Last season Fringe brought about a slew of earth (and universe) shattering revelations. Some secrets, such as the origin of Walter’s mental state, were better kept than others, like Peter’s origin. But still, the show started with a bang and kept the momentum rolling throughout the season, and ultimately they delivered some darn good television with plenty of surprises (Charlie cameo!).
What more can you ask for? How about doing two shows at once? Impossible? Maybe. But in a sense that’s what the brain trust over at Fringe have cooked up. Curious? Me too. Read on.
In what seems to be a collision of utter genius and total defiance of convention the third season of Fringe will be split between the two very different universes that make up the show’s greater Mythology. As of this writing it appears that every alternating episode will wholly take place within the confines of each respective universe for the whole of the season. At least, one assumes, until a dramatic and satisfying conclusion.
Star John Noble says, “This is a great experiment—it’s like two Fringes”. All of which means Noble, along with the rest of the cast, excluding Joshua Jackson, will be doing double-duty for the rest of the season. And which also means that given the shows alternating format we might not see as much Peter Bishop as in the past. At Fox’s TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour party Jackson commented to IGN on this season’s new arrangement and confirmed the worst of Peter fans fears; that he’s not in the season premiere at all and is not likely to appear, in “every odd number episode”. The actor added that it’s possible that that could change, but unlikely. Don’t feel too bad for the star; he’s not exactly complaining.
“I’m jealous because I think [two roles] would be a ton of fun,” Jackson said, “Here we are into the third season just at the time where a character may start to feel constraining or it might become repetitive, you get this incredibly opportunity to take that character that you spent all this time getting to know and then just throw a little twist into it. I’m jealous of that, and then on the flipside, it’s really nice to have every other episode off! I have a funny feeling I’ll get over it.”
Viewers concerned about the future of the show may be questioning what sounds like a serious departure, but many Fringe fans can tell you that the show has a history of taking chances. John Noble agrees saying (with a bit of cautious optimism), “We took a risk with the flashback episode and that paid off, we took a risk with the musical episode—but this is the biggest.”
Fringe returns Thu. Sept. 23 9/8c on Fox.