Fringe is a new series on Fox I’m sure you all have heard is “the new X Files.” Well, after watching the pilot episode there on Hulu, I’ve come to find out, that statement isn’t all that false. It bears a striking resemblance to The X Files. Maybe not on the outside, but the themes it uses. All throughout this episode you begin to see themes unravel that are in fact, themes used in most of The X Files.
Here are two of the three themes used in Fringe, that are also used in The X Files. You can view the post about The X Files where i analyze these themes, here.
- Government Cover-Ups and Conspiracies
- And the ‘Mad Scientist’ Style/Underground Operations (Not Cover-Ups)
These two solid themes unraveled in only one episode of Fringe. It took an entire series of The X Files for 3 main themes to come clear. Only one episode of Fringe. Oh the possibilities! Looking into it with that perspective opens a lot more potential for this show.
Here is a simple ‘all you need to know’ description.
Fringe is the fourth TV series co-created by J. J. Abrams (Felicity, Alias, Lost) and also his fourth collaboration with co-creators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Alias, Mission Impossible III, Star Trek). It is produced by Bad Robot in association with Warner Bros. Television. The plot deals with a research scientist named Walter Bishop (who Orci describes as “Frankenstein mixed with Albert Einstein”), his son, and a female FBI agent who brings them back together. The show is described as a cross between The X-Files, Altered States, and The Twilight Zone. Like Abrams’ previous TV shows, it will have an overarching mythology. A two-hour, $10,000,000 pilot was produced, where Walter is in a mental hospital. Jeff Pinkner will serve as executive producer/showrunner. The Fringe series premiere aired September 9, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX, CTV and A, and is scheduled for airing on October 6, 2008 at 9:00 p.m. on Sky1 in the UK and September 17, 2008 at 8:30 p.m. on the Nine Network in Australia. However, as anticipated, a pre-air version of the pilot was screened in its entirety for fans at Comic-Con 2008. -Via Wikipedia.
The show has a lot of potential, and i suggest that everyone give it a chance. You can watch it for free on the Fox website, and you can watch it for free on Hulu as well. If you can’t stay awake until 2am to catch The X Files, be sure to catch this instead!