The first season finale deserves tremendous props, though -- its plot is the kind of SF that tickles my brain, it had an excellent balance of action and exposition, it didn't overplay the apocalyptic tone, and the cascade of twists that led up to the final reveal killed (if you spent your childhood (or, in my case, early adulthood) earning your nerd bonafides, you'll know what I'm talking about).
- I really hope that what'shername and Pacey don't get shipped together. I liked that Olivia's sister got introduced in the middle of the season if only because she offered a buffer against Lead Romance, especially if JJ Abrams has any major influence in the matter. (Both of the leads are also against getting shipped. Whatever opinion I have of either of them, they've shown discriminating taste.)
- In my mind, Australians always speak in high voices, so the fact that both John Noble and what'shername Anna Torv are both Aussies kind of twisted my mind. I've listened to interviews of both of them, and still can't imagine them talking like Crocodile Dundee (sorry, Aussies).
- Fringe got the cover treatment from EW's Fall TV preview, and Anna Torv done up in '50s glam is an utter peach.
- The EW cover story says that Fringe was the "No. 1 new show among the valuable 18–49 demo," which begs the question: is there any demographic that isn't valuable?
Indie rating: Janelle Monáe – "Cybertronic Purgatory"