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3.0 out of 5 stars They could have done so much with it., 21 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Fringe: Season 5 [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
For me, Fringe was the best thing on TV for the first 2 seasons. The tail end of season 3 grated a bit but I loved the start of the 4th season (although not so much the last 6/7 episodes). Knowing you only had 13 shows left, you would think, with 4 seasons of setups, that season 5 would be one huge payoff, satisfying most, if not all, of the loose ends. Sadly, this wasn't the case. What we did get was another dynamic shift in the show and I think your enjoyment of this season will depend on how much you can buy into such a jarring shift.

I found myself struggling to connect with the 1984/resistance style simply because I didn't care enough. I had no emotional attachment to any of the new characters and found the observers to be a bit boring because the myth behind them never came through. For wanted fugitives, our band of heros manage to wander around America with very little trouble, apart from a few clunky roadblock scenes of which they just shot a few nameless loyalists to escape, so there was very little feeling of peril or danger. I could go on, but it's the niggling little things and the sense that the writers failed to use the treasure trove of riches from Fringe's past that frustrates the most.

On a positive note, there were flashes of Fringe greatness. The season's strongest moments were between Olivia, Peter and Walter rather than the Sci Fi element, which sort of sums it up. Had this been a 1st series of a show I think I would be more receptive to it, but a combination of lazy writing and jump the shark elements just made for a underwhelming experience. At least the show ended on its own terms which you can't say for many others. I will miss Walter the most and I can still remember bawling my eyes out when got lost in Chinatown.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2013 23:23:59 GMT
skb17 says:
I do mostly agree. I enjoyed season five. But it felt like a mini-series. No real connection with the past, and they knew that - and things like Fauxlovia's inclusion at the end were a semi-desperate attempt to create some linkage with the past.

Still, I enjoyed it... it just wasn't as good as it was.

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 13:58:16 GMT
cmac says:
What would you like to know and i will tie up the loose ends for you, everything in season 5 was linked to all that went before
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