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    Episode 1x03 is currently planned to be called "The Ghost Network" and will air on 23rd September 2008

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            Fringe spoilers!
            "Amid the red-and-blue flashing light of squad cars, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham strides purposefully through the Boston parking garage with companions Peter Bishop and his father, eccentric scientist Walter Bishop, toward the crime scene. Greeted by a building supervisor, she is told that the elevator simply dropped several floors, crashing violently into the garage. "That's impossible," Peter says as they examine the wreckage. Walter and Olivia draw closer, peering inside the wrecked elevator car, where several people died. Or so it seems.


            The scene is actually part of Fox's upcoming SF TV series Fringe. Dunham is actually Australian actress Anna Torv; Peter is Joshua Jackson, and Walter is fellow Aussie John Noble. The garage is real, but it's in New York City, where Fringe is filming on a breezy Aug. 26, which doubles for the show's Boston setting. And SCI FI Wire was able to get an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of the much-anticipated show and talk with the principals. The garage has been transformed into a crime scene, complete with emergency vehicles (Massachusetts state trooper units, a coroner's van), emergency personnel (extras in FBI windbreakers and cop uniforms), lights, gurneys and yellow police tape.

            The wrecked elevator is actually a facade built into the garage. The episode is titled "Power Hungry" and is the fifth of the first season. And all three stars are on set this day, joking easily among themselves between takes before blocking out their movements with episode director Chris Misiano. Ask them what Fringe is about, however, and you're more likely to get a look of amused exasperation. "I'm really excited for the show to premiere so then I stop getting asked the question, because ... I never know which way to go," Torv said with a smile. "It's kind of got a bit of everything, I don't think it's genre-specific. I think that it is very science fiction, but more emphasis on the science as opposed to the fiction. There's drama, because your characters are all real, but they're dealing with these ... horrific [scenarios]. So I think there's elements of horror; there's elements of action. There's investigative [stories], there's crime-solving. I mean, it's just all consuming and far-reaching."

            From J.J. Abrams and his Star Trek writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Fringe centers on FBI agent Olivia Dunham, who finds herself drawn into an investigation of a mysterious aircraft disaster in Boston. Olivia's desperate search for help to save her gravely injured partner leads to brilliant scientist Walter Bishop, who has been institutionalized for the last 17 years. And the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son, Peter, in to help.

            The investigation gets weirder and weirder as Olivia discovers that things--and science--are not what they seem. Torv agreed with Orci's description of the show's theme being "the family you choose." "I do, absolutely," she said. "And I think that as the show progresses, they will need each other more and more and more." But, she added, "The power of three's a fun little number, because ... the dynamic is always going to shift, and you're always going to need one person more than the other. ... I was brought up in a family of three, and there's always two people against one."

            The show is currently filming the fifth of its initial 13 episodes. "Power Hungry" deals with the trio's investigation of an elevator crash that was caused by some kind of mysterious power surge. Their investigation leads to a young man, Joseph (guest star Ebon Moss-Bachrach), who appears to give off some kind of odd electrical charge. As is typical in Fringe, the pursuit uncovers a sinister plot involving "fringe science" and the nefarious motives of another scientist (guest star Max Baker). And the race is on to find Joseph and uncover the plot. In another shot, the camera dollies into the wrecked elevator, where Joseph is lying unconscious atop a pile of bodies, including the office girl on whom he has a crush. Joseph awakes, looks around in horror, then spies the girl lying beside him. She's clearly dead, and he's horrified.

            "Oh, God ..." he utters before clambering out of the dusty death carriage. The episode promises Fringe's mix of humor, science, horror and mystery, as well as the interpersonal drama among the three principal characters. "There's some fairly gruesome things that have happened, to be honest with you, and some fairly bizarre things, and I'm not going to tell you any more, because that's to be revealed," Noble said, with a grin. "But I think everyone will find them interesting and just close enough to [reality to] possibly go, 'Oh, my goodness, that's weird.' And I don't want to tell you. I'm not going to tell you any more."

            Fringe premieres Sept. 9 and will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT"



              Spoiler interview:

              Fringe's Jackson Spills All

              When we last saw Joshua Jackson on regular series television, he was resigned to staying in Capeside forever, even though Joey decided to choose him over Dawson.

              That was more than five years ago, in the finale to the sixth season of Jackson's breakthrough series, Dawson's Creek.

              But hold on to your rowboat: Pacey's back.

              "I think he's finally going to leave the Creek after this season," said J.J. Abrams. "Really, all I love to do is make Pacey jokes."

              Jackson is a regular on Abrams' upcoming Fox SF series Fringe, and he tells SCI FI Wire that it took Abrams to lure him back to the grind of an hourlong drama.

              "It was something I have been hesitant about for the last five years, since Dawson's Creek ended," Jackson said in an exclusive interview on the show's set in New York on Aug. 26. "And, you know, the time commitment and the being-in-one-place of it all is a massive life shift, and I had a really great five years of not being on TV. But I don't know, the stars sort of aligned for this, and J.J.'s a great guy."

              Jackson added: "Beyond the lifestyle choices of working on a television show, the thing that had kept me from doing TV was knowing how hard it is to tell good shows, good stories, over a long period of time. And he ... and his group--he works with the same people over and over again--have a track record of being able to do that. And that was the thing that sort of tipped it to the other side for me."

              Jackson spoke during a break in shooting on Fringe, in which he plays Peter Bishop, the smart but damaged son of brilliant but eccentric scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble). Peter finds himself reunited with his estranged father at the urging of FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) as they investigate strange cases on the "fringe of science": cases that hint at a nefarious conspiracy underlying strange phenomena across the globe.

