1. It brought back the classic Mad Scientist… that you can’t help but love – Walter Bishop is a brilliant scientist… and a mental patient! But that doesn’t stop Walter from taking a cold analytical gaze through the eyes of science to find his answers. Agent Dunham was the person that brought Walter into the Fringe division to help solve crimes of science gone wrong, and she might have saved Walter’s life in the process. Walter has a heart that beats for the people close to him. But there WAS the whole child experimentation thing…
2. It’s got a tough Female FBI agent, with ‘abilities’ – Agent Dunham. – Determined and driven, Olivia took her regular FBI job seriously. But when Director Broyles asked her to join the FRINGE division, and when she witnessed what truly insane threats were out there, her sense of protecting the public from danger climbed to new heights. And then there’s her powers…
3. There’s a great Father and Son relationship that could only happen in Scifi – Peter Bishop is Walter’s son. Now grown, Peter is a genius in his own right, but uses it navigate the black markets and underworlds of society. All that changed when Dunham needed him to get his father out of the institution. Problem is, he still had pangs of abandonment and blame towards Walter for his mother’s suicidal death. Peter and Walter had a long way to go to become a family. And then there IS the whole Alternate Universe thing…
4. It’s the Most science-fictioney Science Fiction I’ve seen on TV since Battlestar Galactica – J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci simply wanted to have a story that included all the things they loved about sci-fi. Fringe not only has elements of the sci-fi stuff that makes our mouths water (like mutations, multiple universes, half melted bad guys, etc), but It also has stories dealing with personal choices of people stuck in unbelievable circumstances. What would you do if your loved one was an entire universe away? Or you found out that you might be the key to destroying your planet or another?
5. It’s So reminiscent of X-Files, Mulder and Scully would be proud – Each episode does one thing or the other… or both… we are introduced to some kind of grizzly death(s) by some kind of science gone wrong, and Dunham, Walter and Peter are called, not only investigate the deaths, but to solve the scientific mystery behind it so that more people won’t die. But more over, the team is challenged to overcome the major threat of their world being destroyed by warring forces from another universe.
6. Let’s not forget a very familiar face – I won’t say who, but as I said, the creators are fans of sci-fi. So how thrilled could they have been than to have one of the pillars of Star Trek be apart of their show. The fans loved it I’m sure.
7. The hard-nosed black chief has a human side… in Both universes - Being the Geek Soul Brother that I am, I give attention to black actors and actresses in science fiction. Broyles could have been that surface level, ‘typically tough’ police chief that we’ve all seen before. But when it came time to show the character’s background and his motivations, the hearts of the audience went out to him. Astrid, on the other hand, is still waiting for her story to be told. Give her some love Fringe writers!
8. Every time you think you have it all figured out… – They take you in a crazy left turn that leaves you wondering ‘What’s gonna happen now?’ But that’s just good story writing. With each season, the stakes get higher, the science gets weirder, and the thrills get more thrilling.
9. As fantastic as it may be, some of the science really is on the Fringe of discovery – Bottom line, some of these fictional stories may not be fiction for long. The creators researched some of the current or near future breakthroughs in science that, in the worst scenario, could be disastrous for humans.
10. They actually HAVEN’T canceled it Yet! – Let’s hope it stays that way. But Kevin Reilly, head of Fox, didn’t give too many optimistic words concerning the future of the show recently. He did remark about his not looking forward to another avalanche of letters, warning against the show’s demise, like he received last time he hinted at it.
If you want to get up to speed, and don’t mind a few spoilers, go to Fringe 101 HERE.