Posted: 09/21/2010


Fringe: Season 2

by Del Harvey

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When I received the notice that Fringe: Season 2 was coming out on Blu-Ray and DVD, I jumped at the chance to review it. I have been a fan of these types of supernatural mystery programs since childhood, starting with Kolchak - The Night Stalker and The Invaders, and continuing on through The X-Files and now with Fringe. And for me, Fringe is the very best of them, offering up an intriguing cast of characters working together towards a greater understanding of the unknown.

This time, our intrepid investigators of the surreal and the unimaginable come closer to understanding that which they have been fighting for so long, and in the process, themselves. Season 2 of Fringe contains worlds (and alternate worlds) of excitement complete with shape shifters, cryonic heads, belly-dwelling beasts and people who turn to ashes before our eyes. But the overarching narrative takes three clandestine FBI agents – Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop and Walter Bishop – through a mind-bending investigation of a parallel reality that threatens to destroy ours.

Although Special Agent Olivia Dunham is the leader of the group, she would be lost without the Bishops, the father and son team whose understanding of science, mysticism and psychology guides her through each episode as they encounter aliens, shape-shifters, time travelers, and doppelgangers from another dimension. Their group is rounded out by the sweet and insightful Astrid, another FBI agent and senior scientist Walter Bishop’s right hand. And their leader, the grim and tight-lipped Agent Broyles, is always steadfast in his support of the team and their goals.

The big overarching arc of Season 2 focuses on a universe alternate to ours. Early on it is established that Peter, Walter’s son, died from an incurable childhood disease. At the time, Walter, already aware of the other universe, crossed over in hopes of saving that dimension’s Peter. However, once he was face-to-face with his son’s doppleganger, Walter made a dimension-altering and history-changing decision to bring him back to his universe, and kept this knowledge to himself.

Walter made this decision fully aware that his crossing would create what he called “soft spots” in his universe - places where cross-universal events would occur. But he was unaware that more significant and dangerous singularities would also occur in the alternate universe as ripple effects of his crossing.

As a result, the alternate Walter would eventually become the U.S. Secretary of Defense and control a more powerful Fringe division in the alternate universe to deal with further breaches. Some of these breaches included the development of shape-shifting technology that could travel to the present universe, along with the means to communicate with its agents once there.

Throughout all of this, the Observers warn Walter that he should not let Peter return “home” to the alternate universe with the vague warning that to do so would cause a great disaster to either universe.

Fringe: Season 2 is even more exciting and enthralling than the first season, and takes us on a roller coaster ride across dimensions and down the rabbit hole as the Bishops and Olivia struggle to restore order to our world.

Fringe: Season 2 is available on Blu-ray: September 14th. For further information about Fringe: Season 2, please visit the official site here.

Watch the trailer here.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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