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{{short description|American science fiction television series}}
{{short description|American science fiction television series}}
{{Other uses|Fringe (disambiguation){{!}}Fringe}}
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  |num_seasons = 5
  |num_seasons = 5
  |num_episodes = 100
  |num_episodes = 100
  |list_episodes = List of Fringe episodes
  |list_episodes = wikipedia:List of Fringe episodes|List of Fringe episodes
  |executive_producer = {{Unbulleted list|J. J. Abrams|[[wikipedia:Bryan Burk|Bryan Burk]]|Alex Kurtzman|Roberto Orci|[[wikipedia:J. H. Wyman|J. H. Wyman]]|[[wikipedia:Jeff Pinkner|Jeff Pinkner]]|[[wikipedia:Joe Chappelle|Joe Chappelle]]}}
  |executive_producer = {{Unbulleted list|J. J. Abrams|[[wikipedia:Bryan Burk|Bryan Burk]]|Alex Kurtzman|Roberto Orci|[[wikipedia:J. H. Wyman|J. H. Wyman]]|[[wikipedia:Jeff Pinkner|Jeff Pinkner]]|[[wikipedia:Joe Chappelle|Joe Chappelle]]}}
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  |location = {{Unbulleted list|[[wikipedia:Toronto|Toronto]], [[wikipedia:Ontario|Ontario]] <small>("[[wikipedia:Pilot (Fringe)|Pilot]]")</small>|[[wikipedia:New York City|New York City]] <small>(Season 1)</small>|[[wikipedia:Vancouver|Vancouver]], [[wikipedia:British Columbia|British Columbia]] <small>(Seasons 2–5)</small>}}
  |location = {{Unbulleted list|[[wikipedia:Toronto|Toronto]], [[wikipedia:Ontario|Ontario]] <small>("[[wikipedia:Pilot (Fringe)|Pilot]]")</small>|[[wikipedia:New York City|New York City]] <small>(Season 1)</small>|[[wikipedia:Vancouver|Vancouver]], [[wikipedia:British Columbia|British Columbia]] <small>(Seasons 2–5)</small>}}
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  |runtime = {{Unbulleted list|81 minutes <small>("Pilot")</small>|50 minutes <small>(Season 1)</small>|43 minutes <small>(Seasons 2–5)</small>}}
  |runtime = {{Unbulleted list|81 minutes <small>("Pilot")</small>|50 minutes <small>(Season 1)</small>|43 minutes <small>(Seasons 2–5)</small>}}
  |company = {{Unbulleted list|[[wikipedia:Bad Robot Productions|Bad Robot Productions]]|[[wikipedia:Warner Bros. Television|Warner Bros. Television]]}}
  |company = {{Unbulleted list|[[wikipedia:Bad Robot Productions|Bad Robot Productions]]|[[wikipedia:Warner Bros. Television|Warner Bros. Television]]}}
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  |first_aired = {{Start date|2008|9|9}}
  |first_aired = {{Start date|2008|9|9}}
  |last_aired = {{End date|2013|1|18}}
  |last_aired = {{End date|2013|1|18}}
  |website =  
  |website = https://fringe.fandom.com/wiki/FringeWiki
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Critical reception was at first lukewarm but became more favorable after the first season, when the series began to explore its mythology, including parallel universes and [[wikipedia:Alternate history|alternate timelines]]. The show, along with cast and crew, were nominated for many major awards. Despite its move to the "[[wikipedia:Friday night death slot|Friday night death slot]]" and low [[wikipedia:Nielsen ratings|ratings]], the series developed a [[wikipedia:cult following|cult following]]. It also spawned two six-part [[wikipedia:comic book|comic book]] series, an [[wikipedia:alternate reality game|alternate reality game]], and three novels.
Critical reception was at first lukewarm but became more favorable after the first season, when the series began to explore its mythology, including parallel universes and [[wikipedia:Alternate history|alternate timelines]]. The show, along with cast and crew, were nominated for many major awards. Despite its move to the "[[wikipedia:Friday night death slot|Friday night death slot]]" and low [[wikipedia:Nielsen ratings|ratings]], the series developed a [[wikipedia:cult following|cult following]]. It also spawned two six-part [[wikipedia:comic book|comic book]] series, an [[wikipedia:alternate reality game|alternate reality game]], and three novels.
One of the underlying themes of the series is the troubled conscience of the protagonist Walter Bishop seeking redemption for the ethically questionable choices made in his scientific studies and experiments as a young researcher.


