December 23, 2013

TV Show Review: Fringe

Ahh. I just finished watching this show all the way through from the first episode to the very last. I am sad. I am broken. I am so happy that Peter and Olivia and Etta are back together again, that the world has been spared from the invasion of the Observers. At such a great cost. Hopefully, now that this is all said and done, Olivia won’t be fate’s punching bag anymore. The Olivia in the alternate universe certainly received a much better hand at life – no experiments as a child, she got her nice guy in Agent Lee (main universe Lee, after alternate Lee was killed). Poor Olivia on our side (is that where I’m from?) has been beaten down time and time again. Shot in the head and died. Used as a human Ginny-pig. Kidnapped and held hostage. The list goes on and on. Give her a break, already!

But, I have to say, I really do love this show and everything that was put into it. Watching it again after the first airing (and over a span of a few weeks, rather than five years), the story makes a whole lot more sense to me. The fact that the Observers were humans from the future, evolved artificially with their emotions removed by advanced technology makes a lot of sense. It does seem like this was the plan from the very first season – not some contrived artifice implemented at the last minute by the writers. The whole story does flow together quite nicely.

Over the five years this show ran (and every subsequent time I watch it) I really fell in love with the characters and the world in which they lived in. I will miss them, and hope they are living their dreams in their newly reset timeline.

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