The Fringe Binge: The Beachcomber Review
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Fringe is truly unlike any other show I have ever seen on TV. It’s a sci-fi procedural thriller with a tendency to confuse and/or freak out its viewers. Every episode is intriguing and builds on the last. In each episode, a strange phenomena begins to occur throughout the world, and the mysterious cause is eventually uncovered.
The story of Fringe is centered around mad scientist Walter Bishop who kidnaps his son Peter from another universe to prevent Peter from dying from the same disease he had previously died from in Walter’s universe. Peter is called to release Walter from a mental institution some seventeen years later with FBI agent Olivia Dunham.
From there Olivia, Peter and Walter, along with Walter’s sweet-talking lab assistant Astrid Farnsworth go on to uncover some of the strangest occurrences imaginable, from disappearing buildings, slugs growing inside of people and tearing their insides apart, or men transforming into giant porcupines.
Throughout the series, the main characters are never seen without a bald man in a dark blue suit and wearing a fedora. The man September, also called an observer, watches what happens on Earth and manipulates events for new outcomes all while observing mankind.
Show creator J.J. Abrams, also the director and resurrector of the Star Trek franchise and recently announced director of the next installment of Star Wars films, has done a fantastic job of bringing science fiction to the masses in a way that everyone can appreciate. He makes the geekiest of things understandable and relatable.