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22 May 2010 @ 10:37 pm
Six Reasons You Should Watch Fringe!  
I love Fringe. A lot. (Obviously.) I think it deserves to have a much larger fandom given who created it and what it's about. If you've never tried it out here's 6 reasons why you should! I get overly wordy (as usual) but there are enticing images to look at, as well, while you read!

ONE. Fringe Science!

Screencaptures taken from the opening credits (season 1 and season 2) listing a few terms of "fringe sciences"

The simplest definition of it is "an established field of study that departs significantly from mainstream or orthodox theories, and is classified in the 'fringes' of a credible mainstream academic discipline."
The show itself is a sci-fi heavy investigative thriller with a mixed bag of action-filled mysteriousness along with a sprinkling of horror--depending on your definition of horror, anyway. And let's not forget the family drama! And there's comedic moments...which are purely situational but always a sure laugh. All wrapped up into one! Wacky stuff happens that is almost too out there to be real and yet it has a believability to it all. It's the main draw I think, when you first hear the show's title and the general synopsis. Yet even the less simplistic descriptions don't do the show justice in encompassing what it's all about. And so the only way to truly think if it's right for you is to give it a shot. The science of it all is definitely one thing I love about the show, among many.
All the occurrences the team investigates are a part of a series of events that are scientific in nature and suggest a larger strategy, a coordinated effort. It's referred to as ‘The Pattern’. There's a fundamental mythology that links the cases and the characters all together so it's usually never strictly just a monster/bad guy/villain of the week type deal. Little by little you see how all of the characters, every case, the smallest details...eventually everything connects...

« "Inevitably because this show deals with science matters, it's going to be compared to The X Files. I was under that impression before I opened the script but it's really nothing like it at all except that it's a show on FOX that deals with matters of science. I would say the inspirations for this show are more in the realm of The Twilight Zone, Altered States and The Fly; very grounded stories that deal with issues at the fringes of actual science." - Jeff Pinkner

TWO. The Awesome Characters and Cast


Vastly unloved by the majority of viewers for being too distant and cold (?!)...or something: Olivia is the beautiful, brainy and badaaaaaaaass special agent in the FBI who will go to nearly any length to solve a case. Yes, she can be impetuous at times but she does it on her gut instincts which usually pan out for the case in the long run. She's thrust into investigating these cases yet she takes it all in and stays hard at work on it because she's just that awesome.
Anna Torv plays her wonderfully, in my opinion. We don't see most of her true emotions a lot because she's hiding behind her Mask of Stoicism™. We see her slip sometimes but it's just who Olivia is, to be more reserved. You'll learn more about her backstory and see why she is that way slowly over time. Personally, I identified with her from the start because I relate to her on a number of levels. She's a strong woman who doesn't let the fact that she's a female in a mostly male line of work stop her from being a relentlessly hard-working and intuitive agent who gets the job done at any cost. And I just really, really love her. I'll let some of these quotes do some more talking.

« What we were looking for in Olivia was a woman who was believable as an FBI agent but yet had some vulnerability. And definitely had depth and a history behind her eyes." - April Webster, Casting Director (on casting Anna)
« She comes into the world of fringe with all of it's edge and mystery and she brings this sort of elegance and poise to it that makes you just love her and want to make sure she's ok and gets through it. - Alex Graves, director of the Pilot
« Some people said she's almost too serious sometimes when I actually feel that's one of the things that's kinda great about her. There's a coolness to her that I think is really interesting. Immediately relatable. She had a maturity and a sort of gravity that was really interesting and she had a beautiful smile. And so I just kinda of thought 'Oh my God, there's a very specific thing here where she has this maturity and yet, you know, that kind of both the seriousness and that joy in her eyes." - JJ Abrams


Peter is my favorite character on the show. Yes, I am slightly biased due to it being Joshua Jackson. What can I say? He plays a charming genius! ♥_♥ But truthfully what makes Peter such a relatable character is that's he's constantly pointing out how nuts everything they're involved in is (thus the "voice" of the audience, they say). Even with his 190 IQ. He plays down how intelligent he is most of the time, only letting it come to light when he has to translate Walter's overly complex vernacular for the average smart people, if you will, or when he pitches his help in a case (such as recognizing a math equation could be turned into piano piece, which he then plays [again with the ♥_♥]). He's basically a jack-of-all-trades because of that high IQ. There's nothing Peter can't do, it seems, and we're still learning more about him even near the tail end of season 2. Letting more quotes do the talking because they say things better than I ever could.

