Fringe Finale January 18, 2013: The End of a Journey, but We # KeepLookingUp

From http://zort.co.uk/

From http://zort.co.uk/

I’ve been avoiding this for as long as possible. It is bittersweet to be announcing the final Twitter event  for Fringe.

So much happened here.

You guys seriously rock. It feels like saying goodbye to treasured comrades after the war is over. Oh sure, there will be reunions and other things to celebrate, but it will never be the same as living through these times as a fan. Our lives will go on and more serious battles will need to be overcome. My challenge to all of you, and my dearest wish, is for everyone to take what we have learned and experienced and use it to do something.

Beautiful. Bold. Amazing. Breathtaking. Creative.

Even if you make life better for one other person, you mean something; you have impact. No one is “insignificant.”

Fringe has shown that superpowers do-not-a-hero-make. Having God-like powers was often a detriment. Ordinary people had the capability to save the world. Their decisions changed destinies.

Simon Foster essentially traded his life for that of Peter Bishop.

A hero died today, sacrificing himself in order to get the Fringe Team resources they need to save our world. Edwin Massey, the Recorder of History, made history. River Massey, The Recordist

My mother assured him that she would keep a magnet packed up and ready for when he came back for it. Before she died, she made me promise to keep the candle burning. And I did. It wasn’t always easy. At times, we were destitute. There were people who wanted to sell the magnet and the truck. They lost hope. But my mother never did. And neither did I. – Simone, “The Human Kind”

These people made a difference. And so have you.

There were times that I questioned, “Was all of this worth it? Did we really make a difference?” Then I woke up to this on Sunday:

Plus all of these wonderful tweets.

 

This was all very much a surprise to all of us. We honestly had no clue. From the very bottom of my soul, thank you all for the sentiments expressed here. The sharing of love is the greatest legacy of the fandom.

Thank you Kristin for all of your hard work in making this. It will never be forgotten.

 

Here’s something for you all:

We’re checking into a run of Fringe coins like the ones produced for the Ambergrams, but of a slightly different design. Details will be posted when finalized.

 

Fringe and these Twitter campaigns have been so much about HOPE.  It keeps raining and raining in life, threatening to drown out all semblance that things are going to get better, no matter how hard we try. Things are so rough for so many people right now, and it makes it immensely difficult to keep any joy in perspective.

Olivia gives her alternate a simple bit of encouragement in Worlds Apart that we thought really got down to the best way to tell Fringe goodbye. The inhabitants of the red-verse had not seen a rainbow for over twenty years because their world was so damaged. Olivia wanted her counterpart to know that things can get better.

 Keep looking up. After it rains. Keep looking up.

When life gets you down, and you feel like all hope is gone, remember Fringe, remember what we did together, and…

 

 #KeepLookingUp

 * Thanks for the suggestion @eskimoguitarist @ajblois @SurunTunne @shaylie_brown *

 

You all know the Twitter protocol by now. But there is a HUGE difference to take note of:

On January 18th, Liberty will air at 8 PM EST

This means we will be having our Twitter event ONE HOUR EARLIER, at 7 PM EST.

FOX will be displaying a special hashtag for An Enemy of Fate which airs at 9 PM EST. We do not know what it will be – It is a surprise 🙂

The  finale will be simulcast in the UK at 1.10am on Saturday the 19th on Sky One.

 

 

From the first trend to the last, this whole experience has been amazing.

We asked for hashtag suggestions for “Liberty” and received a lot of responses.

liberty_tags

Marisa Roffman at Give Me Your Remote asked the Fringe cast what they thought the cultural impact of the show would be. For the most part, most felt they could not comment. After all, they had been living the show and really haven’t had a chance to step back and think about it outside of playing these characters for so long. Jasika Nicole mentioned the impact of the Twitter events. 😀  Blair Brown discussed something that I personally feel strongly about: Fringe brought intellectual discussion to the forefront, something that is sorely missing in much of the entertainment world…

This show literally changed lives for the better, and we will never forget them.

I think I shall miss you all… more than I imagined.

See you somewhere over the rainbow.

Fringe will live on in other media. Check out September’s Notebook.

There will also be a series of three Fringe prequel novels coming this summer, considered official canon by Bad Robot.

 


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Fringe Finale January 18, 2013: The End of a Journey, but We # KeepLookingUp — 37 Comments

  1. #KeepLookingUp I’ll certainly try Fridays wont be the same without my insane dash to the tv to catch that little show that grabbed my hear captured my imagination and pull me in to stay #Fringe its been wonderful TY..& TY Fringenuity for that awesome feeling of being part of a fandom during each and everyone of these twitter events

  2. You beautifully articulated what all of us are feeling now. I enjoy reading your posts and hope that you will maintain this awesome blog! Reading your words will definitely be a comfort and way to regain strength once it’s over. It’s amazing to know that there are so many people who regard Fringe so highly and hold it so close to their hearts when there are also many who berate, thinking that it’s “just a TV show”. You and your blog is simply amazing. From one Fringie to another, thank you for everything. I know simply from seeing how much Fringe means to us fans, that it will live on in our hearts and minds for a very very long time.

  3. As we inch ever closer to the finale of Fringe, I find that I’m much more apprehensive than I thought I’d be. Until this week actually arrived, I figured, “It’s a TV show. Life will go on.” It’s true, but only now that the journey is nearly over do I realize just how much this show has meant to me.

