R.I.P. baby Bishop. You are missed.
— Josh Jackson (@VancityJax) October 27, 2012
It all ends here, like it started. Another Big Bang, and we’re broken-hearted now… “Last Man in Space” by Violet Sedan Chair
Fringe fans are like Peter and Olivia, in a way. Our love for the show is earned, tragedy-by-tragedy.
Now that we’ve had the weekend to process that last episode, there is no doubt that it was a huge turning point for our characters. A couple of folks seem to agree.
The bullet that saved the world has now become a reminder of two deaths; mother and daughter. However, the daughter would not get the second–or even third or fourth–chance given to her mother.
What a miserable future, indeed.
Peter looked like a man set ablaze. With their child ripped away for certain from him and Olivia, I fear Peter will go back to that dark place that he fell into in Reciprocity. Or will he take the vengeful route of his actual father, Walternate? We know that when his family is threatened, that he’s quite capable of violence. There is an old Chinese proverb that offers some wise advice:
“He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves: one for his enemy and one for himself”
When faced with a captured Observer, will Peter retain his humanity, and not become like the enemy? After all, love can be the most destructive force in the universe. Or will he…
Peter, please remember your mother’s words:
Einai kalytero anthropo apo ton patera toy
Be sure to make your first tweet of the night a thank you to @FoxBroadcasting and @WarnerBrosEnt for making season five possible.
1) Don’t use #ShowNoMercy before the designated time: 1 HOUR before Fringe airs.
The event will take place 1 hour before Fringe airs – 8pm EDT — November 2. Gently remind others that use the tag before the event to wait until the right time, and tell them that using the tag too much beforehand will lessen trending impact. This happened when Fringe fans tried to trend #WhereIsPeterBishop for the season four premiere. The # had been used all summer long, was not anything new on the Twitter radar, so it did not trend. Trending happens with terms that are relatively new, and many people tweet about them at the same time. Terms break out onto the scene, but trending becomes more difficult the more they are used. Be nice! We want everyone to feel welcome.
2) One # term per Tweet. Use only #ShowNoMercy (What Are Hashtags?)
3) Lots of people tweeting matters more than the number of tweets.
Tell everyone Fringie about the event. There is strength in numbers – remember that the more unique tweeters we have, the more likely we are to trend, and for a longer duration of time. Send your tweets out steadily – remember to pace yourself. You want to avoid “Twitter Jail.” Sustained tweeting over time matters.
Trending can be a distraction, but we need you to keep those wonderful tweets coming. You may have also noticed that the # will drop off the charts after a while, only to trend again when Fringe airs. This is due to other viewers joining in by tweeting the hashtag on the bottom of the screen.
4) Those with lots of followers help out a lot!
Alternate accounts with few followers do not have as much “influence” towards trending. But tweets from accounts like @JWFringe, @FringeOnFox, @VancityJax and @johnnob58004412 make a big impact. Let’s try to build our Fringe fan follower networks. One easy way is to follow people on fan Twitter lists. Here is my Cortexifan list. Follow some Fringies! Another way is to follow some folks on Twitter “Follow Fridays.” You may have seen tweets that are tagged #FF – followed by a bunch of twitter names. This is because they are recommended people to follow.
5) We want to pique the interest of non-Fringe fans.
This is the key to our trending duration success. It gives a chance to get our message about Fringe out to another audience. Try to construct a list of thoughtful and informative tweets before the event. These can be copied and pasted for easy tweets. Use some witty Fringe sayings – link some of the official promo videos – speculate about what happened to September.
The episode is titled, An Origin Story. Origin of who… or what? The Observers? One of the timelines? Speculate about this idea. Cool tweets are more likely to earn re-tweets, and this immensely helps trending.
6) We can discuss aspects of the show in our tweets.
TRY to include the word FRINGE (with no #) in your tweet if possible. Talk about the characters and the actors. Maybe use the episode title, An Origin Story. We’ve been able to trend Fringe, Broyles, John Noble, and William Bell!
7) Private accounts must have their locked status removed, as the tweets from locked accounts do not count toward the trend tally.
8) Retweets are the easiest way to help out the trending effort.
Just search for the hashtag, and retweet the ones that are interesting to you. If you know how to use a Twitter application suite like TweetDeck or HootSuite, this is made even easier.
9) Remember to check in at GetGlue for cool stickers and so that Fringe will trend there as well.
If you are in the U.S. and have an iPhone or Android phone, give Viggle a try. Their check-ins are included in the data of several prominent social television analysis companies.