The story revolves around three unlikely allies – a young, beautiful and determined FBI agent, a brilliant scientist who's spent the last 17 years in a mental institution and the scientist's sardonic and roguish son – who investigate a series of bizarre deaths and disasters known as "the Pattern". The three suspect that someone is using the world as a laboratory. And many of the clues lead them to Massive Dynamic, as shadowy global corporation that may be more powerful than any nation.
Formula driven though thoroughly addictive.
- Fringe: Series 1 review by Shatner's Bassoon
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On paper Fringe has one of the most formula driven shows around. From the slightly aloof female FBI agent, to the unbalanced doctor who swings between insanity and genius, to his highly intelligent son with a chequered past, to the perky junior FBI agent, Fringe manages to pack in every character cliche in the book. The show also borrows heavily from the X-Files, but what sets Fringe apart from other X-Files type clones is that it's incredibly well written, acted and produced. Most of the storylines are self-contained within individual episodes, but in true J.J. Abrams style there is a second more complicated and evolving storyline which both hangs in the background of some episodes and features as the main story in others, and it's this evolving storyline which slowly unfolds throughout the series which makes Fringe so addictive.
Promising debut season
- Fringe: Series 1 review by Jawbreaker
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Overshadowed by more high profile American television shows such as Heroes and of course Lost, Fringe is a return to the classic formula of government conspiracies and the unexplained. Whereas the X-Files focused on phenomenon, Fringe takes its title from the very limits of scientific experiments with a unique team trying to piece together what links cases and whether the powerful corporation Massive Dynamic is involved. The interplay between the main characters is key as the crimes themselves fade into the background. Some players have their own agenda whist others are just trying to piece together their fractured memories. Production stands are very slick and you can see that the show is trying to evolve and find its own identity as the season unfolds. I’ll certainly be returning to for the next series as questions certainly need answered.