John Noble, Joshua Jackson and Seth Gabel Talk FRINGE at WonderCon 2012

     March 23, 2012


One of the best sci-fi shows on any network is Fringe.  Week in and week out, the ratings-challenged FOX show tells great stories, introduces interesting characters, and pushes the boundaries of what television can do.  If you’re not watching the show, I strongly suggest tuning in.  And if you were an X-Files fan, do you remember when The X-Files was great?  When you couldn’t wait to see what was coming next?  That’s Fringe every week.

At last weekend’s WonderCon, I got to participate in group interviews with John Noble, Joshua Jackson and Seth Gabel.  They talked about being at WonderCon, what’s coming up on the show, the challenges of playing different versions of the same character, the chances of getting another season, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Joshua Jackson Time Index

  • Talks about the WonderCon experience, and what it’s like to be on a panel
  • 1:00 – Has to play coy to avoid spoilers
  • 1:30 – Talks about how Peter’s relationships with the other characters has changed a lot this season compared to previous seasons
  • 2:50 – If Fox can make the numbers work, Fringe can get a fifth season
  • 4:20 – He wrote a comic that bridges the gap between seasons
  • 5:00 – Talks about the process of turning his ideas into a professional comic

John Noble Time Index

  • Discusses his character arc this season
  • 0:50 – Talks about different versions of Walter. Admits he doesn’t know what will happen in the final episode.
  • 2:10 – He knows the core character of Walter, but there are challenges in differentiating between different versions of Walter
  • 3:35 – Says he doesn’t collect anything, so he hasn’t take any props home
  • 4:10 – Compares the devotion of Fringe fans to Lord of the Rings fans
  • 4:40 – Gushes over how good Jasika Nicole was in the Astrid-centric episode

Seth Gabel Time Index

  • Talks about being a dad
  • 0:30 – He calls Joshua Jackson’s comic “one of the best comics I’ve ever read”
  • 1:25 – The show never gets boring because the multiple universes allow every actor to play multiple characters
  • 2:00 – Talks about differentiating between alternate universes
  • 3:00 – Talks about his vision for the character as skeptical, “kind of a Scully”
  • 4:40 – Talks about the potential romance between Lincoln and Olivia
  • 5:40 – He doesn’t feel like he needs to pitch too many of his own ideas, and trusts the writers
  • 6:15 – Says the hardest scenes are acting as two versions of the same character

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  • Dan Geer

    As a Fringe fan myself, I have to agree that it is one of the best shows on TV, and is EXTREMELY underrated. Every sci-fi fan should be watching it.

    However, I have to somewhat disagree with the X-Files comment. For me, The X-Files was almost always great, especially Seasons 3-6. I also think Season 8 – when Mulder went missing and Doggett was introduced to find him – was actually an incredibly awesome season that brought the show back to its roots. A lot of people hated that season simply because Mulder wasn’t there half the time, and that’s pretty unfair because there were some great stories told in that season. That, and the arc that brought Mulder back was really cool.

    Seasons 7 and 9, in my opinion, were the weakest seasons (although I still enjoy them), and I really wish a third X-Files film would get made to bring closure to the alien colonization storyline (and I’m far from being alone on this sentiment). It was a ground-breaking TV series that deserves a last hurrah.

    But anyway… yeah… Fringe rules and I hope it at least gets a fifth season, even if it has to be shorter (like “Chuck”) to get the network to approve it. It’s a series that deserves proper closure (like X-Files).

  • McAttack

    Dudes you are now one of the most important source of movie news around the world i think is about time that you should invest a little in the right kind microphones for the interviews and to know how to use them, a personal recorder and a camcorder doesn’t always do the trick. Best wishes!

    • Tanja

      And what exactly is wrong with the record, McAttack? I see and hear everything I need to.

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