Fringe Season 1
FBI agent Olivia Dunham and Peter Bishop are faced with a rapidly spreading unexplained deadly phenomenon. In an attempt to stop the spread, they enlist the assistance of Bishop’s estranged father, the institutionalised scientist Dr. Walter Bishop. Through the mind of a rambling insane old scientist, they will discover that there is more to life than meets the eye.
J.J. Abrams once again delivers a compelling, original television drama that blurs the edges of reality, this time focussing on the fringes of science; Teleportation. Mind control. Invisibility. Astral projection. Mutation. Reanimation. Throw in a larger than life conspiracy, big multinational corporations, and double agents and you have a show that you need to buckle in for.
It’s a wild ride that at times has subtle overtones of Lost, and certainly puts a fresh dose of adrenaline laced with LSD into the whole police drama genre. The only worrying part of the show for me, was the inclusion of Dawson’s Creek’s Joshua Jackson, I just couldn’t see him pulling off a serious role. How wrong I was!
One of the real strengths is the inclusion of John Noble as the ever so nutty Dr Walter Bishop, injecting a healthy does of humour, without going over the top and taking away from the action, suspense or drama.
Fringe is probably the most entertaining television show released on DVD this year and introduces us to a small cast of characters who are quirky, lovable, but most importantly, believable.
If you haven’t yet dabbled in the fringes of science and police work, it’s time you got lost in Abram’s latest masterpiece.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: November 11th, 2009
Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Kirk Acevedo, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole, Mark Valley, John Noble, Michael Cerveris, Chance Kelly, Jared Harris, Michael Gaston, Ari Graynor, Lily Pilblad, Zak Orth, Nestor Serrano, Nancy Ticotin, Randall Duk Kim, Leonard Nimoy
Length (Minutes): 971
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Studio: Warner Bros
Subtitles: English, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish