SDCC 2012 – Fringe Season 5 Panel

Fringe is alive and well for one more season from Fox, the show battled huge odds closing out the fourth season but was able to finish strong. The current show order is 13 episodes for this 5th and final season, the panel was presented with a sea of white lily flowers by fan groups to mourn the loss of the show and the story we had grown so attached to. Fox also presented attendees with Observer hats given the focus of the story in season 5.

The focus of the panel was a bit of a celebration of the show and how far the team has come, how many twists and turns came forward and how many bullets the characters of the show were able to dodge or rebound from. The moderator focused on memories and touching moments letting everyone chime in on their most special times on the show, odd enough, they all revolved around Astrid’s focus episode where it felt as the most touching of all.

John Noble and Joshua Jackson weren’t able to really deliver their personal moments like this so instead they delved into other bodily functions such as the urge to heave at their grossest moments on the show, anything from non-decomposed stage bodies to eyes out of the socket and reaching around the cavities of these props. Noting that somehow the more decomposed states were easier to work with without losing their lunch.

We did reach some season 5 discussion though, a small sizzle reel was shown to the audience highlighting footage from the future world episode mixed with new scenes as well. The Fringe team is back and this time they’re going to apply themselves to be the anomaly against the Observer controlled world, nothing is off the table with new and old members united. Peter is clear when he steps up to help lead and tells everyone it’s time to create some Fringe events of their own this time, it’ll take supernatural events and all of their brain power to take on this group.

The focus of Season 5 will be future day as seen in the Season 4 episode teaser highlighting problems coming in the future, on top of that we’ll see Peter and Olivia teamed up with their daughter who packs secrets of her own. The tension his high and the team promises to give it everything possible in every single episode coming up so expect possibly the best season yet of Fringe. For those worried, they do promise we’ll see closure to this current arc but possibly not all of Fringe for reasons they address below.

During the panel the afterlife of Fringe is brought into question, hopes of a potential movie (no word on straight to disc or film) and the expansion of the universe in other mediums such as graphic novels or comics which we’ve seen already (Into the Fringe) were brought into play for ways the story can always continue. They’ve certainly left a large leap in time to fill in with a 20 year gap between the birth of Peter and Olivia’s daughter and Season 5 so all of that is in the air right now. The main focus for the moment will be on production and making sure this current arc delivers for fans without leaving everyone in the dark at the end.

Fringe Season 5 will air Fridays on Fox starting September 28th, 2012 for the final 13 episode run.

Review – Mass Effect: Invasion Trade Paperback

Story: Mac Walters
Script: John Jackson Miller
Art: Omar Francia
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Published By: Dark Horse

This collection contains issues 1 through 4 of the Invasion series and as an added bonus contains a short story from Dark Horse’s digital store. I don’t think it’s necessary to go over each issue contained in the collection, if you haven’t yet check out my reviews of each issue, you can find them right here on this very site! I will however talk about the new addition to the book, the short story Conviction. Conviction tells the story of Lieutenant James Vega, a man who likes using his fists as his primary form of communication. The story takes place “…after the annihilation of a Batarian system by Commander Shepard” where there is clearly tension in the air and everyone is on edge. After a brawl, Lieutenant Vega is called to duty much to his dismay as he learns his new mission is to guard a VERY important prisoner!

This collection is very nice, it allows fans of the comic or those who are new to the series to have it collected in one place in its entirety. Plus, you get the short story which was definitely intriguing and for the first time, in print form. The end of the book contains a short preview of the Mass Effect art book “The Art of the Mass Effect Universe” (check out my review for that as well). Whether you were happy with Mass Effect 3’s ending or not there is no denying that Invasion was a stellar series and is definitely worth a read!

Release Date: April 11th, 2012
Price: $16.99

Mass Effect Invasion reviews: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Links: Pre-Order | Preview

Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Mass Effect: Invasion 4 of 4 – At Death’s Door!

Story: Mac Walters
Script: John Jackson Miller
Art: Omar Francia
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Alternate Cover: Paul Renaud
Published By: Dark Horse

Paul Renaud Cover

In this final installment of Invasion the action is in full force, gearing everyone up for the March release of Mass Effect 3. The issue starts us in the middle of the ongoing battle for Omega and never stops. The Illusive Man’s Colonel Ashe, General Petrovsky and their troops are now falling apart and dying left and right due to the team that has assembled under Aria’s command. General Petrovsky devises a plan that he is sure will work, but he underestimates Aria’s intelligence. Super angry and super determined, Aria refuse to back down and she devises her own plan. After a giant battle, a few history lessons and a lot of lives lost we are left wondering who will ultimately control the coveted Omega. I think it’s safe to say that Aria is a fierce opponent and will stop at nothing to get what she wants!

Like the previous issues of Mass Effect: Invasion, this one is full of massive amounts of action. Even though it is the same length as previous issues, it felt like it ended fast because of how gripping it was. As I was reading it I found myself fully immersed and really didn’t want it to end. This series has been an awesome lead up to the Mass Effect 3 game release and it will be fantastic to continue the story when the game finally comes out. The art, dialog and story are all top-notch and the ending was not exactly like I has expected which was a nice surprise. This series is a must read for Mass Effect fans, so if you haven’t picked it up yet I suggest you do before March.

Massimo Carnevale Cover
Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Voltron – The Final Battle is coming to DVD

November 1st marks the date of an epic 8 episode feature for Voltron. Classic Media plans to launch this remastered DVD with some of the most epic battles in the history of Season 1. The Omega Comet, Dark Doom Castle and more all await eager Voltron fans!

For those collecting the entire series in box set form, this might not be as amazing of a find, for casual collectors using Netflix though, this brings out some of the more epic battles in the shows history.

Details:

MSRP: $12.99
Features:

  • Top 5 new powers of Voltron Force – The biggest and baddest new features of Nicktoons’ new series Voltron Force
  • Blazing Sword Voltron – Meet the newest, coolest Voltron collector’s figure ever
Order it: Amazon | Buy.com | Walmart | Best Buy
We’ll try to get more information out of Classic Media on this one, hopefully we might even be able to give some DVD impressions. Keep an eye out for more!
Update: Listed retailers now taking orders

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light shows off new goods

Final Fantasy seems to have no end of installments on the DS, for many, this is a great thing as finding a good and long game can be a chore. Today we get a look at the Crown System of jobs that can be assigned to characters in game.  Check out the video and screens below for details on how it works and what starting classes are available.

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Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light Screenshots

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Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds US Tour hits California

It’s that time of the year again, Final Fantasy is touring through symphonies all over bringing memories of adventures past to the masses. This week Nobuo Uematsu will greet the San Francisco Symphony on two nights with two different programs, also starring Susan Calloway, MARIA, DRACO and DANCING MAD.

Check out www.ffdistantworlds.com/sanfrancisco for more information about the location and cost.

For those looking to be at Comic-Con 2010, Nobuo will share the love at the Embarcadero Marina Park South in San Diego on July 22nd. No guest details have been disclosed at this point but the Distant Worlds site should have updates as the date draws near. – www.ffdistantworlds.com/sandiego

Other shows this summer include Houston, Washington D.C. and Toronto with Nobuo Uematsu only confirmed to miss the D.C. event this year.