Fringe: Season 3 (2010 – 2011)

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*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

What I liked:

  • Walter inheriting Massive Dynamic.
  • The intro being a different colour for each universe: standard greys and black for our side, red and black for the alternate universe.
  • Peter slowly but surely dealing with what Walter had done, snatching him from the other side and bringing him over, without the writers making this one of those long drawn out and melodramatic encounters where Peter is this sulky toolbag all the time.
  • Seeing Charlie again, and the introduction to Lincoln Lee. I know that they are on the other side, but it is awesome to have any version of Charlie back, and Lincoln is awesome and pretty darn looky, too.
  • The way that, although you start off hostile with the alternate universe, it grows on you, and they also become people with a serious issue, too. Walternate and his people are the only ones crusading a war though. However, you are still more vested in our side, whatever happens.
  • John Noble. Besides the fact that the man dominates the show, what a ridiculously talented actor! The extreme polar opposites he plays is fantastic, and the dramatic change is evident immediately whenever you see Walter or Walternate. You never have to wonder which one is which, they are so extremely different.
  • Phillip Broyles. Definitely a character that I like, he is so cool, but to watch him trip balls on LSD was more rewarding than I can even explain.
  • Peter and Olivia finally getting together. My goodness, this is one of the most amazing romances of all time. Why? Because it was a gradual build. It wasn’t like they jumped each other the minute they saw each other. Instead, we got an intense build up to the relationship finally coming to be.

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What I didn’t like: 

  • Fauxlivia kicking it with Peter. I had such extreme issues with it and I was shouting at my TV the whole time about the situation. We have waited so long for them to get together, not for it to be the wrong woman with the right man. Ugh.
  • The whole situation with Olivia’s life being taken over and lived by Faulivia was bad and all, but it got a little melodramatic by the end because really, every episode they dragged this whole thing back in, sometimes when it was totally unnecessary and didn’t always work.
  • Having William Bell inhabit Olivia’s body for a while. Besides the fact that it really peeved Peter, it just felt so pointless.
  • I did not like the way Olivia dropped the bombshell of the man from her mind being the one that will kill her one day but then not having the story progress at all from there.

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Rating:
GRADE 8
My Fringe Binge is going so well and I have been loving it all. Yes, much awesomeness. Obviously, as you can see from above, I had major and extreme issues with Faulivia for numerous reasons, but the biggest one being her kicking it with Peter. Why? Because he was so not hers to touch. We have watched this romance blossom between Peter and Olivia and have been cheering it on for ages and then this woman comes along and throws a spanner in the works. Ugh. And nobody seemed to question how different she was, which was annoying. I was a big fan of Henry, the cabbie, on the other side, and really appreciated Olivia’s struggle to return home. I am so sold on Lincoln Lee (brains are just so hot), he is fantastic, and seeing Charlie again, no matter the universe, is brilliant. However, the whole plotline with Faulivia being pregnant was something that was not really appreciated. Not because she was carrying Peter’s baby, it just felt convoluted. I think that Anna Torv did a great job in showing how difficult it was for Olivia to return home, it was not easy stepping back into her life that another woman had lived. Joshua Jackson, too, besides looking super delicious and being ridiculously bright, was also something to watch here. The guilt he felt over being with the wrong woman was palpable, and he genuinely felt awful about the situation. I did get annoyed with how long they dragged out the Olivia and Peter finding even ground again, it was hauled in at the most inopportune times, but ultimately had a fantastic outcome. I also really liked Sam Weiss, the man that helped Nina Sharp, and so also became the man that was such an integral part of helping work out the machine that could save the universes, etc. He made me laugh quite a bit at times, especially when he wanted to get into that one museum. Good times. There is also a really trippy episode where Peter goes to find Olivia in her mind, and made for some incredibly entertaining times with Broyles tripping acid. Again, Walter is an absolute scene-stealer, and watching him and Peter try to find common ground was something else altogether. But that, too, is ripped away from us super quick when William Bell then inhabits Olivia’s body. I know, sounding a little loopy, right? It was, but we could deal with the majority of it. Anyway, Fringe is back, providing us with great humour, a kick of drama, a great score, good looking visual effects and a wonderful cast to carry it. You can see how the show has fun, such as that whole cartoon like one, they are always trying different things, changing things up, whether it be for the drama of the show or the humour. Seeing the alternate universe finally was really fun, and seeing the harrowing effects of Walter’s crossing over is shown in even more detail in this one. I also liked how the alternate universe, though never the one you root for like the one we know, you do end up caring about the people on the other side, how they are dealing with things, etc. Except Fauxlivia. I am still no fan of hers because of all the Peter Bishop drama. I still highly recommend Fringe, it is a fantastic sci-fi series with plenty of characters to enjoy, some wonderful humour and enough drama to give it a story, it is a lovely show and worth every second of your time.

