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Fringe 5 Seasons 2009

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Season 1
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4.7 out of 5 stars (4,290) IMDb 8.5/10

J.J. Abrams, the creator of Lost and Alias, teams up with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Mission: Impossible 3, Transformers) to create this highly anticipated drama series. The first electrifying season of Fringe follows an unlikely trio who uncover a deadly mystery that may be part of a larger and more disturbing pattern that lives somewhere between science fiction and reality.

Starring:
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson
Original air date:
May 12, 2009

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Season 1
1. Pilot

In the series premiere, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (ANNA TORV) investigates a fatal international flight, recruiting Dr. Walter Bishop (JOHN NOBLE) and his son (JOSHUA JACKSON) to help.

CC TV-14 September 9, 2008 1 hour, 21 minutes
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2. The Same Old Story

The unlikely trio forms a partnership and investigates the link between a wildly accelerated pregnancy and an "old" newborn.

CC TV-14 September 16, 2008 50 minutes
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3. The Ghost Network

After a horrific bus incident, Olivia, Peter and Bishop uncover a man who has visions of Pattern-related disturbances before they happen.

CC TV-14 September 22, 2008 51 minutes
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4. The Arrival

After a deadly explosion in New York, our unlikely threesome investigate a strange cylinder found at the scene thats completely unharmed by the surrounding devastation.

CC TV-NR September 30, 2008 49 minutes
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5. Power Hungry

When a simple man is discovered who has the ability to harness electricity, dangerous and deadly occurrences follow, and our unlikely trio investigates this super-charged oddity.

CC TV-NR October 14, 2008 49 minutes
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6. The Cure

When a woman with a rare disease inexplicably causes excruciating pain and subsequent death to those she encounters, the circumstances point to illegal drug trials -- or worse.

CC TV-NR October 21, 2008 50 minutes
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7. In Which We Meet Mr. Jones

When a strange parasite attaches itself to the internal organs of a dying agent, Agent Dunham rushes to Germany to meet with a prisoner who reveals details of a much larger threat.

CC TV-NR November 11, 2008 50 minutes
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8. The Equation

When a music prodigy is kidnapped, it's discovered that a sequence of flashing lights appeared at the abduction - which Walter links back to his bunkmate at St. Claire's Hospital.

CC TV-NR November 18, 2008 49 minutes
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9. The Dreamscape

While investigating a mystifying incident at Massive Dynamic, Olivia seeks to rid her consciousness of Agent Scott and Peter's past catches up with him.

CC TV-NR November 25, 2008 49 minutes
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10. Safe

While investigating a series of extraordinary bank robberies that defy the laws of physics, Walter realizes that the high-tech thieves are after something of his.

CC TV-NR December 2, 2008 49 minutes
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11. Bound

After shifty FBI Agent Loeb orchestrated Mr. Jones's otherworldly escape from a German prison and Olivia's alarming abduction, indications of a larger threat begin to emerge.

CC TV-NR January 20, 2009 50 minutes
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12. The No-Brainer

A computer scientist-turned-serial killer has discovered an unconventional method of killing people by liquefying their brains.

CC TV-NR January 27, 2009 50 minutes
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13. The Transformation

When another mysterious virus emerges aboard an international flight, leaving freakish remains, Peter & Olivia are forced to go undercover to investigate the latest bizarre threat.

CC TV-NR February 3, 2009 51 minutes
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14. Ability

German agents question Olivia when Mr. Jones returns and a lethal toxin is released that causes victims to die without faces - as their orifices suddenly and mysteriously close up.

CC TV-NR February 10, 2009 50 minutes
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15. Inner Child

The FBI's Fringe Division investigates a mysterious, mute boy with an unspoken connection to Agent Olivia Dunham. Meanwhile, a gruesome serial killer resurfaces.

CC TV-NR April 7, 2009 49 minutes
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16. Unleashed

Unleashed by animal activists, a scientifically engineered beast with a ferocious appetite attacks Charlie. Walter must now come face-to-face with both his past and the creature.

CC TV-NR April 14, 2009 50 minutes
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17. Bad Dreams

The Pattern is given a thrilling twist when Agent Dunham can't stop dreaming of violent occurrences - that actually happen simultaneously in the real world.

CC TV-NR April 21, 2009 50 minutes
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18. Midnight

When severely mutilated bodies drained of spinal fluid begin to pile up, the Fringe Division investigates a scientist with possible ties to the ZFT terrorist cell.

CC TV-14 April 27, 2009 50 minutes
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19. The Road Not Taken

While investigating a disturbing case of a woman who apparently spontaneously combusted, Olivia is plagued with waking dreams, seeing elaborate visions of things not really there.

CC TV-14 May 4, 2009 50 minutes
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20. There's More Than One of Everything

In the season finale, the Fringe Division is attacked, Mr. Jones returns, Walter disappears and Massive Dynamics' elusive William Bell (LEONARD NIMOY) is finally introduced.

