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Fringe

The Fox thriller from the genius mind of JJ Abrams is rolling along pretty good this year. On of the things I think JJ and his clan have learned from their experiences with Lost is that why we want to wonder what is going, on you have to always give us a cookie to keep up coming back.

While Fringe started of pretty rocky, it has come along way recently, and has found a good mix of intrigue, interpersonal relationships, mind blowing science, and plenty of the ever amusing Walter Bishop. The characters are well grounded, and the relationships are complicated. The most unexpected move the writers recently made was the blossoming romance between the two main characters, Olivia and Peter.

The Fringe team were questioned several years ago if this could be a possibility, and their response, via Entertainment Weekly, was a resounding no. “I see Peter and Olivia more as a brother and sister with a truly bizarre father figure – three broken people, coming together as a dysfunctional family,”- Joshua Jackson, Entertainment Weekly.

Peter and Olivia’s romantic relationship has become one of the show’s main complications. Specifically in recent events, where Peter became intimate with Faux Olivia from an alternate universe. While unbeknownst to him, the real Olivia was trapped in the alternate universe pining for him.

In the more recent episodes, Firefly and Reciprocity, I was reminded once again why I really enjoy this show. Firefly became notable with the guest starring performance of Christopher Lloyd, as a aging rock and roll musician, who is given a message by one of the observers-time traveling beings that can be found 'observing' at many of the important events in history. via his deceased son.

In Reciprocity, our theme line is revisited when Peter comes face to face with the doomsday machine that only he seems to be able to control. As says in the title of the episode, it seems that while the machine functions off of Peters energy, the machine may be feeding negative energy back to him. On a side note, Olivia reads the computer diary of Faux Olivia, and discovers that Faux Olivia had indeed begun to have feelings for Peter.

Fringe, while a step beyond the normal drama, is reminiscent of the X-Files, and I love it. I have always been a Mulder – Scully die hard fan, and JJ Abrams has recaptured that dark intrigue that propelled the show along.

I have some predictions for the remaining season. While Peter and Olivia are at a crossroads, I predict that Peter will continue to spin out of control, and only Olivia will be able to pull him back. Walter, in his quest to protect his son, will be given a choice and he will make it, relying on Peter’s love for Olivia to save them all. It is irrational and over the top, but here’s the thing. While I am a huge fan of Fringe, it unfortunately does not have the following it should, and will most likely be axed this season. I predict this with no joy, but realism. There are just too many good shows to watch, and Fringe doesn’t quite make the grade for the average viewer.
So to all of you Fringe fans, enjoy it while it lasts, for its departure is unavoidable.

“Do you know what you are putting into our bodies? Death, delicious strawberry flavored death.” - Walter Bishop, “Northwest Passage"

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