"I watched the video, where Josh said that back in the day. What can I say? They missed the chance to make the show truly great. They had this character with so much potential, the center of the show and they kept dropping the ball for no reason at all. The show has never felt complete, because they have been too lazy or too unwilling to commit to tell a story about all the main characters, and don't get me wrong, I also think Olivia is rather half-baked, but she gets more focus and therefore she's somewhat more developed. Only Walter feels more complete, maybe because his story is also complete."
I agree completely with you in that they have missed quite a lot of opportunities to allow Peter to shine as a character in his own right. Fringe does have a lot of plot holes, but so do most television shows that are on the air right now. There are always things that shows pursue, but end up dropping a few episodes later for various reasons. I actually DO feel like Fringe has showed a great deal of commitment in telling great stories with our main characters. I honestly love the 1985 storylines in PETER and SUBJECT 13 since I feel like the stories are strong and true and provide such a strong foundation for the present-day stories in Fringe (ALERT: I'll be posting a post later about my theories regarding the glaring plot inconsistency in SUBJECT 13). Walter's story arch was beautifully started in Season 2 and was partially completed just as well at the end of season 3 (where he reached the point where he was willing to give up Peter). He still has some way to go before his story is complete since I feel like he needs to grow up a bit more such that he's in a place where he can be more of a father to Peter. Olivia's story line was pretty awesome in Season 3 and Anna Torv proved what an amazing actress she is. In relation to the major story in season 3 (the machine and it's potential to destroy worlds), I feel like Alt-Olivia benefited much more from the switchero since it made her see that both worlds are equally worthy for survival. For our Olivia, she became much more aware of her insecurities and she was able to overcome them which enabled her to have a meaningful (short) relationship with Peter. Regarding her journey, she needs to overcome her feelings about her childhood and she needs to realize that the trials don't define who she is as an adult. Her issues regarding her father need to be resolved or addressed and her hesitancy towards having children needs to be addressed as well. If Season 2 was Walter's season and season 3 was Olivia's season, then I think that season 4 is Peter's. If this is the show's last season (and I hope that it isn't), then it would make sense to end the show with an exploration of the event that started Walter's investigation into Fringe science in the first place- Peter and his abduction. For Peter, his journey is all about finding his home, resolving his father-issues, and reconciling the tension between him and his biological parents. In a future post, I'll be talking about what my hopes are for each character in season 4.
"The part that gets me is that they lied and deceived and misdirected the fans all this time. They never planned to focus this season on Peter at all. They simply said that to calm down the fans, that demanded more focus on him. So they spent the time making him the focus of interviews and promos, they said this would be Peter's season, only to ram Lincoln and Olivia down our throats in the end. They are the focus this season, not Peter, he still doesn't matter to them at all. The result is that this malcontent and betrayed viewer will finish this season and that's it. I don't care if it's renewed and I don't care about their future shows, these producers have been blacklisted."
As distressed as I am about how the first couple of episodes this season have been handled with regards to Peter, I think that it is too early to claim that the show is not making Peter the focus this season. Although Peter was barely in the first few episodes of this season, these episodes were all about the importance of the connections that Olivia and Walter had made with Peter and how their lives are so different for not having those connections. Sometimes the initial first couple of episodes will be lackluster because the focus is not necessarily on wowing the audience, but instead the focus is to build momentum so that the audience can be wow'ed later in the season by a story line for which the foundations were laid at the beginning of the season. I hope that the episodes that are shown next year will help to illuminate important things that were hinted at in the first couple of episodes- maybe they are more important than we give them credit for. After the "Hiatus from Hell" is over, we will be getting 7 episodes of Fringe in a row and only after episode 14 airs, will the show be going on another hiatus. I am planning on holding my judgment on the whole Peter story line until episode 14. I honestly think that there's a reason why Lincoln and Olivia's relationship took center stage in Wallflower, a reason that I think won't be made clear until episode 8 airs. I think that the writers showed the relationship blossoming as a way of distracting the viewers from the fact that this Olivia is our Olivia. If viewers see that she is developing a relationship with Lincoln, then they will be resolute in their belief that this is not our Olivia. Again, I'm going to hold my judgment until I've seen more episodes.
Thanks again to Anonymous for their comment. Keep the comments coming!