With Fringe closing in on a major turning point in its Crisis On Infinite Earths (Or Just Two) storyline, and with the J.J. Abrams sci-fi series signaling that it’s about to push into a new layer of mystery mythology (Who are “The First People?” Are they connected to The Observer? Is Sam Weiss one of them? I want to know!), tonight’s new episode lays the groundwork for the midseason denoument by showcasing Phillip Broyles. Not the “our world” Special Agent Broyles, the charismatic Don’t mess with me suit that leads the FBI’s hush-hush EWRT Fringe division hidden away in a Harvard laboratory. No, tonight we’re going “over there” and digging into Colonel Broyles, the charismatic, Don’t mess with me military man who leads the very public, EWRT Fringe division located at the base of the Statue of Liberty. (Note: EWRT = Emergency Weirdness Response Team. Every world needs one, including our own, especially given the baffling and threatening reality-eroding situation currently facing our culture.) To Read More Click Here.
Watch a sneak peek and check out photos of the upcoming episode of FRINGE Season 3 Episode 7 titled “The Abducted” which airs on Thursday November 18 at 9pm on FOX. Episode Synopsis: When a serial kidnapper “over there” strikes again, the emotional and familiar case hits home for Colonel Broyles, sending a determined Olivia to uncover additional details about the abductions. In the meantime, Olivia fights on and reunites with Henry (guest star Royo) to enlist his services on an intense and covert mission to return home in the all-new “The Abducted” episode of FRINGE airing Thursday, Nov. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Source & Preview
"Why should we be so arrogant as to assume that we're the first Homo sapiens to walk the earth?" --"6955 kHz" With these words Walter compels us to reconsider our understanding of reality (or at least the "reality" of Fringe ). Another of his inspired musings--"The universe expanding and contracting and expanding...an endless cycle of creation and destruction"-- suggests that we should be thinking about the nature of reality in non-linear terms. Before the next episode is unveiled I'd like to examine a different perspective of this multiverse (or bi-verse?) narrative. What if this “parallel universe” is not parallel to the original world at all, but a prequel to it? Are the “First People” the same thing as the so-called alternate people? Did Walternate, in fact, send Fauxlivia into the future to undo what Walter has done or will do? Compare this circular chart from "The First People" to the "circle of Fringe" below, a key image in the publicity photos for season three The theory that time is circular and that “everything has happened before and everything will happen again” is not a new one. Certainly Battlestar Galactica fans are familiar with it…and then there is always Nietzsche: “this life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more.” What seems like an alternate universe in Fringe may just be another version of a particular course of events on the same wheel of time. If this is the case, we would have to reconfigure our understanding of the mythology of Fringe and the ideas we have about the multiverse theory. As Walter tells Astrid, “you have to think like they did millions of years ago…just look at their concept of time.” (He's actually talking about something else here but it could very well be a hint.) Perhaps there is a way to meld these theories together and think of time as a spiral rather than one straight line or a series of straight lines and various branches (see Walter's explanation in "The Road Not Taken"). To Read More Click Here.
Everything you've seen, everything you've waited, for has led to this moment... It's safe to say Fox is placing a bit of pressure and hype on next week's episode of Fringe. Will "The Abducted" live up to the lofty words etched on to the video preview below? Viewers will need to wait a few days and see. In the meantime, they can check out our review of the latest episode and then watch a clip from the November 18 installment after the jump. Sit back, watch and enjoy: Source & Preview
If your kids start asking about shape-shifters and alternate universes, don't be too scared. They may just be soaking in the Science of Fringe ( fox.com/fringe/fringe-science ), a joint effort between Fox and the nonprofit Science Olympiad group (recently honored by President Obama) to develop lesson plans for schools based on Dr. Walter Bishop's wildest — but fact-based — cases. "Everything we do is grounded in some version of authentic fringe science and what scientists believe is possible," says exec producer Jeff Pinkner, who's thrilled to be a part of "anything that can help invest kids in learning." And for you grown-ups looking to get your mind blown, check out Fringe 101 ( fox.com/fringe/101 ), a series of Web primers on the show's mythology that are as educational as they are addictive. Who knew learning could be so fun? Or freaky! Source Here
The alternate versions of Olivia and Walter may be playing for the same side on Fringe, but that doesn't mean they share the same objective. Anna Torv's alt-Olivia, who the producers call Bolivia, was sent to our universe by "Walternate" (John Noble) on a mission to infiltrate the Fringe Division. However, a twinge of empathy has begun to creep up on Bolivia as she realizes this universe isn't filled with soulless devils as she was told. "It starts off as a mission; she has her own life and her own lover, but slowly as they embark on this, it's difficult for her. "She still has her world view, which is that this side is fundamentally destroying hers," Torv continues. "Towards the end of her time here, she will inevitably end up [empathizing]. I'm interested to see... when she ends up back in her world, how she's going to feel about it then. That'll be the real telling point." To Read More Click here.