Fox has put out quick new teaser to hype the upcoming fourth season of their paranormal investigator serial “Fringe”. The new season kicks off on Friday, September 23rd at 9pm, with an episode called “Neither Here Nor There”, which, if you watched the season three finale—or the video embedded below—you’ll know refers to the “Fringe” team’s search for Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), who vanished at the end.
The clip shows Olivia (Anna Torv) talking to someone that I assume is Walter (John Noble) or Broyles (Lance Reddick). She says, “We all get really good at pretending that the loneliness isn’t there and then something comes along to remind us. I know what it’s like to have a hole in my life. It’s been there as long as I can remember.” That seems suitably dramatic for the series and the character, who, if you’re unfamiliar with “Fringe”, the world constantly shits on.
I love “Fringe”. After it premiered in 2008 it quickly became one of my favorite shows on network television. But, despite my affection for the show, it is one of those programs that can be frustrating to watch. For every answer you get, seemingly a dozen more pop up. At times it feels like the show has a specific direction, an overarching plan, but at times I can’t help but think they have no idea what’s going on and are simply throwing things out there to prolong the life span. That’s one of the things that killed “X-Files” for me, in the end there was simply too much tangle, not enough substance. So far anyway, “Fringe” holds that balance fairly well. At the end of every episode I may be pulling my hair out, but I definitely want more more more.
Hopefully “Fringe” can continue to make a go in the Friday night time slot the network moved it too last January. It began strong, but the ratings did slip over time. In this age of DVR technology, and Fox finally putting their shows up On Demand, maybe a Friday night schedule isn’t quite the death sentence it used to be.