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More details about Leonard Nimoy's Fringe role

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 9th 2009 9:03AM
star trek nimoy fringeI liked that super expensive, two-hour-long Fringe series premiere, but I found it hard to stay awake throughout the following episodes. My love for Pacey Witter aside, I haven't felt compelled to watch the series in a while, but this news might get me to tune in.

Star Trek's Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, will join the show as the mysterious William Bell, the founder of sci-tech creep house Massive Dynamic, in Fringe's May 12 season finale.

Looks like Mr. Nimoy enjoyed his recent collaboration on the Star Trek movie with Fringe producers J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Orci recently talked about what viewers can expect from the character of William Bell when he finally appears on the show.

He said Bell and Fringe's Walter Bishop, played by John Noble, are "very much like each other" and were like brothers at one point in their relationship. Bell and Bishop have "not only different approaches to the Pattern (the show's series of seemingly unexplainable events), but different interpretations of what the Pattern is," Orci said.

After the season finale, Nimoy is expected to return as Bell for multiple episodes in season two. I'm looking forward to watching him share some screen time with Noble's delightfully bonkers Walter Bishop.

I approve of this casting choice for two reasons: First, I'm a nerd who loves it when someone associated with Star Trek gets a paying gig on a project that people actually watch. Second, Leonard Nimoy has that stern quality about him, plus a very dry sense of humor that I think might work for the character of William Bell.

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Wouldn't it be awesome if they script the Vulcan neck pinch
in somehow.

April 09 2009 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ron Whitlock

That's awsome! I love Fringe and this'll make it even better. Nemoy has that dry delivery where you're not sure whether to laugh or be nervous...it fits well with the show. I just home they don't kill him after a couple episodes. Leave it so he can come back from time to time.

April 09 2009 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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