Thursday, September 02, 2010

Fox series "Fringe" combines "X-Files" with a bit of "Imajica"

The Fox network, in 2008, started a series called “Fringe”, somewhat in the X-Files genre. The creators include J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Ana Trov) works with an institutionalized (mental patient) “mad scientist” Walter Bishop (John Noble) with his geeky but beefy son Peter (Joshua Jackson) to investigate paranormal events all over the world. The series has experimented with shorter commercials.

On Sept 2 the show reran an episode “The Man from the Other Side”, where the “side” seems to be a wormhole to parallel universes. Teenagers turn up slain with puncture wounds in the soft palate (a gruesome thought), a sign of the “shape shifters.” Then, embryos turn up, and they seem to be partly robotic, gradually turning into beings, in pretty effective transformations .

Toward the end of the episode, Peter, on a hospital bed, tells Walter that he believes he came from a parallel universe and isn’t really Walter’s son.

The trailer for the Fall 2010 season gives us this premise: there exists a parallel universe where the same people or souls operate, with different outcomes, and they can cross over. Our counterparts in the parallel universe can become our enemies. Is this the ultimate expression of the psychiatric “self-handicapping” syndrome?

It’s not the same as Clive Barker’s “Imajica” where the five dominions (in different universes) are different but in some sense complementing worlds. Would “Imajica” make for a similar series? The concept of “Fringe” would be stronger if the worlds could be more different.

The Episode link for the series is here.

The series comes from Bad Robot (“Cloverfield”) and Warner Brothers as well as (20th Century) Fox.

By the way, I haven’t forgotten my favorite “FlashForward.” There’s GOING to be another blackout!

Top picture: how easy it is to simulate a UFO with a digital camera.

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