Fringe gets a recurring villain

The Hollywood Reporter says Sebastian Roche will play a recurring villain on Fox’s hit drama Fringe. Roche’s character is a soldier from the alternate dimension where William Bell has apparently trapped himself.

The storyline has settled down a bit as viewers now understand that all the bizarre scientific experiments covered or hinted at in first season episodes were developed to prepare a defense against an invasion from an alternate reality. Now the writers will have to shift their focus from setting up the landscape to fleshing out the characters and convincing the audience that the story is something worth caring about.

J.J. Abrams is the talent behind Fringe but his involvement with the show seems to be diminishing. Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble, and Lance Reddick lead an ensemble cast that includes a cow.

Twin Peaks was never this bizarre. I hope Fringe lasts more than two seasons.

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