Did you watch the premier of Fringe? You should. It's part of the pattern--the pattern of J.J. Abrams coming up with TV shows that are derivative of X-Files. This is not a bad thing. FBI Agents investigating the paranormal? Where do I sign!
I remember when I was pregnant with my second baby--a girl. I used to think, "How can I love this baby as much as I love my first baby? It's impossible. I can't. . . I won't." But when Margaret arrived I found that I could love her as much. Indeed, I actually love all four of my children. A lot. And so it is with Fringe.
So if you missed it just watch it on Sunday when they rebroadcast it and you'll be up to speed. Here are a few things to help you. When you first see the character John Scott you'll wonder out loud who he is. Without missing a beat, my husband muttered, "That's Jack from Days." I'm telling you this just in case your husband didn't watch Days of Our Lives from 1994 to 1997.
Brace yourself when you meet Walter Bishop. He'll give you a bad feeling and you won't know why. Eventually you will begin to imagine him with grease running down his chin while he burns his grown son on a pyre.
It is Denethor, Steward of Gondor. But it's not really him--it's just a part he played in the movie. He was acting. So imagine the soothing voice of Peregrin Took and calm down. Give Walter Bishop a chance. He might grow on you in away that Denethor doesn't.
Of course I've only seen one episode of Fringe, but I like where it's going. I like government, plots, conspiracies, and secrets. I mean, I like all awesome things. So basically, Fringe had me at re-animation.