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Thanks to the FOX network for renewing Fringe

March 28, 2011 - Andrea Johnson
Sometimes miracles do happen in TV land (well, it depends on how you define "miracle.") FOX has renewed "Fringe" for a fourth season, despite mediocre ratings and any number of critics taking bets on its cancellation date.

With a few more weeks left in the TV season, "Fringe" is the only show I still watch every single week, without fail, so it's nice to know I won't be left wondering what happened in May. I've had that happen a few other times with shows I really liked and not enough other people did. "Twin Peaks" ended on a nasty cliff hanger. "Firefly" ended far too soon. Some shows, like "The X-Files," were on too long.

I hope the producers of "Fringe" use this last minute reprieve to plan a really good wrap-up for the show, one that does it justice. It would be nice to see it end on a creative high.

The show has really hit its stride this season with stories set in two alternate universes at war and two different versions of nearly every character. On Friday night's episode, set in the alternate universe, the alternate version of heroine Olivia Dunham was kidnapped on the devious Walternate's orders, had her very dangerous pregnancy accelerated, and ultimately gave birth in a Chinese restaurant to Peter Bishop's son. The alternate Olivia started out as pretty unsympathetic, especially since she infiltrated our universe as a double agent to gather intel for Walternate, pretended to be our Olivia and slept with Olivia's true love Peter Bishop. She ended up being a pretty sympathetic character despite it all. I found that I didn't want her to die in childbirth after all.

Walternate, the alternate universe version of our universe's lovable mad scientist Walter Bishop, is up to no good again. He ordered some blood tests done on his new grandson and seemed happy with the results. Since his long lost son Peter – the original battery for Walternate's machine of doom – isn't available anymore, maybe Walternate is planning to use the poor baby's DNA to power it up. The machine is supposed to put an end to our universe forever and ever, amen.

The whole story is all very complicated and like a 1950s B movie and the geek in me loves every minute of it, especially figuring out how the alternate universe is different from ours. I think viewers deserve to know how the war ends, if the two universes will survive, and what happens to all the characters.


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