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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:25 pm    Post subject: Calling all John Noble fans: Anyone else on the "Fringe Reply with quote

(Yes, the actor who played LotR movie Mad Daddy Bad Guy Denethor).

A new drama series from the brilliant/twisted mind of J.J. Abrams (of LOST fame), Fringe stars John Noble as slightly-off-his-nut scientist Dr. Walter Bishop, brought out of forced retirement in a mental institution to help a FBI agent solve a series of crimes that ultimately link back to Bishop's research into "fringe" sciences... research formerly funded by the US federal government.

Fringe is kind of the X-Files meets House with a dose of CSI... and I'm HOOKED!

Also tossed into the mix: Pacey (aka Joshua Jackson) of Dawson's Creek infamy as Bishop's son Peter. Newcomer(?) Anna Torv rounds out the headliners as Agent Olivia Dunham.

Link: http://www.fox.com/fringe/info/

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, yes. We've been watching. John Noble's portrayal of Walter is what keeps us coming back. Very Happy He's a flake! And creepy too.

I remember Joshua Jackson from The Mighty Ducks... never watched Dawson's Creek.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love it. Which is good, because I'm fairly certain Walter is a glimpse into my significant other's future. Rolling Eyes (Perhaps without the government contracts.)
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only seen a couple of episodes so far but good grief! It's not the "grab you by the throat and shake you silly" sort of drama LOST started out as, but I'm just as excited to see what happens in the next episode as I was for LOST season 1. I like the doctor's quirks; he's kooky in a better way than most of my customers at least. Smile The father/son dynamic is well done too.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While the other actors are in no way bad, am I the only one who thinks Noble is in a different league altogether? He just steals every scene...

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're not alone Do. Smile I don't know a whole lot about his early career, but I knew watching LotR that he had some acting chops (crazy is hard to fake well, believe it or not). I'm really pleased to see him get a chance to show off a little. Smile Poor Charlie/Pacey/Josh, though, still seems wooden and more than a little uncomfortable in front of a camera to me.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeumeIndil wrote:
Poor Charlie/Pacey/Josh, though, still seems wooden and more than a little uncomfortable in front of a camera to me.

I don't know... to me, it was like revisiting an old friend. Took me ages to place him but he was incredibly familiar. I was too old to be the correct audience for The Mighty Ducks but all three films I worked on as part of the sound editing crew for their French adaptation/translation when I started in the business so they left their mark. And I did have a thing for Emilio... Embarassed

I sort of interpret his wooden quality as discomfort to having to be close to his father. Could be wrong.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was really excited to see that John Noble was going to be in Fringe - and it is his "Walter" that keeps bringing me back. He chewed up the scenery in LoTR, but is such a wonderfully subtle crazy Walter until *bang* he does something totally over the top. It's an intriguing and surprisingly well-written show. I'm hooked too.


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NeumeIndil wrote:
Poor Charlie/Pacey/Josh, though, still seems wooden and more than a little uncomfortable in front of a camera to me.
I sort of interpret his wooden quality as discomfort to having to be close to his father. Could be wrong.


That's how I see it too.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dolarabee wrote:
I sort of interpret his wooden quality as discomfort to having to be close to his father. Could be wrong.


That's how I was seeing it, too. I don't really know much about him as an actor (I was very much not a "Dawson's Creek" sort of teenager), but I think it would be even more odd if he seemed completely comfortable, because there's no way he should be in that situation.

And I agree that John Noble just blows everyone else out of the water. It works though - I think I'd get bored with a mad scientist who *didn't* steal every scene. Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vladazhael wrote:
It works though - I think I'd get bored with a mad scientist who *didn't* steal every scene. Cool

Oh, yes. I totally agree.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes! Tommy the Hub and I are enjoying it immenseley.

We didn't see it from the start, but caught up by watching earlier eps online (where they are available at the network FOX).

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dolarabee wrote:
I sort of interpret his wooden quality as discomfort to having to be close to his father. Could be wrong.

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I think I would if I hadn't noticed so much of it in "Dawson's Creek", which granted I wasn't much of a fan of either, but my college roommate at the time was *OBSESSED* with. The further we get through the series (watching it burnt to DVD b/c we can't get *any* television stations where we live) the more I wonder if it's just a quirk of his as an actor instead of a quirk of the character's.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah... could be. But I'll be damned if you see me sit down to watch Dawson's Creek to find out! LOL

For now, in Fringe, it works... for me anyway. Might get on my nerves later on though. Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then again, it could be that his role has been written in that way.

I can remember similar conversations regarding the Sinclair character on Babylon 5's first season - but then, we had the author/creator telling us "he's *supposed* to be that way!" It still made for a lot of folks wondering about the acting ability of the person playing the part...

I think, considering all the little details coming out about the way Walter used his young son in experiments before he got locked away, that Peter has a right to be a little stiff and unemotional. What a backstory!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And who is ... the Observer?

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/39362


Friends of ours pulled our coats to this one. Verrry interrresting!

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