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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Summary: On the final season of the sci-fi drama, the Fringe team tries to take back the planet from the Observers in the year 2036.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 28, 2012
    Fringe seems to be going out as alt-world fantasy/sci-fi at its most tough-minded yet humanistic. [5 Oct 2012, p.73]
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 28, 2012
    For Fringe's small but loyal following, resistance is truly futile. We'll stick with this remarkable series to the end.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Landweber
    Sep 28, 2012
    The season opener, "Transilience Thought Modifier Unit-11," is so incomprehensible that it suggests a no-compromise posture for the remaining episodes. Which is exactly what the loyal fans want and deserve.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 28, 2012
    On the evidence of Friday's season opener, Fringe will continue to be the best show of its kind since "The X-Files" at the grace notes, intimate or humorous instances like Olivia's Crate & Barrel moment (which won't be further spoiled here). When you get the small things right, it's less crucial that your universes and time shifts exactly line up.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 26, 2012
    The cast is so uniformly excellent that one's seduced into following the narrative despite the show's rather glaring narrative flaws.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Dec 25, 2012
    This is one one of the best shows ever.Definitely recommended this to anyone.Season 5 may be a little disappointing but still good.Still the first season was the best Expand
  2. BKM
    Jan 10, 2013
    Fringe has gotten better with each passing season as the characters have become more developed and the mythology more complex. The fifth and final season is a complete reinvention of the series--switching from the more conventional X-Files like case of the week to a more Lostesque season long story arc. The cast has been superb and all signs point to an emotional powerhouse of a finale. Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2012
    A Show that has explored everything that has to be explored, Fringe continues to surprise me at the highest level continuing to be one of the best dramas on TV right now and one the sci-fi thrillers to be remembered for a long long time. Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2014
    Set twenty years in the future following an invasion from 'The Observers' the final season of Fringe could almost be viewed as an entirely separate show from seasons one to four. There are no longer any stand alone episodes or 'Fringe' cases to be investigated with the focus now solely on the overall story arc of the teams attempts to defeat these aggressors.

    This does lead to a little bit of treading water on occasions with a few episodes simply setting up ‘fetch quests’, as Olivia and co attempt to gather everything they need to put Walter’s grand plan into action. A plan he has trouble recalling for reasons I won’t spoil here. As with any sci-fi show, especially one as complex as Fringe, there are also a few plot holes to be found if you really think about it but for the most part it certainly stands as a more logical conclusion than other JJ Abrams shows such as Lost and Alias.

    A large part of the show’s success has always been down to the characters (and the actors that play them of course) and in this regard Fringe does not disappoint as, no matter how crazy the science fiction gets, they are able to keep things grounded enough to ensure that viewers actually care about what happens to them leading to an emotional finale.

    Good sci-fi television is quite a rare thing and over the course of its five year run Fringe has been about as consistent as any other show in the genre that I can think of so, if you are a fan of this type of thing, it’s well worth a watch.
  5. Jan 20, 2013
    I was initially skeptical about watching another science fiction series launched by J.J. Abrams and co. after the lackluster (to put it mildly) conclusions of Alias and LOST where the creators completely failed to deal with the questions they posed and decided to take the easy way out instead, abandoning the core themes that made both shows intriguing in the first place. Nevertheless, I started to watch Fringe after the last season was announced and I was pleasantly surprised by the effort that was put into answering the mysteries throughout the series. The 5th and final season of the show is probably its weakest, especially in terms of production values - the brilliant cinematography seen throughout the first three seasons (and somewhat less frequently in season 4 as well which was already shot with digital cameras) is largely gone. This is most likely due to the significantly reduced budget that the creators had at their disposal. It is important to note, however, that Fringe still manages to provide quite a few visual spectacles that can easily remind viewers of the show's heydays (the lighting and deep colors they opted for this season are especially atmospheric). Luckily, the convincing performance of the cast remains unchanged from previous seasons and John Noble proves yet again that he is the true heart and soul of the series, stealing every single scene he appears in, never in shortage of quirky one-liners. Since season 5 deals heavily with time travel, during its last episodes Fringe runs into paradoxes more often than ever before, and one can find just as many arguments debunking the internal logic of the show's mythology and the outcome of the final episode as the countless theories reaffirming it. Essentially, the whole season is only a postscript allowing to tie in loose ends regarding the Observers. Still, it is obvious from the final episodes (or the whole season, for that matter) that the creators are doing their best to provide closure to all plot lines and characters, and even when the resolutions end up being somewhat convoluted, requiring more suspension of disbelief than previously, the conclusion feels like a sincere bow towards the fans and the show's core themes alike. This is especially obvious in the re-occurrence of motifs from episodes that are widely considered to be among the favorites of the audiences and (most likely) creators alike, and the fact that they play a pivotal part in the ending. To me, this consistency makes Fringe a success where Alias and LOST have failed miserably. The show was undeniably at its height during the first three seasons with some great story lines during the fourth, but J.H. Wyman and co. still managed to deliver a final 13 episodes that ended it with dignity. As it has been remarked, being an expensive and (relatively speaking) barely watched science fiction show dealing with outlandish concepts, Fringe itself was "An Enemy of Fate" throughout the years; but for the most part, it won the battle. Season 5: 7/10 Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Overrall its a pretty good season, a massive improvement from the disaster that was Season 4. It is action packed and full of adrenaline. It is also full of nostalgia for the Fringe fans who were there since the beginning.It turns out that Walter has kept a lot of the technology and chemicals from Fringe events that they have fought in the past, at first they used the skin growth toxin that was last seen in Season 1 then later Peter uses the chemical weapon used on Flight 627 but the Season Finale was when they pulled out the big guns: Skin Growth toxin from Season 1, Giant parasitic worms from Season 2, The mutated common cold from Season 1, the deadly razor blade butterflies hallucinations just about every Fringe case that they've done, I was hanging onto every moment during that scene, just wondering what fringe event they would use next. Another form of nostalgia for fans is when Walter is haunted by Doctor Warren - Walter's dead assistant and he reflects on how he travelled to the other universe to save Peter and what not, another event that is touched on is the White tulip Walter received from the Time traveller in Season 2 and the next and the most heart warming is during the Season Finale when Astrid finds Gene the Cow alive and well sealed inside amber and yet another MASSIVE piece of nostalgia is when we get to see the alternate universe once again and we get to see Lincoln and Alternate Olivia once again.
    It may not be the best season but it touches and flashes back to the past a lot which can make any Fringe fan smile and jump with excitement.
  7. Oct 13, 2012
    This show has gotten SO bad. The writing is absurd. I'm forced to watch because I've followed it thus far and don't like to leave anything unfinished in a state of limbo. John Noble is this show's only redeeming quality. I can't wait until this last season is done. Expand

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