You’ve Got a Friend in Me
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“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe…warp drive…wormhole refractors…you know the thing you need most? You need a hand to hold.”    – The Doctor

No one knows better than a Fringie how an unexpected friend can change your life. The Doctor was right; in a world peppered with pitfalls of loneliness and uncertainty, it can be nearly mpossible to get back up once we’ve fallen, unless we can reach for the proffered hand of a friend. That bright smile, that caring presence, can bring us back to ourselves again when we’re ready to give up.

Friends come an all shapes and sizes. They can be lifelong companions, or they can drift into your life for just a little while, and change you forever. They’re the family of your choice, the people who make life a little less scary, and a lot more fun. They’re not afraid to laugh at you as well as with you. They’re the ones who listen to you even when you don’t make sense, who love you in spite of (or maybe because of) your flaws. They’re there when you need an ear, or a shoulder…or a hand to hold.

In honor of the upcoming release of the short film “Friend,” starring John Noble, written by his daughter Jess, and produced by members of the Fringe crew, Fringenuity is once again issuing a challenge to your boundless creativity. We’re holding a contest!

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#FringeFanFriday Fanfiction: “Thirty Days” by DixieGirl256 Part II (Updated 5/31)
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Part I is here.

Chapter 6

The next scene has a sexual situation. Nothing graphic.

Four stacks of files lay on the desk in front of Peter, along with his laptop. Jazz from WGBH played faintly in the background.  Peter rubbed his eyes, stretched, and pulled another folder from the tallest stack.

At least he wrote everything down, even if most of it doesn’t make sense.

Olivia stood in the doorway, watching Peter as he skimmed the contents of the folder.  How many nights had she done this with case files, going over the details dozens of times, looking for any clue that would bring her another step closer to resolution?  And how many times had Peter coaxed her away?

She walked behind him, then leaned on his shoulder and set a small tumbler of whisky by his left hand.  She rested her hands on his shoulders and began to massage the knots from his neck and back.

“Thanks, Liv.  Ahh, that feels good,” he mumbled, never looking up from the file in front of him.

“How’s it going?” She asked softly, still rubbing his shoulders.  “Anything I can do to help?”

“Find Walter…” he sighed.  He took one of Olivia’s hands in his, and leaned back, resting his head against the back of the chair.

“Come to bed, Peter… You’ve been at this for hours.”  She kissed the top of his head.  “I miss you.”

“Is this how you felt all those times I tried to get you to take a break?” His voice was serious, but he was smirking.  “Isn’t this the part where you kiss me and promise me mind-blowing sex if I’ll just come to bed?”

“Did that work?”

“Most of the time.”

“Then yeah, this is that part.”  She leaned over and brushed her lips against his stubbly cheek.  “If you shave before you come to bed… and if you can stay awake.”

“How can I refuse?” He chuckled and shut down the laptop.  “But shaving, huh?”  He wrapped his arm around Olivia as they walked out of the room.

“Well, it’s not a requirement… but it severely limits your options if you don’t,” she teased.

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Fringies, Let’s Make Joel Wyman’s Human a Reality
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Future LA Cops (From YVR Shoots)

 

The Pilot for Joel Wyman’s project show, Human, is scheduled to wrap filming this week. It won’t be long until the post-production product is screened in @FoxTV’s boardroom in order for the execs to decide whether or not they want to order it to series.

We can’t tell you how much we want this show to become a reality. Why do we have such confidence in something that barely exists, and feel so passionately about it?

– Its main creative team – Joel Wyman and Bryan Burk — are from Fringe.

– Most of the crew were those who had worked on Fringe. Aside from their tremendous dedication and talent, these people were incredible to respectful fans who watched filming. The Vancouver and the British Columbia film industries are fighting for jobs right now, so any work for these people is a good thing.

– Did we mention that the casting is amazing? Karl Urban? Michael Ealy? Yes, please.

– The concept of artificial life and human interaction/interfacing with machines is fascinating.

Some may say that we’re setting ourselves up for heartbreak. Pilot season is cutthroat, and many promising projects just don’t make it. But we’ve taken the stance that well… squeaking helps things get greased. Action at a Distance. And if Fringe fans have learned anything from taking an active interest in Fringe’s fate over several seasons, positive squeaks can have an impact.

