Charlie Francis – friend, aid, agent, evil, imposter or otherwise – has left his mark on Fringe.
Here at FB we’re raising our glasses to all things Charlie. Join us as we look back at his 5 greatest hits.
1. Setting the tone
After John Scott’s seeming death and betrayal in the Pilot episode, Charlie spoke his mind on the frustrations of the job. For some reason this quote always stuck with me – it was delivered to perfection by Kirk Acevedo and set the tone for the show:
“I knew him just as long as you did. I’m sorry. Job isn’t what it was ten years ago. We’re supposed to protect the world, where one breath of the wrong air can incinerate you from the inside out. I mean, how do we protect people, when corporations have higher security clearances than we do? When we’re not fully briefed on half the things that we’re investigating. You know, when the truth, the truth is – we’re obsolete.”
2. Is He Stoned?
Charlie the comedian, is not something that usually springs to mind. But the deadpan nature of Charlie’s reaction to Walter’s over-enthusiastic ramble was made of pure win:
WALTER: “Yes, but not about banks. Think back 20 years – imagine yourself then, imagining yourself now – 20 years into the future. In your wildest imagination, could you ever think you’d be here?”
CHARLIE: (to Olivia) “Is he stoned?”
3. Trend Setter
No-one at Fringe Division could rock a hat like Charlie. His collection of head gear brought out a stylish side to his otherwise stiff character. To put it in perspective, Charlie’s hats were as good as Peter’s leather jacket is bad. Seriously Peter, what’s with the coat?
4. All Smiles
I loved this scene. Not just for the subtext, but because it really did give us an insight into just how far Charlie had come. Charlie smiling AND buying into Walter’s crazy theories? Yes, this is one scene from ‘Desirable Objects’ that felt right. You don’t need molebabies to make a good scene.
5. The End
OK, so I’ll overlook his inability to use his gun instead of his hands when fighing off Olivia, AND his ridiculous lapse in concentration when allowing Olivia to get a shot at him, but I really, really love this scene.
The visuals were great and the completion of the Charlie arc was on point. What really capped Charlie’s farewell, for me, was the look in his eyes when he knew the game was up. That little detail, that decision to have Charlie give Olivia THAT look, felt so right. Whether it was real Charlie, Evil Charlie or a composite of all the people the shapeshifter had been through, that one look spoke a thousand words.
If you have any favourite Charlie moments, feel free to share them in the comments.