By Ken Tucker
September 17, 2009 at 04:40 PM EDT

I have seen tonight’s season premiere of Fringe, and I’m tellin’ ya: Do not miss this. If you were on the fence about Fringe last season — kinda slow the first few episodes, maybe the cow in the lab struck you as corny — you have to admit the series really ramped up in its last half-dozen episodes. Tonight’s premiere takes up where last season left off — kind of. And I mean “kind of” in the best sense: Fringe has become wonderfully twisty-turny, and tonight is one mini-revelation after another about the alternate universe uncovered in the season-one finale.

All that, plus custard:

I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap, but in the meantime, I want to know: Are you looking forward to Fringe tonight?