That’s right. A bombshell. We assume they are referring to a plot twist detonating sort of explosion, sending shards of revelation in all directions…..although who’s to say more of the literal kind won’t also get tossed around, too? It’s ‘Fringe.’ It happens. (Those exploding human bombs were particularly cool.)
Via conference call Wednesday, Fringe executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman addressed (or, where certain plot twists were concerned, danced around) some of the more loaded questions on viewers’ minds.
As with many shows crammed into Thursday night’s gluttonous, all-you-can-eat (and then some) smorgasbord of televised entertainment, ‘Fringe’ has suffered in the ratings department recently. (Surely Walter Bishop could whip up a quick antidote or mind control serum to alleviate this?) However, Pinkner was straightforward in his reply to a query about this concern. “J.J. Abrams and I have had this conversation on more than one occasion,” he says. “Fringe, Lost, Alias – absolutely there’s a time slot issue. But at the end of the day, it’s more important to us that people fall in love with the shows. I’ve said before that [the show] is like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people that like licorice, love it. I think it’s always been more important to us that we create shows that people can be passionate about. The truth is, there’s only so much time in the day to get passionate about something, and there’s a lot of really great shows on. We never take it as an indication of the quality of our shows, or how many people watch. It’s more important that the people who watch it really care about it deeply.”
When asked about the contents of upcoming episodes, Pinker threw out a few teasers. “In the next handful of episodes coming up, we deal with an outbreak type condition,” he said. “[And] one of our favorite themes that we deal with in the show is perception. Our eyes might blind us to certain things. We have an episode that’s really sort of big and fun and crazy how, what it is that we think we’re seeing isn’t necessarily the truth. In a couple of episodes, we sort of drop a bombshell for our characters, and one of the big dormant secrets – one of the bombs under the table, as it were – goes off. Perhaps in a way that will blow apart our team. Certainly it will change the nature of their relationship. We delve a little bit more directly into [the alternate universe] and what’s going on over there, and how it may affect our world.”
Of course the EP’s remain tight-lipped about bigger or more specific reveals. Will Peter for sure learn about his true origins before season two concludes? Wyman and Pinker, not surprisingly, declined to share. But take heart: the hyper-vigilant fan can, apparently, pierce the shroud of secrecy, if he or she is so inclined. And well-read: “Jeff pointed out on a couple of occasions that Josh Jackson did an interview last year where he actually let slip the name of one of the Observers,” Wyman notes. “Our fans are so great at figuring things out, they’re usually heading us off at the pass, but nobody really got it. It was sort of out there already last year.”
(There you go, Fringe fans. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it: comb through past cast interviews and see which treasures remain buried.)
Pinkner and Wyman are particularly proud of this next Observer-centric episode entitled, “August.” “This is one of those episodes we feel very passionately about,” says Wyman. “The entire episode reveals itself to be about a very human emotion. And the way we chose to tell this episode is through the eyes of someone who is not human.”
What’s up with those non-human hairless heavies, anyway? Would they care to elaborate on that particular storyline? “We were looking for something that was kind of iconic,” says Pinkner. “And, at the same time, we were fascinated with the idea of all the little things that could go on under our nose every day. The construction workers, the guys working on telephone poles, those weird marks on the sidewalks – we don’t quite know what they’re for. The last couple of remaining pay phone booths when all the rest have been removed. And wouldn’t The Observer have a quality of being invisible?”
Not anymore, now that a legion of determined devotees are watching his every move. Tune in for the Fringe episode “August” airing Thursday, November 19 at 9/8 c on Fox. And catch up on episodes you may have missed right here on Fancast!