Now that Fox has officially named the dreaded timeslot at the end of the week Fringe Fridays, it’ll be interesting to see how well this fan-favorite series will hold up against televisions other weekend powerhouses.
When we last left Fringe almost two months ago, Olivia was attempting to readjust herself to a life that was taken over by her counterpart from an alternate dimension. After breaking down in front of Peter and demanding to know how he wasn’t able to tell that the impersonator wasn’t her, fans were left in suspense as an Observer recited four mysterious words, “He is still alive.”
With Fringe finally returning, not only were we finally find out exactly what the Observer was referencing in his ominous phone call, but we also learn more about the Observers and what exactly must happen when one of them chooses to interfere with destined events.
While the Observer element will make up much of tonight’s sci-fi aspect, there is a more personable storyline included in the midseason premiere, with Christopher Lloyd guest starring as Roscoe Joyce, the keyboardist for one of Walter Bishop’s favorite bands, Violet Sedan Chair. These two men - one a mad scientist and one a musician - will begin their episodic journey as strangers, but as Walter helps Joyce remember how to once again play music, these two will each find a kindred spirit within one another.
An Observer makes contact with the Fringe Team to help rectify a mistake. Meanwhile, Walter befriends Roscoe Joyce (guest star Lloyd), keyboardist for Walter’s favorite 1970s band, “Violet Sedan Chair.” Walter will learn the real reason the band broke up, and realize that the lives of these two men, who have never met before, overlap in strange and unexpected ways.
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Fringe airs Fridays @8pm, on Fox