‘s distinction is that the show is
science-fiction, a rare event for network television —
One of Fringe ‘s few shortcomings is its superficial resemblance to the X-Files . During the pilot, Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Australian actress Anna Torv) and Special Agent John Scott (Mark Valley) of the FBI are called out to investigate the mysterious circumstances where a plane full of passengers is all evacuated by a flesh-melting virus.
After investigating the plane, the Agents are led to a storage unit rented by one of the passengers thought responsible for the downed plane. Scott is infected by the biological agent and Agent Dunham is required to enlist the assistance of noted ‘Fringe’-scientist, Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), who’s been locked-up in an asylum for the past 17 years.
That’s where the
similarities end, because
is not a Mulder/Scully
was content to meander into the occult, urban legends and UFO lore,
remains firmly planted in the realm of viable, cutting-edge, so-called
That said, Torv, Jackson and Noble are compelling character-actors who fill out an hour’s wort of television in interesting ways — Jackson and Noble have and ongoing Father-Son shtick, while Torv’s character has ongoing encounters with the bits of Scott’s personality that were left behind in her head after the aforementioned isolation-tank experience.
Let’s hope the show maintains it’s strong ratings when the show returns in January ’09.