    Fringe has inspired me. It’s shown me that truly meaningful, thought-provoking and deeply moving artwork is still out there to be discovered and it reminded me of the power therein. Being a writer, I often lose faith in my ability to produce anything worthwhile (as many writers do). While I doubt I’ll create anything nearly as great as Fringe, if I can write something that changes how people look at the world I think I’m doing my job right. Fringe has also made me realize that life is a series of opportunities. Each one of these odd little episodes we call “days” is just an opportunity to be a better person than you were the day before. We should not squander that.

    Most importantly of all, Fringe has shown me during the course of its five season run that there are people out there who value Love as much as I. I’m speaking not merely in terms of romantic Love, but Love of all sorts. Whether it was Walter and Peter, Olivia and Peter, or Astrid and Walter, Fringe was a Love story, through and through. Since I first felt it breathing life into my heart, I’ve felt that Love is the most important driving force in existence. Seeing how the show has progressed, and the fact that the other fans didn’t jump ship, but rather enjoyed it as much as I did, demonstrated to me that I’m not alone. None of us crazy romantics are. We may be in the minority, but there is a strong, dedicated group of us who believe in Love. What else can you ask for?

    Fringe has helped me feel less alone. That’s the long and short of it. Never feeling all that important has been a theme of my life for over a quarter-century now. But now, thanks to this show, I remember the power of art and the fact that I myself create art; I remember this dedicated community of hopeless romantics and optimists who may go by “Cortexifan” or “Fringie” or perhaps just “fan”. Suddenly, as I remember these things, the world is brighter.

    This show has brought us together, whether literally or not. We’re a community of our own. As I sat down to watch the first disc of season one in May of 2011, I had no clue what kind of effect this show would have on me and on my outlook regarding Life. When I stumbled across this website in early January of last year, I had no clue what we were about to do. I can’t thank you, members of Fringenuity, enough. We made a difference together. It may be “just a TV show” but it’s a show that stands for morality and integrity and friendship, things all too absent from much of media today. Fringe speaks in a clear voice, and that voice sings the praises of Love and friendship. And when it was in danger, we used our collective voice to say that this work was important. We refused to let this story die and, with the help of others, we were heard.

    This Friday, Fringe comes to a close, but its legacy will live on. The lives it touches today will undoubtedly cause others to be touched. I doubt its creators had any idea what they were about to unleash on an unsuspecting corner of our Universe, but they should be truly proud.

    Friday will be bittersweet, but everyone from J. H. Wyman all the way down to we dedicated fans should be proud that we took part in praising Love in the sincerest way we knew how.

    This hashtag is perfect. As I’m sure we’ll all be crying by the end of the series’ finale, we can take pride in knowing we let ourselves be heard and generations to come will be able to share this beautiful message because of it.

    @Nicholas_DW

  4. I came late to the fandom and, yes, I have some regrets that I wasn’t involved earlier. However these regrets pale into insignificance when I take a hard look back over these last few months. Why? This is both an easy and a difficult question to answer.

    I’ve had a crash course in what the fandom has been doing. I had no idea what a hash tag campaign was; I’d never heard of Fringenuity. I hadn’t realised just how deep the passion and determination had been to get a fifth season aired.
    Fringe is a rich woven tapestry of love, hope, family and determination against the odds. The characters have had to face their own inner demons and external forces along the way. These last two sentences equally apply to the fandom. The fans love the show, they had hope for a fifth season, they joined together as a family and their determination won through. Many fans, including myself, have had inner demons or external forces to overcome along the way.

    These last months have been an emotional roller coaster. I have laughed and I have cried. Not so long ago I asked a question regarding fan fiction. This led to a link to the ‘Where is Peter Bishop’ video. Its effect on me was incredible. Both this video and the ‘Thank you Fringenuity’ have reduced me to tears.

    Fringenuity and the fans have welcomed me with open arms. I have received more love and hugs, albeit virtually, than I have had in 50 years. Being a small part in this community has had a huge impact on me. I am no longer alone, I have found inner confidence and I now realise nothing is impossible.I can alter my future timeline.

    This family does not stop here. The extended family includes the cast, crew, media and those who have produced trailers and promos. I am not going to start naming people as I don’t want to miss anybody out. As a fan of Fringe one of the most awe-inspiring aspects is actually talking to these people and more importantly being able to say thank you.

    And so I find myself in the eye of a storm. The rain will soon hammer down as my emotions take hold again. Hopefully the friendships that are developing will continue far beyond the end of Fringe. My final words are a simple, but heartfelt, thank you to Fringenuity, to the fandom and every single person involved with Fringe over the years. Each and every one of you is incredible and you should be proud of your part in this. Fringe will never be forgotten and neither will you.

    #KeepLookingUp

  5. Nicholas, thank you for articulating what I feel inside! Sometimes I just can’t express myself as much as other Fringies on how I feel about the show, how it has changed my life and what it can mean for us in the future! The mere fact that us fans helped keep the show on for one more glorious season shows that WE MATTER..no matter how small we feel (myself most of all)…we MADE A DIFFERENCE. So I say to all Fringe fans that when we start to feel we have not done anything of note in life…yes we have…We saved Fringe!

  6. Alison! What a heartfelf reply, I wish I would have known you! I came in from the beginning but came in late to the twitter events. I love the show and all of the fans!

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