== The protagonist and his relationship with God ==
== The protagonist and his relationship with God ==
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== Creation, life and death ==
== Creation, life and death ==
 
[[File:Walter_bishop.JPG|thumbnail|Walter Bishop, played by [[wikipedia:John Noble|John Noble]]]]
The [[fringe:The Vacuum|Vacuum]] (or [[fringe:The Vacuum|the Machine]]) exists in both universes and has the ability to create or destroy worlds. It was designed by [[fringe:Walter Bishop|Walter Bishop]] in 2026 and sent back in time through a wormhole in the shattered universes' fabrics. Somehow, [[fringe:Walternate|Walternate]] acquired the device with the intention of destroying the other universe in order to save his own. He used his son, [[fringe:Peter Bishop|Peter Bishop]], in his insidious plot as nothing more than a pawn in his elaborate agenda.
The [[fringe:The Vacuum|Vacuum]] (or [[fringe:The Vacuum|the Machine]]) exists in both universes and has the ability to create or destroy worlds. It was designed by [[fringe:Walter Bishop|Walter Bishop]] in 2026 and sent back in time through a wormhole in the shattered universes' fabrics. Somehow, [[fringe:Walternate|Walternate]] acquired the device with the intention of destroying the other universe in order to save his own. He used his son, [[fringe:Peter Bishop|Peter Bishop]], in his insidious plot as nothing more than a pawn in his elaborate agenda.


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Walternate crosses over to take Peter home, and Walter is further saddened by this. (Season 2 Episode 21 "[[fringe:Over There: Part 1|Over There: Part 1]]") He then gathers Cortexiphan test subjects to cross over to rescue Peter. While over there, he reunites with William Bell and eventually rescues Peter. Though Bell dies in the process when they return to the prime universe, Walter does get some closure from Bell. (Season 2 Episode 22 "[[fringe:Over There: Part 2|Over There: Part 2]]").


For the majority of the early episodes, Peter despises working with his father, and in episode 1x04, "[[fringe:The Arrival|The Arrival]]", he prepares to leave Boston for good. But, he comes in contact with The Observer known as "September," who appears to read Peter's mind. Following this incident, Peter realizes that "The Pattern" does actually exist, and vows to remain in Boston until he discovers the truth, becoming a civilian consultant for the [[w: U.S. Department of Homeland Security|U.S. Department of Homeland Security]], in the area of [[w:Fringe science|fringe science]].<ref>{{cite episode |title=The Arrival|episodelink=The Arrival (Fringe) |series=Fringe |serieslink=Fringe (TV series) |credits=Paul A. Edwards (director), [[w:J.J. Abrams|J.J. Abrams]] (writer), [[w:Jeff Pinkner|Jeff Pinkner]] (writer)|network=[[w:Fox Broadcasting Company|Fox]] |airdate=2008-09-30 |season=1 |number=4}}</ref>
For the majority of the early episodes, Peter despises working with his father, and in episode 1x04, "[[fringe:The Arrival|The Arrival]]", he prepares to leave Boston for good. But, he comes in contact with The Observer known as "September," who appears to read Peter's mind. Following this incident, Peter realizes that "The Pattern" does actually exist, and vows to remain in Boston until he discovers the truth, becoming a civilian consultant for the [[w: U.S. Department of Homeland Security|U.S. Department of Homeland Security]], in the area of [[w:Fringe science|fringe science]].<ref>{{cite episode |title=The Arrival|episodelink=The Arrival (Fringe) |series=Fringe |serieslink=Fringe (TV series) |credits=Paul A. Edwards (director), [[w:J.J. Abrams|J.J. Abrams]] (writer), [[w:Jeff Pinkner|Jeff Pinkner]] (writer)|network=[[w:Fox Broadcasting Company|Fox]] |airdate=2008-09-30 |season=1 |number=4}}</ref>
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After an incident on a bridge where Peter sees "a man from the other side", Peter realizes that he is not from the prime universe. Walter is saddened by Peter's anger and he tries to apologize, but Peter won't forgive him. (Season 2 Episode 19 "[[fringe:Brown Betty|Brown Betty]]")  
After an incident on a bridge where Peter sees "a man from the other side", Peter realizes that he is not from the prime universe. Walter is saddened by Peter's anger and he tries to apologize, but Peter won't forgive him. (Season 2 Episode 19 "[[fringe:Brown Betty|Brown Betty]]")  


After Peter enters the machine with the help of Olivia's telekinetic powers which were able to drop the weapon's protective force field, Peter's consciousness is propelled 15 years through time, arriving in 2026, outside the completed [[w:One World Trade Center|One World Trade Center]] ([[fringe:The Last Sam Weiss|Season 3 Episode 21]] "[[w:The Last Sam Weiss|The Last Sam Weiss]]"). In this future, after Peter entered the machine, he destroyed the Other Side. However, both universes were inextricably linked, and by destroying one, it would only be a matter of time before the side remaining would also cease to exist. Walter creates a plan to bring Peter's mind from 2011 into his 2026 body, where he would witness the end of days, before returning him, with the hopes that the younger Peter would make a different choice, than destroying the Other Side, thus creating the "First People" mythos. After the Peter from 2011 experiences life in 2026, he returns to 2011, and uses the machine to create a "bridge" between both worlds, where both Walters, and both Olivias, can hopefully forget their differences to save the multiverse. However, before he can fully explain their mission, Peter mysteriously disappears, and both sides forget about him entirely, but remain dedicated to saving their worlds. A conversation between September and December reveals they forgot about Peter because he "never existed," as he "fulfilled his purpose."
Walternate crosses over to take Peter home, and Walter is further saddened by this. (Season 2 Episode 21 "[[fringe:Over There: Part 1|Over There: Part 1]]") He then gathers Cortexiphan test subjects to cross over to rescue Peter. While over there, he reunites with William Bell and eventually rescues Peter. Though Bell dies in the process when they return to the prime universe, Walter does get some closure from Bell. (Season 2 Episode 22 "[[fringe:Over There: Part 2|Over There: Part 2]]").
 
