Since shape-shifters and serial killers are practically par for the course in the wonderfully wacky world of FRINGE, it should probably come as no surprise that scribes J.J. Abrams and Akiva Goldmsan found an entirely different way to shock us during last night’s second season premiere of FRINGE: Meet Nina Sharp cougar!
Yes, last night’s episode may have given fans plenty to talk about, including the return of Olivia from over there (“I went somewhere … He told me something … I don’t know, but there’s something I have to do. I think that our lives may depend on it.”) and a new and improved Peter (Telling Broyles, “We’re done reacting. We’re not gonna be ‘too late’ anymore. After all, somebody’s gotta save their asses, right?”). But the biggest surprise was reserved for the unexpected kiss between two of the show’s most mysterious and elusive characters: Blair Brown’s Nina Sharpe and Lance Reddick’s FBI agent Phillip Broyles.
“When it showed up in the premiere it shocked me,” admitted Reddick in a recent interview with theTVaddict.com. “That said, I really felt that Nina and Broyles has had a relationship previously and it was something that I had talked to the writers about in passing on a number of occasions.”
“The beauty about acting in FRINGE is that even though there is so much going on, there’s lots of room for actors to act and what you need do do is act the possibilities” concurred Brown. “Last season Lance [Reddick] and I would sit around and wonder who these people are to each other because we get a lot of good stuff that sort of indicated that we’d known each other for a long time. Stuff like Nina spotting Broyles when he was starting out in the FBI and mentoring him, so we both were kind of like ‘Yes, there was something else there’.”
“Of course the beauty of FRINGE is when will ‘the kiss’ be dealt with again and what repercussions does it have? We don’t know.”
Luckily for Brown, guessing about what happens next on FRINGE is half the fun.