This article I’m focusing on the grander idea’s and themes that are present in season 3 of Fringe. If you’re more interested in my thoughts on the plot and some episode discussion check out the previous post. Also Spoilers.
So on the alternate universe:
Aside from the obvious and head-scratching blimps and bronze statue of liberty there are smaller pretty cool changes. First of all Fringe is not a nobody branch of the FBI that struggles for funding, no quite the opposite; everyone knows what Fringe is and the implications are for their visit.
That is the amber.
The third season of Fringe is easily the best of the series so far. It moves beyond simply being a good TV show to being a great piece of science fiction. What I mean is that despite the previous seasons sci-fi elements I wouldn’t call it good sci-fi because these same elements could be switched out with regular CSI fare or whatever. There wasn’t much intrinsically science fiction about the series at its core until late season 2.
Now let’s hit the other piece of my title; it’s flawed, pretty seriously flawed but it’s pretty easy to overlook the flaws as the greater drama and ideas are pretty dang awesome.
The Second Season of Fringe opens up really smartly. It follows up the previous season’s finale directly while still not giving you all the answers about what happened due to that finale. The show felt immediately refreshed upon this episode after not being so keen on some of what the first season had to offer. The episode opens up a whole new range of possibilities and teases at even more. But that’s also a problem. I noticed that Mr. Abrams himself was a co-writer on this episode and while that was undoubtedly a good thing I also believe that since Abrams knew he wouldn’t have to clean up the “mess” he made he could just tease a whole bunch of weird crap that the writers would have to explain, or as the case rests just never mentioned again.