We need to be advocates for what WE want to see.

We need to let FOX know that they possibly have a built-in, influential, and transferable audience for Human if they risk it.

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#FringeFanFriday Fanfiction: “Thirty Days” by DixieGirl256 Updated 4/12
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For our first Official  #FringeFanFriday, Fringe fanfiction writer – DixieGirl256 – has submitted the first part of a ten chapter-plus-epilogue story that deals with the month after Walter disappeared in 2015.

She says: “It’s my attempt to fulfill Joel’s hope that we would imagine our characters the next day.”

Story is rated T, however one upcoming chapter will be M rated.

We’ll be posting an update each week. Enjoy!

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September’s Notebook: Reviewing Fringe’s Moments in Time
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With wrap removed, the book is made to have a slightly distressed look.

With wrap removed, the book is made to have a slightly distressed look.

Fringe: September’s Notebook – The Bishop Paradox

Authors: Tara Bennett and Paul Terry

Publisher: Insight Editions

List Price: $50.00

Available: Now

After a bit of disappointment with a certain colossal Internet retailer regarding my highly anticipated pre-order of eight months, this gem reached my hands straight from the UPS man. (Thanks Barnes and Noble for not letting me down, unlike A-to-Z…)

I made sure that I had the afternoon free to peruse the book – that is how much I looked forward to reading it. After combing through it many times, I was ready to offer this review. Although it comes from a fan, don’t expect too much bias: This assessment also comes from a critical eye, and fans can be the toughest critics. So how does September’s Notebook stack up for this obsessed Fringe fan?

First, a little background.

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Poll: How Have You Participated in the #Fringe Fandom?
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I have a really nice manuscript written for the Fringe fandom book that I am writing. The title has been altered to better reflect the contents and scope of the book; part history, and part memoir. It’s Quantum Entanglements: A Fringe Fan Journey and a Collective Fandom History.

I am needing a bit of information to flesh out some areas better.

One of my major sections deals with the creativity of the fandom, and the things we have done because of our love for the show.

Will you take a moment to answer these questions? Also, comments with more details are always welcome, and will help me to include your stories into this account of our Fringe family. The more participants the better, so please spread the word.

There will be several more polls over the next few weeks about various topics. This poll will close March 15, 2013. Thanks for your time!

You are welcome to email me as well – fringefanbook at gmail dot com.

 

The Fringe Universe Expands: The Measure of a Cult Show
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 “To be a fully sanctioned cult show, the life of a programme must continue through its fans after its death.” – Alex Geairns

“The community of the show is currently strong and vibrant and I have a funny feeling that the afterlife of the show, as much as we who have been making it for the last five years are finishing our portion of it, I think it will live on in that community.”

“And how that manifests itself? I don’t know. Perhaps there would be a movie. I think there will probably be a lot of fan fiction. Maybe there will be even some sort of filmed addendum to the show or televised or podcasts or however it manifests itself, but I feel like the afterlife of Fringe is the test case for how modern cult shows are going to live on after they go off the air.”

-  Joshua Jackson / FOX conference call / January 18, 2013

Fringe may be over, but it’s not dead. Our Twitter fan community may not be as united as when the show was airing, but that doesn’t mean that all of the fans have crossed over to the other side to see the rest of their season five. There are plenty of things that you can do in this universe to keep the experience and community alive.

Fandom doesn’t have to be a full-on intense experience. In fact, people often drift in and out. I’ve been an X-Files fan for 20 years, and my interest comes and goes. Lately, it has been intensified… I suspect in an attempt to kinda fill the Fringe-sized hole in my heart…

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Enemies of Fate
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And here we are, on this final day.

There are so many things I want to say…so much love, and gratitude, and wonder associated with this whole experience, I don’t even know where to begin. I can tell you that a little more than a year ago this outcome (whatever it may prove to be tonight) was my secret dream, but that I didn’t really dare to believe in it. We thought we’d try; that even if #CrossTheLine, and other ideas turned out to be spectacular failures, that at least we’d done something to try and help, and that even if the whole internet laughed at us (or more likely ignored us completely), that we’d be able to face the end knowing that we at least tried.

