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Immersive. Compelling. Hypnotic. Brilliantly imaginative. Endlessly thrilling. Pick your term. The mystery of the universes deepens in the critically acclaimed 22-episode third season of television’s most exciting sci-fi. The Fringe team escapes from the parallel universe – except for Olivia, trapped in the other world and replaced in ours by her double, who turns Peter and Olivia’s tentative relationship into a love affair. Then Olivia returns, bonds of trust fray, ever more bizarre and terrifying phenomena occur and secrets that stretch back to 1985 threaten to destroy our universe. Or theirs.
What might be television's smartest and most intriguing science-fiction series pushes forward with 22 episodes (on six discs, including bonus material) comprising the third season of Fringe. The first season of this Fox show introduced us to the members of the Fringe Division (an obscure wing of the FBI assigned to investigate all manner of supernatural phenomena), and the principal characters, Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), mad scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble), and Bishop's son Peter (Joshua Jackson). In season two, we learned of the existence of a parallel universe, and that Peter is not Walter's real son, but rather his doppelgänger, whom Walter kidnapped when his own, "prime universe" son died. This two-universe paradigm now takes center stage--in fact, for the first third of the season, odd-numbered episodes take place in the parallel universe, with even-numbered ones set in "our world" (the remaining episodes are mostly, but not exclusively, in the latter). The two universes are substantially similar, notwithstanding some quirky differences, with everyone having a counterpart in the opposite world. Olivia, referred to as "Fauxlivia," spends multiple episodes in the prime universe; meanwhile, in the parallel universe, Walter's far less benign opposite number ("Walternate," Peter's real father) is the secretary of defense, who schemes to get his son back and annihilate the prime universe in the process. Thus Walter's kidnapping gambit 25 years earlier caused an off-balance chain reaction that threatens both worlds, while Peter, the only one who has no doppelgänger, becomes the linchpin, sort of the Harry Potter of the series; not only is he alone capable of operating Walternate's "doomsday machine," but he's also unique in believing that the two universes can coexist, instead of wiping each other out.
Portions of Fringe take place in the past as well as the future, a fact that, when added to the ping-ponging between the two universes, can make the series somewhat confusing and a bit tedious, especially for newcomers. Fortunately, the weird science that made earlier seasons so enjoyable is still around. There's an "ultrasonic music box" that kills anyone who opens it, a strange blue powder that melts the bones of anyone who inhales it, beetles that eat people from the inside out, a "molecular destabilizer," and a "negative matter ring." Various episodes feature a nut who tries to reanimate his girlfriend by retrieving her harvested organs from those who received them when she died, shapeshifters who bleed mercury, a poor fellow who can't stop reading other people's minds, William Bell (Leonard Nimoy), Walter's old partner and friend, who at one point occupies Olivia's mind… and Walter's not-infrequent consumption of LSD. Trippy? You bet. But Fringe, with bonus features including multiple featurettes, a couple of audio commentaries, and other bells and whistles, is well worth the investment. --Sam Graham
Finally, science fiction for adults. An ideal cast with quirky plots that hold your interest.Published 17 hours ago by Bob Romprey
This is the second time I've watched this series. The first was when it was first aired on TV. I did not catch every episode back then. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Happy Teacher
Fascinating storyline made enjoyable by very good acting. The spector of possibilities to basic questions of existence stirs the mind.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Great show to binge-watch. Story develops over several seasons.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
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Fridays: Where shows go to die. And what with Fox's history of murdering good shows. (Yes, we're STILL brooding about Firefly, you a$$holes.
Jan 27, 2011 by T. Lasky | See all 9 posts
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When they muted Peter's eulogy for Olivia within 'The Day We Died'; there was a great outcry from the fandom about that - and whether the unmuted version would be on the DVD. There was an explanation that while Josh Jackson had done an amazing job, they thought it played better as it had aired.... Read More
Sep 8, 2011 by JEWLZ7686 | See all 3 posts
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My disc one of Fringe season 3 won't play correctly on my BDP-S350, but it plays just fine in my BX-1 (the Costco version of the same player). Both players have version 24 (the most current version) of the firmware. So I'm not sure whether to return the discs and try again or if the problem will... Read More
Sep 27, 2011 by The-Big-Bad | See all 10 posts
Pretty sure that's a Best Buy exclusive only.
Sep 7, 2011 by kiae | See all 5 posts
The bluray versions of the first two seasons were region free. So, i think, season 3 will be region free, too.
I hope so, bercause i ordered it from germany and i don't want to wait for the release in UK. But the delivery to germany will probably take it's time... then again... the US version... Read More
Aug 29, 2011 by D.S.Reisdorf (DSR) | See all 3 posts
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