« It felt like the promise that this character held was that he was this sort of rogue, very unpredictable guy who can do anything. - Alex Kurtzman, Co-Creator
« What's so great about his part is he's totally untrustworthy and he's very wounded. - Roberto Orci, Co-Creator
« We always discussed that Peter was a guy who had done everything and been everywhere and kinda knows sort of everyone in a way. - JJ Abrams, Co-Creator


Walter is many people's favorite character. Understandably so. I can definitely say that I do dearly love Walter; he isn't my absolute favorite but I still very much adore him. And I commend John Noble on being able to be such a dynamically ranging actor from episode to episode. The general consensus is that this man needs an Emmy for the work he's done in becoming Walter. That's been a given from his opening scene in the Pilot, if not from one of the most recent episode that was extremely Walter-centric (shh!, spoilers~). He doesn't even need to say anything and he just owns it with a look. That is the kind of actor he is and why he deserves an Emmy.
Walter worked in the past for various nefarious governmental needs along with his then-partner William Bell (now the richest man in the world and founder of the mega-corporation Massive Dynamics, which we'll get back to in a second). After a tragic lab accident he got sent to a asylum for the criminally insane for 17 years...only to be released when Olivia came looking for his expertise on the case in the pilot.
So we know he wasn't always the affable and darling Walter...he was one pretty morally grey dude with connections to some Seriously Morally Grey Shit® that resulted in The Pattern in the first place and sometimes that side pops out in him at times. We can see, though, is that due to him losing his sanity, he's gained a sort of humanity. He also brings a major amount of comedy (more situational than slapstick) and has some of the best one-liners on the show. I won't tell any so you can enjoy them all the more when you do hear them. And since I'm going with the whole adding a quote or two thing here's a quote!

« What John Noble did that is is so fabulous is that he almost has a humor about what he had gone through and then have periods where he had lost the thread. - April Webster, Casting Director


Astrid is tossed into the mix during the pilot, as well, and is at first seen possibly as 'token black character' (which isn't true in the slightest, imo). She’s very much a reliable asset to the Fringe Division with the ability to pick up things generally fast on top of the fact that she can speak five languages! She majored in linguistics and minored in computer science and has a knack for cryptology. She loves butterflies, but not moths (ew, who likes moths, anyway?). She’s always got her own viewpoint or opinion she submits to the rest of the team on the case so we know she’s a smart lady (Hi, I’m Captain Obvious) and oftentimes she helps give Olivia a new lead to look for. She's slowly become closer with Walter (I like to call them bffs) over the course of their investigations and is one of the only characters in the show who can really understand him, besides Peter and, even then, everyone has trouble with him sometimes! Also for anyone curious, she does get more screentime and goes out in the field more over the period of the show and is expected to do so even more in season three on top of the boost they gave her in season two compared to season one. Yay!


Would you just look at this man? Doesn't he just exude the 'I Will Fuck Your Shit Up' vibe with a simple glance? Hell yeah, he does. And you like it! Phil here (or as most people call him Broyles--I just like to call him Phil to annoy certain friends of mine) is the head of the Fringe Division and sort of friend of Nina in a sense...you'll see. He is a tough guy and a slightly hard-ass boss but you see he is also not a man without a heart. He is a caring man and diligent leader.


Now look at this bloke! Charlie is Liv's good friend and partner in investigating the cases they're assigned. He's hot and is a BAMF. Charlie is awesome. Charlie is funny. CHARLIE HAS WHAT I CALL A CAPSLOCK VOICE. And you love him for it, yes you do.


CEO of Massive Dynamic, William Bell's right hand lady. Cooperates with the Fringe Division and submits her help (when she's inclined to). She does choose to help when she can as Massive Dynamic is a giant corporation that deals with science and technology that is so wide-spread and in the global market, many cases link back to it so she helps--seemingly and for the most part, anyway. More often than not, she's not the most particularly forthcoming person. But other than that: look at her. She oozes fierceness, oui? Why, yes, that is a robotic arm you see. (But, no, she's not a cylon.)


Shit yeah, that's Leonard fucking Nimoy. Did your mind just get blown? You bet your ass it did. He's Walter's ex-partner and founder of Massive Dynamic. He's the richest man in the world. This guy is/was one Seriously Morally Grey Dude. What's so astonishing about him is he's very seldom actually on the show...which means when you do see him you know something is going down. But there's more to him than just who others claim him to be...


Last but not least, we cannot forget Gene, the Bodacious Bovine and Mr. Papaya, the Friendliest of Fruits! Yes, they are both very important. Don't even question it!

THREE. Mythology, yay!

