You can't really deny that the upcoming fifth and final season of FOX's sci-fi drama series Fringe won't be a massive departure from previous years. The season will be set almost entirely in 2036, a dystopian future in which the mysterious, hairless Observers (future inhabitants of earth) have taken over and enslaved the human population after finally destroying the future version of earth centuries in the future.
In fact, the dystopian 2036 storyline really has only one tie to any of the previous seasons that have come before it, and that's due to the season 4 episode "Letters of Transit," which introduced viewers to the setting and general premise of season 5. It also introduced us to Peter and Olivia's daughter Etta (Georgina Haig), a resistance fighter against the Observers, and brought characters Peter (Joshua Jackson), Walter (John Noble), and Astrid (Jasika Nicole) into the story by unfreezing them from amber. Olivia (Anna Torv) was notably absent from the future (likely as a move to increase suspense in the season 4 finale), but worry not -- she'll pop up in the season 5 premiere, "Transilience Thought Unifier Model 11.
If you're a little rusty on what exactly 2036 was like, don't worry, you're not alone. Fans like myself who bought the fourth season of the show on DVD likely went straight to disc 5 to watch "Letters of Transit." But if you aren't planning on buying the DVD but still want to catch up in time, FOX has got your back. The network will be airing a rerun of "Letters of Transit" on Saturday, September 22 at 11/10c, less than a week before the season 5 premiere. If you've only seen the episode once, it might be worth it to tune in or at least DVR it for consultation.
It's just another way (you know, in addition to actually renewing the series) that FOX is looking out for Fringe fans. See? We've almost forgotten about Firefly.
Fringe season 5 will premiere Friday, September 28 at 9/8c on FOX.