J.J. Abrams gives Comic-Con attendees first peek at 'Fringe'

Fringe_lAt the Comic-Con "preview night" in San Diego Wednesday, J.J. Abrams made a a pre-taped appearance to introduce the 81 minute and 30 second long pilot of Fringe, the new Fox series scheduled to air on Tuesdays, starting Sept. 9. Abrams joked that it may have been 30 seconds too long, but for some of the few hundred people present, it may have been too long by more than just that half a minute. After the opening sequence, in which a man on an international flight infects all the passengers with some sort of grisly, flesh-eating plague that leaves behind only their skeletal remains when the plane lands on autopilot at Boston’s Logan Airport, the audience was mostly subdued, with the exception of an "Okay" here and a "That was bizarre" there. The plot is a lot to take in: FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is assigned to investigate the matter, relying on two people — a man (John Noble) who’s been institutionalized for the last 20 years, and his son (Joshua Jackson) — to help her navigate this mysterious "fringe science." She subsequently finds out that the agent (Mark Valley) she is in love with may not be who she thought he was.

Stay tuned for Lynette Rice’s coverage of a Q&A panel with Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman on Saturday.

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  • Snarf

    Really looking forward to this one!

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone else feel that this series is an attempt to recapture the X Files? And is it just me, or does that Dawsons Creek kid look EXACTLY THE SAME as he did years ago? Adding a scruffy beard doesn’t make you look grown up, dude.

  • PS

    Pacey will always be pacey.

  • Jillian

    I thought this show was supposed to be amazing??? Other than Torchwood I have never been a fan of sci-fi or crime shows but I will be checking this one out solely because my inner 12 year old still yearns for Pacey Witter.

  • elly

    my husband’s co-worker, who really likes ‘the x-files’, got him a pirated copy of the pilot (BOOOOO i say to you, sir) and really enjoyed it.
    but really, what just happened to the good ol’ days of waiting and, you know, NOT trying to convince the public that your new show will be The Greatest Thing That Could Never Lead To Over-Hyped Dashed Expectations?

  • bruno

    i gotta say, i’m already not looking forward to this one. i think the casting’s pretty awful (because olivia dunham look smore like a kindergarten teaher than an fbi agent…and pacey will always be pacey). i’m gonna go out on a limb here and call this one CANCELLED, along with DOLLHOUSE (dushku? meh) and i’ma gonna toos KNIGHT RIDER in there too for NBC (because REALLY). still love the JJ…just not the show…

  • Ashley

    Um, let’s not get ahead of ourselves over Dollhouse okay? In all fairness, that sounds interesting with the plane (although what IS it with planes and J.J.?) and I will watch the first episode and give it a chance. Hopefully it’s not a total ripoff of X-Files, in which case I think I’ll just break out those DVDs instead.

  • Lia

    I can’t wait for Dollhouse (I love Eliza Dushku and Joss Whedon!) but I worry about Fringe- the lead female doesn’t seem to be someone I’ll like all that much and that can sink a show. Would Pushing Daisies be the huge hit it is if not for a killer ensamble cast? Buffy, Firefly, CSI- it’s all about the group dynamic. I can deal with Pacey but I’ll wait and judge the other 2 when I see the pilot (which will hopefully be shorter because, yeah, not necessary)

  • Cait

    I honestly loved the pilot that leaked, it has only improved through repeat viewings. I am slightly surprised by the audiences reaction to it. I wonder if this is the ‘tweaked’ version that he promised to release in the fall or TV, or the same version that leaked.

  • Heather

    With all this hype, I may actually watch this. I have so much TV to watch, so little time…

  • Jason

    Since when is “Pushing Daisies” a huge hit?

  • Jennifer

    I saw a DVD screener of the pilot. It was, I’m sorry to say, really bad. Really bad. I was really looking forward to this one, but, save for a few nice production touches, it is a sci-fi channel show. The writing is startlingly weak, and the acting doesn’t help. They brought in Pacey, and he’s still doing Pacey. The girl is from Australia and she really struggles with her American accent. It’s like a weak knock-off of X-Files. Too bad.

  • Anonymous

    pacy was a good charater … glad to see it back!

  • Kai

    I am sad to hear that so many people found the pilot less then appealing. I have seen worse. It will be interesting to see how the show progresses. It will either be overrun by conspiracy theories, or it can focus on strange bio-terrorism/medical mysteries (cause we all know how that went, with Medical Investigation a few years back). Maybe we are tired of seeing pretty blond law enforcement women (CSI Miami, Without a Trace) scorned by a lover, which lead to rash decisions. Time will only tell where this story goes.

  • Joseph massimino

    I saw a Bit Torrent DVD of The Fringe. I wasn’t likeing it for the first 10 minutes, but the story got beter. I’m looking forward to seeing the series, but I hope it follows a better story line than X-files did, never getting anywhere. The same can be said for LOST, we still don’t know much about LOST, it answers one puzzling question with another.
    The Fringe gave you clear ideas of what was happening, yet left enough room to imagine what else could be out there. If it starts getting silly, I will be forced to take it off my Tivo.

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