June 16, 2011 at 1:47 am #222003
Having heard so much about the third season of “Fringe”, I decided it was about time
to pick up a copy of Season 1 and see what all the fuss was about. After all, I was a
huge “The X-Files” fan, and I’ve heard plenty of comparisons between the two.
So far, however, I haven’t been blown away. Torv is a stiff lead, Jackson has some
charm, but his dramatic chops don’t feel honed, and Noble is just a little too over the
top for my taste. The cases have some intrigue, though for the most part, they just
haven’t been as compelling as I’d hoped.
I guess my question, as I push forward, is this: Does “Fringe” get better? I don’t
remember what the general consensus was during it’s first season or when it started
to gain such critical acclaim, but right now I’m just not seeing it.
Also: as a born and raised Bostonian, the inaccuracies in the show’s geography is
glaring, so much so I find it distracting at times. That’s a minor complaint, though.June 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm #222005
I’ve been watching Fringe since it started, and I didn’t always love it. I would probably have dropped it halfway through the first season if it weren’t for a couple of friends of mine who kept me watching.
The second season is MUCH better than the first. Joshua Jackson doesn’t do much for me, and I didn’t really grow to appreciate Anna Torv until the end of the second season. But the plotting really picked up in season two, the second half in particular. They really developed the central concept and the central tension of the series, and episodes were more cohesive week to week rather than just one oddity occurring after another.
Overall I thought season two was good and season three was great. The show certainly isn’t without it’s problems — the Boston geography itself don’t bother me, but the ease and frequency with which they move between Boston and Manhattan definitely does — but I’m really happy I stuck with it.June 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm #222006
I always had problems with the first two seasons of Fringe. The first half of the first season was a major disappointment and the only reason I kept on watching was because of John Noble and a love for Abram’s previous work. They finally got some good episodes into the mix in the second half (such as “Safe”) but it was still very inconsistent. However, the season finale was an amazing episode of television and not only gave the series a great story line for future seasons but gave the show much needed momentum.
The beginning of the second season squandered most of this momentum and it wasn’t until the episode “Peter” that Fringe became the show I now love. Since then Anna Torv has become one of the best actresses on television, John Noble continues to create one of the best characters on television and the series has set itself up to be one that can do anything at any moment and make it work.July 1, 2011 at 3:27 am #222007
I don’t believe that Fringe was bad in the first season. That being said, it wasn’t the most brilliant show ever. However, the second season is something else. It starts off slow but it begins to pick up alot of momentum and pace towards the second half. And the third season is quite simply, amazing. If you don’t like season two, I think it is safe to say that you won’t like the rest of the series.July 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm #222008
I was not in love with season 2 of Fringe. I don’t think it got really good until 2/3rd of the way through it. Season 3 was far superior.
That said, I do believe the show was steadily improving from just past the middle of season 1 through the end of season 2.