Friday, September 12, 2008

The Fringe - Pilot Review

J.J. Abrams of "Lost" and "Alias" fame is bringing us a new series for the Fall of 2008. The Fringe is another one of those x-files shows that deals with strange events at happen in the world. Sounds like they will be an investigative team that goes from one bizzaar event to another. Kind of a Torchwood meets X-Files show.

The Pilot episode takes us to Boston, MA, where a plan self lands and is filled with a bunch of dead people who are nothing but skeletons. Some flesh eating virus has taken down everone on the plane. Now it's time to get a team together to investigate this event.

FBI Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is called in to look into what could gave caused this event to happen. Her partner, who she is having an affair with, Agent John Scott (Mark Valley) is also called to the scene and the two start their investigation. There was a lead of someone who was at the scene and when they follow it, Agent Scott ends up getting a virus that starts to eat away at his flesh. Agent Dunham now needs to find out who can help her figure out how to save her partner and solve the case.

Agent Dunham finds that the one man who can help her, Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), has been locked up in a mental institution for the past 17 years. The only one who can help her get to Dr. Bishop is his son Peter (Joshua Jackson). So Agent Dunham tracks down Peter and they are able to get to Dr. Bishop to help solve the problem.

So this show adds some investigative stuff along with some scientific stuff to come up with a formula that seems to work well. I think the first episode was a little graphic, but was pretty cool. I like where they intend to go with this show. Agen Dunham is approached to join a homeland security group that will investigate these strange events.

Without giving away the rest of the pilot episode, I will just say that it keeps your interest from start to end and looks like it could be a show worth watching this year.

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