“Fringe” still going strong

October 10, 2010

Billionaire Inventor or Iconic Actor?

We’re watching the third episode of “Fringe” for this season right now. It’s a nice, subtle touch – when the action takes place in the alternate universe the main title sequence is red; when it takes place in our world, it’s blue.

SPOILERS AHEAD: A smallpox outbreak in North Texas? Bic disposable ballpoint pens virtually extinct? Places in construction zones where people need inhalers? Doesn’t sound like such a nice place to me. Although the gold-plated Statue of Liberty is pretty cool. An awful lot of things aren’t different, and that’s more of an accommodation to production expense than the intention of the writers, I’m sure.

The story was an interesting turn on the “Flowers for Algernon” idea. By the way, you should read that story, if you haven’t. The novel wasn’t as good, in my opinion. I never saw the movie, titled “Charly,” with Cliff Robertson as the man who has his intelligence artificially raised.

Back to “Fringe.” Cute point: Charlie (!) mentions a “Vulcan mind meld.” Did anybody tell William Bell when he crossed over how much he looked like Spock from “Star Trek”? Or was Spock played by someone else in the Red Universe? (Apparently Martin Landau had been considered.)

I don’t know how the two universes will come together again, but I’ve been surprised by this show since it began, and it’s still one of the most interesting things on TV.



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