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274 out of 353 people found the following review useful:
What's with all the hate?, 3 October 2009
Author: Calypso0132 from New Zealand
I had started watching Fringe when it aired in my country, and at
first, I didn't really find it particularly interesting. However, I
decided to persevere with it, and I'm very glad I did. This show is not
perfect, but it's definitely not as bad as all these reviews tend to
make out. With each episode (so far), I find myself more deeply
immersed in the plot, more involved with the characters, and I can't
wait until the next one airs. A lot of these other reviews say it's
worse than 'Lost' - which isn't true. I tried watching Lost, for the
entire first season, but I found myself completely bored, with no real
plot line to follow. The opposite is true with Fringe. Each episode has
two plots - One, the overall plot of the series, and two, the plot of
the individual episode, such as the investigation. This is common
practice, but Fringe makes it.. fresher.
All in all, don't make any decisions on whether to watch this or not based off reviews on here. There's a lot of controversy - some hate it, some love it - just watch it for a while and judge it for yourself. I personally don't like the first 10 or so episodes, so I recommend you at least for a bit after that. They honestly do get better. 9/10
219 out of 296 people found the following review useful:
With improvement could be Abrams masterpiece!, 19 August 2009
Author: Eatmybolonga from Ireland
I have only two words for you, John Noble, John Noble and yes you
guessed it, John Noble.
Many people will tell you "its X-files without out the X" but these same people will also say "Lost- why would I watch a show about people on an island".
Fringe brings great story together along with an entertaining cast, John Noble really brings his A-Game and shines through the eccentric and senile Walter Bishop. I would go so far as to say to watch Fringe if only to witness his superb portrayal of the character.
The characters will keep you entertained, the story will keep you on your toes and scientific experiments will blow you away.
This is a show not to be missed!
211 out of 315 people found the following review useful:
Great show, don't listen to the critics..., 7 August 2009
Author: joura-2 from Sweden
This is a great show with talented actors and great storyline. You have
to see every episode to know whats going on. Nothing for viewers who
watches a episode every other week. The people who calls the storyline
bad doesn't get it. It's very smart and like "Lost" you have to use
your mind to find out the secrets revealed throughout the show. JJ
Abrams is a brilliant writer and the cast is perfect. I strongly
recommend you who haven't seen this show to have a look. -FROM THE
BEGINNING- otherwise you will not understand a thing.
Best regards joura-2
More reviews are coming soon.....
150 out of 212 people found the following review useful:
Strongest otherworldly show out there since x-files and 4400, 11 August 2009
Author: orpheus-30 from Netherlands
When I first saw Fringe, I was immediately reminded of firstly The 4400
and secondly the X-files. Each show is similar in that supernatural
incidents occur, and that only a specialized task force is capable of
dealing with them. In the x-files we mostly followed the story of
agents Skully and Mulder and their investigation in cases that revolved
around aliens, religion and metaphysics. In 4400 it were agents Skouris
and Baldwin who investigated incidents relating a group of "special"
people. In Fringe, it's all about science. An investigation team
researches cases where high tech inventions that border on the
supernatural are being used to commit crimes, show off, or even
unexplained purposes. While some cases seem to be uncomfortably similar
to what we already experience in daily life, other cases are more
There are many things to like about Fringe. The show is very professionally put together. Every episode shows a consistent progress in the storyline as the mystery unfolds. You never get the full sense of really what's going on, just as the persons in the show don't. But at the same time, you get clues and hints to what is happening, and every episode reveales a new lead that evolves the story.
The ambient music adds a thickness to scenes that would normally be tense already, and now become completely chilling.
The cast is varied and interesting enough for each viewer to have their personal favorite. Some of us will relate to the meticulous and sensible detective, while others will develop a bond with the brilliant but troubled and sometimes mad scientist. I found the acting to be very strong on all accounts, except perhaps for a few awkward interrogation scenes.
At times, so many scientific terms are being used back-to-back, that I felt like watching a Startrek Voyager episode. With Fringe though, everything is based on facts and in the rare events that things just don't make sense, the scientists in the show will assure us that they have no clue to what is going on.
100 out of 140 people found the following review useful:
Addictive, 14 November 2009
Author: Tandy Jensen from Sydney, Australia
somehow I passed over this show for more than a year because I thought
it's yet another crime-detective production, but I was so wrong. For
some reason I decided to test it by watching the first episode, and
after that I was hooked - had to watch the second, then the third, the
This show doesn't set out to expose government conspiracies, there's no offensive language, no bare breasts, neither artificial humor. It wins by appealing to the imagination, based on current state of science but not confined by it, creating a very interesting and engaging story that is also believable.
They have also found a very good leading actress in Anna Torv. She's probably not Miss Universe material, but is very likable and makes the show even more worth watching.
This is the kind of show that could be watched over and over again and not get boring. In spite of the self-contained storyline of each episode, there's also a dark undercurrent that will eventually unify everything. I can't wait to watch it all unfold!
