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This review is from: Fringe: The Complete Season 1-5 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
When Fringe was first released on Sky some years ago, I was a little dubious as it seemed like the usual "here is a case, solve it, next episode" kind of program. Whilst this is kind of true, it also holds a place in my heart for being crazily entertaining and enjoyably ridiculous occasionally; this doesn't deter from the action or realism of the show though. Set in Boston, the show consists of cases that add to a meta-storyline, mostly about the pseudo-sciences; time travel, dark matter, astral projection etc. Whilst these subjects may seem difficult to grasp, the show informs the audience in an easy to understand and believable way.
The characters in the show are excellent and range from the army type to the extravagant. Firstly, there is Olivia Dunham, played by the lovely Anna Trov; as an FBI agent for the Fringe division, she is the go-to girl as well as lead investigator of the group; her skills excel the others when it comes to action and adventure, and she has a more serious part to play in the whole storyline fo the series than originally thought when you first encounter her. Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson of Dawson's Creek fame) is her second-in-command but only acts as a consultant to the group; he wants to get the job done and move on at least at the start. He also has a huge role in the storyline, though this isn't really revealed until a few seasons in. The most eccentric character - and therefore most lovable - is the enigmatic Walter Bishop, father of Peter and crazy as bat turd. his unconventional methods to his scientific know-how raises eyebrows, but he can get the job done mostly through crazy experiments and ideas that he shares or occasionally doesn't share with the group. There is also Astrid (or as Walter calls her, 'Astro') who is Walters assistant, helping him through the wacky cases and thoughts he and the group has. There are also supporting characters, such as Broyles, Francis, and Scott for example, and these add to the storyline through their great acting personalities and professionalism.
Now into its fifth season, Fringe is a delight to watch and really gets the grey matter flowing. The way things are presented makes these pseudo sciences believable to the point that makes you think "hey, that could actually work"; not only this, but the show will teach you a thing or two about these sciences you didn't know, as well as recognition of the worlds problems and corporate monopolization. The show is very entertaining and sees characters and cases come and go - but all equally as good as the next.
If your into similar programs, such as X-Files, then you should really enjoy this. The boxset is great offer and even though I've seen them all to date, I am going to revisit the series as the newer ones are released. The re-playability and watch-ability of this program is brilliant, and the show as a whole comes highly recommended. Buy it!