Fringe is an American science fiction thriller series created by JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for Fox television.
A series of bizarre, super-scientific terrorist attacks and strange phenomena - known as 'fringe events' - are taking place across America, forming a pattern... but a pattern of what? After getting too close to a fringe event, FBI special agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is recruited into the US government's Fringe Division, alongside genius-turned-conman Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) and his father, a mentally unstable but utterly brilliant scientist named Walter (John Noble).
The trio, aided by agent Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole) and director Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick), initially track many of the events to a terrorist cell named ZFT, but ultimately discover a much greater threat hiding outside of this universe.
Westphall connections in FringeEdit
- In the episode "A New Day in the Old Town", the Fringe division looks like it is going to be shut down for failing to come up with entirely quantifiable results. During the senate hearing, mention is made of the 'X designation' used by the FBI in the 1990s, which also failed to find concrete evidence. This is a reference to The X-Files, which heavily inspired Fringe and was also about FBI agents investigating the paranormal. This is made slightly more complicated by the fact that a scene from The X-Files can be glimpsed on a TV at one point.
- In "The Firefly", Walter puts on a pair of glasses that have red and blue lenses, explaining that they allow him to see people's auras. He adds that the glasses were made by his friend, Dr Jacoby. Dr Jacoby was a character in Twin Peaks who was frequently seen wearing the same kind of glasses.
- Unsurprisingly, given their shared producers, Fringe contains some links to Lost. In "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide", William Bell is shown drinking a bottle of MacCutcheon Scotch Whisky - the same fictional brand drank by many characters in Lost. In the episode "The Dreamscape", a murder victim is shown to have an Oceanic airline ticket - Oceanic being the airline that the characters use in the pilot episode of Lost. For another link, see 'Prop and branding links' below. These connections are made problematic, however, by a scene in "The Man from the Other Side", in which one of the characters is shown watching an episode of Lost.