If you know me at all or read this blog regularly, you know I'm pretty much addicted to TV. I look forward to the start of the new seasons and particularly new shows. I've also learned that there is usually a HUGE difference between a "pilot" and the series they create later, so judging a show solely on its pilot is rarely a good idea. The "pilot" is usually created to sell to the network and the advertisers rather than the audience they want to attract. That said, I LOVED the pilot for J.J. Abrams new show on Fox "Fringe". It's sort of like "Bones" meets "The X-Files" with a little bit of the conspiracy mystery of "Alias". Here's what I learned from the premiere, not that it will hold up as the series goes on. Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is an FBI liaison officer investigating a freaky incident on a plane from Hamburg. Basically everyone on the plane liquefied and left only their skeletons. To cover up the really freaky terrorism, they burn the plane, but continue investigating. John Scott (Mark Valley - I went to high school with his youngest sister!) is another FBI agent helping her find the people responsible for the technology/chemistry that caused the terror. He gets blown up when they find the lair of some people possibly responsible. However, he doesn't die, but his skin become see-through (VERY cool effects all the way through the show). Our innocent Agent Dunham does some ruthless things to find the cure - and blackmails Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) into returning to Boston to free his "fringe" scientist father (John Noble) from a mental institution so he can figure out how to save Agent Scott. Lots of action, excitment and all kinds of weird implausible science (that Jackson comments on to hilarious effect). There's a great moment when Dr. Bishop is asking for various things to supply his lab, and one of them is a cow, and he says "The only thing better than a cow is a human. Unless you want milk, then you pretty much need a cow." While it's not a comedic show, Joshua Jackson does a great job being the super-smart ne'erdowell son making fun of his father and the FBI. I really liked it and can't wait for the real season to start!
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