Never underestimate the power of the internet or an avalanche of Red Vines. Fox gave Fringe fans something to cheer about on perhaps the best “Fringe Friday” of the fourth season because they now know that the J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi series is being renewed for one more season. The universe-bending drama will have 13 episodes to wrap up all of its plot-lines this fall and expectations will be sky high for a memorable finish.
Loyal fans have stuck through a move to friday nights, threats of cancellation and low ratings. Despite all of that it’s hard to argue with the high quality at which showrunners/executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman and crew have put forth the last two seasons and fearlessness in staying the course and telling the story they originally intended to tell. Well they can scrap that Season 4 finale that was reserved in the special case for cancellation for the blu-ray box set.
You may recall that Fox president of entertainment, Kevin Reilly said back TCA’s after the new year that he didn’t know what the future held for the show because it was losing the network money. And that he didn’t want to deal with another campaign from fans pleading for another season (of which included many, many packs of Red Vines candy delivered to Reilly’s office). In an official statement, he Reilly had this to say about the renewal.
“Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve. The amazing work the producers, writers and the incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it’s going to be a very exciting final chapter.”
What could possibly be in store for season 5? Hopefully you saw episode 419 “Letters of Transit” which gave us a peek into the year 2036 when the Fringe Division is in a war with the Observers who have all but taken over the world. Freed from the amber prison by Olivia’s daughter, Walter, Peter and Astrid embark on a final confrontation against the insidious force that has been plotting against them from the beginning. Odds are that we’ll be seeing more of that future setting and the events that lead to it and come after that glimpse into the future. Oh and then there’s this trailer that was prepped just in case we’d get this good news:
In the day and age when people question the worth of social networking and online petitions–especially for a niche science fiction show airing on Fox on Friday nights–the never-say-die attitude of Fringe, made strong by its audience, actors, and the people who crafted these highly imaginative and well-written stories, rang true and legitimized the online campaigns. The community rallied to watch live or watch it on their DVRs within a 48-hour period consistent enough to make a difference. That’s pretty cool and when something truly deserves it, as Fringe most certainly does, it does make you believe that networks do listen.
Now, let’s see if Community can do it on NBC.