In the immortal words of Olivia Dunham: “we’re here now..”
She’s absolutely right, we are here now. And we were all in that BBM – every last one of us, as the cancelation-filled future was derailed; the cycle of sci-fi show’s drowned in River Friday, finally broken.
And with a new future comes fresh hope for the fourth chapter.
While there’s still plenty to pick through from Season 3, I thought it would be a good idea to contextualize the third chapter by thinking about what we would like to see from Season 4.
Here are just a few of my Season 4 hopes:
- Less melodrama. At times it was difficult watching the show morph into something almost unrecognizable. Romance can be done without it being overly dramatic or sensationalized to the point where it swamps the plot and established character motivations. With the baby out of the picture (not that I blame Henry, he’s a baybee!) for now, hopefully the emotional drama wont be over-played. I don’t think we need to retread that ground to be fair.
- Continuation of serialized storytelling and mythology. With such a rich, vibrant world, how could I not want to explore further?
- More meaningful mini arcs and mythalones. While the “Bellivia” arc had some good moments and gave us the intriguing Man X, that aside it is almost meaningless in the grand scheme of things, and made the sequence of events leading up to the finale feel awkward and disjointed. The mythalones, meanwhile, have been useful for many reasons, but I’d love for them to run more in the vein of “The Plateau” and “Bloodline” (and obviously “White Tulip”, although that’s kind of a one off).
- Greater continuity. At times, Season 3 still contained a certain disconnect between the characters and their situation. One episode they’re killing shapeshiters and finding out seemingly important information about their discs, the next.. it’s forgotten. Really?
- Brave leaps. That’s not to say we need another ‘LSD’ or (heaven forbid) “Brown Betty”. But in general, Fringe should continue putting the high into high concept. Evolution should always be for the benefit of the story and not just because something sounds cool, but if Fringe can keep delivering those imagination-stretching ideas in-line with the needs of the story/characters, then more often than not it will hit the mark.
- Tighter reign on major spoilers. Not much more needs to be said really. I’d just like to see a tighter collective grip on major plot reveals, keeping the mystery alive so as not to take the wind out of the actual episodes.
Those are just a few of my hopes for next season. I’ve held back on the more plot/character orientated aspects because I’ll talk about those elsewhere. But feel free to share any of your hopes for Season 4, whatever they may be.