FRINGE: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

This thrilling sci-fi series stars Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham, an eager young FBI agent who uses experimental techniques to unravel the layers of mystery surrounding a series of dangerous — and escalating — paranormal events called the Pattern. But to get to the center of the riddle, Dunham needs the assistance of mentally unstable scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his curiously talented son, Peter (Joshua Jackson).

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

The third season opens up with Faux Olivia continuing to screw things up for our world, while Walter tries to reconcile his past with his attempts at saving the future. The multiple jumps between Earths might confuse people that haven’t been following for the last three years, but it’s an intricate storyline. Honestly, it’s gotten to the point that I don’t bother watching until the full season is delivered onto home video. Watching it in long form takes the tension out of serial drama and gives you a chance to appreciate what Walter, Peter and Olivia are trying to do. Plus, we can’t forget Astrid and this season’s wacky LSD adventure.

When I first started watching this series I wasn’t taking it seriously, I confess. It was fun and all watching all the fringe science in the first episodes but they were not really leading to a particular direction. But, as the series progressed my mind was blown! I have a tendency to be pleased and overwhelmed when a bigger pictures shows up, something that transcends our day-to-day life, something that transcends us as humans and, oh boy, that’s exactly what Fringe does. The plot rushed to find its way and, somehow, the first “unguided” episodes started to make sense: the characters did not know what was happening so why the hell should we know? It just piled up an enormous mountain of curiosity and anxiousness in me. There are so many things happening simultaneously, so many little details that are presented to us in every episode…the whole show is a feast to our eyes and, yes, also our intellect.

“Fringe” has consistently delivered incredible production values, but it is the depth of the storytelling and the characters that are the meat and potatoes. There is real emotional resonance here with themes on trust, intimacy, sacrifice, and family. Something I find lacking in a lot television programs these days. And, yes, there is also plenty of mystery and suspense. The cast is indescribably fantastic. And I’ve done a complete 180 on Anna Torv and the character she plays. The actress is phenomenal and there are reasons why her character is the way she is. I’ve grown to really love her. This is long-view storytelling at its best and attentive viewing can be very rewarding. You get lots of breadcrumbs pertaining to the overarching “mythology” spread throughout the series, starting with the very first episode and the payoffs are huge. If you are a fan of intricate well told science fiction.

The Blu-Ray comes with the Blu-Ray exclusive pop-up commentaries and featurettes that help to explain the fight between worlds. The A/V Quality is damn near reference quality with a DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track that is among the best of the year. The 1080p transfer is pretty awesome, but it lacks any real field of depth. The rest of the featurettes are episode specific and the gag reel has to be seen by all true fans. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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