Fringe: Interview with John Noble
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John Noble fans will be ecstatic to see that the energetic vision behind the inimitable Walter Bishop is being rolled out for third-season publicity. Here is an excerpt:[indent]"We didn't know what we were making three years ago," John Noble said, looking back on the first two seasons of Fox's compelling, creepy and quirky sci-fi show "Fringe." "We knew we'd put together this disparate group of people - Olivia (Anna Torv), Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Walter (Noble) - to solve these odd crimes, but at that point we didn't have, or I didn't have, much of an idea of where it would travel. I didn't have an idea that we'd travel into this alternate universe we've been in. Certainly I didn't know that.

"I suspect that Jeff Pinkner, our show runner, had some of these ideas running in his head," Noble surmised, "because he did create the platform from which to go. But the first half of the first season we were just jumping around the place trying to find something that worked. We were doing almost procedural stuff, and that didn't feel quite right. We were trying to develop the personality stuff, and that did feel right.

"So around Episode 10 we did a shift and said, 'OK, let people get to know Olivia.' We concentrated on Olivia and her background, and her relationships with Peter and Walter. That set us up for a good finish to Season 1 and set us up for a really strong Season 2. I think Season 2 was far more solid. We knew where we were going and the characters had been established and, when you have that, you can travel pretty much anywhere and people will go with you."[/indent]

Read the full article here.

And if you're keeping up with the SF-Fandom blog, you'll want to check out Things on the fringe of Fringe, which rounds up some other goodies.

BTW -- Fringe's second season is now available on DvD and Blu-Ray.



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E! Online has an interview with John as well. Here is an excerpt:[indent]"Walternate is a good man," John gushed about his alter ego. "He's saving his world. If our world was disintegrating, we'd want someone to step up; that's truly what Walternate does."

Kind of makes you think, right? "He's cold and manipulative and wounded, so all those things when you first meet him make you think he's a hard man," continues John. "But he has reason to be. Someone stole his son, for goodness sake. I'd be furious. I have some affection for Walternate, even though he's not a crowd favorite."

True, the inclusion of Walternate into the world of Fringe has been a difficult one for fans to accept, and it obviously hasn't gone unnoticed. But John actually believes that unease may benefit season three.

"We've got to play on both sides, which is the radical change to this season," he explained. "And I want to see the audience's response to us playing two universes. If we can do it [align=right], it'll be magical. The characters on the other side are going to have to make themselves likable."[/indent]

Read the full article here.

Looks like they're leaving open the possibility that Walter might eventually go channel surfing across multiple universes. Shades of Jet Li's "The One"!
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