Fringe 1.01 Fringe (2008, TV) – 2/10

Writer (Series’ Creator): J.J. Abrams
Writer (Series’ Creator): Alex Kurtzman
Writer (Series’ Creator): Roberto Orci
Anna Torv: Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson: Peter Bishop
Lance Reddick: Phillip Broyles
Kirk Acevedo: Charlie Francis
Blair Brown: Nina Sharp
Jasika Nicole: Astrid Farnsworth
Mark Valley: John Scott
John Noble: Dr. Walter Bishop
Jason Butler-Harner: Richard B. Steig
Peter Outerbridge: Dr. Reyes
Executive Producer: Alex Graves
Executive Producer: Alex Kurtzman
Executive Producer: Roberto Orci
Executive Producer: J.J. Abrams
Writer: J.J. Abrams
Writer: Alex Kurtzman
Writer: Roberto Orci
Director: Alex Graves

Fringe 1.01 Fringe (2008)

An entire plane is successfully targeted by a form of bio-terrorism. FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham is part of the investigating taskforce but when her lover is nearly killed chasing a suspect, she reveals a depth of determination that people higher up take notice of; people investigating more paranormal events around the world.

2/10

Joshua Jackson is an irritating, patronising and unconvincing actor. So Fringe gets off to a bad start by including his name in the credits but, as it turns out, he is not one of Fringe‘s major problems. Anna Torv is much better and makes a nice lead, committed and engaging, but isn’t given anything good to say or do (except strip down to her underwear, an old standby of the idea-less writer, as is the mobile phone not working in modern urban environments for no reason, the identity of the baddie of the week, dreams that can be easily understood and the maverick FBI agent who, yeah, yeah, yeah). Director Alex Graves does nothing to disguise the unconvincing story and dialogue and paces things badly in the first half making this feel like it lasts forever. In fact, the whole thing feels like a big bet by Abrams, Kurtzman and Orci on how much piffle they could get Fox to pay for and the audience to watch. As it turns out, as with the worst of Fox’s X-Files, rather a lot.

This Fringe episode contains mild bad language and substance abuse and extremely gruesome and extremely unpleasant scenes, strong violence and sexuality.

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