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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Review: Fringe questions strange phenomena


Premiere Date: September 9, 2008
Airs: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on FOX

by Jennifer Squires Biller

Sci-fi seekers, the new fall show Fringe may be the one show you’ll want to catch this season.

It’s a little bit X-Files, but with the trademark J.J. Abrams stamp planted firmly all over it. Fringe offers suspense, drama, and mystery, with plenty of unanswered questions, reminiscent of Alias and Lost.

I didn’t fall in love with Fringe immediately after watching the pilot, like I did other Abrams' shows Felicity and Lost. But, Fringe is definitely worth investing in for a second look. The cast alone packs a mighty punch.

The show stars Joshua Jackson as a genius and a civilian consultant for the FBI. Jackson plays the son of a brilliant mad scientist (actor John Noble) whose experiments may unlock the mystery of strange phenomena occurring all over the world. Anna Torv is brilliant as the tough FBI agent. As happy as I am to see Jackson back on television, I’m equally thrilled that Mark Valley is front and center in this drama as an FBI agent, too. He was woefully underused on Boston Legal and has been deserving of airtime on a quality show for years.

Fringe starts slow, but has so many twists and turns that you’ll probably be hitting the rewind button a couple times. Check it out, especially if you like sci-fi with a healthy dose of mystery.


TiVo Queen said...

Had the same opinions (mediocre pilot, loving the return of Pacey) but I was really lukewarm on the female lead. She could die tomorrow and be replaced by anyone and I would still watch the show.

tube talk girl said...

I liked. Didn't love it. I think (hope) it could get better.

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