It’s Wednesday. Let’s round-up the Fringe you need to know before Thursday.
Let’s start with the bad news, shall we? This Thursday will mark our last new Fringe for 3 weeks. The show is going on a mini-hiatus to make way for the inter-dimensional baseball league, or something. Who knows, perhaps the Observer might show up at one of the games? Or, you know, send one of his couriers.
Here’s a behind the scenes peek at Thursday’s “Dream Logic” episode:
The Star Telegram talk to Joshua Jackson about Fringe and his love for sci-fi:
When it comes to radical, beyond-the-norm sci-fi ideas, Joshua Jackson of Fringe is partial to concepts that get, in a word, “fringy.”
“What defies my imagination,” Jackson says, “is that there would be nothing out there that would defy my imagination.”
That makes him an ideal fit for Fox’s creepy action thriller, in which the FBI’s Fringe Division investigates cases involving weird, experimental science run amok.
“If we don’t have a new crazy thing [happening in every episode],” Jackson says, “something’s gone horribly wrong.”
Peter Bishop, Jackson’s character, isn’t just a key member of the Fringe team. He’s also a future case file: It so happens that Peter was stolen as a child from a parallel universe after the Peter from this universe died.
Fans were blown away when that bombshell dropped at the end of Season 1. But the plot development didn’t faze Jackson.
“Maybe it’s my West Coast, liberal upbringing, but the idea of parallel universes doesn’t strike me as being too far out there,” he says. “After the ’60s and all the psychedelia and The Doors of Perception and what-have-you, I don’t think it’s really all that far out.
“The only justifiable position a human can have in 2009 is humility in the face of the universe. It’s like that Carl Sagan saying about the candle in the dark: Every time the candle gets a little bit brighter, it only serves to illuminate how much we still don’t know.”
Or maybe it’s just a lifelong love of sci-fi that opened Jackson’s mind.
“It’s a ton of fun for a guy who loves science fiction to be working on a science-fiction show,” the former Dawson’s Creek teen idol says. “None of the concepts raised on this show is entirely foreign to me, but I’ve never worked on a show before where we get to actually explore those ideas.”
The show is an X-Files for this generation, but with one key difference.
“The X-Files, by design, dealt with things that were supposed to be part of the paranormal,” Jackson says. “What Fringe is trying to say is that these things that we would normally classify as fantastical are actually part of the normal. They all have legitimate explanations in the scientific world.”
SciFiTVZone have an exclusive interview with Fringe exec. producer and showrunner, Jeff Pinkner, which you can listen to here. The audio is pretty bad in places, but it’s worth sticking with, otherwise we wouldn’t post it.
Will Nina Sharp and Phillip Broyles continue to get their smooch-on? Sure, why not?