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  • #46 by Rachel
    Fringe is one of my all-time very shows and it’s not an exaggeration to say that I’ve seen every single episode at least twice, if not thrice. It’s probably because every few years I make a point to rewatch the whole series, which is exactly what I’m doing right now (currently in the middle of season 3). From the pilot I was immediately reminded of why I fell in love with the show, even though it’s really as it progresses that the characters come into their own and the storylines become much tighter. It’s just such an underrated sci-fi show. Olivia Dunham is driven by the need to find the truth and do what’s right and later by the relationships she forms with Peter and Walter (and Astrid). They become this unconventional little family delving all sorts of weird science. But at the heart of the show is the father/son relationship between Peter and Walter. You all know my love of Joshua Jackson but really, John Noble is the person who blows me away the most on this show.


    • #47
      To paraphrase George Costanza, these anniversaries are making me thirsty.

      J.J. Abram’s Fringe gave us permission to believe in the impossible

      Written by Tara Broughton on Jan 24, 2018

      There is something truly remarkable about finding a series that has the ability to both terrify and hook you within the first five minutes of the pilot episode. There is something, perhaps innate in all of us, that seeks out the things beyond humanity and tempts us to dance with the dangers of our own moral compasses.

      Co-created by cinematic genius, lens flare enthusiast and master storyteller J.J. Abrams, Fringe took us to the edge of reality, consistently leaving more questions than answers. It tempted audiences with the paranormal, unproven and the wildly imaginative; the series holds a district aura of eeriness and an undeniable compulsion to believe in the impossible.

      Combine the young and dedicated FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Australian actress Anna Torv), with a dysfunctional father-son duo, the erratic and brilliant scientist Walter Bishop and conman Peter (South Australian actor John Noble and Canadian Joshua Jackson respectively), and then add a dose of LSD, a lab full of bodies and you get the Fringe Division. Suddenly, the impossible seems more than probable.
      It’s success and value also lies in its genuine connectedness and empathy with and for the human soul.

      Strange occurrences are appearing all over the United States: a child is born and seconds later is found dead as an elderly man with the umbilical cord still attached; Olivia believes she’s murdering people in her sleep only to discover her mind is linked to a mysterious human experiment. The culmination of these cases and her acute mental resilience help her to unlock the revelation that she possesses psychic abilities thanks to Walter’s experiments on children with the drug Cortexiphan. And that’s just a taste of the series’ shocking first season.

      Where is there is the grotesque (cue the opening scene of any given episode), the remedy is found in the following palate-cleansing theme composed by Abrams, before returning to conspiracy, conundrum and catastrophe. The more you believe you’re beginning to understand the series’ arc and the mythology of the expansive Fringe universe, the more sensible reasoning becomes too illogical, too rational. Slowly but surely, you learn the truth: there is more than one of everything. There is a war brewing, a war between this world and the one next-door, the one where there is a you and a me, but not all is at it seems. The elements of known scientific method collide with the fleeting notions of Fringe science (or pseudoscience), effectively blurring the boundaries set by our own reasoning. The very fabric of reality is stretched to the point of tearing, until we can begin to see through to The Other Side. And they know about us; they see us. The Alternate Universe is home to its own peculiarities like flying zeppelins and the still-standing twin towers. They will stop at nothing to ensure that it is their world that survives and the fate of these two worlds rests in the hands of Olivia Dunham and Peter Bishop.

      While the Fringe team uncovers the threats of a mysterious Doomsday machine and inter-universe battles, Observers (enigmatic time-travellers with the ability to see the future) watch on and at times intervene in order to fulfil their purpose: maintaining balance in the timeline.
      The series evolved to become an insight into the chasm of consequence.

      Fringe is phenomenal not only in its casting or in the wonderful execution of hypothetical science and often ludicrous ventures into the unknown: it’s success and value also lies in its genuine connectedness and empathy with and for the human soul. It does not refrain from tackling themes such as childhood abandonment, forgiveness and sacrifice. It reminds us of our own mortality, morality and ability to see what others cannot or refuse to see in the world that seems so ordinary. Ten years on, Fringe lives on in its characters, its mythology and its belief that the notion of what is possible is merely a matter of perspective.

      Spanning five seasons, Fringe was a series that began as an ambitious and, more often than not, daring police procedural with compelling characters and a barrage of loose ends begging to be tied up. However, as the seasons progressed and the characters started to mirror real, believable people, the series evolved to become an insight into the chasm of consequence, where the repercussions of our choices become apparent.

