I miss the `X Files', boy do I miss it. That was a fantastic show; scary, well written and proud to be science fiction. Man, will I miss `Fringe', this is some show; scary, well written and intensely proud to be science fiction. One of the cardinal sins of sci fi is when a creator tries to make out that it is not; J. J. Abram's own `Lost' did this - I spent season 1 informing my friends that it was sci fi when they swore it was not. `Fringe' Season 4 is loud and proud about what it is, there are time slips, multiple dimensions, gene splicing, basically everything you could want for and more from a show like this.
The great thing is that it should appeal to everyone as there are also other elements that stand out apart from the fantastical. The writing is superb, individual stories are well written, but perfectly fit into the series wider arc. There is an ethos that flows through `Fringe' and in this season in particular - people are not inherently evil. The `bad guys' in `Fringe' season 4 are mostly misguided and have done what they have for love. There are some heart-wrenching stories this season that chime with the main characters.
It is here that `Fringe' has a coup; the main three actors Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble are fantastic, often asked to play variations of their characters and they do so brilliantly. With so many aspects to juggle in this season in particular, it could have become a mess, but that is not the case as the show runners ensure that the main story is catered for throughout. As we enter the 5th and final season of `Fringe' it is on the cusp of being one of the best science fiction TV shows of all time, will it continue to be just as good? I popped into the future and can confirm to you that it did.