To say that this show didn't have struggles during its long first season due to American Idol taking precedence would be wrong. People could have just stopped watching the show due to all of the long gaps in the season and the constant annoyance of being cut off short because Idol ran to long, but people did stay with Fringe because of what a fun and interesting show it is and thankfully, was picked up for a second season.
I'll admit, it took me about the first ten episodes to get into Fringe and I was actually going to stop watching it, but after one of its long hiatus', I gave it another shot and I fell in love. Part of the reason that I had a hard time with this show in the beginning was because I didn't feel like Anna Torv who plays Agent Olivia Dunham wasn't strong enough in her role yet. Sure I like Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Walter (John Noble), but a show has to have a strong lead and Torv wasn't there yet. But when the show came back on April 7th, I was hooked for the remainder of the season. The episode before that aired, "Ability", is the one that hooked me. This is the episode were David Robert Jones escapes from the German prison. Though the two shows are completely different animals, Fringe has become my Battlestar Galactica replacement.
Exploring the incidents that happened in this season due to what they call "Fringe Science" (telepathy, psychokinesis, teleportation) was just very fun to watch, if not at times gruesome and scary, but following our trio of characters (Dunham, Peter and Walter) as they discovered more and more about "The Pattern" and the terrorist group known as ZFT was something I looked forward to every week. I mean what show can you watch that has a hilarious mad scientist with a cow in his lab? What show can you watch that has people spontaneously combusting? There isn't one, at least not since The X-Files, but Fringe is its own animal were when I watch it, I don't think about anything that I ever saw on X-Files.
Once they all settled in after a few episodes, Fringe really became a great cast piece. The core group of characters (Olivia, Peter, Walter, Charlie, Astrid and Broyles) really mesh well together. I especially enjoyed Olivia and Charlies relationship; you just know that these two are partners and would take a bullet for each other. I love how Charlie always seems just a little skeptical about the cases they are working on...that is until he sees something "fringe" like first hand. The not so father/son relationship Peter and Walter have cracks me up as do most things that come out of Walters mouth. Then there's Broyles who is always just a little mysterious and you still aren't quite sure what exactly his agenda is at the end of the season. This show really does have great character writing.
Obviously, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered after last nights season finale, some of which I already know that answer. Why does Peter have a gravestone and why is Walter visiting it? What is William Bell's agenda (awesome that in his reality, his offices are in the World Trade Center)? Finally how is Dunham going to get back to her reality? Great season ending questions for a great TV show. I can't wait for the fall. If you haven't watched Fringe yet, give it a try, you might be surprised. 5/5!
I was initially embarrassed, at my age and with a reasonable education, to be watching a show where our heroine can control light bulbs with her brain, among many other improbable wonders. I'd have been madly in love with this show when I was eleven years old and "ESP" seemed one mad scientist from reality. The way Walter coincidentally and "surprisingly" knew all about every bizarre development was also off-putting at first, though they've finally stopped acting like … more
Sci-fi geeks worldwide cried like little girls the day that X-Files was ended. But take heart, Fringe is here. From JJ Abrams, the maker of Alias and Lost, comes Fringe... a sci-fi/detective drama. Fringe is named because of the type of detective work it follows, "Fringe Science". It's the type of science that borderlines crazy. It's like House--you get all the crazy disesases--but without the disease part. The … more
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FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham is assigned to investigate the bizarre case of an international flight that landed at Boston's Logan Airport with a load of passengers and crew members who all have died grisly deaths. After another agent, John Scott, is nearly killed during the investigation, Olivia's search for clues takes her to institutionalized genius Dr. Walter Bishop, whose estranged son, Peter, may prove helpful in solving this mystery. After meeting manipulative corporate executive Nina Sharp, however, Olivia and her colleagues begin to realize the riddle of that ghastly flight is only a fragment of an even more shocking truth. Show History: J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Burk and Jeff Pinkner are executive producers.
Fringe has been picked up for a second season by FOX.