      In the second season the series ventures into the realm of the psychedelic with a fun musical episode titled ‘Brown Betty’ to keep the character development fresh and emotions high, then moving into the game-changing third and fourth seasons, where things get even more freaky, but no less captivating.

      With a mind-blowing final season to conclude the main character’s storylines, Fringe is a beloved and challenging series that indulges the imagination and delights the curious side in all of us.

      Fringe celebrates the tenth anniversary of airing its first episode in September this year


      • #48
        19 Secrets Behind Fringe You Had No Idea AboutOriginating from the creative mind of noted direct/executive producer/writer JJ Abrams, Fringebecame a cult favorite in the sci-fi world. Originally airing on Fox, the series explored the rare instances of fringe science in our society. With a unique mixture of sci-fi oddities and procedural drama, the series quickly became a fan favorite. In addition to its exciting storylines, the show notably incorporated different ciphers into the show for viewers to decode each week.

        The series also expanded on its TV popularity through a series of comic books, novels, and games. Though ratings began to wane through its later seasons, Fringe maintained a close-knit fan base that steadily supported the show to the very end. Becoming a victim of the noted Friday Night Death Slot, the series concluded with its fifth a final season on January 18, 2013.

        Riddled with coded messages, unsolvable mysteries, and hidden universes, Fringe continues to be a series fans return to again and again. However, among those hidden puzzles lie the secrets only a few Fringe fans are aware of. Although the series has concluded indefinitely, the mysteries about the behind the scenes activities and the stars themselves continue to live on as well.

        Here are the 19 Secrets Behind Fringe You Had No Idea About. 19. JOHN NOBLE WAS TOO YOUNG TO PLAY WALTER

        Australian actor John Noble has had a notable acting and theater career since 1988. After a solid career in Australian entertainment, US audiences were introduced to the actor in projects such as The Lord of the Rings films, and TV series The Unit and 24. Though he held small roles in these series, he still had not found a significant role to star in.

        Noble’s daughter, an actress, discovered the available role of Walter Bishop for the series Fringe while looking for auditions. After suggesting it to her father, he had his manager inquire about the part. Unfortunately, he didn’t qualify for the role for an unexpected reason. According to The Huffington Post, Noble (who was in his late 50s at the time) was told “that he was actually too young for the role.” However, after submitting an audition tape, he convinced the producers to select him for the role. 18. THE PILOT EPISODE COST $10 MILLION

        For a new TV show to work, the producers must do whatever they can to capture the attention of the audience from the start. Many shows invest heavily into pilot episodes as they serve as calling cards for the series. The two-hour pilot for Fringe helped introduce the audience to the characters and some of their backgrounds, the expected story development steps, and the fringe science itself.

        Though production of the pilot episode took place in Ontario, Canada (with the show set in New York) to save costs, the hope for the show’s success reflected in its expensive price tag.

        The pilot episode cost a whopping $10 million to create!

        Between the elaborate plane scene and Walter’s laboratory, Fox and the creators of the show had complete confidence that viewers would take to the show. Luckily, they were right: over 9 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere. 17. SECRET RELATIONSHIPS DOOMED, ON AND OFF SCREEN

        As stars of a show continue to work closely together for long periods of time, they tend to find themselves developing an intimate relationship. Such was the case for characters Olivia Dunham and her partner John Scott. The two were involved in a serious secret relationship when season 1 premiered. Their onscreen romance translated into a real-life version for the two stars as well.

        In fact, the two actors, Anna Torv and Mark Valley, has a secret wedding the same year season 1 was airing. The couple kept the news of their relationship quiet until the rumors of their marriage were released. However, in both instances, the relationship was not meant to last. Reports circulated that the couple split up just a few months after their one-year anniversary. Their divorce was confirmed in early 2010. 16. GENE THE COW HAD TO BE RECAST

        The cast of Fringe offered an intriguing line-up of characters and personalities with great variety. From the hard-working FBI agent to the eternally forgetful but brilliant scientist, the characters worked well together and effectively solved the mysteries presented week over week.

        One of the fan-favorite characters turned out to be Gene, the cow.

        When Gene was introduced in the pilot episode, John Bishop stated that cows shared similar genetics to humans and so would serve as the perfect test subject. Gene managed to avoid being a test subject and, instead, became an unofficial part of the main cast. However, fans may not be aware that the same cow did not appear throughout the seasons.

        Once the show’s production moved to New York, Gene had to be re-cast due to restrictions on transporting livestock from Canada to the US. The “actress” may have changed but Gene remains a fan favorite. 15. JOSHUA JACKSON’S PAINFUL STUNT ACCIDENT

        One of the more intriguing aspects of Fringe centered around the use of special effects for the various plotlines. From the first episode, viewers witnessed a multitude of strange and sometimes sickening, occurrences of fringe science. Along with these weekly mysteries, the cast often worked against the clock to solve the cases as quickly as possible.