There's The Pattern, which I told you about: the interconnected bizarre scientific-related cases they investigate. There's this ominous drug called Cortexiphan that was a drug trial Walter did that has a connection to someone on the team...and being related to fringe science, when I say ominous you know something's up. There's the lurkin' Observers. They're just chilling all throughout space and time (no, not outer space--they're not, like, Time Lords or anything--it's the space-time continuum!) observin' important things. They have no hair and also they love obscenely spicy foods. Then we've got whackadoodle villains who follow guidelines from their sort of codex, know as ZFT, who are partly responsible for some of the cases that make up The Pattern. Another lovely thing is the easter egg glyphs. Initially created by the FOX marketing department, the executives turned them into a sort of mono-alphabetic cipher which are used to give clues (placed before commercial breaks after each act, they spell a word that, when the episode is over, can be deciphered! Sweet, eh?) Then to top it all off there's even an alternate universe! That one is hard to explain without spoiling anything so I won't even try. Just know that it's extremely imperative, especially in the latter half of the second season and most likely the rest of the series onwards. All this and more!~

FOUR. Eye Candy Never Hurts...

Not only does the cast look like it could have been pulled out of an issue GQ, the show itself is wicked beautiful. On top of the fact its got these marvelous Giant Floating Letters© that indicate where a scene is taking place. Usually there's somewhere between 3 and 6 in each episode. What I love is that this show is one of the few shows these days that's done on film, not digital. It really shows because it looks more like a movie each week than other tv fodder. How awesome is all this? It's mad brilliant is what it is!

FIVE. Look at who makes this awesome shit happen and bow down!

There are some lovely geniuses behind this show, turning the wheels, making it epic. JJ may have started it, and I still love him for being one of the co-creators and much of what instigated it started in his head, but it's something that was co-created and also run by some other dudes. Here's the breakdown on some people you should worship at least a little bit. Because they're awesome and deserve recognition.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Co-creators | The other two thirds of the co-creator brain-trust. Ever see the new Star Trek movie? Wasn't it just so well scripted? You enjoyed it, didn't ya? WELL, LEMME TELL YA: these two wrote it! Yup. You can trust these writers in making compelling stories and enterprising (har-dee-har couldn't resist that adjective) characters!
Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman Co-Showrunners | Basically, they are the Darlton of Fringe. They are an influential force in how the stories and mythology gets shaped. They're very engaged in the production process and have a clear idea of where the show is headed and how it will be evolving. And from what I've read on what they have planned for the future of the show, I am nothing short of impressed.

SIX. Lost is ending (Sorry, but it's true.)

I love Lost as much as the next person (...that also loves Lost). It is, indeed, a great show from the mind of your Supreme Overlord JJ! It's in my top 10 or 15 shows ever list but it's just a plain fact that tomorrow it will ultimately be ending. You must have been too wrapped up in it to notice the other brilliant show spawned from the beautiful mind of the All Powerful Abrams! Don't let the fact that two full seasons are done with deter you. It got a third season pickup so I'm gonna just leave it at that. You've got all summer to catch up and/or get obsessed with the first two seasons before season three begins in September! SO CHOP CHOP!

« There's no doubt that Fringe is the new Lost, a show so rich in mythology, so beautifully grounded in emotion and so expertly paced that you won't be able to stop watching. - John Kubicek, BuddyTV

« We believe that the audience is getting more invested in our characters, which makes those reveals and further things all the more enjoyable that they’re with us. They can say, “Wow, if they’re telling us this, there must be so much more,” which is true. - J.H. Wyman, Co-Showrunner

« We’ve found this mix now where we call them “mythalones”--there are good representations of them coming up [referring to the last third of season 2]. You’ll see a great standalone episode with a very compelling case or incident going down within it, but you’ll also learn some very key, heavy things from the mythology. - J.H. Wyman, Co-Showrunner

« I can't see how we can possibly go back to the monster of the week too much [after the airing of the episode Peter], to be honest with you. I think now we've decided to go to the mythology. - John Noble, portrays Walter Bishop

All screencaptures made and edited by me. Quotes extrapolated from a number of websites/articles/interviews or transcribed by me from special features on the DVDs. Don't use any of this anywhere as I spent a ridiculous amount of time on formatting and it would make me mad. Hope you enjoyed and will give this splendidly amazing show a try! PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR NON-FRINGE WATCHING FRIENDS. This show does air on FOX...so...you know. Do you part! :)
outoftime: FRINGE // Tank Oliviaoutoftime on May 23rd, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Awesome job! :)
Sarah!: [Fr] Obligatory Olivia In the Tank Icon™killmotion on May 23rd, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
I've been working on it for two months! I'm just glad it's posted! Now all people need to do is watch! :D
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Δ: aslkjd so hipster。: tv → stardate → visually pleasingperv on May 23rd, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
ngl, my top reason for watching the show is the actors. after hearing josh and john gab about father-son incest and their irl!bromance for some five minutes at comic-con last year made me fall more and love and sealed the deal for me&hears; that and josh making us cheer for rutabagas. lmao

also! leonard nimoy's last job as an actor (even if he does just show up for a little less than three seconds sporadically)!

