Fringe: Season 5
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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, 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 Water 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.]]>
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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?
Yes, there are a few clunking plots (biological mutations usually can't happen that fast, and like many TV shows the characters get around big cities much too easily and quickly - see the series 24 for example - when characters will get from one part of LA to another in a short period of time by car when in reality it might take 2-3 hours) but overall a great series.
There might be a more complete version but for now this is what we got - all of the episodes are here:
"Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11"
"The Bullet That Saved the World"
"An Origin Story"
"Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There"
"Five - Twenty - Ten"
"The Human Kind"
"The Boy Must Live"
"An Enemy of Fate"
For those not familiar to the series and having seen season 1-4, this set would make tough viewing. There are a lot of call backs to the earlier seasons (plot points like the White Tulip, alternate versions of characters, alternate universes, alternative timelines) and frankly it would make NO sense if you haven't seen the earlier episodes. But for completeness sakes, here is a very rough synopsis of the series. Once upon a time two very smart and ambitious scientists (Walter Bishop and his associate William Bell) who discovered that there are other universes parallel to ours. Bell exploits the differences between the universes and amasses a huge fortune through his appropriately named company, Massive Dynamic. Strange things start happening in the world - weird, wonderous and horrible things. Some of the technology is being used for nefarious purposes. The FBI assigns an agent, Olivia Dunham to investigate one of these incidents. This leads her to locate Walter Bishop who she finds is an insane asylum. To get him freed to assist her she locates his son, Peter Bishop, a smart cynical guy who uses his smarts in not always legitimate ways. Initially they are each working for their own reasons but ultimately they realize that they are not there by accident and are part of a much larger bigger story - one that involves the creation and destruction of the whole universe as we know it.
If you like X-Files and any of the science fiction serials which try to play it seriously, you'll like Fringe - but start from the beginning. A word of warning - the portrayals of the characters in season 1 and 2 especially by Anna Torv reflect the direction of the plot and director and are deliberate - later when she plays the alternative universe version of Olivia Dunham (Bolivia or B-Olivia) it is clear that she has a lot of range.
Highest mark on story telling and creativity--highly recommended!! I only wish there were other series of this caliber available...