was really curious when I first was approached to review this
series. Fringe by all accounts seemed that it would be somewhat an
X-Files clone and as much as I had enjoyed that series, it had been
done before, with great success. It was with much pleasure as I sat
to watch this series on Bluray (which is a spectacular transfer by
the way) that I am super pleased to tell you that this series is
well worth the time and effort to sink your teeth into.
Is it the best series available at the moment? I wouldn't go that
far, but if not the best then most definitely one of the best. That
my friends is without doubt. The way the series is shot along with
the main characters, being Olivia and the son/father team of Peter
and Walter is truly exceptional.
So, I hear you asking, what is Fringe about? Well without going into
too much detail that would wreck your enjoyment of this show
basically Olivia is an FBI agent tasked with solving odd scientific
cases or things that fall outside the normal range of the FBI. She
is also charged with working with both Peter and his genuis/crackpot
father Walter who is as absent minded as he is unorthodox and
brilliant. Walter is able to see outside the square for the simple
fact is that for him, the square simply does not exist!
The way that JJ Abrams and others involved in the production of this
series have fleshed out the characters is lovely. They grow as we
watch; from Peter being the sceptic who is simply onboard to keep
his odd father in check, to Olivia being the held back reserved
woman who simply gets the job done, to Walter himself the crackpot.
We see these characters grow and change possibly with the exception
of Walter who is so brilliant as a character that if he was to
change it would be to the utter detriment of the series. Considering
a key part of the storyline is that Walter spend the last 17 years
in a mental institution also provides a bit of a reason that he does
not see the world the same way that we do.
Fringe captivated me the entire way through to the brilliant season
finale that had me on the edge of my seat. After an entire season of
watching both the macabre and beautiful, evil and good all parade
themselves before our heroes, to the twist at the end that I simply
cannot ruin for you….. Referring to the fringe of science as curious
phenomena is explored, Fringe is an example of just how good
television can be.
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The Road Not Taken
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