        Of course, the show employed many action sequences and suspenseful scenes to help keep the viewers engaged in the show. However, early on in the series, Joshua Jackson suffered a nasty injury while filming one such scene. According to IMDB, Jackson “had to be rushed to the hospital, when during a stunt, a copper wire was shoved up his nose and hit a vein.” Ouch!

        Though the crew was concerned he would not be able to finish filming, Jackson made a complete recovery and returned to the set.
        14. Anna Torv’s Family Estrangement and Connections to Rupert Murdoch

        Despite its unusual style and format, the series hit home with a loyal group of fans. The first season of Fringe ended with an average rating of 10.2 million viewers. However, after season 2, viewership dropped off significantly over the course of the show. By season 2, viewership was down to 6.25 million viewers.

        Fox would typically cancel a show with such diminished numbers.

        Surprisingly, the show was somehow renewed for a third season. One theory for the show’s “lifeline” came with actress Anna Torv’s connections to Fox founder Rupert Murdoch. Her father’s sister was once married to Murdoch from 1967 -1999. Nothing like a little nepotism to keep the show going?

        However, Torv despised her relationship to Murdoch and downplayed their connections. In addition to her resentment toward him, Torv has also been estranged from her father since she was eight years old.

        13. Kirk Acevedo Was Fired From the Show and Ranted on Facebook

        Kirk Acevedo played FBI Special Agent Charlie Francis. Although his character remained through season 1 and 2, writers felt his time on the show had come to an end. However, Acevedo did not take kindly to being let go and voiced his opinion on his Facebook account.

        On May 21, 2009, he posted the message:


        In light of his outburst online, producers for Fringe quickly denied the accusations that he had been fired. Instead, they said his character had been written out of the storyline. Fringe fans saw the last of Charlie Francis alive in the season 2 episode “A New Day In The Old Town”, but Acevedo later appeared as Alt Charlie in two season 3 episodes.

        12. Joshua Jackson Was Against Peter and Olivia being A Couple

        Most shows with male and female leads often set audiences up for the possibility of future romances. From subtle innuendos to building tension, the characters eventually cross that line and become a couple. Although fans were enthusiastic about the possibility of Olivia Dunham and Peter Bishop becoming an item, one of the actors disapproved the coupling. Actor Joshua Jackson (who played Peter) expressed his disagreement with the shipping of these two characters.

        As reported by TVOverMind, Jackson stated: “I think this bizarre little family unit we have – crazy daddy, overachieving daughter and layabout, good-for-nothing son – was a really odd thing to put at the heart of a science fiction show.” Also, his hesitation stemmed from the concern that “Peter and Olivia hooking up would ultimately damage the show.”

        Surprisingly, his co-star Anna Torv loved the idea of the two getting together but questioned if it would ever happen. We all know how that turned out!

        11. Jasika Nicole Based alt-Astrid on Her Real-life Autistic Sister

        The introduction of the Alternative Universe in Fringe opened up new opportunities for the cast of the show. Given most of them had alternate versions of themselves, the star got to play their opposite with different personalities and physical appearances. Actress Jasika Nicole, known for playing Astrid Farnsworth on the show, looked to her personal life to approach her Alternative Universe self.

        In an interview with Uproxx, Nicole shared that she modeled her characters’ behaviors (her character had Asperger’s syndrome) after her real-life sister who has autism. She explained, “Astrid is not like my sister. My sister is lower-functioning than someone who has Asperger’s, but there are definitely a lot of the same qualities. It comes from the same core.”

        By incorporating her personal experiences, Nicole successfully captured the essence of alt-Astrid onscreen to the delight of fans.

        10. One Star was cast, but never made it on-screen

        Casting directors worked tirelessly to select the perfect cast for Fringe. Although the show was already highly anticipated with Abrams at the helm, the announcement of the chosen ensemble also helped to promote the upcoming sci-fi series.

        On January 17, 2008, The Hollywood Reporter shared the news of the first cast completed for the series. They stated that “Kirk Acevedo and Tomas Arana have been tapped to co-star in ‘Fringe,’ Fox’s high-profile sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. Mark Valley also has joined the two-hour, $10 million pilot, which is being directed by Alex Graves.”

        Nothing is unusual about this press release except that it never came true. Although Acevedo and Valley did end up with roles for the show, Arana’s part never came to fruition. Though reported as playing “a special agent for Homeland Security who heads the special Fringe division,” he never made it on screen.

