When J.J. Abrams popped up at Fox’s TCA party last night, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that he was instantly swarmed by writers wanting to ask him about the end of Fringe, the upcoming Star Trek movie, and various and sundry other topics. I managed to get his ear long enough to ask him two questions, so I thought I’d share ’em with you:
News Reviews Interviews: Now that Fringe is coming to an end, are you happy with the way it’s coming to an end, given that you actually had the time to wrap it up properly?
J.J. Abrams: Very much so. Yeah, I mean, obviously, it’s a bittersweet thing, but the fact that we’ve gotten this far is so crazy to me, that the network allowed this show to survive as long as it did. I don’t know when that’s happened before, really, when a show’s been given such a chance. The thing that’s so crazy is that every other network would be, like, “No.” But we got to 100 episodes, and the story got to end in a way that I think was appropriate for the story and the series, so…I’m sad to see it go, but I can’t believe we got here. It’s amazing.
NRI: There were more than enough surreal moments throughout the run of the series, but were there any that particularly made you giggle with glee that you got away with them?
JJA: Well, I mean, just the idea of Walter going back for Peter…what I loved about it was that I thought it was as beautiful and emotional a story as any you’d see in a medical show or a legal show, but it was dealing with fucking alternate universes. And a father who was desperate, who against his wife’s wishes was going to an another universe to swap out a boy…I mean, it was so nuts, but it was so sweet and so emotional. I mean, for me, it was, like, one example of the epitome of what the show at its best was, which is a really emotional heartbreaking and big-hearted show about love. But it was in a context of, like, the weirdest crap you’d ever seen. And some of the most grotesque and scary. And I also loved things like, y’know, that monster bursting out of the bathroom on the airplane. Stuff that just made me go, like, “I’m so happy I get to be part of a show where that happens!” [Laughs.]