Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Wallflower'

I’m going to keep this one relatively short, "Fringe" fans. By now, you know how I feel about this season of the show. Very little about those feelings have changed, because very little of the season itself has changed. The producers have gone in a direction they think benefits the show. Many of you agree. Many of you, like me, disagree. This level of disagreement used to provoke passionate anger from yours truly. But here, at the end of all episodes in 2011, I’m just sadly resigned. I stared at most of tonight’s episode, "Wallflower," without taking my usually furious notes. Why? Because I’m watching a program that’s not just engaging me at the moment.


It’s a curious time for passion in the television landscape. Earlier in the week, "Community" got left off the NBC midseason line-up, and people went collectively ballistic. I’m not on the same wavelength as many fans (including my colleagues at HitFix) are with that show, but I’ve always admired the passion that people put into that show and the zealousness with which they defend it. I can’t say I’m jealous of that passion, because I have it for other shows. We all don’t have to be equally passionate about everything. But here’s the thing: "Fringe" used to be one of those shows that I had "Community"-levels of passion for. Passion is important when it comes to following a television show for years. And the show has slowly drained that passion for me this Fall. Read More...


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