Being super-speedy at watching TV I have somehow recently managed to catch up with Fringe and am now in the unfortunate situation of having to wait till September rolls around for the fourth season and another little Science Fiction fix.
Instead of politely waiting and watching game shows like the rest of the world I have joined Fringe fan-fiction websites, addictively googled Anna Torv, and immersed myself in the chasm of Fringipedia an un-healthy amount of times. It is not good, but alas this is the effect Fringe has come to have on my life, that’s the same Fringe that took me about a month to watch the first series of. The subsequent series’ were completed in under two weeks.
For those who suffer from a lack of culture allow me to introduce you to JJ Abram’s latest television phenomenon about a team of FBI investigators and civilian contractors who investigate strange goings on in the United States, though shockingly all the events are within close range of Massachusetts. These strange goings on I refer to are all elements of what you might know as fringe science, hence the title Fringe, and the team headed up by Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) has their own drug addicted mental scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble); also in the cast are a whole host of familiar faces from Joshua Jackson to regulars from network television shows such as The Wire, Sons Of Anarchy, and Deadwood.
Despite being the niece of evil incarnate Rupert Murdoch Torv manages to be brilliant at portraying the overworked and probably overpaid, judging by all that Whisky she knocks back, Olivia. Always looking tired, dishevelled, and happy to help solve your insane unwanted cases Torv manages to grow into her character so that you come to love her more as you know her better and believe me you will love her and her awkward relationships with just about every member of the cast. Joshua Jackson is, obviously, the love interest, but he has come much further than this since his days on Dawsons Creek and is perfect as the whip-smart with an air of arrogance Peter Bishop.
I could go on about these characters all night and I probably will one of these days, but as with any show or film for that matter by Abrams you only realise how brilliant it is when it’s all over. I’m a bit of a fan-girl for JJ, but he must be one of the most formidable minds of a generation and he’s working in TV, somebody give this man a political position. The sheer intricacy here is staggering, the fact that if you so desire you can spot an Observer in every single episode is insane, a bald man was employed to just walk in the background of a single scene for over 60 episodes of a prime time television show, there isn’t really anything you can say against that. Fringe is a programme with it’s own wiki site, it has comics, and codes of Glyphs, which don’t even really matter that much.
The writing is brilliant, the concept is inspired, the characters are charming, and yes it’s a little bit like The X-Files. So what? Just watch it.