Gelderland, Netherlands – Science fiction comes in all shapes and sizes, some
even more incomprehensible than others. Fox’s Fringe, set to return in
September, is surprisingly accessible – even when you’re not big on the sci-fi
A scene from Fringe
show from J.J. Abrams, who also made Lost, the so-called Fringe Division
of the FBI investigates cases that are not your everyday crimes. Each episode
starts off with some sort of inexplicable event, which has usually resulted in
gruesomely disfigured victims.
events are part of ‘The Pattern,’ a series of strange, inexplicable occurrences
around the world that are almost always traced back to a powerful corporation
called Massive Dynamic.
show’s name refers to the field of fringe science, which includes things like
psychokinesis, teleportation and genetic mutation.
answers, the head of the Fringe Division, the authoritative Phillip Broyles
(Lance Reddick), asks FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) to join his taskforce.
She teams up with Walter Bishop (John Noble), a brilliant but insane scientist
who has been in a mental institution for 17 years, and his snarky son Peter
Olivia, often accompanied by Peter, is chasing down suspects, Walter is in his
old lab at Harvard University to find explanations. He’s assisted by witty FBI
agent Astrid, who’s also there to keep an eye on him.
his past scientific research, Walter knows a lot about the things they come
across, but unfortunately he has forgotten a lot about it.
is a mystery, with each episode containing clues that will be used in following
episodes or the bigger story. However, these clues are very easy to miss, so
luckily it’s not difficult to follow the story without solving the riddles.
effects are absolutely essential for a show dealing with alternative realities
and genetically altered monsters. The effects in Fringe are stunning, and
the depiction of people with strange disfigurements or liquefied brains is often
constant sense of suspense and mystery certainly contributes to making Fringe
a great show, but what makes it really attractive is the interaction between the
Olivia’s determination, Walter’s ingenious ramblings and inappropriate remarks,
Peter’s sarcasm and Astrid’s funny perspective on things, they make a good team
that balances the feeling of urgency to save the world with a great sense of
sight, Olivia seems very much the stereotype of an FBI agent,
who – like the majority of female FBI-characters on TV – has a troubled
slightly detached and has an almost obsessive commitment to her job, but Anna
Torv’s subtle acting makes Olivia anything but cold and emotionless. With just
one eye-movement or a quick remark, she manages to show Olivia’s more emotional
and caring side.
the genius with a shady past, who is the only one who can really understand his
father, despite his difficult relationship with him.
first episode, there’s definitely a spark between Peter and Olivia, but they’re
taking things slowly. Painstakingly slowly. Though that’s likely to be a source
of frustration for many fans, it’s probably for the best. The pair having a
relationship too soon would probably ruin it, especially since they’re great as
a brilliant character as well, with John Noble doing a fantastic job portraying
him as a genius living completely in his own world and just saying whatever
comes to his mind.
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