When I saw the promo for The Wil Wheaton Project, I thought of the Fringe’s “The End of All Things.” Am I alone on this?
Deep breaths everyone! It’s the season finale.
This episode is just hard. Sure, Olivia is alive at the end, but watching her get shot and then her family gather for the funeral was difficult. It was especially difficult for me because the funeral pyre reminded me of Return of the Jedi (a beautiful scene in cinema). And let’s not forget Peter breaking down at the thought of never having children with Olivia. And Ella no longer believing in fairytale endings. So much heart break. Of course, the episode can’t end there. It’s the season finale for goodness’ sake. If you are not curled up in the fetal position bawling then the writers didn’t do their job, so the episode ended with Peter being erased. You know that ship that we’ve been fighting for…oh yeah, it’s gone. NOT COOL.
A few years ago I wrote a parody of the Firefly theme song with lyrics supporting Fringe, which had just been moved to Fridays. I was thinking about that recently, and somehow “The 12 Days of Christmas” popped into my head. I was immediately struck by the idea of a Fringe-ified version of the classic holiday tune, so I decided to throw one together for Fringe Week. It might be a little late in the season for a retooled Christmas carol, but as far as I’m concerned, Fringe should be celebrated year-round. So here goes…
Fringe Week returns in 2 days!
Every day there will be a new quiz to test your Fringe knowledge and new photo captions in Mary’s first time viewer posts. Reunite with old friends and reminisce about those days when you would rally together on Twitter and watch episodes live. The most important this is to have fun! The show created so many friendships and it’s important we celebrate that.
There’s still time to submit your One Year Retrospective. Email them to email@example.com by January 13, 20
Sunday, January 12
Monday, January 13
Tuesday, January 14
Wednesday, January 15
Thursday, January 16
Friday, January 17
Saturday, January 18
-Mary and Louise
Happy Birthday Pop Culture Nexus! Let’s kick off this birthday bash with a Fringe post.
There have been some ultimate cockblockers on the show but William Bell receives the gold medal. Peter and Olivia were at the peak of couple bliss when Bell decided to inhabit Olivia’s body. REALLY?! You, sir, are barbaric. The Polivia ship was sailing smoothly- holding hands, kissing each other in the hall… It was like finding a unicorn-rare and majestic. Polivia will eventually return so in the meantime, let’s have fun watching Olivia act like Bell.
It’s been a while (sorry!). Time for another dose of Fringe photo captions and first time viewer reactions. The last time I did this, I wrote about 3×14 “6B”. Just thinking about that episode makes me smile. So much Polivia goodness. Olivia forgives Peter and then, they go upstairs to the bedroom to read a book together. They probably continued reading the Harry Potter series…you know, grown up stuff. One would expect 3×15 to start where 3×14 ended (with Polivia fluff) but we all know Fringe doesn’t operate in a traditional manner. Instead, 3×15 transports us to 1985. It’s another retro episode!!!! It’s titled “Subject 13,” a reference to Olivia’s test subject number, but the episode is more about Peter than the cortexiphan trials.
“Subject 13” begins with one of the SADDEST scenes in the series – Peter breaking the ice to go home. The suicidal act and Elizabeth’s desperation to stop him produce a distressing scene. Peter is experiencing unimaginable homesickness and it’s painful to witness the danger he will risk to return home. He’s just a boy. He shouldn’t have to go through this turmoil. Elizabeth does her best to convince her son he belongs, but in the end, it’s up to Peter to make that decision of believing or not. Either way Elizabeth loses. She suffers seeing her son unwilling to stay and when he chooses to remain in this world, she is tormented by the fact that she must continue lying to her son. It’s a broken world where universal fulfillment is not possible. This is why I love Elizabeth’s words at the end. Her line is applicable to the Fringe world and the world we live in. It’s one of my two favorite quotes in the series (the other being in “White Tulip”) and I hope you find as much hope in it as I do.
Sometimes the world we have is not the world we want. But we have our hearts and our imaginations to make the best of it.
I still haven’t gotten over the shock, anger, and frustration this episode brought into my life. A BABY?! REALLY?!?! Just when I thought we could move pass the Altlivia bump in the Polivia saga, we find out she is growing another bump – with Peter’s progeny inside. Excuse me while I search for a desk to hit my head against multiple times. I know, I know. Peter and Olivia ride off into the sunset on a magical, white unicorn, but when I saw this episode my Polivia dreams were shaken. Would Peter return to the Red-verse to be with his child? I still find it difficult to believe Altlivia and Peter created a baby…but they did.