Edited at 2010-05-23 04:24 am (UTC)
Sarah!: [Fr] Bishops be rollin'.killmotion on May 23rd, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Did they really? Haha omg Josh and John are amazing. They seem so close in interviews I've seen them in together but I'll need to find that on YT.

Yep! Well, he's in it for more than three seconds...now. But yeah. Fuuu I love Bell. I do, I do.
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.: fringe: our hell.charmingnotion on May 23rd, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
I'm in the midst of watching season one right now, but I just wanted to swing by and tell you that this is an incredible and absolutely wonderful picspam. Props, girl, props.
Sarah!: [Fr] Inquietudekillmotion on May 23rd, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! Be prepared for the last half of s2 to BLOW YOUR MIND with epic. ;D
cortexiphan juice box: [fr] i got that boom boom powhollywoodgrrl on May 23rd, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
This was brilliant and very convincing! I loved the quotes you pulled! Just...OMG THIS SHOW! *flails*
Sarah!: [Fr] Drunk Peterrrkillmotion on May 23rd, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
webehwebeh on May 23rd, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
I love Olivia for the same reasons you do. What many people view as boring, I view as professional. She's not vomiting her emotions all over the place (ala Grey's Anatomy) and has an amazing poker face. I believe that this is part of what makes her so good at her job. If bad s**t happens, she is the type of person you want dealing with it.
Sarah!: [Fr] Contemplate.killmotion on May 23rd, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
And we've seen her break down a few times and really open up a lot since the beginning. It's been amazing to watch. She's so strong and not a little whiny bitch. She jumps off buildings, drinks bugs, etc. BADASS. I love her sfm. ♥
Dayln: ¶ c. feeling like p diddygigglemonster on May 23rd, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
Sarah!: [Fr] Electrode nodeskillmotion on May 23rd, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
the falling and rising: fringe: after the floodglassbomb on May 23rd, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
Oh Fringe. My love for this show and its characters is IMMENSE but I have hardly talked about it. I think I will change that. More people should be into this show and I will do my part.

BUT YES THIS POST. *draws hearts around it* I love the quotes that you found. I LOVE THAT YOU LOVE OLIVIA. FUCK YEAH. I think Olivia is my favorite though it's hard for me to pick a favorite because I love all of the characters. JOSHUA JACKSON HAS THE BEST FACE EVER I LOVE HIS SMILE I COULD STARE AT PETER BISHOP ALL DAY
Sarah!: [Fr] Come and seekillmotion on May 23rd, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
My love is monumental and unparalleled. I talk about Fringe nonstop and it's all I think of these days.

Yeah I know I said Peter was my favorite but in all honesty Olivia and Peter are tied. And then hnnngh Peter/Olivia see I didn't mention the ship in the spam? Idk I mean I could have but I figured 90% of the people that watch ship them and HOW CAN THEY NOT so I left that out? It's a great addition on top of the mythology and stuff but it's not all the show is centered on *cough* maybe a little bit of it is NOW but it's hardly the root of the show*cough* Josh DOES have an amazing face and smile. FUCK YES.
Carrie: [Fringe] Peter; a for AWESOMEtheladyswan on May 23rd, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
YOU SO BELONG WITH ME. AWESOME JOB, babes. I love all the screencaps you chose and what you wrote and all of the quotes and what not. Absolutely perfect. I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH.

Do you care if I pimp this on my flist? I'm trying to get as many people to watch as possible b/c I want this show to be around for a long time. ♥
Sarah!: [Fr] Infectedkillmotion on May 23rd, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
OH LIKE PETER BELONGS WITH OLIVIA. :D :D :D ♥ I tried to make it as rounded as possible with characters, mythos, etc. I didn't even talk about the epicness that is Peter/Olivia! Because you and I both know I would make a spam 10 times larger than this.

Pimp away! I am planning on pimping it on Tumblr but I wanted to make a prettier pimp graphic. :P
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ShadowHuntress Deliverance: Agent Olivia Dunhamshadowhuntress on May 23rd, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Fringe has Leonard Nimoy. Any argument against Fringe is invalid.

Olivia is vastly unloved? This makes me sad because Olivia is so full of win! The whole cast is amazing! They're a little family!

