Its Kara S. here again with another installment of our BLOGGING FROM A TO Z challenge! Today I’m tackling letter “O”
Olivia Dunham…and why I love Fringe.
If you have never heard of this tv show that had five fantastic seasons and now lives on in infamy on Netflix–today is your lucky day.
Fringe follows an unlikely trio who uncover a deadly mystery that may be part of a larger and more disturbing pattern that lives somewhere between science fiction and reality. As the series begins, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is called in to investigate a mysterious outbreak that nearly kills her partner. The only person with any answers is an institutionalized scientist, Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) who can only be released under the care of his estranged son (Joshua Jackson). Together, the three discover that the answer to this mystery is only a small piece of a much larger, more shocking truth.
MEET THE CAST:
This television series follows the journey of three men and women who shift the destiny of universes.
Olivia Dunham, a tough-as-nails FBI agent who had an unusual childhood she can’t even remember. Clashing with her no-nonsense attitude is an ability she doesn’t understand, but somehow allows her to set things on fire, manipulate electricity and even
stop bullets mid-air. As Olivia works to uncover what secrets lie behind her own abilities and the strange occurrences around her, she begins to wonder if she even wants to know the truth.
Walter Bishop, a scientist who was thrown in an insane asylum because he accidentally almost destroyed the universe. Yeah. This guy is not your average FBI consultant. None the less, Walter is a likable–if somewhat eccentric–character who struggles to adjust to life outside the asylum, having very little by way of social skills. He also must come to grips with the faulty choices he’s made and the effects they’ve had on the world around him.
Peter Bishop, the son of Walter Bishop, is as eccentric as his father, although in a very different way. Charming and smooth spoken, Peter doesn’t appear nearly as intelligent as he is–and most of those smarts he has put into padding his pockets with less than legal cash. However, when Olivia finds him and offers Peter a clean slate in return for helping translate his father’s brilliant ramblings, he jumps at the chance.
Together, they make up the FRINGE DIVISION–a part of the FBI who specializes in a plethora of strange and impossible events.
This is one of those series that combines amazing screenwriting, break-neck action, brilliant actors and vivid special effects to create a series that stretches the mind and imagination in a way that is somehow totally natural.
With Fringe, the minute you think you’ve figured out what’s going on, the floor drops out from under you and you realize that this plot has levels so deep and varied, it changes your perception of even the very first episode.
While the series mostly operates as a crime-of-the-week type of mystery show, it also seamlessly weaves together much larger plot threads.
One week, you might be trying to figure out how a train full of people could have gotten mysteriously trapped inside a massive amount of amber..
The next, you’ll discover an entire parallel universe where an alternate version of yourself has kidnapped you so she can take your place…
In Fringe, the impossible is the most likely thing in the world.
Each episode and theme is so well thought out that even the title run and commercial breaks give hints toward the outcome.
Each title run has more than a dozen hidden words depicting what specific problems the team will be facing throughout the season…
And the seemingly random images that flash onscreen just before the commercial breaks?
A secret code corresponding to a letter of the alphabet. Put together, these letters spell out one word that has to do with the culprit.
Kind of amazing, right?
This television show may have only run for five seasons, but each season was a masterpiece all its own. Personally, I’d rather have a show only run for a short amount of time, but carry on the quality throughout the entire series, than stretch on for years and stop being as good toward the end. You know what I’m talking about.
So, go google it or log into your Netflix account! This is one unimaginable ride you won’t want to miss.