The musical episode wasn't the only thing on the minds of those participating in Tuesday's conference call with Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, the executive producers of Fringe.
Warning: while what you are about to read does contain spoilers, they are once again quite mild. Fringe's EPs lead by example, not revealing much about upcoming episodes. I know, I know. I also was rather disappointed yet, at the same time, quite impressed.
The topic of spoilers was touched upon during the conference call. While they do consider it flattering that there are individuals who are so into Fringe that they will try to get their hands on the material early, keeping future Fringe plots under wraps is important to the team and the executive producers; and apparently said team is very invested in the project. Consequently, everyone at the show has been doing a great job at keeping the materials safe and sound. I don't know about you, but knowing that there is a dedicated, invested team that works together to keep things going and doesn't feel the need to show off and put the material at risk makes me like the show even more.
Jeff Pinkner also pointed out something very interesting: while a couple of years ago, whomever had a piece of information would hurry to share it with the world, it seems that the pendulum has now swung the other way. These days, it's more common for people who discover secrets to keep said secrets to themselves. I certainly hope that this is the case. I would love it if the discussion surrounding a show really became about the story, the plot, the characters, the underlying philosophy, inspiring reflections about day-to-day issues, rather than degenerating into gossip about the show's lead actors.
Come to think of it, this touches on the two most respectful ways of treating a show. The first is to trust the team behind it enough to work on your patience and wait for whatever officially comes though (this is a tough one for me to admit, since I'm a bit of a spoiler junkie!). The second is to not bring the show down to the level of mere gossip and speculation, especially a show like Fringe which deals with complex notions such as the nature of perception.