by Lisa McGarry


With a first season that covered everything from rapidly ageing newborns to a man with the ability to manipulate electricity, concluded by a huge revelation that a parallel universe existed, FRINGE quickly established itself as a smart, creative and wonderfully weird drama. Now, the boundaries of the bizarre will be pushed even further as the critically acclaimed series returns for its second season this October 4 on Sky1 HD and Sky1.

Created by man of the moment JJ Abrams and the creative team behind the latest Star Trek blockbuster, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, FRINGE follows the extraordinary exploits of FBI Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), eccentric scientist Dr Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his son Peter (Joshua Jackson) as they cut through the yellow tape of otherworldly atrocities. The debut season saw not only Olivia entering an alternative universe where the Twin Towers were still standing, but also Walter visit a gravestone that revealed Peter had actually died in 1985. Plus, Star Trek veteran Leonard Nimoy was unveiled as William Bell, Walter’s former partner and CEO of the mysterious company Massive Dynamic. So, where does FRINGE go from here? Executive producer Jeff Pinkner commented: “This season is about maturation, about making decisions for yourself. There’s a lot at stake.” Co-creator and executive producer Roberto Orci followed: “Season Two finds everyone taking control of their lives and pursuing their own truths. And a war is coming… when you learn things that are unpleasant, you have to take a side.”

As the second season gets under way, FRINGE sticks to its ethos of delving into the disturbing and downright bizarre, further exploring The Observer’s (Michael Cerveris) notion that “there is more than one of everything”. Olivia returns to Boston following her out-of-this-world journey and confusion and speculation are rife among her colleagues as to where she has been and what has happened to her. Pinkner commented that Season Two will take place in “two versions of reality. It predominantly takes place over here. But what happens over there is impacting what happens over there.” Exploring two versions of reality opens up the interesting possibility of the characters encountering alternative versions of themselves.

The producers have confirmed that Leonard Nimoy will reprise his role as the enigmatic William Bell in Season Two, plus there are new castings in the shape of Luke Goss (Blade, Hellboy II) as villain Lloyd Parr and Meghan Markle (90210) as Junior FBI Agent Jessup. Many fan favourites will make a return, including Agent Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick), Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole), Nina Sharp (Blair Brown) and Agent Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo). FRINGE has also attracted some big name guest directors for its second season, including Academy Award® winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code), Joe Chapelle (The Wire) and Jon Cassar (24).

FRINGE will continue to push the boundaries of intelligent storytelling with a second season of quality drama, beginning on October 4 at 10pm on Sky1.

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