5 Reasons to Get Excited for the 'Fringe' Season 3 Premiere
5 Reasons to Get Excited for the 'Fringe' Season 3 Premiere
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
When Fringe returns Thursday, September 23 at 9pm on FOX, it's coming back a brand new show. After crossing over to the alternate universe in the season 2 finale, Fringe abandoned its roots as a sci-fi procedural and moved into full-on serialized science fiction greatness.

Now, with the real Olivia trapped in the alternate universe and her evil doppelganger posing as her in our world, season 3 is set to be full of intrigue and strange sci-fi phenomena. The first episode of the season, simply titled "Olivia," is a great start to the new Fringe, and here are five reasons to watch.

There's a Reason It's Called "Olivia"

The premiere's title, "Olivia," is an accurate depiction of the episode, because star Anna Torv is in nearly every scene. And she takes full advantage of the opportunity, doing a great job with both the action and the emotion. See for yourself: 

Clever Alternate Universe Jokes

The people behind the scenes of Fringe are clearly having a lot of fun designing signs and props in the alternate universe. In particular, the season premiere features two hilarious gags. The first is a sign on Olivia's taxi for a smash hit Broadway musical in the alternate universe. The second is simply a man riding his bike in the park. Keep an eye out for both and prepare to chucle.

Guest Star Andre Royo

When the science fiction is as interesting as it is on Fringe, you don't need great actors delivering great performances. But Fringe does it anyway, and the premiere features a strong guest performance by Andre Royo (Bubbles from The Wire). Based on how his story ends, the show could definitely bring him back since he might be more than meets the eye.

Watch Andre Royo in action below 

Two Olivias, Two Walters

If you like doppelgangers, this is the show for you. The premiere features both versions of Walter and Olivia, as well as more of Broyles and Astrid's alternate versions. The show is very smart to get two characters for the price of one.

Go behind the scenes with this clip of the cast talking about the alternate universe.

A Good Shot

In the history of TV, every gun fight features a barrage of bullets missing the target and, invariably, no one ever gets shot. But on the Fringe season premiere, there must be a shortage of ammunition, because the marksmanship is superb.

Don't take our word for it. Check out a longer preview below: 

Will you tune in to the new season of Fringe? The cast says you should: 

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