        9. Jackson’s s Ex-Girlfriend’s cameo

        While we explored the onset romances that developed during the filming of Fringe, let’s also take a look at an established couple that starred on the show together.

        While working on Fringe, Joshua Jackson and actress Diana Kruger had been dating for about two years at the time of the show’s premiere. Working as an active actress in Hollywood at the time, Kruger managed to secure a spot in season 2 of Fringe. She starred in an uncredited role in the episode “Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver”, she briefly played Miranda Greene, a lawyer who died early on in the episode.

        Sadly, the real-life couple called it quits in 2010 after ten years together. Incidentally, rumors began circulating that Kruger had stepped out on Jackson with The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus.

        8. The Observer In Other FOX Shows

        In the past, creative marketing has helped certain shows create a name for itself long before the first episode airs. Some TV series even continue to play up the appeal of their show with integrated campaigns, advertising, and promotions on their network. Using this technique, the bosses at Fox decided to incorporate The Observer character throughout its other TV shows.

        Fringe fans found the figure lurking in the various places including the audience of American Idol, on the sidelines of NFL games and at NASCAR races. Strangely enough, no onscreen identifier was used when he appeared on camera to point out the character’s name or even advertise for the show. We are not sure how effective the marketing scheme was, however, fans certainly enjoyed looking for the character all over the Fox network.

        7. The Original Series Title Was “The Lab”

        The concept of Fringe erupted from the creative mind of TV and film producer and writer JJ Abrams. Though many shows and movies influenced the creation of the show, the simplest explanation would be that Fringe is The Twilight Zone meets Law & Order. While this was an unusual combination to begin with, Abrams felt that the audience would be drawn in by the unusual science and technology of the storylines.

        In fact, his original plans were to call the show “The Lab”, given that most of the significant discoveries would take place in Walter’s laboratory. However, the title put more focus on the physical location than the science itself. Instead, the show’s name was changed to Fringe to showcase the fringe science that would be explored each week.

        6. The Notorious Friday Death Slot

        Over the years, Fox has gained a reputation for killing great shows in their prime. Thankfully, many shows have found new life in syndication and even returned to the network to continue their run. However, before that renewed life occurs, these low viewership series are banished to what is known the Friday Night Death Slot.

        Fringe moved from its regular Thursday schedule to the dreaded time slot during its third season. To combat some of the negative publicity from the move, Fox released some self-deprecating promotions that lampooned the notorious time slot and positively promoted the move.

        While the network was very clever with its marketing tactic, the show still suffered from plummeting ratings. However, Fox still had faith in the show and renewed it for a fourth season.

        5. Original Showrunner Stepped Down

        Though many shows suffer from cast changes over the years, Fringe maintained its main cast for the majority of the series. However, behind the scenes, significant changes took place that affected the course of the show. Since its premiere, the series was led by showrunner and executive producer Jeff Pinkner. With his history of other Abrams projects including Lost and Alias, Pinkner was familiar with his style and his way of producing a show.

        By the second season, J.H. Wyman was added as an additional showrunner because of his love and history in science fiction. However, as the show’s numbers continuously dwindled, Pinkner began to seek out other projects for his future. After the conclusion of the fourth season, Pinkner stepped down as showrunner for the series. Wyman remained as the only showrunner for the fifth and final season.

        4. The New Showrunner Said Peter Bishop’s Absence From Season 4 A Mistake

        As the storylines for the Alternate Universe continued to weave into the Prime Universe, writers felt the need to make a major change to the cast. The storyline of the third season brought about the disappearance of Peter Bishop from existence. As he was considered an integral part of the show, fans expressed their outrage at his removal from the majority of season four. In reflection, many viewers felt the fourth season was severally lacking without Jackson’s presence.

        In fact, showrunner J.H. Wyman shared the same sentiment in an interview with SFZ Magazine. He stated “I look back at it and consider it one of our missteps. 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…’ everybody was saying, ‘Peter is not on the show so I’m not watching anymore!’ They didn’t get it.”

        3. Leonard Nimoy Acted On The Show Even After His Official Retirement

        Fringe fans were delighted to hear that Star Trek alum Leonard Nimoy would be added to the cast for the season 1 finale in 2009. Playing the role of Walter Bishop’s former lab partner, Dr. William Bell, his character was extended into the following season with a more extensive arc.

        However, with the announcement of his retirement, fans of the show were heartbroken that Bell would not return to the series. In fact, his character was considered dead after the season 2 finale, effectively ending his guest start appearances. Despite his retirement, Nimoy agreed to return to the role once again to conclude his character’s storyline in 2011.

