Abrams
has an established penchant for the music in his projects. Simply uttering the words, "you all everybody" to a LOST
fan will lead to untold minutes of Drive Shaft impersonations. And in 2009, he arranged for the release of a song on iTunes by the ultimate LOST
MacGuffin, Geronimo Jackson.
is reporting that Abrams has upped the ante with Fringe
, going so far as to produce an entire album by faux 70's rock icons Violet Sedan Chair
, having it pressed to vinyl, and secreting into indie record shops across America. Even more teasing is the fact that the albums have allegedly been sitting there for "months."
The album, called Seven Suns
, is more than just a fun tie-in. Each individual pressing is said to contain unique hints, puzzles, and spoilers for new developments on the show. It may even include a cameo by Back to the Future co-star Christopher Lloyd
, who will be portraying Violet Sedan Chair's keyboard player Roscoe Joyce, Walter's musical idol, in an upcoming episode.
This rabbit hole seems to go fairly deep, with a passing mention made by Wired
(April of 2009
), and dozens of forum posts trying to decode the mysterious track names. At this stage, there hardly seems to be any consensus on what it all means. But Fringe fans seem to have taken up the cause with gusto, and will hopefully end up supporting their local record shops in the process!
, image from Wikipedia
Remember those alternate universe comic book covers that DC
cooked up for a sneaky appearance in an episode of Fringe
Well, go look
, they were pretty cool. They appeared in this year's Fringe
season finale, as alternate versions of some of the most famous DC issues. Meltdown Comics
has gotten a hold of one of each of the five fake covers, and is auctioning them off, with all the proceeds going to Autism Speaks
DC's The Source blog has lately been showcasing some variant covers for upcoming comics, all in celebration of the company's 75th anniversary. So, when a redone and recolored cover of the famous first issue cover for Green Lantern/Green Arrow, with the titular characters now Red Lantern and Red Arrow was offered completely without comment, most people assumed it was just another variant. Last night, The Source revealed that the cover was actually one of a series, created for the season finale of the sci-fi show Fringe.
The covers each represent a direction that the DC editorial staff might have taken in an alternate universe; a sort of opposite day revamp of a famous story. Above, case in point: Superman: The Man of Steel Returns. Doesn't quite have the same ring to it as Dark Knight Returns, does it?
We've got all the covers below, to the left of their alternate counterparts.