Awesome as it may be, not every storyline on Fox's sci-fi series Fringe was a winner. For every Over There reveal of the Twin Towers, there were a few creatures of the week that never really worked. So which season-long plot does current showrunner J.H. Wyman regret the most?
As some fans might've guessed, Wyman admits the long-running season-four storyline that saw Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) erased from existence was a dud that didn't do much more than piss off an already small (but fiercely loyal) fanbase.
In an interview with SFX he explained how the idea fit thematically but proved a misstep in actual execution:
"Like the whole [season four] disappearance of Peter, I learned a great deal from that. It didn't work. People didn't like it and felt it was sort of stupid and didn't get it. I totally agree. I look back at it and consider it one of our missteps. It didn't work as well as we all thought it would. We liked it and thought it was cool. But no matter how many times we told people, 'No, Peter is still part of the show. Come on? It's Peter Bishop, he's still part of the show,' everybody was saying, 'Peter is not on the show so I'm not watching anymore!' They didn't get it. But maybe in retrospect when people watch the series from beginning to end they'll realize why thematically that was so important to do. People may or may not get what we did, but it is what it is. It's not a pizza. You don't get to order what you want on it. [Laughs]"We'd have to agree. Though the storyline allowed more time to focus on the other characters, Peter is the heart of the show, and it just felt empty without him there to pull all the different players together.
Judging by the focus on the core cast tromping through the future for the shortened fifth season, Wyman seems to have learned from the mistake.
What do you think? Did you like the missing Peter storyline?