A FINE BALANCE: FOX’S FRINGE EXPLORES PARALLEL UNIVERSE OF WALTER BISHOP’S EXPERIMENTS
For almost two years, Fox’s sci-fi hit “Fringe” has been placing all its major characters, not to mention the world, in mortal jeopardy. It’s business as usual to discover that slimy, multiclawed aliens have burrowed under a victim’s skin and devoured him from inside. But for sheer intensity, nothing has come close to what viewers will see Thursday, when “Fringe” returns from vacation to start closing out season two.
It’s not that the core revelation of the episode, which might be loosely called “Walter Bishop’s Confession,” will completely surprise regular viewers. It has been generally foreshadowed all along and, even more specifically, in the final episode last season. Much of this year’s story line has edged away from slimy monsters toward ominous hints about the early scientific work and experiments of Walter (John Noble) and his shadowy former partner William Bell (a rarely seen Leonard Nimoy).
Many years ago, they postulated that there are at least two parallel universes. That is, in the code phrase of the show, “There is more than one of everything.” Which means there is another world that contains another Oprah Winfrey. And another Jon and Kate. And another you.
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