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Fringe: Season 2
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10.13.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Actors:
Joshua Jackson
Anna Torv
John Noble

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
FBI agent Olivia Dunham continues her struggle to uncover the meaning behind a series of crazy events/crimes known as "The Pattern". With the help of the crazed mad scientist Walter Bishop (who consequently created half the things they're chasing down) and his eccentric, yet highly intelligent son, Peter Bishop, they race against time in an effort to prepare for what could be humanity's next and last war.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
J. J. Abrams has been busy. STAR TREK was a major hit with an upcoming sequel, LOST just finished up its last season, and then there's FRINGE, an intelligent thriller that came seemingly out of nowhere and (in my opinion) became one of the best new seriesí to ever grace television. Abrams has taken the world of science, forensics, technology and the supernatural to the next level and in some ways outdone himself with this stylish endeavour. This show is nothing short of phenomenal, keeping you on the edge of your seat and guessing with each passing episode. The first season was a sure fire hit with a mind blowing finale that had me foaming at the mouth for more, now I'll admit that some of the more outrageous "monsters" to grace the story can be a little hard to swallow at times but the scientific explanations will have you scratching your head and thinking, "Hmm, that shit could really happen!"

The second season delves much deeper into the parallel universe situation and with it comes an array of additional questions but at the same time a satisfying amount of answers. I donít want to spoil too much for those who have yet to sit down with this particular season but I was moved by the story behind Walter and Peterís brooding secret, the infiltration tactics (the typewriter/mirror thing is an impressive detail) and above all else the jumping between universes. I didnít care for the arc they gave Charlie (I really dig his character) but other than that I canít really complain here when it comes to the overall story (the black and white episode was a little weird though).

The cast continues to be a big seller for me here. Joshua Jackson plays Peter Bishop like he truly is the character and believe me, he's quite the character alright. Jackson has certainly become more relevant this season but he still plays backseat to Anna Torv who is downright sensational. Walter Bishop remains the glue holding this thing together but he also continues to be a bloody riot at the same time. You'll recognize Walter (John Noble) most notably from LORD OF THE RINGS where he played Denethor, steward of Gondor (and he was also the bad guy in the Paul Walker thriller RUNNING SCARED). The entire cast is top notch, not surprising coming from Abrams and they treat the context of his work very seriously, making this an engrossing drama packed full of intelligence and adrenaline.

FRINGE season 2 hasnít missed a beat as far as continuing what the first season started. Just when I think there can't be room on my list for more "must see" TV, something like FRINGE comes along and reels me in, hook line and sinker (not that I'm complaining mind you). Abrams is consistent for great writing, dramatic content and smart story arcs; making the fact FRINGE was picked up for a third season a no brainer. And I won't ruin it for you, but the season two finale was amazing (even better than last season). Without a doubt this is one of the best shows to ever hit TV and if you haven't seen it, you really need to. That said, Iím already into season three which is every bit as gripping as the first two.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: There are four different episode commentaries; one for episode four, fifteen, nineteen and twenty-two part 2 featuring input from the cast and creative team. As you can no doubt imagine, hearing the cast, writers and minds behind the show shed light on the many secrets and mysteries found therein is not only fun but totally engrossing because of the intelligent subject matter. I wish there was a commentary for every episode.

The Unearthed Episode: This seasonís extra episode is vastly more impressive and thought provoking than last seasonís. I love the Russian body jumper and everything surrounding his top secret profile. This one definitely should have aired on TV.

Fringe: Analyzing the Scene: 6 Key Episodes: A further look and discussion into episodes one, four, seven, twelve, nineteen and twenty-two part 2 where unlike the commentary they delve further into the scientific and special effects end of things. Episode twelve (What Lies Below) was one of my favourites this season.

Unusual Side Effects: Gag Reel: I was rather let down here as what we get is three minutes of outtakes that mostly consist of the characters making ďfunnyĒ faces or expressions that just arenít that funny.

Beyond the Pattern: The Mythology of Fringe: This feature explains the meat and bones of the show and is explained by saying that season one was the prologue with season two being where the characters go beyond the realm of reason and really discover the purpose of this journey. So far, Iím loving the ride.

Dissecting Files: These brief, unaired deleted scenes are nothing noteworthy, thereís really nothing to brag about save an alternate episode ending which doesnít really change much of anything.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There's absolutely nothing bad to say about this show, it's a dream come true for fans of science fiction, action, drama and the supernatural. FRINGE is well written, smart, sexy and features a killer cast to back it all up. What more could you ask for?
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11:27AM on 10/13/2010

I agree!

This show is simply amazing.
This show is simply amazing.
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