Fringe: Season 5
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Fringe: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)
The critically acclaimed and fan-favorite series, FRINGE, returns for its fifth and final season to deliver a climactic conclusion... in all worlds. Picking up from events depicted in season four’s flash-forward episode (“Letters of Transit”), the seemingly peaceful Observers seized control of our universe in 2015. Now, in 2036, they have become ruthless rulers who stand unopposed. What awaits in the future, however, is the Fringe Team’s final stand, which will bring together all they have witnessed in preparation for the final battle to protect our world. Joining Fringe scientist Walter Bishop, FBI agent Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop and the Fringe team is Olivia and Peter’s now-grown daughter, Etta, in a final season filled with struggle, surprises and sacrifice.]]>
One of television's most intriguing and provocative science fiction shows comes to an end as Fringe bows out with this set of 13 episodes (on four discs, plus bonus material) from its fifth season. It's been quite a run, as the members of the multi-agency task force at the center of the action (principally Anna Torv as FBI Agent Olivia Dunham, John Noble as the brilliant but erratic Dr. Walter Bishop, and Joshua Jackson as Walter's son Peter) have gone from investigating bizarre phenomena (slugs as big as footballs, teethed parasites that can crush your heart) to figuring out the nuances of a parallel universe and, in this series end game, trying to save the world from their most implacable foe yet. That would be the Observers, a highly advanced species of humans who have invaded Earth (the storyline, which takes place in the year 2036, was introduced in the season four episode "Letters of Transit"). Pasty, shaven-headed (humans call them "Baldies"), and sporting identical dark suits and fedoras, the Observers have sacrificed emotion for intellect, are able to read our minds, and are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to make it more breathable for themselves. It's a totalitarian nightmare, but our heroes have a solution, of course. Having preserved themselves in amber since the Observers showed up in 2015, they are now free and, joined by Olivia and Peter's now twentysomething daughter (Georgina Haig) and helped along by a couple of renegade Observers, they spend most of the season on a kind of doomsday scavenger hunt for the various elements of a device that will defeat the invaders.
With so much at stake, the overall tone of the show changes somewhat in this final season, with an action-adventure element marked by numerous chase scenes, gunfights, and last-second escapes from the bad guys. At the same time, this is a much more emotional Fringe; as is often the case in such tales, it's human elements like trust, sympathy, and love that distinguish us from other species, and while the finale is filled with complex pseudo-science, it's also very moving, especially when it comes to the relationship between Walter and Peter. Bonus material includes interviews with series creator J.J. Abrams and other members of the cast and crew, episode commentary, deleted scenes, and more. --Sam Graham
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Not unlike "LOST," producer J.J. Abrahms just can't seem to stay focused on one thing long enough to do right by it. He launches out of the starting gate and takes a strong lead but then seems to get winded, stumbles a bit and then before you know it you are just going "WTF?" as something that started out great just kind of coasts to the finish line on fumes. I like Peter & Olivia. I also grew to care about Astrid and even Broyles and I simply ADORE Walter. He is such a fully-realized amazing character. I could watch a show where he just sits around and talks for an hour. He's that interesting and funny. ALL of these wonderful, diverse and interestingly flawed characters deserved much, much better than what they got. But it is what it is. *SIGH* Farewell, Walter. You will be missed.
However, recently I watched two series that ended with a proper conclusion. The first was the BBC's Merlin and the second was Fringe, and I have watched all five seasons but will only write one review and post it for Season Five.
Watching a TV series on DVD allows the fan to watch episodes close together sometimes several at a time. I have discovered that this has caused me to become more attached to the characters and actually miss them when a series ends--as if the characters were old friends who are now gone.
Fringe--all 100 episodes or almost 75 hours--was a great show with talented actors and a satisfying and unpredictable storyline making the experience even more satisfactory.
All the characters were memorable.
But the standouts were John Noble as the genius scientist Walter Bishop who seems to always be on a drug induced trip of some kind.
Anna Torv plays Olivia Dunham, an FBI agent who was experiment on as a child and has some special mental powers. It wasn't until I watched the commentary added to the end of season five that I discovered she speaks with a British accent. I had no idea she wasn't an American actress--she's that good.
I was also was fond of Jasika Nicole who played Astrid Farnsworth, an FBI agent with a talent for keeping Walter Bishop--who often gets really strange and is easily distracted--calm and focused.
I want to caution you to compare the price of all five seasons in one package with that of each individual season bought separately because sometimes buying the seasons one at a time offers you a better price.
Season five ended with explosive action and tons of plot twisting drama. The relationships between the major characters made this TV series worth watching--all 4,500 minutes. If you haven't watched "Fringe" and you were a fan of "The X-Files", "Altered States", or "The Twilight Zone", what are you waiting for?