We never expected this…

My words are all trying to come out through my tear ducts instead of my fingers, so I’ll just quote Josh from this morning’s conference call:

“The community of Fringe became totally self-supporting, and I think that’s actually one of the more…you know if you talk about Fringe not just as a narrative experience onscreen – I think one of the more interesting things that’s come out of it is that community built around the show, and how powerful that can be in tipping the scales toward the show’s surviving or failing. Because you know by traditional metrics our show would have been off the air at least last year, but probably two years ago. Except the passion of our fan base made it impossible for our show to be dismissed, in maybe the way that even ten years ago science fiction shows quite often were lost. So I think the fan base, and the passion of the fan base, is a large part of the story of the show, Fringe.”

That’s what you are, what we are: an epic, beautiful fairy tale become reality. In a world where the good guys rarely win, where despair and apathy are so often an unchallenged part of the landscape of life, the Fringedom is a living testament to the power of love, and hope, and community. When we first started these campaigns, I hoped, we all did, but I don’t think any of us really believed we’d accomplish anything.

For us, and for so many others, you guys have changed that forever. I’ve learned things about myself, about persistence, and about hope, that will sustain my faith for years to come. Whenever I start to doubt the power of the individual, all I’ll have to do is look back at this day, these times, my friends.

Fringe was always special, that’s what drew us to it in the first place. But its fans made it magnificent, and our show will go down in television history as “the little show that shouldn’t have, but did.” We became part of the fabric of the show, creating our own story woven around a skein of scripts. Fringe will always be special, and so will its fans. So will you. Every one of you who tweeted, schemed, promoted, created, and fought, will always be a part of the unlikely story of the show that succeeded in brand new terms, the history of the impossible come to life.

“Impossible:” you guys have made me reevaluate the meaning of that word. Whatever happens tonight, remember that. Remember that you’ve been part of something beautiful, a chapter in an endless shining volume of hope. Take that with you after tonight, and look to it whenever you doubt your abilities. #KeepLookingUp: You’ll never see the possibilities if you don’t look for them. You taught me that, and I will never forget.

Today has been so full of emotion for all of us, I know there have been many tears shed already, least of all mine while writing this. So let there be tears, there should be. Tears of sadness if that’s what’s the final chapter holds, but also tears of triumph, and joy, and love, because this ending is so very rare in its completeness, and you have been an integral part of it.

Thank you Fringe, for teaching me these lessons. I love you all so much.

 

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

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The Final #Fringe Events: Celebrating the Finale with a Bang
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dandyfansIt is here. The final week before the Fringe finale is upon us and the realization is sinking in that the on-screen journey of these wonderful characters will be complete. Our Fringe family – us and them – will never be the same.

Although we come from many backgrounds, ages, and all walks of life, we’ve become such a tight-knit community.  Over the years, many of us have found friends among the ranks of Cortexifans from all over the world. We have laughed together — cried together — fought together to keep this story alive.

Many have nurtured creativity in someone else through encouragement and mutual sharing of an interest such as art or writing. Others have enjoyed listening to podcasts and sharing their theories. Several contribute to Fringe websites like Fringe TV and Wormhole Riders. Some have literally had their lives saved either directly or indirectly due to this show. No joke: We have heard the stories.

I never knew that when I made the choice to sit down and watch The Road Not Taken,  that I’d be hooked, and it would set me down a path that has led to this point. It is fitting in a way that this episode about choosing our paths was my first.  At the start of season 3, I set out to find other fans and found Fox.com and Fringe-Forum, where I came across fans of all kinds. I still talk with one long after leaving those forums; she went by the screen-name “RoughDiamonds,” but I now know her as @Fringeship–as Kelly–my friend. A chance meeting on Facebook and our failed attempt at Fringe promotion led me to Annie — @birdandbear — who would become the General Grant to my Sherman. The decision to join Twitter would be a turning point — I was immersed in the fandom.

Left to right: @birdandbear, @runpaceyrun, @brownbettyhigh, Jamie and @aimeeinchains The Fringe Event, Vancouver

Left to right: @birdandbear, @runpaceyrun, @brownbettyhigh, Jamie and @aimeeinchains The Fringe Event, Vancouver

In the end, this show really is about people. How many of us connected because of a mutual love for this show? And found that we had oh-so-much-more in common? Feel free to share your story in the comments.

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