Scientific genius Walter Bishop specialized in experiments which extended the boundaries. The work took its toll. For seventeen years since he has been in a mental institution. Now extraordinary events are baffling the experts. A department is set up to investigate, Walter's great talents again in demand....
Yes, there are reminders of "The X Files", but "Fringe" stands firmly on its two feet - intriguing cases, a fine cast, much excitement, lots of gore and, perhaps surprisingly, many laughs.
The three central characters are well off the beaten track: Walter himself, still a genius but badly affected by all the time locked away; Peter his son, initially wanting nothing to do with him but gradually softening (and putting his own dodgy skills to far better use); FBI agent Olivia, severely shaken by the loss of her partner and allegations he was a traitor. Dispirate they may be but their chemistry is good, a major reason why everything works so well.
20 episodes - pilot eighty minutes, the others around fifty. In fact this boxed set is exceptional value, especially well endowed with bonuses. One of those bonuses tells how some seemingly preposterous storylines are not as farfetched as may be thought - mindboggling projects far more advanced than publicized. Surely these cannot include men walking through walls, butterflies causing a business executive's death plunge, someone dying of old age within hours of his birth, a hand emerging from a computer to boil the user's brain? We can but speculate.
Much grabs the attention and thoroughly entertains, especially the hints we have seen nothing yet - Season 1 representing just the tip of the iceberg, something far more substantial about to be revealed. What has The Observer to do with it - he the bald man so often around, in some episodes glimpsed for only a second or two?
Again I have to thank fellow reviewers for alerting me to a worthy series that would otherwise have been missed.