‘Fringe’ star gets dark and twisty
By LARRY GETLEN
Last Updated: 7:59 AM, August 28, 2011
Posted: 8:26 PM, August 27, 2011
A Russian scientist in 1920s Europe tries to create “an army of ape warriors” -- first by artificially inseminating a female chimp with human sperm, then, when that doesn’t work, by reversing the process, implanting ape sperm into a young Russian woman.
Is there any surprise that the person telling us this gruesome and remarkably true tale is John Noble, the star of “Fringe?”
“It was a primitive attempt at genetic manipulation,” says Noble, who plays genius Walter Bishop on the Fox drama and is also hosting “Dark Matters: Twisted But True,” which premieres Wednesday.
WEIRD BUT TRUE: Noble weighs in..
“We’re far more sophisticated these days in terms of our understanding of the human genome. At the time those experiments were done, they didn’t have that knowledge, so they were just trying to cross whatever they could. It raises the question -- why would you want to do it?”
For each of the show’s six hourlong episodes, Noble brings us three true tales of science gone awry, including a scientist who transplanted the head of one monkey onto another, and a woman who was attacked by her own hands.
The show employs re-creations over Noble’s narrative, and hopes to prompt the viewer to contemplate science’s dilemmas.
“The question is, is there anything we shouldn’t approach? Probably not,” says Noble, whose “Fringe” character discovered an alternative universe thanks to the use of LSD. “There was absolutely nothing wrong with what Einstein did: He found a way to allow other scientists to split the atom, and it was a wonderful, exciting time. That fact that it was used for destruction, it doesn’t take away from [what he did], or make it not legitimate and wonderful
Don't forget to support John Noble by watching "Dark Matters" on the Science Channel http://science.discovery.com/tv/dark-matters/