As we reported last week, FOX will be airing an unseen episode of Fringe, filmed at the back-end of last season, on January 11th – that’s a Monday night. No-one outside of FOX/Warner/Bad Robot seems to know why this episode was shelved, but from what I recall there was at least an explanation as to why it was made, possibly to fill a filming quota which may have had something to do with the tax breaks they were receiving from filming in New York at the time. (if anyone knows differently, please correct me).
Meanwhile, some new information on the episode has come to light, so head past the jump to find out what’s in store. (some episode spoilers).
The episode will be titled “Unearthed” (heh!) and will feature the dearly departed Charlie Francis, which makes sense because the episode was filmed close to the season 1 finale, and Kirk Acevedo even spoke about it in back in April, revealing that the episode is a stand-alone with “a little bit of Ghost Whisperer in it”. Things obviously changed casting-wise and that may also explain why the episode never saw the light of say..until now.
SciFi Wire also have the following description for the episode:
In “Unearthed,” a teenage girl is pronounced dead; however, when her mother takes her off of life support so that her organs can be donated, the girl wakes up screaming in alphanumeric code. Talk about a rude awakening! The girl can suddenly speak Russian and possesses classified information that only a high-ranking Russian soldier would know.
Meanwhile, Walter (John Noble) finds some old lab videos that may hold the clue to the mystery, while Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) investigate the girl’s shocking recovery.
So as we speculated this is indeed the trailer for the episode.
The brief episode description reads like the sequel to Earthling (or prequel, which ever way you want to look at it), and it’s interesting that the writers really wanted to get the Russian Fringe science slant in there. Perhaps Earthling wouldn’t have been made (or may have been different) had Unearthed aired?
Anyway, it’s clear that Unearthed is well and truly a stand-alone, even if we suppose events are taking place in an alternate universe where Charlie is still alive. I have no complaints this time because it’s a bonus episode and it’s probably best to treat it as such. And let’s not forget that the show has a chance to pit itself against Heroes on a Monday night. A bold move from FOX but I think Fringe can take ’em in the ratings. If it does, I think it will stand Fringe in good stead. It certainly wouldn’t hurt!