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This review is from: Fringe: Season 1 (DVD)
People are going to compare this show to The X-Files. While superficially the comparison is reasonable, it fails on the whole premise of what is happening in each Fringe episode. The emphasis of the X-Files was the paranormal, the emphasis of Fringe is fringe science. I have only seen 6 episodes (more on that later), but Fringe presents things that are not really not too bizarre to actually be discounted only on their "face validity".
I actually worked with several DARPA programs between 1999 and 2005 as both an adviser and a principal investigator. When I first attended a DARPA program meeting I thought I was entering a science fiction convention. I was totally amazed at what was being funded, and how "fringe" much of it was (go to the DARPA website and peruse the programs). In 2002, at a meeting with a DARPA director in an attempt to determine if I wanted to join the agency as a program director I was actually told "Next week we are going to demonstrate teleportation". Of course, my jaw dropped and was finally assured that this wasn't Star Trek and that they were ONLY going to teletransport one atom. But, this is DARPA.
Anyway, Fringe presents DARPAesque things in a rather amusing manner and provides reasonable scientific explanation (obviously set for normal US TV viewer consumption) for what is going on. Dr. Bishop is the perfect character to pull this off. Even when I was thinking that this was getting too "Outer Limits" his jovial explanation made me say "why not, maybe?"
So, I consider Fringe to be an excellent series and I hope that it continues for at least as long as the X-Files. My only regret is that I didn't "find" the series until it was well past episode 10 in real time, and I found it on [...]. My hope is that FOX will find a way to get me caught up in some manner before the end of the season. Otherwise I will have to resort to buying the DVD collection and hope that I can view the final episodes before the start of the new season.
This show really rates 5 stars.
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Initial post: Jan 22, 2009 8:33:41 PM PST
Randy Colby says:
Hulu.com will get you caught up.
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