Friday, December 23, 2011

FRINGE: What's coming up in 2012

SPOILERS AHEAD- DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED!

ON THE NEW DIMENSIONS INTRODUCED THIS SEASON:

JP: “We’re having a lot of fun with the way this season has become a love letter to itself. It is, as we said, the same show, just slightly different. It was really fun for us and the actors, though maybe frustrating for the audience to explore these slightly different variations of the character’s in Peter’s absence. When Peter came back it threw all of that into really stark relief. He’s very much a memory of the audience, as we imagined he would be.”

ON THE DECISION TO BRING PETER BACK AT THE END OF SUBJECT 9:

JP: “We didn’t want to push our audience’s tolerance for frustration too far [laughs].”

JW: “It did take a lot of thought, Peter’s such a part of the show’s DNA. Every single frame of the show, one can argue, has to do with Peter Bishop being kidnapped. He was always there to us, but not physically there. What we wanted to do is have the commitment to take him off for four episodes, to make it a metaphor for the impact it would have on people’s lives. It lets the audience settle into that and then bring him back, which becomes a totally different sport.”

REGARDING THE LAST THREE YEARS OF FRINGE:

JW: “It really did happen, and that’s why we felt that when Peter comes back it’s going to be around Episode 4, because that’s enough time to let people get the point and now they can experience this new world as they would in Peter’s POV.”

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING PETER REMEMBER THE LAST THREE YEARS:

JW: “That was really important for us, for our fans. This year we have a secret-less Peter, where years before you had secrets with Walter or the Observers, but this year it’s you and Peter.”

PETER’S QUEST TO GET BACK HOME:

JP: “We love the idea that for a while he wanted to get off the Island and now all he wants to do is get back.”

JW: “We went through a couple of seasons of Walter wanting Peter to call him Dad and now Peter is in a position where Peter wants Walter to call him Son.”

JP: “We don’t put a value judgement on it, of [where his rightful home is]. From Peter’s point of view, all the people he connected with, or was connected to, are somewhere else and he wants to get back to them. But we start to see the push and pull of these people who are just like him and are in a real dilemma. What kind of hero would just choose to leave them behind?”

ON THE MACHINE AND IF IT WILL HELP PETER GET HOME:

JW: “I think we have a couple of really good twists, but don’t forget that the Machine is very powerful and since it’s the Machine that basically fixed everything, it can also undo everything. Peter will focus on it and it will sort of be his spaceship back to where he belongs.”

ON SEPTEMBER’S DECISION TO NOT ERASE PETER FROM EXISTENCE:

JP: “In the spirit of consequence of his choice to let events play out as they have, so far they have yet to be paid. What’s going to happen is going to be interesting as the season unfolds.”

JW: “The Observers are such a huge question in the mythology, in terms of what they’re serving and what they are. We want to give insights this year and we will have elements of that. It’s our intention to provide more clarity for people.”

ON THE RETURN OF DAVID ROBERT JONES:

JW: “We found his character so delicious and Jared is the kind of actor who’s capable of so much, so we really thought there was so much more story to tell with him; to really understand the machinations of him as a human-being, and to learn his true motivations, and to delve into that. We’re pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to find something sensational for him to do. We always felt he was something special that we wanted to highlight again.”

ON HOW DAVID ROBERT JONES TIES IN WITH THE CENTRAL CONFLICT:

JP: “We know that Nina is up to no good, as is David Robert Jones. Our characters are facing some big foes, which they don’t know by this point. The audience knows. The thematics to explore are very much about what is home and what is your effect on it. How much of our lives are predetermined and how much is really within our control. What we love about this show is that, in many ways, it’s just a family drama about these characters who have found each other and are fighting to protect their little world as much as the world at large. They are up against some fairly powerful foes right now across the universes

THE RATINGS:

W: “We’ve said before that FOX has been very open and transparent with their plans for us. They’ve been really cool. We’re doing the best we can and hopefully they’ll see us as an asset. We were told that a 1.2 rating on Friday night’s is what they needed and that’s where we are. But at the same time nothing lasts forever so we don’t know.

ON WHETHER FOX WILL GIVE THEM ENOUGH TIME TO WRAP UP THE SHOW IF CANCELLATION DOES HAPPEN:

P: “We certainly hope so, but we have had no conversations with either the studio (Warner Bros.) or the network about that, so we’re imagining things that have not come to fruition. But having said that, we certainly owe a debt to the story, the characters, the fans and ourselves, that whenever the end comes that we wrap it up in a satisfying way.”

SOURCE: THE INTERVIEW WAS DONE BY SFX AND THE TRANSCRIPT CAN BE FOUND AT FRINGE BLOGGERS OR SERIABLE. FRINGE LATINO WAS THE FIRST TO BRING UP THIS INTERVIEW.

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