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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fringe - 6B review

Fringe is still owning its new Friday slot. The ratings went up this week. We will be surprised if it doesn’t get a fourth season, which is great news for nerds. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Fringe is the best nerd show on right now. It’s not as good as LOST or The X Files, but we are in a nerd TV draught. Don’t even mention V or The Event to us. Or Flashforward. Buncha failures. They forgot one thing: Nerds are SMART. We need mythology, philosophy, spirituality, and three-dimensional characters we will care about.

On Fringe, Walter gets more loveable all the time. He’s a far cry from the weirdo wetting his britches in season one. Making pancakes for Olivia and Peter to try to get them back together was so adorable. And after Peter made that perfect little speech to Olivia about what it was like when he thought they were together, we were surprised she didn’t immediately give in. But finally, she and Peter decided to give it a go and went upstairs…presumably to play board games and drink chocolate milk. Ya think?

The case of the week, with the fake ghost, was eerie and felt supernatural, even though this show sticks to science rather than spirits. Does the vortex freak anyone else out, a lot? The one that looked like a whirlpool?

Alright episode of a good show. It’s nice to have Peter and Olivia get together again. It balances the scales for the universes, after last week’s episode.

Episode Grade: B-


  1. Yes, I think ever nerd/geek is now watching Fringe simply because there are no legitmate alternatives right now. I agree that it's a cut below LOST and X-Files, but it's SO much better than the others you mentioned. Great to hear it's going to be around for another season; there are simply far to many issues to be resolved quickly without that endeavor becoming a total mess. Heck, LOST could have gone on for ten more years, and we still would want more...

    Like fine wine, these shows require time to breathe.

  2. We sort of lament the lack of spirituality in Fringe. That's been a staple in great geek fare for years. It's hard to build a mythology completely on science. There's a bit of philosophy, so that's good. We're surprised Fringe manages to be so good just on the whacked out science.