The second season of Fringe starts on US TV tonight. While I missed a few of the early episodes of series one — I hope to catch up on them when the DVD box set is released later this month — the show's X Files meets Alias vibe had me hooked immediately, and the season finale took it into even more intriguing territory. The LA Times' Geoff Boucher visited the Fringe set and his report hints at some of the treats in store this season.
“The second year is much tighter,” says Blair Brown, who plays the mysterious Nina Sharp, who may or may not be the villain of the show. “The writing is wittier, more complicated but also there’s clarity to the stories and character. And we are all speaking with quite different voices. The rhythm of show is clear now.”
“Anytime you go back and look at the very first episode of almost any series there’s a charming incongruity to it,” explains the show's executive producer and co-creator JJ Abrams. “It’s not the show you’ve come to know. It’s all promise but no clear trajectory. It’s those next few episodes that kind of determine where it’s going. I think frankly those early episodes of first season we were on shakier ground. By the third, fourth, fifth episodes we began to find out footing. And now this season, we start running I think."