Saturday, May 21, 2011

TV You Should be Watching but Aren't #3

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when we have to suffer enjoy 5 months of hiatus from our favorite TV dramas and 5 months of reality summer TV. Now that no new episodes of The Vampire Diaries or Community will be shown ‘til forever, how about marathon some quality series? Catch up on these shows-you-should-be-watching-but-aren’t before Fall TV 2011 starts in September/October.


Background: Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The series follows a Federal Bureau of Investigation "Fringe Division" team based in Boston, Massachusetts under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses unorthodox "fringe" science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences, which are related to mysteries surrounding a [SPOILER ALERT!] parallel universe.

Why you should watch it: Because it's another one of J.J. Abrams' masterpieces! It packs a lot of surprising and intriguing twists and turns that always keep viewers on their toes. And even though Fringe is a high-concept sci-fi drama, the storytelling is impeccable. The plot is thought-provoking but not at all confusing nor half-baked (there's a difference) that we won't get to enjoy it anymore. (Yes, The Event, I am staring at you.) In season 2, the [SPOILER ALERT!] parallel universe gets explored more and it is really really interesting. Episodes set in the alternate universe are some of the series' best.

The 3rd season is probably Fringe's most terrific one, in my opinion. That finale episode alone deserves an award! (Too bad award shows don't really give sci-fi shows a chance.) The lead actors too should be awarded for their wonderful performances in the series. Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble (most especially!) are just perfect for words. (We really need to start giving out Emmy and Golden Globe awards to these sci-fi actors. Let this happen, oh TV gods.) 

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