Sarah!: [Fr] Blowbackkillmotion on May 23rd, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)

Yeah I don't know people always start watching it and I'll read their thoughts and they're like "Olivia is so annoying" or something. Dude I was IN LOVE with her the moment she jumped off that building to the fire escape onto the other. OLIVIA IS A BADASS. And she's a sexy badass, at that. They're a lovely and dysfunctional family, yup. I adore the relationship that has grown between all of them over the course of the show.

JEAN RALPHIO STOP CRYING: fnl | i think i told that kidmidfunk on May 23rd, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
This is the BEST! If I didn't already watch Fringe, I would definitely start. I love this show so so so much and its characters are legit one of my favourite parts of the show - mythology is first, Josh Jackon's faaace is second. Ugh, I can't wait for Season 3. AWESOME JOB. :D :D :D
Sarah!: [Fr] Follow youkillmotion on May 23rd, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, it's the connection to the characters that makes me care so much! The mythology is something I legit think about. I'm always going on and on about the tiniest details (the "quarantine" stuff in Over There is from episode 3, yo!!!) and how it all connects and getting a vajoner over it all. JOSH JACKSON'S FACE IS AS GOOD A REASON AS ANY. Fuuu he's so damned charming and sarcastic and his smile and THAT VOICE. I just hnnngh. hellatus is gonna suck. We thought the 7 weeks between Jacksonville and Peter was bad? Four months of agony! ;____;
Beck: Fringe; Brown Bettymintenergy on May 23rd, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
You did SUCH an amazing job with this picspam and I couldn't agree more with your reasons. Why aren't more people watching this show?! I pimp it out at every opportunity, LOL. Also, major props for remembering Gene the Cow ;)
Sarah!: [Fr] Gene: Awesomest Cow Everkillmotion on May 23rd, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! I know, I'd convince a brick wall to watch the show...anyone can and should watch it! Gene is the most bodacious bovine!
Mrs [insert crush of the week]: fringe · rip open your consciousnesstotallybalanced on May 23rd, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
Sarah!: [Fr] Constantskillmotion on May 23rd, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
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Diana: tv // Peter/Olivia ♠ensanglante on May 23rd, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)

I admire your patience to do this, it officially convinced me that starting Fringe was my DESTINY. :D You've said it all - I even feel more intelligent while watching this epic piece of television, IT JUST BLOWS YOUR MIND.

Wonderful job, dear, just wonderful! ♥♥♥♥♥
Sarah!: [Fr] It could be this simplekillmotion on May 23rd, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
It took me two months! I mean mostly it was me making sure I had the best character caps and stuff and all that. I could have done more but I didn't want to spoil people too much so I just stuck a bunch of the Giant Floating Letters© as the eye candy, y'know?

Thank ya, thank ya! I'm certain there's plenty more picspams (for LJ not just tumblr!) to come. ;) Like my big bang ones!
Idril Carnesîr: Donnavoldy06 on May 23rd, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)
I started watching Fringe two days ago and now there're only three episodes left for me to watch and I'm already bemoaning the fact that I'll have to wait until september for new episodes. D:
Sarah!: [Fr] Oy vey.killmotion on May 23rd, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
See? HOW IT JUST BECOMES SO ADDICTING YOU MUST WATCH THEM ALL SO QUICKLY? Well, I only initially did my first rewatch after Jacksonville and I've not seen the series about 4 times over. Haha. Like I legitimately rewatched the first season (as I was screencapping the BluRay files) then the second season, too. Then I did ANOTHER series rewatch RIGHT after I'd just rewatched the first time and then I was just watching. Then the subsequent times were just me watching episodes randomly. And I still watch random episodes every day. Heh. ;D

Yeah this is gonna be a LONG four months. You didn't have to experince the 7 week hiatus we thought was bad. This is gonna be worseeeeeee.

Ah typos, I need to sleep!

Edited at 2010-05-23 10:03 am (UTC)
one sweet loveunamourdoux on May 23rd, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
I think someone out there is teasing me.
I've been thinking about watching Fringe for a while now and when I finally decide to watch it. I can't seem to find it online. FML.

So yeah, good job!! :) I think I might explode if I don't watch it soon.
Sarah!: [Fr] F-R-I-N-G-Ekillmotion on May 23rd, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
If you're not opposed to streaming sites, I'm sure Googling 'streaming fringe, tv series fox' or some variation should wield a location online! If you're not in America where there's Hulu available to you, that is. Or if you still need help finding a place, you can message me and I can help more. ;)

Don't explode/combust, etc. But I'm glad you're excited to watch!