Fringe's highly anticipated fifth and final season is undergoing a little bit of a bump in the road. The acclaimed sci-fi drama was scheduled to continue shooting its fifth season premiere on Tuesday, but was unable to do so due to the illnesses of several main cast members.
Star John Noble, who plays mad scientist Walter Bishop, is reportedly under the weather, which kept him from attending yesterday's Television Critics Association panel for the show, as originally planned. Star Blair Brown, who plays the powerful head of Massive Dynamic, is also reportedly ill. And, if you thought luck couldn't get any worse for the Fringe team, think again: star Jasika Nicole (Agent Astrid Farnsworth) was involved in a recent fender bender that resulted in no serious injuries. Still, with the pattern of luck this cast is having, one might start to think that the Observers were behind it.
Production was underway for the first episode of the fifth season, the tongue-tanglingly titled "Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11." The season is reportedly set in the year 2036, which audiences visited in the season 4 episode "Letters of Transit." The dystopian future is ruled by the Observers, humans from far in the future with technology advanced enough to take over the world after running out of resources in their own time period. Footage shot exclusively for Comic-Con (but not part of the actual series) revealed that the Fringe team, who arrived in the future via amber, would begin to combat the Observers by using terrorist tactics akin to the ones they fought for the first four seasons of the show.
Production is slated to resume early next week.
Fringe's fifth season is slated to premiere on Friday, September 28 at 9/8c on FOX.