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The Fringe Files: Is Fringe Too Close to The X-Files?

When Fringe premiered last fall, many critics likened it to The X-Files, mostly because both shows dealt with paranormal phenomenon and featured a male-female partnership. As Fringe has progressed, it has developed a tone that's more J.J. Abrams than Chris Carter. But, the similarities in the two series' storylines are starting to pile up. See if you agree with our list:


* On Fringe, Olivia is kidnapped and experimented on by government baddies.

* On TXF, Scully is kidnapped and experimented on by government baddies.


* On Fringe, a machine disturbs matter, causing solid objects to move through other solid objects. But, when it goes wrong, a man gets stuck - alive - half inside and half outside a wall.

* On TXF, a warp in the space time continuum causes a man to become trapped - alive - half inside and half outside a rock.


* On Fringe, a strange condition causes people's heads to explode.

* On TXF, a strange frequency causes an inner-ear disturbance that causes people's heads to explode.


* On Fringe, subliminal messages hypnotize computer users, liquefying their brains.

* On TXF, subliminal messages on TV hypnotize people and cause psychosis and murderous impulses.


* On Fringe, a virus gestates into a creepy-crawly-slimy thing that violently exits the bodies of those infected.

* On TXF, an alien virus gestates into a creepy-crawly-slimy alien thing that violently exits the bodies of those infected.


* On Fringe, a mysterious substance kills people by closing off their orifices - making them look featureless.

* On TXF, self-mutilated, faceless aliens (with their orifices closed off) kill people involved in the abduction conspiracy.


Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?


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Oct 30, 2009 4:20AM EDT
flattery.. x files had like 200 episodes of weird.. some things are gonna cross over.. i see the same similarity but im just happy that there is a show like this at all. maybe you should too.
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