        He returned in animated form for the season 3 episode “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” and in a computer-generated role in the season 4.

        2. It Was Nimoy’s Last Onscreen TV Work Before His Death

        Loving the experience of playing Dr. William Bell, Nimoy returned for his final appearance as the character in the two-part season finale of the fourth season. His legacy on Fringe holds a particularly significant place in the actor’s television history. His depiction of Dr. William Bell stands as his last television onscreen acting appearance before his death on February 27, 2015, at the age of 83.

        Although he did provide his voice for Spock action figure on the Big Bang Theory in 2012, he was not seen on camera. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Actor John Noble shared: “The man was a living legend, totally, a true living legend. Apart from feeling incredibly honored, really honored — privileged — to be sharing a soundstage with him, it was more than that, I also found him to be a superb actor to work with.”

        1. JJ Abrams Hasn’t Done A Sci-Fi TV show since Fringe

        After the poor ratings for the fourth season, Fox announced that Fringe would conclude with the fifth and final season. Given only 13 episodes, the network ensured the series would hit the 100 episode mark necessary for syndication. With a final season that tied up many of the mysteries of the show, creator JJ Abrams gave the show a proper send off.

        Although Abrams has been considerably busy since the conclusion of the show, he has yet to make his return to sci-fi- YB. Although he has served other roles, such as executive producer and composer, for different shows he has not headed a new TV series in the sci-fi genre.


        • #49
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          • #50
            6208451A-B8A3-4118-A245-7FB741C78EDB.jpeg The Dreamscape. Precognition. Chaos Structure. Numbers Stations. The Ghost Network. Astral Projection. The First People.

            This is just a small sampling of the mind-bendingly abstract subject matter explored in the universe of Fringe – the universe crossing, timeline shattering sci-fi masterwork created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. The series blends procedural elements with a deeply serialized mythology that has been described by Abrams as a cross between The X-Files, The Twilight Zone, and the 80’s film Altered States.

            The show goes in search of strange science, but really the most important physics connect the three central characters — FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Mindhunter’s Anna Torv); con man turned FBI “consultant” Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson, long removed from the banks of “Dawson’s Creek”); and Peter’s father (the incredible John Noble), something of a modern and mellower version of Dr. Frankenstein.

            2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of Fringe’s network debut in which we are introduced to Agent Dunham as she attempts to uncover the mystery surrounding a skin-dissolving toxin that was unleashed aboard an international flight at Boston’s Logan International Airport. When her partner becomes afflicted with the deadly toxin, Dunham is required to seek the aid of Noble’s character, an institutionalized chemist whose name pops up in several FBI database entries relating to the study of “Fringe science.” Olivia is led to believe that the application of this otherwise untested field of study may be the answer to saving her partner’s life.

            As Walter and his son Peter desperately try to categorize the toxin and synthesize a cure, FBI Special Agent Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick) informs Olivia that this seemingly isolated act of terrorism could in fact be part of a series of unexplained phenomena that is being collectively referred to within the FBI as “the Pattern,” thus setting up Fringe’s overarching plot.

            Broyles explains that there have been 36 recorded incidents of a paranormal nature occurring in the previous nine months. He gives examples: 47 children who disappeared in 1998 were found a few months previous to the present day, halfway around the world, and with no visible signs of having aged at all; a low-flying plane in Sri Lanka emits a high frequency sound which blows out any nearby windows, then an hour later an earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale hits, causing a tsunami which wipes out 83,000 people in the area; a hospital patient emerges from a coma and begins writing down a series of numbers, all of which correspond exactly to real-time coordinates of US military ships in the south pacific. Broyles concludes the conversation by requesting Olivia’s assistance (along with Walter and Peter) in helping the FBI’s Fringe Division investigate these and other mysterious occurrences.

            Through five seasons and 100 episodes, viewers follow Olivia, Walter, Peter, and the rest of the Fringe team – the aforementioned Phillip Broyles, the force’s director; Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo), an FBI Agent and Olivia’s close friend; and Agent Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole), who assists Walter in laboratory research – as they set out to investigate “the Pattern.

            It’s All About the Narrative

            Fringe began much the same way as The X-Files had fifteen years before it: as a somewhat self-contained show utilizing a case-of-the-week format, thus allowing viewers to return to the show if they missed several episodes without feeling like they had become detached from the larger narrative. Abrams identified early on that serialization of the show was important in allowing the creators to tell their overall story with larger plot elements, but he recognized the difficulties that his earlier serialized dramas (like Lost and Alias) had in attracting and maintaining viewers that had not seen these shows from the start or missed episodes in-between.

