Tonight one of the shows in the new Fall lineup on Fox premiered. As you can probably surmise from the title of the post, the name of the show is Fringe.

According to the co-creator of the series, J.J. Abrams, the influences for the show include Michael Crichton, The X-Files, Altered States, and The Twilight Zone. That's quite a pedigree and you could easily see each and every one of those influences in this first episode. And this show was up to those high standards, I might add. I anticipate a very heady continuing adventure on Tuesday nights this season as the research scientist Walter Bishop, his genius son, and FBI agent Olivia Dunham (ably played by the lovely Australian actress Anna Torv) try to track down the source of a series of inexplicable events that may prove to be humanity's scourge, AKA the Pattern.

The parallels to the film Altered States occur several times and made me wonder if the casting of Blair Brown, lead actress in Altered States, was a coincidence.

If the first episode was any indication, I think this will be one humdinger of a series. Think of the writing and suspense of the first season of Lost combined with the paranoia and imagination of The X-files.


Smug said…
I had not planned on watching Fringe, but maybe now I will!

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