New to Fringe? 10 Things You Should Know
Have you just started watching Fringe – or are curious enough to start watching? Here are 10 basic things you should know:
1. You can still catch up to previous episodes – and quickly. This September, a great, entertaining series of recap webisodes – totalling 47 minutes, or approximately one single “episode” – was posted to Youtube. You can watch any or all of these short videos and quickly find out what Fringe is all about, who the characters are, and why they’ve got so many passionate fans. If you watch the entire group of webisodes, you’ll be completely up to speed for Season 4, which airs on Fox Friday nights at 9/8c. (While there’s no recap video for Season 4 itself, you can check the http://youtube.com/gillybabies account for excerpts of important scenes from Season 4 episodes.)
2. Anna Torv (Olivia) and John Noble (Walter) are Australian. They use American accents on the show.
3. No, “Manhatan” is not a spelling mistake. “Manhatan” is the proper spelling of “Manhattan” in the alternate universe. The title letters “Manhatan” are used to indicate that a scene is set Over There.
4. Episode 211, “Unearthed,” is really a Season 1 episode. If you’ve seen this episode featuring Kirk Acevedo (Charlie), you may feel some confusion! The answer is that this episode was filmed for Season 1, but didn’t air until midway through Season 2. It was later shown on Fox out of order (which is why it is separated from the other episodes on the Season 2 DVD).
5. The color of the opening title sequence means something. Fringe occasionally changes the color and style of its opening titles to indicate whether an episode takes place in the past, present or future, etc.
6. The symbols before the commercial breaks spell out a word. These symbols (apple, flower, frog, hand, etc), known as “glyphs,” are a code that spells out a word that relates to the story of each episode. You can find a key to the glyphs here.
7. There is a hidden Observer in every episode. Like “Where’s Waldo,” an Observer (those weird guys with hats) can be spotted somewhere during every episode, usually unobtrusively in the background of a certain scene.
8. Each episode contains a hidden clue that hints at the next week’s episode. Usually a visual clue, but sometimes in the dialogue, this clue will point to something that figures in to next week’s plotline. (For example, a license plate reading “6B” in one episode hinted at the number of the apartment that was central to the next week’s episode.)
9. In each episode, at least one glyph symbol is hidden within the show itself. You may notice a flower decal on a refrigerator in the lab, or a butterfly on the back of a chair, and so on.
10. Fringe will return in fall 2012 for a final season, Season 5, consisting of 13 episodes. This will bring the series to an even 100 episodes.