            With Fringe, Abrams sought to create a show that suggested complexity but was comprehensible in any given episode. His writers were in turn charged with balancing a line between stand-alone episodes – as requested by the Fox network – and heavily serialized plot elements (the mythos of the show) used to tie characters and story arcs together throughout individual seasons and across the series as a whole.

            A great example of this approach can be seen in the second season episode White Tulip (S2E18) in which a scientist (guest star Peter Weller) struggles to fine-tune the mechanics of a process that could theoretically allow him to travel back in time and save his fiancée from an automobile accident. The Fringe team are called in to investigate the consequences of Weller’s character’s actions and viewers are treated with a television episode that can be enjoyed a la carte without prior exposure to the mythos of the Fringe universe. Plot elements from this episode – especially the namesake white tulip – would become symbols called back by the writers in later seasons to create a connective tissue of sorts that became the foundation for the series’ cult appeal for hardcore fans.

            The Magic of John Noble

            Walter Bishop was at the creative center of numerous bizarre experiments and dark government projects before he was shipped off to mental institutions. As he emerges from a pharmaceutical fog throughout the course of the series, he is rediscovering both himself and his past sins. But being locked away for decades has led to Walter becoming a stranger to both the modern world and its social processes.

            The mad scientist archetype is nothing new in television or literature – singular souls who sometimes have cosmic insights but also terrible obsessions and mental or social rhythms that set them apart in life. And Walter Bishop was television’s King Lear, going from raging fool into incredibly tender moments, insanity into incredible lucidity in the blink of an eye. The real genius behind Noble’s performance lies in the actor’s ability to balance the inspired, quirky, and usually out-of-touch doctor with the often-heartbreaking portrayal of a man who is ever at odds with his past mistakes and failures – an inability to be a good father to Peter chief among them.

            That rage was exactly where we found Noble’s character at the beginning of the series. At odds with his estranged son, still bearing the weight and consequences of the tragic events that led to him being committed in the first place, his release from the institution in the series’ pilot proved merely an escape from the confinements of a physical prison. The memories of a past life thrown away appear to Walter, and they hurt and torture him, but his willingness to persevere and provide strength and insight to those around him turns Walter into a character capable of achieving something close to moral equilibrium despite these shortcomings.

            I’d argue that Fringe would have never been able to get away with all its experimentation without Noble’s ability to ground everything in a deep sense of compassion and hope. No matter what Walter was doing — tripping on LSD, lying to his son, agonizing over his mistakes, eating candy, dissecting a crispy corpse, making us all appreciate life’s intrinsic absurdity — you always felt for the guy.

            A Grounded Approach to Absurdity

            There are no two ways about it: Fringe deals with some fairly abstract science. Manipulative futures, transhumanism experiments, destructive technological singularities? These terms don’t exactly fall under the “easily consumable” column for television audiences. Thankfully, Fringe’s writers and consultants do an incredible job of building the plot arcs around these ideas in a high-concept sort of way.

            According to Rob Chiappetta and Glen Whitman, two of the “media advisors” for the show, the “fringe” science that is being propagated in the series actually comes from peer-reviewed scientific journals: “We start by finding ideas right out of the headlines from a science magazine or the announcement for new research grant and we think, ‘what is the next step or how can we push the boundaries?'” said Whitman. “For example, in series’ third episode, one of the characters was receiving messages telepathically and the Monday before the show aired, we saw an article on the CNN website that explained how the U.S. Army was developing a helmet that uses brain waves to help soldiers talk to each other.”

            Perhaps the greatest feat of all for the series, however, was its creative depiction of a parallel, alternate universe. In Fringe, the Alternate Universe is a universe very similar to the Prime version. Quite simply, it is a world in which slightly different choices were made. Airships populate the skies of New York City, and we see that the World Trade Center still stands in the distance. Different presidents are featured on currency. No one knows who U2 is. Ball point pens are in extremely short supply. And most importantly, Eric Stoltz – not Michael J. Fox – landed the role of Marty McFly in Back to the Future.

