Comic-Con Live-Blog: FOX's 'Fringe'
Expect plenty of teasing non-answers about last spring's cliffhanger
4:19 p.m. There's been a lot of in-and-out between the animated panels and then "VD" and now "Fringe." They certainly have some audience overlap, but there are definitely fans who were only here for one or two of the big afternoon panels.
4:26 p.m. The "Fringe" panel is starting *early* that doesn't happen here. We open with a sizzle reel from last season. Each star gets cheers when they first appear. But they decide not to show my scene. Boo. And the sizzle reel ends with: "They don't remember Peter." "How could they? He never existed."
4:29 p.m. Jeff Pinkner and J.W. Wyman come out first. The stars all arrive in a rush, so we don't know who got the most applause. We've got John Noble, Anna Torv, Seth Gabel, Jasika Nicole, Lance Reddick and Blair Brown.
4:31 p.m. Noble begins with a few words: "You guys are the best fans that any company could ever have." Aww. "I know it's obvious, but this is our Emmys," Pinkner says.
4:31 p.m. Damian Holbrook begins, of course, by asking about the absence of Peter/Joshua Jackson. Pinkner jokes that they tried to find a replacement for Peter. Fake Audition Reel! Sylar! That guy from "Saturday Night Live"! Ben Schwartz! [Schwartz reading sides from "Dawson's Creek."] Rebecca Mader! ["Is it cuz I'm English? I can totally do an American accent," Mader says.] Damon Lindelof! Geoff Stults, who nobody in the audence recognizes. Paul Scheer! MICHAEL EMERSON! DANNY PUDI! [Pudi with a fake mustache.] Greg Grunberg! ["He's a mind-reader now," Grunberg says.] Jorge Garcia!
4:37 p.m. ZOMG! The clip ends with an Observer auditioning and that auditioner is... Joshua Jackson!
4:37 p.m. Out walks Joshua Jackson in a hat and a charcoal gray suit. "I got so dressed up for you guys," Jackson says.
4:38 p.m. "Thank you everybody for coming to PaceyCon2011," Jackson says.
4:38 p.m. Apparently there was a lot of cut footage in the finale. Will we see it now? "We always try to keep our extras and our ends, just in case we're going to show everybody," Wyman says. "All of the important stuff made it," Pinkner says.
4:40 p.m. The floor is already open to questions. But we can't hear them. Jackson repeats the question, which was how Peter could have fathered his own child if he never existed. "The question is, is that our child?" Torv asks. But nobody answers the question. At all. In any way.
4:41 p.m. Will Olivia learn to control her powers? This season? "We can't give you things that are going to be spoilers," Wyman says, telling viewers to tune in. "All will be answered, we promise." Pinkner adds, "I'm not sure we've seen all of her powers yet." We get applause for Torv's Leonard Nimoy impression. Pinker warns the fans that "What's going to happen?" questions aren't going to be answered. He urges people to ask about "insight" or "process" or "things that already happened."
4:43 p.m. The moderator asks other cast members to do their impressions of Anna Torv doing her impression of Leonard Nimoy. Up first? Lance Reddick. Joshua Jackson tries coaching him, "You don't exist anymore, so stop talking," Reddick tells him. He starts off clunky, but soon finds a solid William Bell.
4:44 p.m. A fan asks Noble how much more fun it is to play an evil character like Walternate. "There's a charm to playing Walter who can get away with anything and does... Walternate, he's not as bad as he appears," Noble says. "You shot my wife in the head. That was pretty bad," Jackson says. "That was in 2026," Noble responds. "Fine. You will shoot my wife in the head," Jackson agrees.
4:46 p.m. "I loved getting to play Our Side Lincoln, because that felt like me," Gabel says of getting to play Lincoln full-time next season.
4:48 p.m. Is Josh deprived because he doesn't have an alternate version to play? "Certainly I've seen the fun everyone else had playing their alternate. It did give me more free time than they had, which didn't suck," Jackson says, before saying that however he gets brought back into the show, it's bound to be as a very different character.
4:49 p.m. What would Blair Brown's ideal Alt-Nina be? "I'm not sure that in the alternate universe, Nina isn't an inanimate object," Brown says confusingly. She suggests more seriously that in the alternate world, Nina is out of control, since she's so in-control in our world.
4:50 p.m. Jasika Nicole says we're going to see a different side of Astrid. She starts to say. They try to stop her and Nicole breaking into song, "Astrid has a gun..."
4:51 p.m. Will we get more flashbacks this season? "We've loved them as well and it's certainly our intent to keep doing that," Pinkner says. Wyman adds, "We'll always go back and we'll always go forward if it suits the story... I can definitely say for sure we will see some other episodes like that."
4:52 p.m. They've done a musical episode. They've done animated. What's next? "The nude episode," Wyman says. "They make me go nude, nobody else," Noble complains. He says that Walter's nudity is all a set-up for the Nina/Walter affair in Season 5. "You have a very tight tushie," Pinker compliments Noble. Now it's Jackson's turn to read the "Audience members under 18" placard. "I'm sure it's very tight, but we didn't need to know that," Jackson says.
4:54 p.m. Referring to Alt-Astrid's Aspergers, will there be more characters with physical or developmental disabilities? "Have you met Walter," Jackson says. "I think this show shows that disabilities aren't necessarily disabilities," Gabel says. Noble references the "Johari Window" episode as showing the "Fringe" commitment to treating people with "problems" or "disabilities" or "conditions" as being normal and special in an emotional way.
4:58 p.m. We're wondering why Walter sent his Machine back in time without proper instructions. Jackson thinks that's something we're going to learn this season.
4:59 p.m. The cast is now going to ask *us* questions? Hmmm... For prizes!
4:59 p.m. Trivia. They've got "Save Peter" t-shirts for winners. Jasika asks the first question: What is the kind of sandwich that Walter made for Astrid when she was trying to break the code in Season 3? We get several incorrect guesses. It's some sort of cucumber, avocado and cheese with potato chips on it. Jackson tips his hat to the winner.
5:01 p.m. Torv is up next: What color was Walter's suit that he got married in? Purple.
5:02 p.m. I'd rather here more from the actual talent on the panel. But that's just me.
5:02 p.m. Noble's turn: What instrument did Roscoe Tanner play on the album cover shown in the episode? Nobody knows. Everybody's yelling guesses. Apparently he played drums.
5:05 p.m. Blair Brown's question: What did Nina promise Peter in Season One in the equestrian ring? That she would do him a favorite at any time, no questions asked.
That's all, folks...
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