Fringe Season 3
The dual universes of Fringe explode into life with the third season. As the Fringe team escape the parallel universe, little do they know that Olivia has been switched with the alternative Olivia, who will now act as a spy, learning all she can to give her universe the edge in the coming war. Meanwhile in the other universe, our Olivia is being given a treatment of drugs that will make her think she’s the alternative Olivia and hopefully give up her secret ability to travel between the two universes.
There’s a real shift in focus in season three, the unique, bizarre cases that populated each episode of season one and many episodes of season two and gave Fringe it’s reputation as a must see Sci-Fi drama, are given a back seat. Sure, there are still plenty of cases to blow your mind, taking place in both universes, but Fringe itself has become bigger that just these bizarre little happenings, and the story arc as a whole needs to take center stage.
With the realisation of the other side, and of Walternate’s desire for revenge, the stakes are high, even more so as our universe starts to break apart.
The chemistry between Peter and Olivia goes into overdrive as they allow their feelings to surface and become a couple, but Peter is unaware that it’s not Olivia he’s in a relationship with, complicating any real relationship possibilities in the future.
The story arc cracks along at a fair clip, with a number of great twist and a fantastic episode that dives into an inception type story-line where everything ends up being animated and Peter and Walter have to face off with zombies. Whilst this may sound cheesy, it works really well and is a solid cohesive part of the story.
The only problem with Season 3 is the cliffhanger ending. The final episode itself is un-naturally slow and end with a truly bizarre revelation that makes no sense at all. In fact, it has me a little worried that JJ is gonna pull a LOST and doesn’t have an end game mapped out, which would condemn Fringe to a continuing story-line that begins to make less and less sense and have to be quickly finished in the most bizarre and uneventful way.
Lets just hope JJ has learnt from his LOST mistakes, because Fringe is just about the best American TV show around.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read