It’s sad there’s only one more season of Fringe to go, but the plus side is that without the need to try to appeal to a broader audience, the show is now free to go as batshit insane as… well, as Walter is. This trailer for season 5 indicates the show will take place entirely in the Observer-controlled future, as seen in season 4’s flash-forward episode. Having Astrid and Leonard Nimoy back (seriously, Leonard Nimoy does not understand what “retired” means, and I hope no one tells him) is great, but if you’ve been watching the show regularly, hearing Peter say “Maybe we should cause some Fringe events of our own” is not only spectacularly badass, but is a wonderful inversion of what the basic premise of the show has been. Again, it’s sad Fringe is ending, but it’s clearly going to end with a bang… of anti-matter.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.