'Fringe's' new season is out of this world
September 21st, 2010
08:58 AM ET

'Fringe's' new season is out of this world

When we last left Agent Olivia Dunham on "Fringe's" season finale, she was being held captive in the alternate world. Her alternate self, known to producers and fans as "Bolivia," had taken her place "over here," setting out to wage war against Olivia's friends.

Fans should get ready to spend an awful lot of time in that alternate world "over there," based on what "Fringe" producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman told reporters in a recent conference call.

"We thought that the best way to really thoroughly tell these stories was to dive into them wholeheartedly," Pinkner said.

"So an entire episode will take place over there with the alternate 'Fringe' team and then another episode will take place over here. Rather than trying to tell an episode that takes place in both universes simultaneously within the same episode, we really wanted to thoroughly explore a 'Fringe' case over there and the journey that our heroine is on and then come back over here," Pinkner explained.

Also in that season finale, Leonard Nimoy delivered what he said would be his final performance as William Bell, who died "over there." But regardless of whether or not Nimoy ever changes his mind about retirement, that's not necessarily the end of the road for his enigmatic character.

"William Bell is a big part of this world, and in the world of 'Fringe' science death is not the end," according to Pinkner.

Wyman added, "I definitely think it’s fair to say that you have not experienced the last of William Bell."

Last season we also saw Peter briefly leave the "Fringe" team after discovering that his father Walter had kidnapped him from "over there" as a child.

"We realized that we could give John [Noble] and Josh [Jackson] something to really chew on this year that’s different from last year but just another shade," Pinkner told CNN. "They’re going to be okay and then they’re not going to be okay. Things are going to be solved for a minute and then further complications are going to up. Because the lie that was perpetrated against Peter and what Walter has done - if you take it for face value and you really look at it - it’s the quintessential kidnapping story. There’s feelings there."

As for themes such as relationships and choices, Pinkner and Wyman see the alternate world, with its historical and personal changes, as a way of delving into them. "It seems to us like Facebook is so much an opportunity for people to explore the choices they made and reconnect with people from their past and imagine how their life would be different or 'What happened to this person?'" said Pinkner. "It’s such a subconscious theme in our world these days that we get to play it actively through our show."

One thing the producers could reveal is that "members of our team will be aware of doppelgangers of themselves on the other side," Wyman said. "Imagine seeing a version of yourself that’s just a little better. That could be depressing."

Viewers who want to know where the relationship between Peter and Olivia is headed won't be disappointed this season. According to Wyman, "We have one of the most unique potential love triangles in that it's one guy with two different versions of the same girl."

Pinkner and Wyman also consciously make sure that the show is never too difficult for new viewers to get into.

"We honestly and sincerely show these stories to our parents and we say, 'Can you guys follow this?'" Pinkner said. "When they go, 'Yes, totally,' we know we’ve hit it because we want to be a show that should want to be accessible."

You can catch the new season of "Fringe" Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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  1. blegs38552

    Just saw the newest show last night. Fantastic – these guys really know how to put a series together (Event producers can learn from them). Picks up beautifully where least season left off and leaves you gaspingfor more. Too bad they can't have an episode every night instead of the garbage that is on TV today. Also, unlike Event, they are smart enought not to schedule it against Monday Night Football, a suicidal move if ever there was one.

    September 24, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |

    William Bell transcended both worlds...
    William Bell = Bill Bell.

    Also Leonard Nimoy as Bill Bell was ABSOLUTELY perfect casting!

    September 24, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. WNNWs

    Engineer Marshall Barnes plans on creating a real "Massive Dynamic". Follow WNNWs on twitter as we track this developing story...


    September 22, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. i like fringe

    yeah i hope it doesn't lose its drive like lost did in season 3, or that show called......Heroes, remember that show?

    September 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JJ

    "Faux – livia" hahahahaha!

    September 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Susan

    I love Fringe the intrigue and possibility of an alternate universe was so well done. But now that we have visited the "alternate universe", the intrigue and suspense is gone. I am hoping the new season will somehow capture the mistique of the earlier episodes. I like crazy Walter but not SecDef Walter.

    September 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeremy

    I Heart Walter Bishop

    September 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    Big fan! What i like about the show (unlike many others) is that even though the subject matter is WAY unreal, the actions of all the characters are usually very believable and not contrived. There are times, and unfortunately those times are becoming more frequent (be careful, writers....!), where the characters actions are lacking realism, but for the most part, they all react to situations just like i think they should react.

    For example, if one of the agents needs to "visit" a house, they don't go storming in on their own (like many a contrived show would) – they call a raid. And if they do go doing someting on their own, they get called on the carpet for it. Very plausible. Just one of the reasons i'm a big fan.

    ... and the science is way cool, too....

    Just waiting for Thursday......

    September 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jen

    "Bolivia"?? No way . . . I call her "Faux-livia."

    September 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. samuels

    Great show! Just saw the rerun of the finale and can't wait for this season!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Miss A

    I cannot wait for this season to start; this show has yet to disappoint me.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. portalpunk

    I'm first again.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |

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