Produced by JJ Abrams, the Fringe series will leave the Prime Video catalog on May 31. A science fiction work, brilliant and touching, not to be missed.
What is it about ?
When an international flight arrives at Boston airport and the passengers and crew are found dead, FBI agent Olivia Dunham is assigned to investigate. When her partner is seriously injured, she finds unexpected help in brilliant but mad scientist Dr. Walter Bishop and his son, Peter. They soon discover that the tragedy of Flight 627 is only a tiny part of a much larger and shocking truth…
Why is it great?
Created by JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Fringe was a real pleasant surprise when it appeared on the Fox channel in September 2008. First compared to X-Files, for its “paranormal investigations” theme and its tone, she quickly emancipated herself from her model to dig her own furrow. Here are 5 good reasons to (re)discover it.
1. Because the series is over
It’s been almost ten years so it’s time to get started. Divided into five seasons, it still has a hundred episodes (it’s plump). But at least you can binge Fringe in its entirety without having to wait for the next season.
2. Fringe has a real ending
Far too many network series, especially in the late 2000s and early 2010s, were abruptly canceled without having the opportunity to have a real conclusion. When season 5 was validated, the writers of Fringe knew that they had 13 episodes to complete the series. And they planned a real final ending. Even today, how many series have time to reach their natural conclusion? Fringe did it and with panache.
3. The actors are awesome
John Noble, Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson already had a nice career before Fringe and only confirmed their great talent with this series. They give depth and emotion to their characters. The father-son relationship between Walter (John Noble) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) is one of the most beautiful that has ever been developed on television. As for Anna Torv, she succeeded in making Olivia Dunham a character as strong and striking as that of Ellen Ripley in Alien.
4. The story is exciting
Fringe is primarily a sci-fi series, but it’s the characters and their relationships that give the show its substance. The intelligence of this drama goes from the writing, to the characters, to the music, to the finer details on set. It’s refreshing to watch a smart series without being ironic or sarcastic. As a bonus, its opening scenes are impressively dazzling.
5. Details are important
You can if you want to watch Fringe without thinking too much about it, but the series is a real surprise basket for fans who pay close attention. Every detail counts and connects to something else. Symbols, events and colors develop and form recurring patterns. Notice to lovers of easter eggs.
Fringe has somewhat, and unfairly, fallen into oblivion. Yet it is a series that is both entertaining, with several levels of reading, sometimes offbeat, funny, and even heartbreaking. Don’t miss it, you have until May 31.
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