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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Are you watching Fringe?

I like to think Lovecraft would appreciate TV's Fringe, which blends sci-fi and horror with great effect. And aside from the monster-of-the week episodes, it has an ongoing story concerning the dangers of cross-dimensional travel.

Well, the Lovecraft references are getting pretty thick lately. December 3rd's episode, "Snakehead," had imagery like this:

Cute, right? Sure, I hear what you're saying. One squid creature does not a Lovecraft show make.

But then came the December 10th episode, "Grey Matters." The story opens with a character in a mental institution named Joseph Slater.

"Jos Slater?" I thought. That sounded familiar. Wasn't that the mental patient's name in Lovecraft's "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"?

As the Fringe episode continues, we discover that Slater's mind contains a clue to crossing into another dimension. Not in the same way that Lovecraft's Slater journeyed to the Dreamlands, but the character's name can't be a coincidence.

No, the writers are definitely teasing us. Two more mental patients are related to the case. Patients with the following names:

I yelped so loud the neighbors heard me! Director Stuart Gordon and his frequent star (Barbara) Crampton get props -- it's like they're writing the show just for me. (And it wasn't till I paused it later that I discovered the name of Crampton's hospital was DUNWICH Mental Hospital.)

So what more can I say? Aside from the HPL references, it's a darn good show with great concepts and strong characters. Check it out on HULU if you like.

Fringe Season 2 : Ep. 10 : Grey Matters

Someone just pointed out to me that there's even a "Doctor West" in this episode. Don't know how I missed that one.


  1. FRINGE had been aired in Germany some months ago, sadly only the first season - which had a distinctly Lovecraftian touch even then - I don't know how many times I humoursly referred to it as "X Files with a touch of Lovecraft" ... seems I've been on the right path all along.

    Thanks for pointing this out to all of us who haven't seen the episode yet !!!

  2. I thought I was the only one who saw all of that! I think that episode even had a Dr West, though I doubt the doctor's first name was Herbert, seeing as she was a woman

  3. weird, Olivia always listen Sirius while driving, the point is the big letter B in the sat radio screen.

    Sirius B where some of them come


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