I came to this series just looking for a time filler. I found my time filler and more. They hit the deck running and pull no punches so it does not take long to realize if you want to watch the series or not.
We start out with an inexplicable and mysterious problem. The public can never know but there may be some sort of diabolical cabal behind this problem. FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is recruited to help track down the culprits. She is out of her depth in the science behind the problem and needs the help of an extraordinary institutionalized scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) to help decipher the problem. Unfortunately, Walter is not allowed to go out by himself so Olivia must also recruit his son Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) who also helps her and us interpret Walter's thoughts and fringe technology.
"Fringe" uses the standard go on forever series formula. First there is the immediate episode problem it either starts out at the front end or gets built up very shortly then we have our antagonist(s) usually temporary for this episode. We usually find that he has a good excuse to be a bad guy and we can empathize but they have to clean up the situation and live happily ever after. Laid over this is the extended series problem we get everything from vague hints to gratuitous gore. The antagonists (some likably evil) for the series sections may or may not die can mysteriously be written to come back and whose purposes are never totally explained so that we must watch the rest of the series. The advantage of having a "Fringe" sci-fi theme is that when they paint themselves into a corner the next episode just rewrites from another angle as if the corner never existed; this way we have multiple seasons without any problem of having to tie up loose ends or lose main characters.
You can buy the season separate or in different bundles. Some people worry about the cost of doing it one way or the other. The reality is how fast you are going to look at this. Are you going to have a Fringe marathon till your eyes bug out or use it as an occasional night out? Do the times, do the cost, and do the math.
- Actors: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown
- Writers: J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
- Producers: Akiva Goldsman, J.J. Abrams, J.H. Wyman, Bryan Burk
- Format: PAL, Subtitled
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 ( DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 4
- Studio: Whv
- Run Time: 541 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B008HE9OT4