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The X-Files: FOX’s Fringe Pays Homage to Its Sci-Fi Predecessor

The X-FilesMore than a few people have compared the popular Fringe series to The X-Files. Both shows focus on the paranormal and overarching conspiracies. Last night’s episode, the second season premiere of Fringe, made a couple direct homages to the days of Mulder and Scully.

During the episode’s first few minutes, the shape-shifting soldier killed a guy and broke his apartment. As the shifter is about to assume the person’s identity, the camera pans across the guy’s big-screen TV and Mulder (David Duchovny) can be seen, seemingly staring at the attacker.

And then, later in the episode, when the senate subcommittee is grilling Agent Broyles (Lance Reddick), they mention “the old X designation.”

Did you watch? Did you spot any other tributes?

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SweetPea3 January 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm

what about when the observers started dying? the ones that caught my attention were the guy who had that huge tapeworm-like thing emerging from his mouth and another guy whose mouth disappeared.

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SweetPea3 January 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm

oops, just now realized that everyone else was talking about 2009. :)

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Terra Nivium October 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm

They had the trusty flashlight scene which was filmed just like an X-Files episode.

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Kermonk September 25, 2009 at 8:10 am

It wasn’t just Mulder, Scully was next to him in the clip

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DmdFreak September 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm

I say the first one. Even rewound to make sure I saw it right. But I missed the second one.

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WolvenSpectre September 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm

It wasn’t from the X-Files. but from what I have read Lance Reddick’s character in The Wire made Colonel before the end and that is what he wanted to be referred to as at the committee.

Also isn’t that the bar that Mulder goes to and the female bartender asks him what he does for a living and he decides to tell her?

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