Monday, January 21, 2013

A Fringe Farewell

On Friday we lost one of the only true sci-fi shows on television. It began in 2008 when J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Robert Orci brought us a show that at first seemed like a new version of the X-Files. Fringe followed FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) as she investigates strange phenomenon connected to fringe science. Science on the fringes of what we consider ethical or even possible. Her team consists of Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), his assistant Agent Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole), and Dr. Bishop’s estranges son, Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson). Initially, the series followed a formula what became what was known as the freak of the week, strange events and often creatures that had to be investigated. Slowly the stories revealed a conspiracy involving these fringe science events, and then the threat from an alternate reality and in the end became the tale of humanities resistance to the oppression of the “Observers”, an advanced race from the future.

With the series reaching 100 episodes, it will now most likely go into syndication and more people will be able to enjoy what they have been missing this whole time, mystery, action, suspense, romance, comedy, monsters, drug humor, and tragedy. Not to mention the occasional appearance by Leonard Nimoy. All this combined with excellent writing. There is a lot to love about the show. And as with many shows you grow to love, it is tough to see it go and say goodbye to characters that you come to care about. But as any good fiction, it never really goes away any it can always be relived again and again. And it was moving to see some cast members brought to tears last year at their farewell panel at San Diego Comic-Con. It is a sad thing to see it go but it was a good five seasons.

And now when I see Joshua Jackson I will not think of him as Pacey, he’ll also be Peter to me.

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