This week a new (not dead) character from Olivia's childhood causes her to have major angst (and cranky pants) while she, Walter and Peter investigate the gory death of a woman whose head explodes in a diner (after killing the other patrons with strong levels of radiation). Also, Peter and Nina meet and strike a bargain while Broyles and Olivia butt heads over emotional involvement in cases. In other news, Walter's third favorite flower is Hyacinth and he craves blue cotton candy. On to the show...
When Jasika Nicole auditioned for J.J. Abrams' Fringe (Tuesdays, 9 pm/ET, Fox), she was told it was for a sci-fi series that incorporated humor. As FBI Special Agent Astrid Farnsworth, though, Nicole isn't exactly given a lot of the punchlines, saddled as she is with doing a lot of the heavy lifting in the laboratory of mad scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble). With a background in music theater and a talent for drawing (check out her work, including an autobiographical comic, on her website), Jasika (it's pronounced Jah-SEEK-uh) talks to us about working with John Noble, why Astrid returned to the lab and her theory about the identity of the elusive William Bell.
A shocking character returns from Olivia's past and adds new layers of mystery in this week's episode, along with a "phenomenon of the week" story: a man who can harness the power of electricity accidentally causes mayhem, death and destruction everywhere he goes. Olivia, Peter and Walter try to figure out which one of Walter's secret experiments in the '70s could have caused this condition, and try to stop the man before he kills anyone else. In other news, Broyles brings Olivia a latte. Does this mean he's over himself now? Stay tuned.
Erin Fox went to the exclusive Fringe premiere party armed with her handy Flip camera and lots of burning questions for the cast and producers. Check out the awesome location, the cast's reaction to seeing the pilot for the first time, and what it was like for one actor to "vomit" for 25 takes.
More on the premiere and watch the video after the jump!
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C'mon, you knew Eli's eyes would open at the end of last season, didn't you? Of course, what kind of condition he's in remains to be seen, though Nate said the aneurysm was gone and, in tonight's second season premiere, so are Eli's visions — at least for the last six months.
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Question: After reading Alex's Fringe rant, I felt compelled to write in. It's been three episodes! Are they really supposed to have everything figured out already? Granted, some shows get it right from the start, but those shows are more the exception than the rule. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it a lot more common for a show to take some time to find its way? Also, I don't see how constantly comparing the show to others can lead to anything but disappointment. No, I suppose you can't put Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson in the same league as Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, but I doubt anyone was calling even their chemistry legendary after only three episodes. Now, I'll admit that Olivia Dunham isn't the most sympathetic of characters, and if that doesn't change soon there's going to be a problem, but she just found out the guy she loved was not who she thought he was. It makes sense for her to be closed off. Likewise, if Joshua Jackson comes off a bit childish, maybe that's ...
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Fans of Fringe can let out a collective sigh of relief: The suspense will continue and the mysteries just might get solved (maybe). Fox has ordered a full season of J.J. Abrams' freshman drama following a promising first few weeks, the network confirms to TVGuide.com. Fringe's benefits to the net have been consistently good ratings since its 90-minute opener Sept. 9, with an average 10.7 million total viewers each week, landing it at the top of debut adult shows this fall. Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv star in the series, which is the second fall frosh to get a full-season pickup, after the CW's 90210. Are you hooked already? Anna DimondCatch up on all the suspense with Fringe clips in our Online Video Guide.Related: Lost vs. Fringe: Counting the Eerie Similarities Fringe Burning Questions Answered! Ratings: Fringe Benefits from the Best Demos; 90210 Loses Zip
A mysterious new character The Observer took center stage in tonights episode of Fringe He along with Walter was striving to protect the whereabouts of a strange and powerful metallic cylinder from falling into the wrong hands Could this Observer prove to be the key to the pattern Also Olivia gets a shocking visit from someone from her past Are all of these events connected What is the newest piece to the pattern Read now and weigh inWe begin the episode Arrival in a diner in Brooklyn NY as if there was any other Brooklyn A waitress takes the order of a very rigid and creepy bald guy clad in a black suit He looks like a g-man out of a comic book He flips open a stopwatch and binoculars and stares out the window at a large construction site He writes in journal but it looks like gibberish boy is he super creepy Suddenly the construction site explodes a crane collapses and everyone starts running for the hills except for bald guy He looks
Question: Like so many people, I have very much been looking forward to Fringe, but I find myself unable to watch. I realize this may sound like a whiny complaint, but I'm squeamish. I love good sci-fi/fantasy, but to me, this series is entirely too graphic. I enjoy the characters a great deal, and the story line is generally intriguing, but I simply cannot watch paralyzed but completely conscious women having parts of their brains removed through the inside of their upper lips. Why is it necessary to show this? I want to watch Fringe but I can't get past the gore, and as a result will be skipping it entirely. I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue. Am I overly sensitive or is just a question of one's tolerance? Frankly, this is the same reason I don't watch House or any of the crime dramas. Though the story lines are well done and the characters compelling, I can't handle the blood and guts. I suspect in these days of cartoonish violence around every corner I'm in the ...
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Senior editors Matt Mitovich and Mickey OConnor answer your questionsTell me that Hart Hanson is not seriously thinking of having Booths brother Jared and Bones get into a relationship with each other SharonMatt Relationship can be such a nasty word Brennan most certainly will be attracted to the upstanding Navy officer I am assured and he to her But really how en fuego can these two get in just the two episodes Brendan Fehr is signed on for I need at least four outings to get my own mojo workingNow that we know the paper NCIS Vance shredded is important Im curious does its significance relate to the content of the document actually shredded on screen it can be read in large part if you pause on it on HD or will it relate to something different MicheleMatt In this video from TV Guides after-Emmys party Rocky Carroll confirms that the doc contained top-secret information that could be incriminating for Vance He decided that if hes going to