CC TV-14 May 11, 2009 47 minutes
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I have dual suggestions for anyone thinking of trying FRINGE. First, definitely watch it. Second, be very, very patient. The show eventually gets very, very good, but it takes a very long time to get there. I have a theory as to why that is. FOX has a tendency to micro manage many of its shows. DOLLHOUSE is an example. After Joss Whedon brought them his initial pilot, they nixed it and asked for a new one, and then dictated that the first several episodes be standalone episodes. And guess what. In the sixth episode DOLLHOUSE became one of the best shows on TV, with multiple delicious plot twists. The weakest part of the series? The first five stand alone episodes. I have not heard similar things about FRINGE, but given that the first half of the season tends to be almost all stand alone episodes and that they are far and away the weakest part of the show, I suspect more FOX interference. FRINGE has been compared to THE X-FILES in many ways, but one way that they are dissimilar is that THE X-FILES standalone episodes were far superior to FRINGE's standalone episodes. So the viewer has to be patient for the payoff for watching the show to come to fruition. But the payoff does finally come. About halfway through the series a "mythology" arc emerges in a most satisfying way, resulting in a string of deeply satisfying and exciting episodes in the second half of the season. At the end of the first year, it hasn't yet quite become a great show, but it shows all the potential of becoming one. But perhaps only if FOX will get out of the way and let them get on with the story.

The show also suffered from internal problems, the main one being casting. I came to like Anna Torv in the lead role of Agent Olivia Dunham, but she remained in many ways the show's weak link.
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Brainchild of JJ Abrams, this show is loaded with all the vitamins a good series needs: an exciting and innovative plot, along with well-scripted characters. Some episodes are a bit of a fill-out but the overall plot, much like the show Lost, is very interesting and has one at the edge of their seat. Anna Torv is a bit of a newcomer without much experience, but portrays her character very well. John Noble does a cracking job as the somewhat looney Einstein-inspired Dr Walter Bishop. The biggest surprise is Joshua Jackson who's getting a bit of a fresh start in his career with this show. He does an excellent job as the intelligent Peter Bishop, son of Walter Bishop. Another brilliant choice actor-wise is Lance Reddick, known from The Wire (which by the way probably is the best show in TV history).
The main plot? Well, strange incidents are occuring, perpetrated by a mysterious terrorist group using the world as their experiment lab. The events are investigated by the characters named above. As the story unfolds, the motives of this terrorist group start to emerge and the question rises: Who is the real enemy?
Scripted and created by the same guys who wrote the new Star Trek film, this show is the new Lost. It has been picked up for a season 2, and will probably go beyond that. Brilliant stuff.
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I have dual suggestions for anyone thinking of trying FRINGE. First, definitely watch it. Second, be very, very patient. The show eventually gets very, very good, but it takes a very long time to get there. I have a theory as to why that is. FOX has a tendency to micro manage many of its shows. DOLLHOUSE is an example. After Joss Whedon brought them his initial pilot, they nixed it and asked for a new one, and then dictated that the first several episodes be standalone episodes. And guess what. In the sixth episode DOLLHOUSE became one of the best shows on TV, with multiple delicious plot twists. The weakest part of the series? The first five stand alone episodes. I have not heard similar things about FRINGE, but given that the first half of the season tends to be almost all stand alone episodes and that they are far and away the weakest part of the show, I suspect more FOX interference. FRINGE has been compared to THE X-FILES in many ways, but one way that they are dissimilar is that THE X-FILES standalone episodes were far superior to FRINGE's standalone episodes. So the viewer has to be patient for the payoff for watching the show to come to fruition. But the payoff does finally come. About halfway through the series a "mythology" arc emerges in a most satisfying way, resulting in a string of deeply satisfying and exciting episodes in the second half of the season. At the end of the first year, it hasn't yet quite become a great show, but it shows all the potential of becoming one. But perhaps only if FOX will get out of the way and let them get on with the story.

The show also suffered from internal problems, the main one being casting. I came to like Anna Torv in the lead role of Agent Olivia Dunham, but she remained in many ways the show's weak link.
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In 2001, when a little show called Alias hit the airwaves, I was instantly hooked on the creative genius that is J.J. Abrams. Since Alias, Abrams has become a household name for TV and Film geeks worldwide with such gems as Lost, Mission Impossible 3, and Cloverfield under his belt. For months now Fox has been brainwashing its viewers with promos of Abrams's newest TV creation, Fringe. With a reported $10,000,000 spent on the pilot alone, not to mention the eye-catching "from the creators of Lost" tagline, expectations have certainly been high for fans and critics alike. Would it, could it possibly live up to the hype? This past Tuesday was our chance to find out.

Episode Synopsis:

When an international flight lands at Boston's Logan Airport and there are no signs of life, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, a scientist, Walter Bishop, and his son Peter uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events. ([...])

Right out of the gate, the Fringe pilot makes a strong case for being worthy of all the preceding hype. J.J. Abrams' formula for success is all over this thing and it works:

1. A seemingly unknown female lead that will undoubtedly be turned into a star? Check. Australian actress Anna Torv is perfectly cast as FBI Agent Olivia Dunham. She has the strong screen presence and subtle charm needed to be able to carry this series.

2. A somewhat has been actor that will no doubt be reinvented into a rising star? Check. Joshua Jackson (aka Pacey) wooed teen girls for years on the 90's WB sensation, Dawson's Creek. Here he gets a fresh new start as Peter Bishop, genius estranged son of Dr. Walter Bishop. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of Jackson's performance and the welcome comedy relief he brings to the show.
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