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This review is from: Fringe: The Complete First Season (Amazon Instant Video)
This is so good that even those of my friends and family who have no particular interest in SF are hooked. The storyline is clever and compelling, with both stand-alone episodes and others that advance the longer story arc. You could conceivably skip episodes but I can't imagine why you'd want to.
What really makes this series are the stellar performances, most notably by John Noble, an actor so fine I'm at a loss to praise him as much as he deserves. He is riveting - charming, crazy, childlike, sly, ferociously intelligent, off the wall, always surprising. A real joy to watch. Anna Torv is spot on as Olivia Dunham, reserved, smart, brave, wounded but carrying on in a quiet and affecting way. She never strikes a pose and that alone is a rarity. Compare her beautifully unflashy and genuine manner to the ludicrous carryings on of Joanne Kelly as Myka of Warehouse 13, who appears to think every scene is a fashion shoot. Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop is growing as an actor before our eyes, and growing into a part that slowly reveals the character to be much deeper than we initially were led to believe.
Visually, the series is outstanding and, if the actors weren't so strong, they'd be hard put to compete with Walter's lab and the scene-stealing Jean the cow. The supporting cast is completely up to the mark. With such a strong start, and what is obviously a carefully thought out backstory with exceptional writing to support it, my only fear is that this series won't have a chance to play out to the end due to its unfortunate venue: Fox, the network that's notorious for killing all their most promising children before they can walk. This particular child, however, is already running so maybe there's hope.