May 6, 2011

Fringe Is...

May 6, 2011  

Since the season 3 finale is tonight, and it could have so easily been its last, I was inspired to find the words that define what the show means to me. Fringe, you took so many moments of my life, and I don't want a single one of them back. Thank you.

Fringe is...
Family
Reconciliation
Imaginative
Nuanced
Gratifying
Emotional

Heartbreaking
Soulful
Personal
Vulnerable
Wrenching
Beautiful
Engaging
Suspenseful
Intelligent
Boundless
Joyful
Charming
Funny
Epic
Intimate
Inventive
Devastating
Hopeful
Empathetic
Mysterious
Frailty
Strength
Loneliness
Anguish
Evolution
Revelatory
Exceptional
Tense
Dramatic
Loving
Moving
Wounded
Layered
Thoughtful
Warm
Painful
Satisfying
Daring
Tragic
Deep
Original
Forgiveness
Compassion
Retribution
Relationships
Sacrifice
Responsibility
Possibility
Resolution

Fringe is a big and twisty, perfectly paced, complicated mystery of science gone awry that started seemingly as a monster of the week procedural scifi and soon showed so much more, where the man who provides the child-like wonder and joy is also one of the greatest tragic characters ever. But the central theme can be distilled to the simplest of concepts: family, and that love is such a powerful motivator it can destroy the world...or save it.

To sum up the entire series in one scene would have to involve Walter, as played by the uncommonly talented John Noble. His heart lights up the darkness of Fringe. Two of the best scenes are this, a beautifully quiet and wrenching moment between father and son, and this, Walter's confession and asking forgiveness.

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