Love ❤

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Fringe: Season 1 (2008 – 2009)

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*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

What I liked:

  • The way the lettering is done when indicating location, etc. It just looks awesome, and it isn’t intrusive or overbearing.
  • Slowly but surely uncovering Walter Bishop. The man is an enigma, flipping from a sad, damaged figure to an absolute genius to a right asshat, so it can be quite mesmerising.
  • The way the relationship between Peter and Walter changes. Initially it is anger and resentment, then resignation, but later that changes to a frustrated kind of caring (from Peter’s side, Walter will always love Peter). Peter is quite protective of his father in some ways, and has a soft spot for him, no matter what he holds against the man.
  • The technical and pseudoscience side of the show. It is never presented in a way to lose the viewer, it is done in a technical way but ensures that the audience is not lost, without making us feel like total spazzes for not being as clued up as the writers.
  • John Noble as Walter Bishop. I cannot truly express how freaking perfect he was for this role. He is the best character and endlessly entertaining. He is so intelligent and so broken, with such a dark past, and Noble balances all these things perfectly to give us the drug-loving, Red Vine-munching genius.
  • The ability to spot an Observer in all the episodes somewhere or other, especially after you know that they are watchers. It is so much easier to spot them, but still tricky. Small detail, super awesome.
  • The supporting characters. Phillip Broyles, Astrid Farnsworth and Charlie Francis really add extra to the show. The way Astrid eventually becomes Walter’s right hand is sweet, Broyles is intimidating and badass and super professional, and Charlie? Come on, he is smart, loyal and cool.
  • The friendship between Charlie and Olivia is great – understated, but there.
  • Nina Sharp is another character I like. You never really get a complete read on her, but you know that she is a smart, strong woman, and we don’t get many of them in the show.
  • While Anna Torv had a rough start in the show, and I wasn’t a fan the first time around until a few episodes in, she gets the hang of Olivia Dunham, and eventually you can’t picture anyone researching and investigating these cases with Peter and Walter, she is just the right fit for the role.
  • The relationship that is super subtly starting to grow between Olivia and Peter. Oh, all that potential!
  • How the otherness of Peter has always been present.

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What I didn’t like:

  • In the first few episodes things were a little stunted, the show was finding its feet and forgot to bring people in on a few things smoothly, sort of like the audience was just expected to know, which was a little disconcerting at times.
  • Some cases did not have certain things explained (in one episode, how was the woman picking people with special abilities to solve that formula? How did she know?) and some unexplained logic like that could sometimes become an issue.
  • The acting was a little stiff at times, but never so bad that you cringe and don’t want to keep watching.

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Rating:
GRADE 8I am a huge fan of this show. Truly I am. When it started, I watched it with my fiancé and the first few episodes are a little heavy to take in, there is so much going on all the time and the show immediately starts by pushing the boundaries. He called it after four episodes, he was not impressed and said he was over it. Me, on the other hand? I had started this, I was going to see at least season one through before deciding. Boy, am I glad that I did. By the time I got to season two, I told him that, no matter what, he had to just try again. Now? Biggest Fringe addicts of all time.

Walter Bishop is a scene stealer and a bundle of laughs all the time – his penchant for drugs is simply amazing. He can take you from laughing to terribly sad in moments, and his transition back into the new world was gradual. His mentality was almost that of a child at times. Then there is Peter Bishop – bright as hell, a little sketchy, definite asset to the Fringe division. Joshua Jackson gets into his role, becomes a favourite. Plus the way that man dresses… oh my gosh. Then he opens his mouth, and he is amazingly intelligent. So much hotness going on right there. WOW. Moving right along, I might get stuck in a whole Peter obsession here if I don’t.

The characters that we get are all pretty cool. Astrid is beautiful, smart and super sweet, and the way she and Walter almost become a unit is fantastic, even though he has hurt and scared her beyond anything. Charlie is also a character that I am a fan of because he is just so cool. Well dressed, private but not too much so that you worry he is a serial killer, serious but can have quite a good sense of humour at times and a great partner and agent, he’s a joy to watch. He is also so good at his job, and that is something that I will always appreciate.

Massive Dynamic is an interesting company to bring in, and William Bell is shrouded in so much mystery, too, that it is really such a gratifying experience to finally see him, and the fact that William Bell is played by Leonard Nimoy is just awesome. Trust that he would play some brilliant scientist that is missing. The supporting characters all really round this show off, and the score is so fitting, too.

The show starts off running, no slow introductions, but it is perfect for this. However, there are some gripes that I have with the first episode or two, with the way that characters were introduced and later you see they are nothing like the way they were brought in (think Broyles calling Olivia “sweetheart” in the heat of the moment). Also, some things were a little rushed to get us involved with a plot (think the relationship between Olivia and John Scott – it didn’t mean anything to me when he was killed). Other minor plots are introduced, too, and then not addressed again until much later, which just makes for some messy storytelling in places. But these things are all minor for me. I love Fringe. This show is something that needs to be appreciated for numerous reasons.

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