            Parallel universes are quite common in sci-fi circles. Starz, in fact, just released a new television series titled Counterpart starring J.K. Simmons wherein Simmons’ character learns that the government is hiding the existence of a divergent reality. Despite the popular sci-fi trope, you’d still be hard pressed to find a more clever, more fleshed-out version of a parallel universe than the one presented in Fringe. Actors like Torv, Noble, Reddick, and Acevedo portray complex alternate versions of themselves that are stunning departures from their primary characters. For example, Torv’s character’s alternate persona has a different color and style of hair, a more vibrant personality, and is a substantially better shot with her handgun than the Olivia Dunham audiences watched during the shows first season. John Noble’s character is a sometimes chaotic, always peculiar scientific savant in the prime timeline, but his alternate world iteration (dubbed “Walternate” by fans) is a calculated and conniving bureaucrat serving as the Secretary of Defense. • • •

            In the creation of the series’ ambitious parallel world, the Fringe showrunners also answered the age-old question: “Does it get any better than John Noble playing Walter Bishop?”

            Yes, in fact. It does.

            John Noble playing TWO Walter Bishops.



            • #51
              TV Nerd

              I talk about tv shows


              Starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble.

              I was first guided to watch Fringe by a review I read online. It appeared in a list of top sci-fi shows to watch, and the reviewer spoke so highly of it that I put it on my must-see immediately list. I am so glad that I did.

              Fringe is a beautiful show. I use the word ‘beautiful’ because not only is Fringe superbly written and acted, but it’s production values are, in my opinion, visually spectacular. Set in Boston, Massachusetts and surrounds, Fringe makes the most of the extraordinary beauty that this locale has to offer, including a set on the grounds of Harvard University. The first season was originally filmed in New York, but following seasons were shot in Canada. There is something very moody about the exterior settings, and this is aided by much of the action occurring during winter months. I admit to developing more than one coat crush while watching this series, but in particular I crushed hard on Peter Bishop’s black double-breasted peacoat (and Joshua Jackson in general). A random piece of information, but the visual element of any show is an important one, and dark, moody and repressed (but stylish) goes so well with all things sci-fi and paranormal.

              Aside from this, one of the most outstanding aspects of Fringe is the evolving relationship story line between the main characters, Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) and Walter Bishop (John Noble). These actors have a wonderful chemistry that flows between them, and while they each have individual background stories, their central shared story is the heartland of this show. One of the things that the reviewer I referred to at the start of this post said about Fringe was that while it is a sci-fi show, it is also a show about forgiveness between father and son. I would agree with that, and add that it is also a love story (regrettably, I have since lost the reference to this review, and I apologise to the writer that I cannot reference him/her here). Fringe has become one of my favourite shows on the small screen, and not just because of the quantum physics, strange creatures and occurrences, and parallel universes. What I really love about this show is it’s focus on love (family, friends and romantic) relationships, and how even the most estranged ones can be transformed.

              Fringe is is not only clever in the way that it creates other worlds and uses science to inform it’s sci-fi phenomena, it is also funny. In fact, this is one of the big draw cards for me, as humour is used to balance out the more intense and serious elements of the show. The humour is more often than not served up by Dr. Walter Bishop, performed by Australian actor John Noble. Walter is a completely eccentric genius, and as such he is not at all bothered by what other people think of his observations. He consistently calls his ever suffering assistant, Astrid Farnsworth, by the wrong name (most commonly Astro or Asprin), and refers to his bowel movements far more often than is polite. John Noble is a brilliant actor. The vulnerability and complexity he brings to his role as Walter Bishop is a joy to watch, and his comic timing is on point. I even wouldn’t mind betting that many of his one liners were improvised rather than written in, as they are so quick and off the cuff. Walter is my favourite character, an incredible intellect who has suffered a devastating mental and emotional break down. He is liberated by Olivia Dunham, who has a past link with Bishop, and the F.B.I to work with them to help them solve crimes in the Fringe Division, which investigates all the cases that cannot be easily explained. In order to do this though, the F.B.I have to enlist the assistance of his estranged son, Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), who, as his legal guardian, must take responsibility for Walter in the outside world. I’m not going to ruin the storyline for you, but there is a lot of baggage between these two characters initially, and the reasons for this are explored across Season 1. Other relationships evolve at more of a slow burn, but are no less interesting or satisfying to watch.

              The Fringe support cast is brilliant, and as each season unfolds, the show makes more and more use of their talents to bring in new story lines and to develop more depth. Jasika Nicole (who plays Astrid Farnsworth) is the perfect foil to John Noble’s Walter Bishop, and they make a perfect ‘odd-couple’ team. Lance Reddick plays Phillip Broyles, Oliva’s tough but loyal superior at the F.B.I., and Blair Brown is Nina Sharp, CEO of Massive Dynamic, a not-so-transparent company who is invested in developing futuristic tech, and to whom most of the crimes that FRINGE division investigate leads back to. Other notable supporting cast members who turn up on and off across the 5 seasons include Kirk Acevedo (who is also in SYFY’s 12 Monkeys) and Seth Grable. Notable Guest Stars included Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future) and John Savage (Dark Angel).

