The Characters and Acting
While I love Fringe, Kiera has a hardness that I found missing in Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), and the show doesn’t rely on one character, Walter Bishop (John Noble), to fill its scientific eccentricity quota. The show feels like harder sci-fi, largely because it avoids sentimentality. Sure, Kiera gets teary remembering her son every now and then, but 95% of the time she’s hard as steel. Alec is a believable, and likeable, boy genius, and the fate of the world rests on his adolescent shoulders.
Kiera’s partner, Carlos (Victor Webster), plays the straight man just right, serving as her tether to the current timeline, or as they’d say in Lost, her constant. But he’s also conflicted about her, the terrorists fighting to bring down the corporate oligarchy, his police force, and his own role in all of this. He walks between conflict and certainty in such a way that makes clear that at any moment he could draw a line in the sand or make a decision that will reverberate through multiple timelines.
Next week, I have the chance to interview Webster to get his insight on the show, its characters, and what revelations the second half of season three might have in store. Check back for the goods, and if there’s something you’d like to know, sound off in the comments below and I’ll see if I can work it in.