‘Fringe’ review: A bittersweet ending

2:00 pm EDT, January 20, 2013

On Friday night the show that many of us have come to love ended after five seasons, and it left us clutching our hearts and smiling so big it hurt. Tariq explains why this was one of the best series finales yet, and how they did no wrong.

I’ll start this review by saying that at first I wasn’t a big fan of the whole Observer taking over the world plot line. It kind of felt like that random 5 year jump that Desperate Housewives pulled, and so contrived I almost stopped watching. However, once you give it a chance you’ll see that the Observers were the catalyst that let Fringe end in such a fantastic way that we don’t need more cases or weird investigations, we’re perfectly content with what we got.

Joshua Jackson said it best, that the show came to a natural ending that was right for every character in it. We got to see the story lines and relationships between each character come to a satisfying finish and we have no unanswered questions or loose ends, unlike the Merlin series finale. I think the best thing about this is that they even went to give us a glimpse of Gene, Walter’s pet cow. How many other shows make sure that they give us the thirty seconds we need to make sure we have no questions? Not that many, at least that I’ve seen, and I’m very grateful for it!

With every show, there’s the risk of getting overly sappy when you want to give the fans a happy ending. You want things to work out for your characters but at the same time you have to decide what, and who, to sacrifice to get there. So many shows try to skip the sacrifice and try to just please the fans, but realistically it just doesn’t work. You can’t have your cake and eat it too, the saying goes, and Fringe is a true testament to that.

When we found out that Donald took the syringe so he could be the one to take Michael to the other side, it was kind of a disappointment and a copout. It was disappointing because — this might just be me– I love tragedies. The feeling of complete loss is exhilarating, it’s refreshing, and we don’t get it that often in today’s TV. Shows today tend to do the copout, the almost sad ending that turns around to be completely happy and full of sunshine; but not Fringe. They were able to give us a sad ending that still had a sweet aftertaste, and it left us open to imagine Walter in the year 2167, where I hope they still have redvines!

Another reason I loved this finale is while we got to see the Bishop family reunited (technically never parted, though), it was bittersweet when Peter got the white tulip. He would never get to see his father again, but because of his sacrifice Etta would grow up to be a completely different person, someone who would get to enjoy her teen years and high school and not hardened by war. This is why I was smiling so big at the final scene; it was the ending we always wanted and it gave us a future that would continue on in the hearts of the fans. Yeah, it’s just a tad disappointing that the characters look like they don’t remember the Observer time line at all, that they won’t realize what they missed and who they lost in the process to get normal life back. Though in the end I’m glad they don’t have to remember the hardship, and instead are rewarded with years of happiness with Etta.

If you’re angry because Walter had to leave his family, be happy instead because he did his duty as a father, a friend, and a scientist. He paid the ultimate price for taking Peter from the other side, but only after he got his due. Yes, we were upset when no one remembered Peter before he was erased, and we were sad when the relationship they had was restarted from scratch. But with Michael’s gift he left his family knowing everything, and he reminded us of the Walter we grew to love in the first four seasons.

This was the absolutely one of the best finales a show has ever produced, and I honestly have no questions or needs to know any extra information. Do you feel the same way, or do you have questions that you’re dying to get the answer to? Let me know in the comments below!

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!

Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?