              Fringe is a such an engaging show, with wonderful characters to fall in love with. Although I’ve run out of episodes to watch, I like to think that it is still running somewhere in a parallel universe. Posted on February 5, 2018Leave a commenton Fringe, Fox network (2008-2013).


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                Sometimes when you look back it’s all just a blur, but working on Fringe always stands out as one of my favorite jobs!


                10 TV shows turning 10 in 2018

                It's 2018! That means we have a lot of upcoming TV milestones. To celebrate, we've rounded up 10 shows turning 10 this year
                "Fringe" also turns 10, it featured Lance Reddick, John Noble, Blair Brown, Kirk Acevedo, Anna Torv, Mark Valley, Joshua Jackson and Jasika Nicole Pruitt.

                Few months ago saw Wyman/Noble conversation on twitter ("Let´s talk soon/Absolutely"). I wonder if they plan something for the 10th anniversary.
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                • #53
                  If they plan a reunion, they can´t wait 20 years, like DC actors. At the last SDCC Lance said, he might not be alive for the 20th anniversary. LOL So, it may be their last chance to do it - this year.

                  And if they do a 10th anniversary-reunion, will they invite Mark Valley or will AT veto his participation, cause she might still be bitter after he divorced her 8 years ago?

                  What´s Torv´s relationship-status, btw, still single? Isn´t it strange that nobody wants to date her, is something wrong with her?
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                  • #54
                    John Noble is back in NYC, doing a play:


                    A.Torv & MH cast are gonna be in NYC in a couple of weeks:


                    I wonder if someone will ask her about her alleged motherhood.


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                      Change of plans for JN
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                      Wonder what the other project is. Could he maybe play a serial killer or AT´s father, uncle etc on MH? Then I may watch S2.

                      AT & Co. will attend another event in NYC on May 19.
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                      • #56
                        Fringe has the 41st best pilot.

                        4E12DCAC-DC03-4863-8663-744F3EBC9B3C.jpegFirst episodes are notoriously tough to pull off, but all of these shows started strong.

                        I have a friend who hates pilot episodes. It’s understandable, as the first episode of a series is often awkward, overly expository, sensationalized, or even features a different cast than later episodes. Naturally, a piece of art gets better when more time is spent on it, so thanks to the speed with which new series are pumped out, plenty of pilots feel like messy rough drafts. A series doesn’t need a good pilot to become a good show, but there are still plenty of excellent pilots out there that deserve praise for exceeding expectations.

                        In my attempt to give TV pilots a better name, I did what any normal person would do: I watched a few hundred of them and made a list of 50 exceptional ones, ordered by a complex ranking system. Some notes: for organization’s sake and for my own sanity, I didn’t include miniseries that ran for a single season, children’s television, reality or variety shows, or anything that was created before the year 2000. The list is composed of adult narrative series from the 21st century. And before you press send on that comment, The Sopranos was in the ‘90s and therefore ineligible.

                        It would’ve been impossible to slap together a ranked list like this without a foundational criteria, so I identified six elements of a good pilot which I then used to evaluate each show that I watched (shoutout, as always, to Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall’s TV: The Book for inspiring me to consistently up my list-making game).

                        1. Does the pilot have a point of entry? Is it open enough for audiences to stick with it and respond positively?

                        2. Does the pilot have a sense of artistry–outstanding technical elements, writing or acting which sets it apart from other shows?

                        3. Does the pilot feel complete, and already contain the DNA of the show that it would later become?

                        4. Does the pilot feel fresh, or is it something I’ve seen dozens of times before?

                        5. Is the pilot relevant to the rest of the series, or does it feel random and detached?

                        6. Does the pilot still hold up today? Shows from the past two years can only score a two out of four on the final category since there hasn’t been time to view them with any decent sense of retrospect.

                        Below, check out the 50 greatest TV pilots of the 21st century.



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                            I haven’t seen this one before.



                            • #59
                              Remember when Josh said that his mom was hot for Lance? Fun memories.

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                              • #60
                                After taking the advice to give fringe another try.... I'm on season 1 episode 9....
                                my thoughts...
                                1) Mr. Jackson looks super yummy... but that's a given
                                2) Walter is so yacky funny ( and I'm loving the relationship between the two of them )
                                3) still don't like the gruesome stuff ... but I'm a suck
                                4) staying up till 4am binge watching was worth it... except that my children woke up at 7am ...
                                5) need to figure out how to make more hours in a day to watch all the other episodes

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