new episode of Fringe takes us through the looking glass and into my favorite topsy-turvy wonderland currently on television. Fringe fans know it as “Over There” — a parallel universe realm that resembles our “Over Here” world but is distinguished by a few outré sci-fi touches and alternate versions of our history, our culture and ourselves. “Over There,” there are daily flights to the moon. “Over there,” Eric Stoltz starred in Back to the Future, not Michael J. Fox. “Over There” has no long-running musical named Cats — but there is one called Dogs. And in the New York City of “Over There,” the Empire State Building isn’t just a tall building, but a docking terminal for dirigibles — which, by the way, was the original intention for the spire section atop the art deco Manhattan landmark. (Another pop culture fave of mine that brought this idea to life: the near-forgotten Jude Law/Gwyneth Paltrow retro sci-fi/cutting edge f/x marvel Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.) I’m told everyone over at Fringe HQ pitches in to help flesh out the Over There world — from the L.A.-based writing staff to the Vancouver-based art department — and I look forward to seeing what rich little throwaway details the show will give us tonight. READ FULL STORYTonight’s
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expressed hope that the sci-fi adventure series produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot team would finally fulfill its potential as TV’s next great cult pop obsession following two intermittently brilliant seasons. At the risk of being too early with a judgment after just three episodes, I’d like to state for the record that Fringe has at last become the show I wanted it to be and is set to become my new “Favorite TV Series Currently On The Air”… right after Mad Men signs off for the year on Sunday. Going into the season, NBC’s The Event seemed poised to fill the hole left behind by Lost. But it has been Fringe that has stepped up to become broadcast television’s premiere capture-the-imagination enterprise. I’ve never been more hooked.Three weeks ago, in anticipation for the season 3 premiere of Fringe, I
Of course, while I’ve been slow to become all-in on Fringe, others have not. EW’s TV critic Ken Tucker has been a major champion of the show since the beginning, and I’m sure if you’re reading this, you’re probably also reading his recaps of each new episode. I’ve always enjoyed the show as an extremely well-produced next-gen X-Files. At the same time, I’ve always wanted the show to become less defined by its influences and find its own unique entity. Fringe began doing that late last season when the writers decided to plunge deeply into the show’s core mythological conceit: That the world that’s home to heroes Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop, and Walter Bishop is in hostile conflict with a parallel universe version of the same world, marked by variations in history and people. Fringe has had great creative fun fleshing out this idea, and you can actually feel that fun seeping through. The writers are clearly having a ball in the playground they’ve built for themselves, and it’s clear that the actors are having a blast, too.
Anna Torv, the actress who plays Olivia, deserves special a commendation. READ FULL STORY
'Fringe': Will the J.J. Abrams sci-fi series achieve geek glory this season? PLUS: Parallel world-palooza!
Fringe begins its third season tonight, and the time has come for J.J. Abrams’ erratically awesome freaks-and-geeks fest to become consistently awesome and fulfill its long-teased promise of becoming TV’s coolest, craziest, most creatively audacious cult pop thingie. Lost and Heroes are gone. FlashForward fizzled out. I never got aboard the Supernatural bandwagon — and I jumped off the Smallville bandwagon a long time ago. The Event has potential (I’ve seen the next two episodes—they’re strong), but Fringe has the pole position. The show has the goods for a great run. The braintrust installed by Abrams and co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are indeed brainy enough. The core cast — John Noble, Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown — can bring it, and their characters have evolved into truly engaging, involving people. And after two seasons of pussy-footing around its key sci-fi idea (our world is embroiled in a secret war with a parallel universe Earth) and fumbling to find a way to explore it in an accessible, character-driven way, Fringe finally committed and found Eureka! with an outstanding sweep of episodes at the end of season 2 that set up the premise of season 3.
Agent Olivia Dunham (Torv) is marooned in the “over there” world, while her doppelganger has secretly taken her place in her own world. Exec producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman say the new season will toggle between the two realms, which will allow the series to spend significant time in the parallel world and have fun fleshing out and playing with an alternate version of history where people travel by rerto sci-fi blimps and the World Trade Center still stands. I’m looking forward to watching Fringe letting its already-freaky freak flag unfurl even further this year (while not losing track of its human element) — and I’m looking forward to reading our resident Fringe champion Ken Tucker’s clear-eyed take on the show each week. In fact, Ken and fellow Fringe fanatic Whitney Pastorek have whipped up a Fringe refresher to get you set for the new season. You can find it here. READ FULL STORY
What do you get when you combine a mad scientist, singing, dancing, and 1940s noir? Surprisingly, not a Broadway musical or a rejected episode of Glee, but tonight’s musical episode of Fringe. While dealing with some upsetting news, the self-medicating Walter (John Noble) tells Olivia’s (Anna Torv) niece a fairy tale, which plays out in his head with a lot of singing and dancing.
With tonight’s episode, Fringe is entering into some competitive territory. There have been some great TV musical episodes: A patient hallucinated that everyone was singing on Scrubs, which gave us the bromance anthem “Guy Love.” How I Met Your Mother recently celebrated its 100th episode with a big production number featuring Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) ode to suits. Harris also showed off his incredible pipes on a musical episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold last year. (You must download the soundtrack!) But of course, my favorite is Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s superb “Once More, With Feeling,” the granddaddy template for a great musical episode. READ FULL STORY
That’s right: The man formerly known as Spock intends to step down from his acting career after finishing his arc as Dr. William Bell on Fringe. That means no more Bell, and no more Spock — even when it comes to Star Trek‘s 2012 sequel. Says Nimoy to the Toronto Sun: “I want to get off the stage. Also, I don’t think it would be fair to [Star Trek's 2009 Spock] Zachary Quinto…He’s a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it’s time to give him some space.” (Ha. Space. Was the pun intended? I’d like think so.)
And get this: He might even retire from sci-fi conventions. Gah! I don’t know, PopWatchers. I loved Zachary Quinto in last year’s film, but are we ready for Leonard Nimoy to disappear from our lives like a red shirt? Do you think he’ll at least perform a follow-up to “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” for us?
Either way, live long and prosper, my friend. Because I’m sure you haven’t heard that enough.
more than 1,000 responses. After the jump, you’ll find a poll representing 45 of the most popular and/or passionately-pitched picks. Declare your favorite. Then visit our gallery of 25 Flashback Episodes You Love for a trip down memory lane. READ FULL STORYWhen we asked readers to name TV’s best flashback episode, we got
'Human Target"s Mark Valley on his favorite roles, the photos he wants no one to see, and wife Anna Torv
Mark Valley left his bike in Vancouver. It’s there with his radio, some clothes, and hiking gear. He left the items for good luck, and, he admits, so he can playfully brag later if his show Human Target gets picked up for more episodes beyond its current 12. (”I’ll say ‘Oh, of course it got picked up,”’ he says in a faux haughty tone, ”’I left my stuff there.”’) They haven’t heard anything yet, but he’s hopeful. ”I think there’s more story to be told.” The same can be said of Valley’s personal rise to fame. Sitting down with EW.com earlier this week, Valley spilled on some of his memorable roles. And a few of not-so memorable ones…
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Character: Fair-haired resident
”I always thought it was fun to do these little parts. But they weren’t little parts to me at the time, they were a big deal. It was like ‘Oh my God, I’m going to be on a [movie] on HBO, playing ‘the fair-haired intern!”’ READ FULL STORY
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