117 out of 175 people found the following review useful:
More To It Than Meets The Eye, 9 September 2009
Author: Razvan Draghici
I first started following the series at launch, viewing the first 3 episodes. Then i completely forgot about it. I just recently started viewing this again and i have to say, there's more to it than the first couple of episodes let you see. The plot deepens as episodes go by, the role of the "mad scientist" becomes clearer and everything slowly ties in together like a perfect puzzle. The story is not one of the most original you'll find, but it is told in a most beautiful way, a way that will keep you hooked until the end. The characters are strong and so are the actors/actresses that bring them to life. The effects are top notch. An overall great TV show with that classical X Files feel to it but with a twist, a twist that i personally enjoy and one that made me anxiously await the second installment in the TV series. Highly recommended to all you X Files fans and also for anyone that enjoys a conspiracy plot that has some substance. An easy 9 out of 10.
97 out of 149 people found the following review useful:
Love Love Love this show, 15 October 2009
Author: cojala from United States
I watch this show every week. If I can't be home I make sure it is DVR'd. I love the character Walter Bishop (John Noble). He is my favorite part of the show. I mainly watch it for him. I too didn't like it much in the beginning but then I got to know the characters and now I am addicted. It's the type of show that can keep you interested because every week it is something new but still with the ongoing storyline. (make sense?)I like all the characters and I have to disagree with other reviewers who say that these people can't act. Joshua is a very good and talented actor, he was on another hit TV show for many years (Dawson's Creek), so he's got to be doing something right. As for Anna Torv I think she is a good actress, I think that her storyline and character is why people think she is a bad actor. I don't like all the reality stuff on TV these days. I like being taken somewhere else and leaving reality behind for an hour a week. I have enough reality with my job and life and they are just coming up with dumb and dumber shows all the time. This show is good entertainment, which is what TV is suppose to be.
130 out of 215 people found the following review useful:
Love this show, 13 August 2009
Author: lensman-4 from Pasadena California
Yes the show has to grow, but they have done a terrific job on it. If
anyone wants more insight into the show please go to youtube and look
for the ComicCon footage. I am one of the lucky few who go to go to the
Q&A for Fringe. They were an awesome group. As to the people who are
saying it is a Rip off of X-Files get a life. X-Files was not even
original, hello Kolchek, the Night Stalker. Even though it wasn't the
FBI it was very much an early X-Files.
One person at the Con asked where the writers got their ideas and they said things like Scientific America and other scientific magazines and publications. Also, they have a neuro-scientist consultant on the show as well as consulting with JPL, CERN, MIT and other science organizations. They are really trying to be smart about the show. For the person who complained about John Nobles accent, well he has a really thick New Zealand accent and he was trying to go for that Professor type accent from when he was in college. Also, JJ Abrams has not had anything to do with Lost since season 1. He is only on the credits as creator. Anyway, go see the footage from the Comic-Con and you may get a better understanding of the actors and the show in general.
95 out of 147 people found the following review useful:
Good Show, 4 November 2009
Author: dacrontoke_420 from Canada
OK first things first...... you people can't just watch the first two episodes and say that this show isn't good. the first few episodes of any show are bound to be a little slower than the latter. And how can you not dig the strange things that take place in this show. I think it is an excillent, fresh, new idea and has a lot of potential. It's kind of like CSI meets the x-files with some weird science in the mix. Overall i think this series has great potential if you saw the first two episodes and gave up on the show your an idiot. Myself being a huge fan of Lost was a little skeptical about Fringe and was even a little bit disappointed with the first few episodes. Keep watching and like me you will be pleasantly surprised!
58 out of 82 people found the following review useful:
Watch It In Its Entirety And Then Judge...., 28 April 2010
Author: Nik Git from Greece
Been watching the reviews for the show for some time now and I have to
say that most people are confused. Confused on how a series is
reviewed. When we speak about a sitcom comedy, by just watching one or
two episodes it is fairly easy to judge the quality. But when trying to
analyze a series like X-Files, Lost, Fringe and so many other, one has
to watch the whole bunch of arc episodes in order to have an objective
opinion. yes the science portrayed every week may be a little too much
but... X-Files (which I also loved) was about aliens.... So....we
believe in aliens but cannot comprehend that there may be science
beyond our imagination???? As for the characters, and especially for
Anna Torv.......her acting (the way see looks in the first episodes -
like cold and aloof) it's just the way things should be in the
beginning......then she is a cold-hearted FBI agent and that is what
she shows us.......everyone who cared enough to watch all the episodes
till now will see how she has changed as a character (and how well
acted that character is by Anna Torv - I had never seen her before).
Most of the reviews here are based on the first 3 or 4
episodes.....well.....it's a whole story that has to be said.....go
through the first season and see then what your reactions will be...
Yet the series is not without problems, but it will get better and
better. Most of the arc episodes are thrilling and most of the rest
episodes are full of mad science (got to love it). The production
values are sky-high...
So always keep in mind what you're judging and give it the appropriate time...
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