If you’re fan of the show, you know Fringe (Fox, Thursdays, 9:00) can be fiendishly interesting.
One of the pleasures of the show is the performance of Anna Torv (pictured).
Torv’s character Olivia exists in two, parallel worlds. So Torv must play Olivia twice. She must be the same person in both worlds, but the viewer also needs to see small, and telling, differences.
Managing two identities in this way makes the actress a little like the audience. Many of us are called upon to manage several identities at once. The differences can be small, but they must also be telling.
Torv was recently asked about playing the same person twice. You can hear in her answer some of the difficulty of the task. But you also hear her voice some of the advantages of the postmodern self, the ability to slide across perspectives, to see oneself with new clarity.
Those who have not seen Fringe might want to have a look. Bill Gorman, at TV By The Numbers, said today the show’s in peril.
Gorman, Bill. 2010. “Will Fringe Or Lie To Me Be Cancelled Or Renewed?.” TV By The Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/10/12/fox-fringe-new-season-same-bad-choice/67591 (Accessed October 13, 2010).
McCracken, Grant. 2008. Transformations: Identity Construction in Contemporary Culture. Indiana University Press http://www.amazon.com/Transformations-Identity-Construction-Contemporary-Culture/dp/0253219574/.
Radish, Christina. 2010. “Anna Torv Interview FRINGE Season Three.” Collider, October 13 http://www.collider.com/2010/10/13/anna-torv-interview-fringe-season-three/#more-54255 (Accessed October 13, 2010).