After Peter enters the machine with the help of Olivia's telekinetic powers which were able to drop the weapon's protective force field, Peter's consciousness is propelled 15 years through time, arriving in 2026, outside the completed [[w:One World Trade Center|One World Trade Center]] ([[fringe:The Last Sam Weiss|Season 3 Episode 21]] "[[w:The Last Sam Weiss|The Last Sam Weiss]]"). In this future, after Peter entered the machine, he destroyed the Other Side. However, both universes were inextricably linked, and by destroying one, it would only be a matter of time before the side remaining would also cease to exist. Walter creates a plan to bring Peter's mind from 2011 into his 2026 body, where he would witness the end of days, before returning him, with the hopes that the younger Peter would make a different choice, than destroying the Other Side, thus creating the "First People" mythos. After the Peter from 2011 experiences life in 2026, he returns to 2011, and uses the machine to create a "bridge" between both worlds, where both Walters, and both Olivias, can hopefully forget their differences to save the multiverse. However, before he can fully explain their mission, Peter mysteriously disappears, and both sides forget about him entirely, but remain dedicated to saving their worlds. A conversation between September and December reveals they forgot about Peter because he "never existed", as he "fulfilled his purpose".


In Seasion 4, because of Peter's "erasure" from existence, a new timeline develops, which while very similar to the original one, contains slight differences. Just as happened in the original timeline, Walter was locked away in St. Claire's Mental Hospital for seventeen years, until Olivia Dunham had him released in order to help her partner and lover John Scott. However, without Peter there, they were unable to save John's life. The Fringe Division of the prime-universe is still formed after this, but the characters all have subtle personality differences. Also, other events which Peter only had a slight hand in are erased entirely.
In Season 4, because of Peter's "erasure" from existence, a new timeline develops, which while very similar to the original one, contains slight differences. Just as happened in the original timeline, Walter was locked away in St. Claire's Mental Hospital for seventeen years, until Olivia Dunham had him released in order to help her partner and lover John Scott. However, without Peter there, they were unable to save John's life. The Fringe Division of the prime-universe is still formed after this, but the characters all have subtle personality differences. Also, other events which Peter only had a slight hand in are erased entirely.


Without Peter's presence, Walter has even less of a grip of reality, becoming agoraphobic, afraid to leave the lab, hypersensitive to germs that may or may not be there, and prone to destructive "episodes." Olivia appears to have a calming effect on him, and their relationship is more gentle and crutch-like than in the original timeline.
Without Peter's presence, Walter has even less of a grip of reality, becoming agoraphobic, afraid to leave the lab, hypersensitive to germs that may or may not be there, and prone to destructive "episodes." Olivia appears to have a calming effect on him, and their relationship is more gentle and crutch-like than in the original timeline.
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After revealing his knowledge of the technology the new breed of shapeshifters are using ("[[w:Novation (Fringe)|Novation]]" [[fringe:Novation|Season 4 Episode 5]]), he is brought into the Fringe Division under heavy supervision. His presence is emotionally painful to Walter, who reveals that, in this timeline, Peter died when the ice broke after they crossed over from the other universe. While he seems to believe Peter's claims, he doesn't consider himself worthy of having his son returned. Though he briefly expresses joy and wonder at seeing Peter, he quickly states that he doesn't deserve it, and that Peter was never Walter's son, leaving Peter frustrated and heartbroken. His presence also confuses Olivia, who treats him as a stranger. However, time paradoxes have begun to form, apparently as a consequence of his return. After fixing the time paradoxes, Peter concludes that this timeline is not "his," not the one he knows with the people he knows, and he wants to go to the machine again, certain that it will take him back to "his own" timeline.
After revealing his knowledge of the technology the new breed of shapeshifters are using ("[[w:Novation (Fringe)|Novation]]" [[fringe:Novation|Season 4 Episode 5]]), he is brought into the Fringe Division under heavy supervision. His presence is emotionally painful to Walter, who reveals that, in this timeline, Peter died when the ice broke after they crossed over from the other universe. While he seems to believe Peter's claims, he doesn't consider himself worthy of having his son returned. Though he briefly expresses joy and wonder at seeing Peter, he quickly states that he doesn't deserve it, and that Peter was never Walter's son, leaving Peter frustrated and heartbroken. His presence also confuses Olivia, who treats him as a stranger. However, time paradoxes have begun to form, apparently as a consequence of his return. After fixing the time paradoxes, Peter concludes that this timeline is not "his," not the one he knows with the people he knows, and he wants to go to the machine again, certain that it will take him back to "his own" timeline.


In Season 5 Episode 13, there is a very emotional scene in which Walter says his goodbye to Peter.
In "[[fringe:An Enemy of Fate|An Enemy of Fate]]" (Season 5 Episode 13), there is a very emotional scene in which Walter says his goodbye to Peter.


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