Why Casting Leonard Nimoy on FRINGE is Highly Illogical

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Putting aside the welcome ratings bump that FOX will undoubtedly see when Leonard Nimoy makes his first appearance of what is said to be a multi-episode arc on the May 12th finale of FRINGE, this TV Addict can’t help but feel that the casting of Leonard Nimoy as the mysterious William Bell is, well… highly illogical.

Especially after one factors in Michael Ausiello’s recent scoop that, “Nimoy’s character’s arc was significantly cut back to accommodate Nimoy, who was only interested in doing a handful of episodes.”

After a season of patiently waiting to discover the identity of the man behind Massive Dynamics, not to mention the reason Walter may-or-may-not-have spent the past seventeen years in a mental institution, the story of William Bell should not be contingent of Nimoy’s schedule and his apparent lack of excitement with regards to being tied down to series television. In short, FRINGE fanatics deserve better. They deserve a real-honest-to-badness villain, their own version of LOST’s Benjamin Linus.

In fact, if shows like LOST and HEROES have taught us anything, it’s that the villains we love to hate work best when the story dictates their circumstances rather than their contractual agreement. Just picture LOST had Benjamin Linus been played for a mere three episodes by an equally bug-eyed big named actor like John Malkovich instead of a then relative unknown Michael Emerson. Or worse, HEROES without Zachary Quinto’s Sylar, who I think we can all agree is practically the only reason people tune into the show anymore.

Like I said, highly illogical.

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  • Josh Emerson

    I don’t watch Fringe, but I think your point about Lost and Heroes is spot-on. Speaking of Heroes, it’s the villains and the “are they good or bad” characters that have always made the show. I care a lot more about scenes with Sylar, HRG, or Angela Petrelli than I do about Peter or Claire.

  • Ace

    I could not agree more. When I read on Ausiello that he would only be around for a few episodes I had a “what the heck?” moment. I thought he was going to be more like the “Cigarette Smoking Man” from the X-Files. Always messing with the main characters and giving them just enough information to be dangerous.

  • Naf

    I actually think this decision is pretty typical of Fringe. The show has gone out of its way to be not another Lost, only occasionally going down the long running story route. It only needs William Bell a few episodes at a time if it’s still going to focus on the case of the week most of the time. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, although I have enjoyed the more Lostish episodes of the show so far. And who knows, maybe Nimoy will go on the show more frequently if he enjoys his time on it, or if the audience demands it enough. If I remember correctly, Alec Baldwin was originally only going to be on 30 Rock once in a while, but the audience loved him, Baldwin loved his time on the show, and NBC found enough money to convince him to stay full time.

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