William Bell = Yellow-Eyed Demon?

By October 12th, 2009 3 Comments

You may have noticed: there’s a lot of television on Thursday nights.  My DVR tapes while I watch, and I still have to visit Hulu if I want to be caught up.

That, I suspect, is why no one’s yet realized: Fringe and Supernatural? Secretly the same show!

Consider the evidence:

Each show has an almost preternaturally earnest main character (Olivia and Sam).

Each show co-stars a Dawson’s Creek alum whose first name begins with the letter J (Joshua Jackson and Jensen Ackles).

And the kicker? William Bell is clearly science fiction’s answer to Supernatural’s Yellow-Eyed Demon.

Both prepared children for a war. Both seem to feel a vaguely creepy attachment for their biggest success. And as it turns out, conducting drug trials on young children, just like feeding a baby demon blood, is “better than Ovaltine . . . it makes you big and strong” (Supernatural, “In the Beginning”).

Yellow-Eyed Demon: I’m looking for the best and brightest of your generation. . . . That’s why I’m here, Sam. . . . You’re tough. You’re smart. You’re well-trained, thanks to your daddy. Sam–Sammy–you’re my favorite. . . . (Supernatural, “All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One”)

William Bell: A storm is coming, perhaps the last and worst storm of all. . . . You are the one, Olivia. Of all the children that Walter and I prepared, you were the strongest. You were always the strongest. (Fringe, “Momentum Deferred”)

Find any other eerie parallels between Supernatural and Fringe? Share in the comments!

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3 Comments On "William Bell = Yellow-Eyed Demon?"

  1. Andrew Zimmerman Jones

    A couple of other similarities, at least between Peter Bishop & Sam/Dean:

    1. Peter also has Daddy issues.
    2. Peter has a large number of alternate identities (although they don’t tend to have as much style as the ones used in Supernatural, except for the MIT professor).


  2. Alanna S.

    Hehe, I honestly started drawing more parallels between Fringe and Terminator this last week. Bio-mechanoid mercury shapeshifters, who happen to have to travel here from another time and place? Not to mention the direct quote that I almost fell over in my seat laughing when I heard it; “A storm is coming.”

    Between last week’s episode of Fringe and the 5 seconds after Dollhouse where they just show Summer Glau and announce “In three weeks…” For that brief moment I thought “No way! Terminator is coming back?!” And then the announcer finishes “… Summer Glau joins the cast of Dollhouse.” These two incidents are making me wonder if J.J.Abrams and Joss Whedon are not trying to guilt FOX about canceling Terminator.


  3. Dodger

    Well, let’s see. John and Walter are both fathers who are obsessed with their “work” … work that makes both of them seem crazy to the uninitiated, but that is, in truth, a reflection of their enlightened view of a darker reality beyond the public’s ken. Both men are considered craptastic fathers by the outside world and their own sons, yet both are driven to obsession with the work they do to save their sons’ lives (Walter to retreive Peter from OtherWorld; John to safeguard the boys from SPN/YED). In fact, both men accomplish the “impossible” by accessing resources in another “world” (John summoning the YED from hell; Walter boring a hole into another universe) by means no one else can duplicate, and both do it to pull their “dead” sons back to them (John pulling Dean back from his coma state; Walter pulling an alternate Peter through his tunnel to his own world), and both do so at the cost of condemning themselves to their own private hells (For John, LITERALLY hell; for Walter, a loss of his mental facilities).

    Both men are considered brilliant in their fields, the bona fide “experts,” yet both are considered professional failures by the public in general, and both are also universally regarded as real pains-in-the-asses with arguable psychotic tendancies by their peers-in-the-know to such a degree that they are alternately revered and considered a disgrace, ocassionally being viewed both ways at the same time by a single individual.

    Both men have sons who “run away” from the perceived tyrany of their fathers’ parenting style only to have those sons later return of their own volition to help their estranged fathers in “the work” both for the sake of humanity in general, and because the father would be vulnerable without their assistance. Both men think so far outside the box as to be damned near circular when it comes to dealing with heretofore unknown threats, and both trust their own outlandish solutions so implicitly that they will bet their own lives and the lives of others on a good outcome without bothering to test that solution first.

    And, of course, both characters are played by exceptional actors (can I use that?). :D And in the spirit of your Dawson’s Creek parallel, six degrees of seperation in that one of the Fringe’s staff writers is Zack Whedon, who was David Milch’s assistant for years, including during Deadwood, on which Jim Beaver, who plays Bobby Singer on SPN, played Whitney Elsworth.


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