Tomorrow night Leonard Nimoy returns to television for his second appearance on the FOX show Fringe, the show created by the Star Trek team of JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. We have more details, a first look, a promo video and some excerpts with a new interview by the actor below.
[SPOILERS] Leonard Nimoy appeared briefly in the season finale of Fringe’s first season, playing the enigmatic William Bell. Although often referred to on the show, it wasn’t until the last moments of the season that FBI agent Olivia Dunham met him. And the reason he was so hard to find was that (in a Star Trek-ish twist) he was in a parallel universe, complete with a standing World Trade Center. For the first three of episodes of the second season Dunham has been back in her original universe, but hasn’t remembered where she was, until Thursday’s episode. Here is the official FOX description:
Recuperating from the traumatic and alarming meeting with Massive Dynamic founder William Bell (guest star Nimoy), Agent Dunham consumes a powerful "fringe" concoction that Dr. Bishop prescribes to stimulate her memory. Meanwhile, the Fringe Division investigates a series of robbery cases in New York, Boston and Chicago that are tied to shape-shifting. As clues are tracked and memories are jogged, another woman experimented on by Dr. Bishop is introduced and a flashback reveals more about Olivia’s alternate-reality encounter in the "Momentum Deferred" episode of FRINGE airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FR-204) (TV-14 L, V)
Leonard Nimoy also participated in a conference call to promote the episode. Here are some highlights, courtesy of CinemaBlend:
What intrigued him most about Bell was that the character was largely a blank slate. He and the producers had several intense discussions about how the character should be developed.
Tomorrow night’s episode will give a sense of what his relationship with Olivia is all about. “We go a long way tomorrow night in finding out what William Bell is all about.” When directly asked whether William Bell is good or evil, Nimoy simply replied, “Time will tell.”
So far the only Fringe regular he has worked with is Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham. He has one more episode he’s shooting in a few weeks, and any further appearances have yet to be confirmed.
on Star Trek:
Nimoy first met with J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci three years ago about joining the Trek relaunch. He looked on the opportunity as a “revalidation of the work I had done.”
He would be open to talking about appearing in the next Trek movie, but “I frankly doubt I will be called upon again.”
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