(minor Spoilers should be assumed for most of the post) Fringe, which many have called a cult show
, has a pension for playfully populating its episodes with pop culture references
and has continued to do so into its fifth and final season.
As mentioned previously, the show has gone as far as to release a record by a fictional prog-rock group
, regularly tinker with its own opening titles
, and lay aside each season's 19th episode in order to play with the show's format. There has been a musical episode
, an animated episode
, and an episode that takes place in the show's future and includes opening titles similar
to the opening of the film, Blade Runner
The show's most recent season is a shorter one, scheduled to last only 13 episodes, and thusly it will not have the traditional 19th episode. That hasn't stopped the show from having a similar amount of fun with this season's ninth episode which includes an homage
to Terry Gilliam's technique of cut out animation
While it may be a stretch it is also worth mentioning that the legendary Monty Python comedy group, including Gilliam, were influenced by a comedy stage show called "Beyond the Fringe
" which was created via a collaboration between the Oxford Revue
and The Cambridge Footlights (previously
). This is all somewhat relevant because not only were some of Python's members involved with organizations like the Revue but Oxford is also where Fringe's resident, loveably mad doctor, Walter Bishop, did his Post-Graduate work.