In a season of a series that some fans feel has already been getting better and better on a weekly basis, “Fringe” continues its hot streak by casting Christopher Lloyd in an upcoming episode as Walter’s music idol.
According to John Noble — who plays both Walter in this world and the Walternate in the Over There — this episode, the season’s 10th, will be one where “Walter gets to be a bit of a fanboy.”
We all get a bit fanboyish (or fangirlish) sometimes. It’s natural. But what happens when your favorite television characters behave in such a way?
If you answered that rhetorical question with “hilarity ensues,” then you’d probably be absolutely correct. Walter Bishop’s sometimes childlike nature usually leads to laughs in a show that is certainly not a comedy, and when you factor in the all too familiar excitement of fawning over a celebrity, this is bound to be rather humorous.
Of course, that’s not the only thing to be excited about. This casting news comes straight off the heels of the 25th anniversary of “Back to the Future,” the classic film where Lloyd gained much geek credibility as the eccentric Dr. Emmett Brown.
Noble claims that this casting choice “exceeds [his] expectations.”
While “Fringe” already tested the time travel waters last season, but who’s to say there’s not a chance of some reference to good old Doc Brown or Marty McFly?
Lloyd also appeared as Cmdr. Kruge, the Klingon bad guy in “Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.”
“Fringe” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. It returns in November after the Major League Baseball playoffs.
The show is averaging a 3.3 rating/5 share so far this year on Thursday nights, according to Fast National ratings from The Nielsen Co. It’s losing about half the audience from its “Castle” lead-in, and finishing lower than its average last year.