I’ve never been a huge T.V. person. Even now, I watch television on the rarest of occasions. There is one show, however, that keeps me floating in the crowd of T.V. watchers. What is that show exactly? Fringe.
Fringe is an American science fiction television series…that follows Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and Walter Bishop (John Noble), members of the fictional Fringe Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, based in Boston, Massachusetts, under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses fringe science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences, which are related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe. The series has been described as a hybrid of The X-Files, Altered States, and The Twilight Zone. – Wikipedia
Fringe isn’t just amazing sci-fi television — it’s one of the absolute best things on Netflix right now…though I may be very biased. 😉
I don’t want to give anything away, so let me just say this: the writers of Fringe are brilliant. No other show I’ve seen has the nerve to do what Fringe has done. There are zero plot holes and every single question that zips through my mind while watching an episode is answered eventually.
Here are seven reasons why you should watch Fringe:
1. The show is over. It ended in January 2013, so there is no more catching up to do. You can marathon entire seasons or you can watch one episode every week. (Though, I think you’ll want to watch Fringe more often than that.) You don’t have to deal with hiatuses or worry about cancellation. The entire series is there for you to enjoy.
2. Fringe had the opportunity to finish its story. Most shows drag on too long or get canceled without any closure. But the Fringe crew knew they had 13 episodes to end the series, and they planned on a strong finish. How many shows end exactly as they mean to end? Fringe does. Every season of Fringe is great for its own reasons, but season 5, the final one, is a gift to fans.
3. It’s thoughtful and intelligent. It combines everything on this list: complex, thoughtful plots, psychologically deep characters who change and grow, beautiful music and cinematography, philosophical explorations, and the weird and wonderful, to say something unique about the human experience. And it does all this with a sense of humor.
4. Details are important. Yes, you can watch Fringe and not put much thought into it, but the show is much more rewarding to fans who pay close attention. Every detail matters and connects to something else. Symbols, events, and colors all develop into patterns over the course of the series and it’s fun to watch for that.
5. You get unbelievably attached to the characters. Deep sigh. I love them. Plus, the actors are superb! They are consistent and passionate about their roles, and it’s clear how much they care about their work on the show.
6. Despite the weird, it’s about things everyone can relate to. Fringe is about love, sex, and death (the big three), but it’s also about family and regret and forgiveness, and finding the time to have fun with the people you love. It’s funny and heartbreaking and exciting and depressing all at once.
7. Monsters. Lots of ‘em. And really weird plotlines. Bald, silent time travelers who can bend the space-time continuum, an airborne illness that causes people to spontaneously combust, overlapping alternate universes that bisect people, radioactive brain-melts, bodies drained of spinal fluid, shape-shifters, immortality achieved through lightning strikes, and human bombs are all just the tip of the iceberg. The motto of Fringe seems to be “Let’s get weird.”
If you want a show that challenges your observations and critical thinking, Fringe is it. It’s entertaining and layered, quirky and funny, and sometimes heart-wrenching.
I’ve been super busy with school so I’m only in the middle of season 2, but I am still head over heels for this show and rave about it to everyone I meet. I plan on binging it over winter break and getting to the season finale. And then spend days crying because it’s over. And then re-watch it from season 1.
Fringe binge. It just makes sense!!!!