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Fringe: The Complete First Season (DVD)
Teleportation, mind control, astral projection, invisibility, precognition, spontaneous combustion, reanimation: these are among the peripheral sciences--or "pseudo-sciences," as one skeptic puts it--examined during the first season of Fringe, a Fox network TV drama debuting on DVD with the full first season (twenty episodes) offered on seven extras-laden discs. The notion that those phenomena could have a genuine scientific basis is intriguing enough. But co-creator J.J. Abrams (whose bulging resume as a director, writer, and producer includes Lost, Alias, and the 2009 Star Trek feature film) has even more on his mind. Along with the weird science, the series features a multi-agency task force investigating related acts of terrorism that may very well add up to a threat of unimaginable global proportions; people who are exactly what they appear to be (i.e., insane) and others who are anything but; plot twists galore; family drama, interpersonal relationships, corporate evil, cop chases... There's a lot in play here, and while it doesn't always hold together (and like any new series, it takes a while to hit its stride), Fringe is rarely boring, and never less than impressively ambitious.
The pilot introduces us to the main characters, principally FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv, good but not great in the show's central role) and others on the task force brought in to investigate some gross goings-on aboard a jumbo jet (a "self-eradicating, airborne toxin" reduced everyone to blood and bones). Seems this is but one part of "The Pattern," a series of synchronous, similarly shocking events that unfold as the show progresses; in subsequent episodes, lots of people are killed in graphic fashion by all manner of horrors, including scary monsters (slugs as big as a football, teethed parasites that can crush your heart), a gas that freezes a busload of passengers "like insects trapped in amber," people so radioactive they can literally make your brain boil… it goes on. Helping Dunham and the rest of the force figure it all out are scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (an appealing John Noble), who's spent the past 17 years locked up in the loony bin and whose research may be responsible for some of the crimes we witness, and his son-babysitter Peter (Joshua Jackson). As for the "fringe" element, Dr. Bishop and other, less benign geniuses jump-start a dead man's brain, photograph another victim's cornea in order to access the last thing she saw before death, connect Dunham to her boyfriend so she can experience his memories of the incident that left him comatose, use high-frequency vibrations to enable bank robbers to pass through a solid vault wall, and much, much more. As for where and how all of this ends up, let's just that inquiring minds will have to hang in for the long, complicated run.
Bonus features are many and varied; among the best are "Deciphering the Scene" (brief explications of key scenes in every episode) and "The Massive Undertaking" (detailing how certain special effects sequences were pulled off). --Sam Graham
Great TV show involving paranormal things. Caught my attention when it originally aired on TV.Published 19 hours ago by TechGeek
I loved this series when it first came out and then it slowly dwindled. With that said, the first season is awesome.Published 5 days ago by Jarrod Chavana
I love Fringe and I am totally mad that I missed it when it was originally on TV and am only catching it after the show was cancelled! :(Published 6 days ago by Kerri S.
absolutely unrealistic compilation of quantum physics(sum over histories)-genetics-brain/mind computer interface ,litlle bit Star Trek,government conspiracy,Snowden/Cryptome... Read morePublished 7 days ago by les karubin
This is an engaging SyFy series with fantastical episodes. Really enjoy the character of Dr. Walter Bishop.Published 8 days ago by laura
Love this. Great characters, and well written.
Special effects are above and beyond whats needed. Walter is one of my favorite characters ever.
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I have a Samsung BD 1500, and the remote that came with that has a "Pop Up Menu" button. So, say you popped in disc 1 and the pilot starts playing. You've already seen the pilot, and want to go to episode 2. Push the "Pop Up Menu" button and a little menus comes up from the... Read More
Sep 11, 2009 by Nathan L. Baker | See all 12 posts
|Why does the price keep going up and down for Fringe?||
The lesson here.. buy it when it's at a price you're willing to pay. The price of any item can fluctuate quite a bit. It's the ebb and flow of demand.
May 22, 2010 by R. Whorton | See all 13 posts
|Overpriced. Bought at Costco for $16.99||
costco had them today for 14.99
Jan 18, 2012 by debby19 | See all 3 posts
|Episode 21 not on DVD - Wiki?||
Accoring to Wikipedia Notes :
Episode number 31, "Unearthed", which aired chronologically after "Grey Matters", was originally an unaired episode from season one, which explains the sudden reappearance of Agent Charlie Francis, who had, at that point in season two, been... Read More
Mar 1, 2010 by kzolady | See all 6 posts
|Fringe on Blu-ray||
Might I interject here and note that while Prison Break was a true Fox title, Fringe is in fact a Warner Brothers Studio title (hence the lossy audio), but it just happens to be aired on the Fox network. So your worries might not be as serious as you thought.
Aug 21, 2009 by Cole Feeser | See all 14 posts
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