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TV Snapshot: 'Fringe' moment

Homeland Security agent Phillip Broyles is trying to get FBI liaison agent Olivia Dunham to join his team, investigating what they call “The Pattern,” a system of mysterious but apparently linked events. Dunham has just experienced some of this herself, but she’s having problems accepting it all.

Broyles: You’ve seen it. Now you know. . . . Look around. You see all these people going about their lives, no idea what’s happening around them. What they’re in the middle of.

Dunham: I just want to go back to before.

Broyles: Dunham.

He looks at her for a moment.

Broyles: I don’t think you can.

This is what I love about the work of J.J. Abrams (creator of Alias and Lost, among other television series), though I’m not sure he’s ever spelled it out so bluntly in any of his series before. While I’m thinking Fringe may not be his best work (it's a co-creation with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) this theme is a constant in his stories—the discovery of something larger than us going on around us and how that discovery changes everything. And that resonates with me, because encountering kingdom-ness can leave me with a sense that life will never be the same, that it is both more dangerous and yet oh-so-much-more magnificent than I ever imagined.

(Image: Fox, from the Fringe website) miscctgy

Comments

Ken Brown said…
It doesn't seem to be Abram's best work, at least not yet, but I'm hooked. Great X-Files vibe...

The Truth is Out There! ;)
KEANAN BRAND said…
I missed the pilot, but caught last night's episode, and am delighted that John Noble is on the show (portraying Walter Bishop). "The Pattern" idea is cool, too, and I'm curious to see where it leads in terms of the stories that will be explored on the show.
Carmen Andres said…
yeah, we'll see ;)
SolShine7 said…
Yeah, that was a pretty cool TV moment. By the way, I really enjoy your TV snapshot posts. Keep them coming!
Carmen Andres said…
thanks, solshine!