Fringe: Season 4
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Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season
Wrapping up another mind-bending season, the acclaimed Fringe continues to explore otherworldly cases with endless impossibilities. Set in two parallel universes, the FBI’s Fringe Division focuses around Special Agent Olivia Dunham, eccentric "fringe" scientist Walter Bishop and his jack-of-all-trades son, Peter – supervised by Special Agent Phillip Broyles and assisted by Agent Astrid Farnsworth. Simultaneously, the universe "over there" is populated by alternate doppelgangers including a scheming "Walternate," seductive "Fauxlivia" and a parallel Fringe team armed with advanced high-technology. In both universes, the teams investigate unusual incidents that defy human logic and unimaginable events that threaten our very existence on a universal scale. Irrevocably linked to the "other" universe, Olivia and alternate-born Peter must heal the rifts between two warring universes while wrestling with questions of identity and destiny … and the complications of never having existed at all!]]>
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Unlike Alias, Fringe seemingly grew once freed from the need to slavishly devote itself to established mythology and plot arcs. The characters had opportunities to justify their existence all over again within a different context, and upon second watching, I sort of forgot that I was annoyed with Joshua Jackson and actually grew to like his character.
What stitches the whole thing together however is still Walter, played brilliantly by John Noble. At times tortured, and at other times childish or impish, Walter's growth and his need to reconnect with the son that he lost are heart-warming. Forgetting the fact for a moment that this is a high-concept science fiction show, this just becomes good television with astonishing production values. The special effects are first rate, the characters are almost something that you can relate to. Anna Torv does the best she can with the material that she is given, but she doesn't have the opportunity to shine that she was given in the previous season (what with her slightly naughty incarnation of Nimoy's William Bell)
Season 4 has a number of twists to it, most especially the attempt by Peter to return to physical world, one which seems to have forgotten who he is, or more accurately, never knew him. Or... did they? His saving of both worlds and his strange disappearance at the end of Season 3 was a twist which seemed predictable to a degree. However, having to reboot with him lost and not in anyone's mind is a very strange way of handling the series. The Observer, September, was supposed to completely erase Peter from history now that he saved both dimensions. He balked and Walter saw Peter's face in the TV, as he saw him in the lab. So, where is Peter?
As with everything in this series, the science within the series is accurate and real to our non-fictionalized world to a very distinct point. Then, JJ Abrams takes off into the unknown and shows us a world or two on the fringe of our world. The "monster of the week" is quite entertaining and Abrams has twisted these stories within the lives of the characters so each episode needs to be viewed in series in order to understand the entire "mytharc".
Enjoy season 4 and a short season 5 which concludes the story.
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