Will ‘Fringe’ Push Sci-Fi TV To The Edge?

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 6:59 am,

fringe ink aith Will Fringe Push Sci Fi TV To The Edge?So how good is Fox’s new fall show, Fringe, really going to be? I mainly ask because I fancy myself to be quite clairvoyant when it comes to TV/Film. And I’ve got posts to prove it. (Be sure to check the post date on that!)

For those not in the know, Fringe is a big-budget, Sci-fi/Thriller/Mystery/Drama that hopes to “thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between science fiction and reality.” It’s pretty much a mash-up of The X-Files and Altered States.

But before we’ll ever get a look at the show’s reported $10 million pilot in order to fairly judge it, I have to say, Fringe has got some pretty good things going for it:

A) It’s produced by J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions cohorts, hit-makers behind such other genre-defying (genre-melding?) shows as Alias and Lost. And Mr. Abrams is on somewhat of a streak at the moment, (yes, even Cloverfield,) so a misfire now, with $o much on the line, seems unlikely.

B) Like Lost, Fringe will follow a serialized/stand-alone format, meaning that every episode will contain a complete stand-alone story-arc, while simultaneously advancing serialized sub-plots which will culminate in all the thrills, twists, and explosions that sweeps-week calls for. This is the format that works for Lost, it worked for Alias, and I’m saying it’ll work again here. J.J. KNOWS THE GAME!

C) The cast is actually a solid team of actors with some pretty good resumes:

fringe pilot1 Will Fringe Push Sci Fi TV To The Edge?

FBI Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (newcomer Anna Torv); Her partner, Special Agent JOHN SCOTT (Mark Valley, Boston Legal); DR. WALTER BISHOP (John Noble, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), our generation’s Einstein; Bishop’s estranged son PETER (Joshua Jackson, Dawson’s Creek); Manipulative corporate executive NINA SHARP (Blair Brown, Altered States); Fellow FBI Agents PHILLIP BROYLES (Lance Reddick, The Wire), CHARLIE FRANCIS (Kirk Acevedo, Oz) and ASTRID FARNSWORTH (Jasika Nicole, Law & Order: Criminal Intent)

And the pilot was directed by Emmy Award-winning Alex Graves (The West Wing). These are not amateurs we’re talking about, people (except for newcomer Torv, and she pretty much has to carry the show. But remember: before J.J. came along, who was Jennifer Garner? Who was Evangeline Lily?)

Now I’m not saying that Fringe is going to be THE BEST THING EVER! If you’ve ever seen my face, my half-lowered brow, you know I’m way too cynical to get too psyched about anything on TV. The initial previews have looked promising [see below], with just the right amount of creepy adrenaline rush that made The X-Files so good in its heyday. And things seem to blow up real, real, good in this show.

fringe jj abrams cast photo Will Fringe Push Sci Fi TV To The Edge?

But previews, as we all know, do not a good show make.

However this fall, when I go to bet Vegas odds on which new show is going to make it out of the initial sprint of pilot season and enter the pantheon marathon of watchable TV, I’m going to keep in mind what kind of distinct advantages Fringe has over the competition. I’m just sayin.

(I’m not even sayin. Just sayin.)

Check out the trailer for the series:


What’s your bet on this?

Fringe premieres on Tuesday, September 9th.

Source: FOX

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  1. looks interesting .
    I am looking forward to this.

  2. This show will be a hit. And Joshua Jackson is the man, and ladies love him…especially my gf.

    I wonder how Dollhouse will do…Whedon’s not had the best track record recently.

  3. I think the show will be a hit as long as Fox don’t drop the ball!

  4. “What’s your bet on this?”

    One thing you failed to mention: I was written by Orci and Kurtzman, the guys who wrote Michael Bay’s Transformers movie. That alone makes me question the quality of this show.

    I really don’t think it will be any good.

  5. Already saw an advance of the pilot and it was ok. As with a lot of pilots they introduced many possible paths the show could take in the future. It was very much like X-Files without the alien spin, mixed up with the Lost twists and turns. The acting was well done, camera and S/Fx were cool, and overall concept I found entertaining. I bet it will do fairly well.

  6. Hahah, too true FlameStrike, too true.

  7. @Alexis

    Perhaps you need to read some books in order to improve your grasp of grammar because that sentence is just fine, thank you.


  8. Dear this website,

    I have a complaint about your lack of spelling and basic grammar abilities.
    Use grammar or spell check next time,
    so you dont seem COMPLETELY ILITERATE!

    ‘ But previews, as we all know, do not a good show make.’
    COME ON.


    keep up the good work.