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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fringe on Fridays: Kiss of Death?

I haven't been able to do my Fringe columns, and that's my fault.

This season of fringe has been nothing short of incredible. I have always liked the monster of the week episodes, but this season, the monster of the week format has added to the overall arc of the show is a gripping way.

Take the episode Amber 31422. The episode appears to be about a man breaking out of The Other Side's Madison Square garden that has been incased in amber. But we discover the innerworkings of Alt. Fringe Division and more about the characters.

What about my favorite thus far, 6955 kHz? All these people appear to lose amnesia when they listen to a Numbers broadcast? But wait! This episode explains a lot of background info into a larger mythology than the Cortexiphan trials Walter performed with William Bell. The numbers correspond to the locations of pieces of a machine created by the first people, who were here millions of years ago. These people were highly advanced, discovering a vaccum that created and could destroy everything. And this machine has something to do with the Other Side, because Walternate sent Fauxlivia here to get it. (FYI: I know it's common to call Alt. Olivia "Bolivia", however, Anna Torv appeared on Jay Leno the other night and confirmed they call her "Fauxlivia").

And the latest episode was another Roller Coaster. Olivia helps track down a evil guy known as "The Candy Man", who takes children to steal their youth. Years ago, he took Alt. Broyle's son. Olivia saved Broyle's son from being taken again, leaving Alt. Broyles to question everything Walternet told him. With Olivia being able to send a distress signal to Peter on Our Side, how will Peter react? Will Alt. Broyles help Olivia go home after Walternet took her out of the tank?

I will resume normal Fringe Columns for the rest of the season, but the point of this post was to complain. Not about Fringe, but about Fox. Fringe is no doubt my favorite show on TV right now, and is one of the best, period. But in order to make room for the aging American Idol, many shows have been messed with. Bones is being moved an hour later. And now Fringe is being moved to the deadly Friday Night post. Is this the kiss of death? Odds are, yes. But, keep in mind, The X Files did well on Fridays.

Fringe was renewed after last season's less than stellar ratings because it had the best ratings out of any show Fox attempted to put there. But with ratings slightly down from last year, they have decided to fuck with Fringe. If we're lucky, if Fringe does better than what they currently have on Fridays will be enough for another season.

But if Fringe is cancelled, let's hope that it can at least be given good closure. But let's hope it doesn't come to that...

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