How psyched is Anna Torv for you to see the final episodes of the season on “Fringe”? Well, just count the number of times she uses the word “excited” in response to a question about what she thought of the season’s final scripts.
“I’m really excited, and things kind of like — I think because we’re gearing up for the end of the season … things sort of started to get a little bit more cemented,” Torv told reporters in a conference call last week. “We shot an episode a little while ago … directed by Akiva Goldsman [‘I Am Legend,’ ‘A Beautiful Mind’; it airs April 21], and I think that kind of pushes it into a different direction, but not into a different world. It sort of pushes us a little bit deeper into some of the things that we’ve been touching on.
“We’re shooting the season finale at the moment, and I’m really excited. I’m excited at the prospect of where the show could go. If we’re lucky enough to shoot a second season, I think it’s going to be really great.”
After an eight-week, “American Idol”-induced absence, “Fringe” returns to FOX at 9 p.m. Tuesday with an episode that finds FBI Agent Olivia Dunham (Torv) on the trail of an old nemesis, a serial killer known as The Artist. She gets help on the case from an unlikely source — a boy who’s discovered living underground and seems to have a special connection with her. Clips from the episode are below, right after Torv discusses how the remaining episodes delve deeper into Olivia’s past and how she’s connected to mad scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble).
On Olivia’s back story: “We do start to find out what was done to her when she was little, and we also start to figure out what — I think that the episode where she turns the light box off, that’s been shown, hasn’t it? [‘Ability,’ which aired Feb. 10] — when you find out that she maybe has some special ability. We do get to delve a little bit into that, to work out why she has that ability or superpower, or if it’s something that’s been done to her. … I’m terrible at these plot questions because I never know how much to give away or not, so it sounds like I’m being really shifty, but I’m not. I’m just trying to compute what’s illegal. No, not illegal, but what’s OK to say.”
On whether Olivia and Peter (Joshua Jackson) will ever get together: “I hope that they sort of stretch it out for as long as possible. I think that’s what makes it kind of fun when it’s like, ‘Oh, are they or aren’t they? What’s going on?’ I think there needs to be a few more close calls before they, you know, start heading down that track, because then you’ve got to break up and get back together again and the whole bit, right? [Laughs]”
Her favorite thing so far: “You’d think it would be some big, explosive kind of thing, but we shot a scene recently that was just in Walter and Peter’s hotel room, and in it Olivia has just discovered some things about her past and some things that Walter is connected to. And I loved shooting that because it was the first time that I felt like Olivia really inched her way into that dynamic of Peter and Walter. She’s been kind of on the outside, and they’ve got their things to deal with, and she’s kind of wrangling them constantly. But this sort of gave me just a little of glimpse into what could be like having everything, realizing everything is a little bit entwined.
“Therefore, there becomes a little bit, just that little bit more conflict, like really emotional conflict between them. I think that’s fun, particularly because these are the three, your central three. I actually loved shooting that, but I can’t say anything more because I’ll get into trouble or something.”
Now, the clips — first up is one of Olivia’s first encounters with the boy, where she offers him some M&Ms:
Next, Peter tries to connect by discussing the relative coolness of a GI Joe action figure:
And finally, Walter tries to ease the boy’s fear over a test by doing a little dance: