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Thursday, February 4, 2009: Fringe

by Mindy Monez February 4, 2010 6:00 am
Thursday, February 4, 2009: <I>Fringe</i> Fringe's winter finale airs tonight, and if they're going to make us wait seven whole weeks until April 1 for new episodes, then this one better not be some 100-year-old Nazi, quarantining rage virus from The Thing, freaks in the forest, possessed girl, Jurassic parasite-infested off-shore asylum seekers, non-Pattern stand-alone waste of my time episode, like the majority of this entire season has been.

I understand that it's difficult to get new people invested in an impenetrable ongoing story arc that never takes a break, but come on. The Pattern is what hooked me, and though several of the stand-alones have been entertaining, I'm in this for the ridiculous fun of the mythology here, and Walter cryptically confessing that Peter isn't Peter at the end of every other Freak-of-the-Week story doesn't count.

Luckily, some light spoiler hunting revealed that tonight's episode does deal with Olivia's horrific childhood supernatural soldier training, and, subsequently, the dual realities and the small matter of Peter secretly being from the Twin Towers one. Sounds potentially very satisfying! And if Fox is going to take the show off the air for seven weeks afterward and expect viewers who don't watch television for a living to remember it even exists, it had better be pretty goddamn memorable.

I know Thursday is mercilessly over-crowded in every way, but give the Fringe finale a chance. Sure it's implausible, pretty stupid a lot of the time and routinely drops key plot points like they're scalding Hot Pockets, but it might get murdered by Fox, and it's just a baby!

Fringe is on at 9 PM tonight on Fox, but if you just can't handle the second dimension, our Week in Preview has other options.

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