              Below is an excerpt of SCI FI Wire's interview in which he discusses his character--and why he made a trip to the emergency room.

              Tell me about your character, Peter.

              Jackson: Yeah, well, ... Peter is just sort of discovering he's part of this world right now. Because when he's initially brought in, in the pilot, it's completely against his will, and he's only brought in because Olivia needs him to serve a function and get access to my father. But then, like anybody who's got a bit of curiosity, he sees this wild world and the access that he has through being a part of this world, and it sort of draws him in.

              The character sort of functions in a couple of different ways, in addition to the father-son dynamic. On the one hand, you're sort of the voice of skepticism, on the other hand you're sort of interpreting what Walter's saying. And then you're like the Greek chorus that gets to make jokes.

              Jackson: A little bit, yeah. ... I think the Greek chorus, the peanut gallery and the skeptic part come together. Because the person who stands one step removed is usually the one who is most capable of pooh-poohing. But just as an archetype, every show like this--every show, period--needs to have somebody who sort of stands at a remove and says, "Doesn't anybody else think this is ridiculous?" And Olivia is a sort of very straight ahead, trying to fix things. She's just a very hard-nosed, go, go, go type of girl. So that's great. I get that character who gets to sort of release the tension every once in a while.

              Co-creator Roberto Orci said that, for him, the show is about the family you choose.

              Jackson: The family you choose, and then-- ... I don't believe in fate--but people whose paths you're fated to cross. ... There's obviously [a] broken dynamic between me and my father. But then you throw this Olivia character into the mix here, and we become this sort of dysfunctional family unit by necessity. But you throw people in high-pressure situations like this, and they just sort of naturally come together and bond. ... If you take it off the television and put it in real life, that's how you get to know people, seeing them in action.

              Tell me about some of the crazier stuff you've had to do so far.

              Jackson: This is the worst that I've been subjected to. [He points to his makeup, which simulates reddish bruises on his face and ligature marks at his wrists.] ... I guess I can tell you that I was tortured, but I can't tell you why or by who. But, yeah, being tortured is bad. This is a bad day. It's not good for anybody.

              You have to be in the basement chained up with your shirt off?

              Jackson: Pretty close. And then horrible things are done to me. Yeah, not pleasant, it wasn't pleasant. Actually, yeah, it was not pleasant.

              How was it performing that?

              Jackson: I actually, and I'm not kidding, and I can't tell you exactly why, but I ended up in the emergency room. Something went wrong with one of the props, and I ended up sort of bleeding quite a bit. So it was intense, it was very real.

              Will they use that shot in the show?

              Jackson: They better. If I bleed in a shot, they had better. I don't even care if it's a terrible take. I don't care if my performance is awful. if I'm bleeding I want it on screen [laughs].

              Can you talk about working with Anna and John?

              Jackson: Yeah, she is terrific. J.J. has this, I don't know, like, uncanny knack for casting women. It's crazy. And ... they're two Aussies, but they're both sort of dedicated, lovely people, which is why I say the drama all stays on camera. There is so far--and I don't see why it would change--this feeling of "Well, we're all here, and we're in it, and we're doing it together, and we take our jobs just seriously enough that everybody shows up ready to work, but not so seriously that it's, you know, the end of the world if something goes wrong."

              Have you gotten to share a scene with the cow?

              Jackson: Nobody shares a scene with the cow. Jean is the star of every scene that she is in. Yeah, the cow's name is Jean, yeah. That's my life, circa 2008.

              John told me he actually gets to milk the cow.

              Jackson: He did milk the cow. I enjoyed the fruits of his labors. I did not actually milk the cow myself.

              Anything else about Fringe?

              Jackson: Fringe, it's the hardest show on TV to talk about.

              Fringe premieres Sept. 9 and will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


                Episode 1x02 details:

                Episode 1x02 "The Same Old Story"

                Our unlikely trio’s strange partnership begins as they investigate the mysterious death of a woman who conceives, carries to full-term and births a baby in the span of hours, and her baby who ages 80 years in a matter of minutes.As the bizarre and seemingly unexplainable occurrences are explored, quirky Dr. Bishop runs extensive testing in the lab; his reluctant son Peter endures his new role as his father’s keeper; and Olivia turns to Massive Dynamic Chief Operating Officer Nina Sharp for assistance.

                Writen by JJ. Abrams, Jeff Pinkner & Roberto Orci

                Source: Fox


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                          The first review. I'll give it a go, just for a planeful of melted people



                          Being derivative isn't necessarily a condemnation in television, but given the auspices and hype, "Fringe" disappoints -- mixing a bit of "The X-Files" here and a dollop of "Alias" there, flecks of deeply embedded conspiracies and imperiled humanity. The 90-minute, limited-interruption premiere certainly has ample opportunity to set up the show's elaborate chessboard, but barring major improvements -- or the inevitable warming glow of an "American Idol" lead-in -- the title should do a reasonably good job of describing the show's audience.

                          REST AT LINK ABOVE


                            Goody, it's finally going to come on tv. I hope it's good. And I'm recording it just in case it gets canceled.
                            Orphan Black: Join the Clone Club Dance Party!


                              Premiere is tonight!!

                              Episode 1x04 will be called "The Arrival"

                              Source: SpoilerTV


                                Well on second viewing the lead character didn't make me chew quite as many chunks out of my desk, but I still don't like her very much. I'm still hopeful that she'll soften up a bit as the show progresses.