Welcome to the lowatus. Some people call it the hiatus but that sounds too much like a good thing, which Fringe being off the air for 3 weeks isn’t. Join us below the jump as we dig up the few post-worthy bits and pieces from the world of Fringe.
Fringe 2.06 Dream Logic received around 5.8 million viewers and scored 2.2 in the key demos – an overall drop, but the demo looks slightly up from last week’s ratings. There’s no doubt that Fringe is in an ally-way scrap with the other big Thursday night hitters. The time-slot slot is an absolutely brutal one. Here’s hoping things uptick come November.
Our friends at TV Guide have posted a two-part interview with Fringe executive producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman in which they answer burning questions (Some mild spoilers. Part one talks about episodes already aired):
TVGuide.com: In the season premiere, Peter says, “We’re done reacting. From now on, we call the shots.” What does this mean for the structure of the show going forward?
Joel Wyman: That line is really important. We view last season as a prologue. This season focuses on the actualization of our characters and delves into their lives. Basically, Peter is going to move to the forefront, he’s going to get out there and try to find some answers. Olivia is going to go through her journey of recovery. Walter is going to be investigating his emancipation.
TVGuide.com: Will it still feel like a crime procedural or something else?
Jeff Pinkner: The show is still going to feel very much like it did last year. But when we met Peter, he was here reluctantly and he knew he could jump at any time. Over the course of the season, he became committed to his father and Olivia, developed feelings for both of them in different ways. He starts to realize that some of these cases affect him personally, that he’s involved in this world in a way that he can’t quite understand.
TVGuide.com: What are the lessons from Season 1?
Pinkner: In Season 1, our characters were still coming together. They were learning about each other and this world they live in. Olivia was learning about her childhood. All three of the characters were finding their sea legs.
Wyman: We discovered that the cases are intriguing and fun, and it’s great to freak people out, but people definitely want to get to know our characters more. They want to understand what they’re going through on a personal level.
TVGuide.com: How much longer will “Charlie” be around?
Pinkner: “Charlie” will be around for at least [one more episode].
Wyman: That’s not to say he won’t come back. Don’t forget — there’s a parallel-universe Charlie too. We’ve seen him already.
Pinkner: Actually, I just left a set where [Kirk Acevedo] was filming. [Editor's Note: They were producing Episodes 8 and 9 at the time of our interview.]
TVGuide.com: Will other familiar characters be “taken over”?
Pinkner: Not yet.
TVGuide.com: When the shape-shifter was the nurse, she was shot twice, and then jumped from a second-story window — is this new entity not entirely human?
Pinkner: We’re going to learn more about them in an upcoming episode. They’re definitely from “over there.”
TVGuide.com: What exactly are we witnessing when Olivia is shot through that windshield? Is that her returning from “over there”?
Wyman: Yes, you borrow from momentum, and it has to be paid back. Ultimately, what happens is, she got taken out, and as soon as she gets put back in, she’s going to come in at the same trajectory where she was taken out.
TVGuide.com: Um, OK… wait, what?
Pinkner: If you go back and watch the season finale, Olivia thought she had a near-miss car crash. The truth is, there was a car crash. She was pulled out of the car [just before the crash] into an alternate universe. Now that she’s being put back in, that’s what Joel’s talking about with the momentum. Her seat belt would have stopped her, but now that she’s being put back in the car, she’s crashing through the windshield. We will experience what happened to her in the parallel universe in an upcoming episode. [Editor's Note: Thursday's episode!]
TVGuide.com: So what was all that jazz in the elevator then? She had already crossed over at that point?
TVGuide.com: So then the accident takes place right after Olivia’s meeting with Dr. Bell?
Pinkner: No, it’s happening immediately before.
Wyman: She’s taken out just before impact, she spends some time with Bell and…
Pinkner: She’s returned a couple hours later. There’s time for paramedics to arrive.
Wyman: The car was driverless for a while. The car continues into the crash.
TVGuide.com: But we’ll see what happens in their conversation, right? Maybe they have a little chat?
Wyman: Yeah. Oh yeah.
Pinkner: Sure. We would be cruel not to show that.
TVGuide.com: Is Peter Bishop really Walter’s son?
Pinkner: Yes, although that’s a more complicated question. Peter Bishop is the offspring of Walter Bishop.
TVGuide.com: Is Peter Bishop a clone of Walter Bishop?
Pinkner: Here’s the truth: In our storytelling, we always come up with a lot of sensational “Oh, sh–!” moments, but if it’s not grounded in some kind of emotional revelation or deepening of the story, then we dismiss it. Otherwise it’s like whipped cream — it tastes good for a minute, but it’s just empty calories. Take Olivia, and the revelations we’ve had about her stepfather. Since he’s out there and she wasn’t able to kill him, in her subconscious, every bad guy is her stepfather. It’s what drives her and the character. So that’s a revelation that informs and deepens her.
TVGuide.com: Will we ever meet Olivia’s stepfather?
Pinkner: I think so.
TVGuide.com: At the end of the second episode, Walter asked Olivia to keep something about Peter’s medical history secret — what’s the secret?
Pinkner: Here’s something you have to remember: Walter is crazy, and I think the depth of his craziness we’ve only begun to tap into. He’s manic-depressive, and he has been pretty much in a manic phase since we’ve met him. We haven’t seen the dark side at all yet. He’s been on a creative high. His memory is sketchy and unreliable.
TVGuide.com: So we shouldn’t necessarily trust what comes out of Walter’s mouth?
TVGuide.com: So then why is Walter always asking about Peter’s health? A lot of people have pointed out that Walter thinks Peter has high blood pressure, which is a condition usually associated with older people?
Pinkner: I think that was just a cover for what he was really checking.
TVGuide.com: Why is it that Walter has always already worked on something related to the case at hand?
Pinkner: That’s not going to become a trope. You also have to again remember that Walter’s crazy; we may find out that he has worked on none of those things.
TVGuide.com: But he always figures it out…
Pinkner: He happens to be insanely brilliant, though nuts. It may just be that something he discovered or did that drove him crazy.
TVGuide.com: Any plans for Walter to have a love interest?
Pinkner: That’s funny. I would hope so.
TVGuide.com: Will we ever meet Peter’s mother?
Pinkner: Yes… we may have already met her.
TVGuide.com: Is Walter and Nina’s shared past professional or personal?
TVGuide.com: Was Nina telling the truth when she told us how she lost her arm?
Pinkner: Yes. Most of our characters tell the truth, at least as far as their characters know it.
The UK isn’t on lowatus. Here’s a snazzy Sky 1 Fringe indent to keep you going for..10 seconds:
Only 17 more days of the lowatus left. We can do it!