what the hell is ‘Fringe,’ anyway?

I’ve been seeing ads all around New York — on the sides of buses, on the walls of subway stations — that look like this:

And every time I see one, all I can think is: Torchwood. American TV was on the lookout for a Torchwood, and J.J. Abrams gave them this.

Now, I had no idea what the show was about when those ads started making me think this. It was merely a combination of the name and the image, the weird perspective of which made me suspect the show would share.

And here’s what the show’s official site has to say about the series’ premise:

From J.J. Abrams (“Lost”), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the team behind “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III” and “Alias,” comes a new series that will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between the possible and the impossible.

When an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport with no signs of life, FBI Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (Anna Torv) is called in to investigate as part of an inter-agency task force. After her partner, Special Agent JOHN SCOTT (Mark Valley), is nearly killed during the investigation, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to DR. WALTER BISHOP (John Noble), our generation’s Einstein. There’s only one catch: he’s been institutionalized for the last 17 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son PETER (Joshua Jackson) in to help.

When Olivia’s investigation leads to multi-billion dollar corporation Massive Dynamic and its manipulative corporate executive, NINA SHARP (Blair Brown), our unlikely trio, along with Department of Homeland Security Agent PHILLIP BROYLES (Lance Reddick) and FBI Agents CHARLIE FRANCIS (Kirk Acevedo) and ASTRID FARNSWORTH (Jasika Nicole), will discover that what happened on Flight 627 is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth.

Yeah, sounds like Torchwood meets Lost, actually. I’ll give it a shot. It premieres tomorrow, Tuesday, September 9, at 8pm Eastern on Fox.

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