So, this Fall The Beloved and I have done some trial runs for a few new television series. Each of them definitely has a “supernatural” spin to them and feature decent story telling but perhaps with even better character performances.
We’ve been watching ABC’s “Life on Mars”, about a inadvertently time-traveled detective which has been very well produced an interesting with some great performances by Harvey Keitel and Michael Imperioli (who may, just may make me stop calling him Christ-a-fuh after this) as tough 70s cops are great.
We’ve been keeping up with Showtime’s “True Blood” – a series that considers the “what if” world of vampires “out of the closet” among us. I’m not really sure where the show is going but the supporting roles of Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) are really great characters.
But my favorite this season so far is FOX’s “Fringe” – JJ Abrams’ "X-Files" homage about an FBI agent’s investigations into the sinister paranormal. Anna Torv is good (and rather cute) as Agent Olivia Dunham, but the character stealing the show is Doctor Walter Bishop – the somewhat crazy genius enlisted to help her.
Played by John Noble (most well-known to me as the also somewhat crazy, but not nearly as endearing Denethor from the Lord of the Rings films). Noble almost effortlessly seems to transfer from very serious science-speak (well, almost science speak) to hilarious non-sequiturs – assuredly leading to the other team members' discomfort. It’s a great mix of good writing and a great performance.
“Fringe” may not be a great TV (yet), but Noble’s Doctor Bishop always makes me want to watch.