‘Fringe’ Midseason Premiere ‘The Firefly’ Spoilers Discussion

Published 4 years ago by , Updated January 21st, 2011 at 8:04 pm,

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Now that Fox has officially named the dreaded timeslot at the end of the week Fringe Fridays, it’ll be interesting to see how well this fan-favorite series will hold up against televisions other weekend powerhouses.

When we last left Fringe almost two months ago, Olivia was attempting to readjust herself to a life that was taken over by her counterpart from an alternate dimension. After breaking down in front of Peter and demanding to know how he wasn’t able to tell that the impersonator wasn’t her, fans were left in suspense as an Observer recited four mysterious words, “He is still alive.”

With Fringe finally returning, not only were we finally find out exactly what the Observer was referencing in his ominous phone call, but we also learn more about the Observers and what exactly must happen when one of them chooses to interfere with destined events.

While the Observer element will make up much of tonight’s sci-fi aspect, there is a more personable storyline included in the midseason premiere, with Christopher Lloyd guest starring as Roscoe Joyce, the keyboardist for one of Walter Bishop’s favorite bands, Violet Sedan Chair. These two men – one a mad scientist and one a musician – will begin their episodic journey as strangers, but as Walter helps Joyce remember how to once again play music, these two will each find a kindred spirit within one another.


Episode Description

An Observer makes contact with the Fringe Team to help rectify a mistake. Meanwhile, Walter befriends Roscoe Joyce (guest star Lloyd), keyboardist for Walter’s favorite 1970s band, “Violet Sedan Chair.” Walter will learn the real reason the band broke up, and realize that the lives of these two men, who have never met before, overlap in strange and unexpected ways.

If you’re posting comments here, assume that anyone in the conversation has seen the episode – if you haven’t seen the episode, I would recommend you don’t read these comments here until you have. You’ve been warned.

Discuss away!


Fringe airs Fridays @8pm, on Fox

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  1. I havent seen it yet but I just love that coming back from the winter break is now “The midseason Premiere.”
    This isnt the only site that does it but the phrase cracks me up every time.

  2. Well I saw the episode.
    I liked it but it was steeped in the mythology of Fringe.
    Mythology episodes dont bring in new viewers.
    and Fringe NEEDS new viewers .
    Still, it was a well written episode.

  3. Not a super-awesome episode. However, the character building was as strong as ever. I think it’s crazy how emotionally invested I am in Walter Bishop.

  4. It was a sigh of relief to see our favorites return. We know the Observers are still a mystery but it was pretty cool to see the ass-kicking in the bank. The Friday time slot makes my DVR a focal point prize.

    “take the keys….save the girl!”
    @ Jonathan….our next Dog is to be named Walter. ( we will finally break the “name your pets after Star Wars heros” vein we have been in for 30 years.

  5. I thought this episode was phenomenal–it was nice to have an episode that was a lot about Walter/Peter and some interesting developments from The Observers. I was figuring they’d go “big budget” with their move to Fridays to try and draw in new viewers, but this was one of the better master-plot eps of the season. Great review of it here: http://thecriticalfan.blogspot.com/2011/01/tv-episode-review-fringe-firefly.html

  6. I want 2 THANK “FOX” FOR KEEPING “FRINGE”! Its like, Idiocracy has taken over TV. They are dumping so many great shows and keep mindless shows on for years.I Was afraid that FRINGE could be next 2 be canceled after i seen so many of these kind of show getting the Ax’s. I want 2 show my support for FRINGE. To fight for FRINGE before its to late. NBC has cancel, THE Event and ABC canceled,FlashForward. Like, two million viewer’s wasn’t enough in just ten episode? They want give a full season foe these kind of shows to grow.I didn’t start watching Fringe until i heard someone talking about Fringe in its second season. More and more I watch Fringe, the more I love the show! I don’t know why another channel cant cash in on some of these canceled shows and continue these series? I have never in 50 year watch so many reruns in the mid of the season.I HATE ALL THAT MUCK THAT IS TAKEN OVER TV.