During Quarantine we have all explored shows we missed or rewatched shows we love. If you missed it the first time or have not seen it since it was on the air Fringe is worth your time. This show is available on Amazon Prime Video for free.
Starring Anna Torv (Heavenly Sword, Mindhunter), Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek, The Affair), and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) this series is about science on the fringes of reality. Torv plays FBI agent Olivia Dunham, a driven agent with a tenacious attitude. Dunham recruits Jackson’s Peter Bishop, a genus con artist and prodigy to caretake for his father. Peter’s father is a former fringe scientist played by Noble who spent 14 years in an insane asylum as they solve cases too out there for the rest of the FBI.
Much like similar shows of this style this series trots into the monster of the week territory while delivering an overall series and character arcs. Being brought to you by J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, bad Star Trek, bad Star Wars), Roberto Orci (okay Star Trek, Transformers), and Alex Kurtzman (okay Star Trek, Transformers), this show has the correct mix of insane and creative. Not being tied to any existing intellectual property gave the creators plenty of freedom to craft a narrative only limited by their imagination. While in the early seasons the annoying, lens flare effect reminds you that J.J. Abrams has a problem and no one tells him no. This effect goes away as the show progresses. Much like any science shown on TV the science is laughably incorrect at times. However, it is no worse than what you could expect from 90’s Star Trek.
The guest stars on this show are crazy, Diane Kruger from Inglourious Basterds, Peter Weller from RoboCop, Christopher Lloyd from Back To The Future, and Chadwick Boseman from Black Panther, just to name a few. This show also has a princess as Megan Merkle played an FBI agent in a few episodes in the 2 season! That appearance and a misplaced episode in the second season had me searching the web for answers, in an otherwise great show.
I enjoyed this show in its first run and in rewatching it I find equal enjoyment. This show still holds up with an excellent cast and great production values. The overall arc of the series is compelling and is enough to carry the show past any lull from its procedural monster of the week format. If you have not seen it, do yourself a favor and watch this show.