While Fringe fans prepare to give the sci-fi serial the longest kiss goodnight, the cast (Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, John Noble and Anna Torv) have been doing the interview rounds at Comic-Con.
Next up, an interview with TV Line‘s Michael Ausiello, in which they revealed the following final season nuggets (some spoilers follow):
Jasika Nicole explains the meaning of the premiere title — “Transilience Thought Unifier Model 11” — and in doing so gives up the premise of the first episode:
“It’s the missing piece they’re looking for. When they find everybody in the amber and you know they were a team and they were looking for this thing, and it was going to do something.. and Olivia’s the person that knows where it is but we don’t know where Olivia is. So that’s what the first episode is, we’re trying to find this missing piece of this other Machine that’s going to help us infiltrate the Observers, or something.”
So basically, the Boom-Boom-Machine Mark II. In all seriousness we do know that this machine, when completed, was supposed to “get rid” of the Observers (not sure whether that also means “infiltrate”), though we don’t know exactly how. I wondered whether it had something to do with mythical “Stasis Runes” introduced in the 2-part finale, but we’ll have to wait and see.
As for the whereabouts of Dunham O. in 2036, the cast decided to keep that one to themselves, but ruled out the possibility of an ‘aged’ Olivia popping up. So given this, can we expect Olivia’s “endearing” introduction to the 2036 world take place at another amber storage facility, or perhaps there’s another way?
Lance Reddick, meanwhile, reveals that Broyles wont be in every episode, so the old age make-up his character has to wear wont be too annoying. Make up or not, he’s looking forward to playing another “incarnation of Broyles, which is always fun.”
The cast spoke about the “miracle” of the show getting to finish on it’s own terms. While not quite as “unheard of” as Noble says, it’s certainly a rarity in broadcast serial and Fringe has had to fight its own unique challenges. On a broader, Seriable scale, hopefully this boon will be past down to the next great story.
Check back later for our Fringe Comic-Con panel recap.