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Old 11-05-2009, 10:58 AM   #1
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Fringe?

Hey sorry if this has been discussed...I did a search but didn't find anything..


Don't laugh, I don't watch a hell of a lot of TV series lol

I saw this ad during the ball game last night for "Fringe" and was intrigued

But I guess it's into Season 2...any thoughts on it? Good, bad? Great??

Wondering if it's worth the bandwidth to down....I mean...buy it!


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I think it's a good show--a worthy successor to the X-Files. The characters are interesting and well-acted. There's a good conspiracy theme that seems to be played out just enough in each episode to keep things interesting.



It's pretty important to check out the first season though--Not impossible to follow just the second season solo, but you'll enjoy it more after the first.


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Old 11-05-2009, 03:07 PM   #3
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Agreed, definitely get the first season and watch that. I know there's a set on either mininova or pirate bay, one of those, the torrent's around 6GB or so.

I think it's pretty good. Not great, it does have an X-Files feel to it, though from what I've seen of the X-Files I like better than Fringe (I should probably hunt down the X-Files series sometime but that really would kill the bandwidth...maybe next summer).
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:17 PM   #4
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I'm working through Season 1 now. I find the show "ok to good". Very X-Files, but with seemingly less filler. Everything seems to be tied together in one way or another. But I find the X-Files overall a better show - though with only 1 season of Fringe done, that may not be fair.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:38 PM   #5
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Well I got eo1 and 02 downloaded..gonna watch them first..the entire set was 23 GB (that I found) and with an 80gb cap I have to be selective...but you guys are usually good with opinions and all, so thanks, appreciate it!!
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The second season has been very good so far.

About last night's episode (Nov. 5):
 

My worry for Fringe is that it will have too many episodes like X-Files that don't advance the conspiracy. I thought maybe last night's might be one until...THE CIA GROWS A PAIR AND WHIPS IT OUT! Good potential for conflict.
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What the?? Ok, I'm not even clicking on that spoiler, I thought you told me to watch S01 first!

Got thru the first two episodes. I'm interested, which is a good thing. I think I'll keep watching.

I don't like Olivia but I can't really place why I don't like her...I feel she's overacting sometimes and she bonded waaayyy too quickly with Peter. Like, first episode? That's a bit much. Also, I feel Peter's inclusion in the 'team' is sketchy and him getting to waltz around crime scenes and gather evidence (ie episode 2) is a bit much. Does he even know how to fire a weapon? Wait - he doesn't as we find out

All in all though, I'm still interested..

Oh...and I think the location names on the screen in those big blocks is a bit much. But that's getting really picky..

Good advice so far guys...wait till I get caught up to start with the spoilers, will ya?
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:58 PM   #9
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Ok I'll be honest, the cheesy fill crap and the budding romance who noone gives a fuck about has got to go. Episode 6 (s01) almost caused me to quit watching altogether. 8 and 9 have me back on track. I hope there are less of these moments in season 2.
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I actually like the block letter locations.

I know there's a smaller torrent but if you're that far in it's probably not worth it. I honestly thought the whole process of Olivia being in the "Fringe Division" was really rushed, not just the quick inclusion of Peter...it was like she was just a regular old agent and Broyles just promoted her up about 5 levels. But you get used to it...I really like Walter.
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I didn't go for the 23 gb season one. I've been d'lng the 350 mb average files per show, and they are showing great on my modded xbox thru the 42 inch so I'm happy just doing 3-4 episodes at a time and then catching up.

Walter is funny. I was just about to throw something at the screen when he said "if I only had a lab" for the fucking 10th time and then he responded "I know" with a sly smile when he was reminded that his was reopened. So hopefully that line can be put to rest for a while


I got into another show (1 episode) yesterday also: Breaking Bad. What a great opener, I'm almost hooked with only one episode!
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Walter is funny. I was just about to throw something at the screen when he said "if I only had a lab" for the fucking 10th time and then he responded "I know" with a sly smile when he was reminded that his was reopened. So hopefully that line can be put to rest for a while
He has some awesome lines.
I think he is a hell of an actor, too--Completely believable in his slipping from genius to madness.
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Ok um. Am I just obtuse, is there some bigger/deeper meaning that I'm just too dunce to comprehend, or did Season 1 just fucking jump the shark somewhere from about midpoint episode 19 onward?

As I'm typing this I'm waiting for Season 2 E1 to d/l but frankly...the twin towers at the end of Season 1. I mean....realllllly?

This better be good.
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It's gotten a little weird. I can't decide if I'd rather they just stuck with solving weird cases or dig deeper into this ongoing plotline. And I'm 2-3 eps behind in season 2 actually, I'm just not as into it as I was.
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Agreed, definitely get the first season and watch that. I know there's a set on either mininova or pirate bay, one of those, the torrent's around 6GB or so.

I think it's pretty good. Not great, it does have an X-Files feel to it, though from what I've seen of the X-Files I like better than Fringe (I should probably hunt down the X-Files series sometime but that really would kill the bandwidth...maybe next summer).
X-Files DVDs are super cheap in their repackaged form. I see them all the time for $19.99 per season and that's in Canadian dollars. When they first went on the market, X-Files season sets (reportedly the first of any TV series on DVD) were $169. That's an incredible bargain!

Also a hell of a lot better than "Fringe", which I detest. It reeks of Abrams' formula. Where X-Files was subtle and suspenseful. "Fringe" grosses me out by being so overt. And there's the cheesy partnering of the "Dawson's Creek" guy and the blonde overly serious woman that's trying to be Mulder and Scully; he even gives a speech about feeling committed to their work because some case made him feel like he found his calling because he wanted to uncover some mystery. Then there's the alien bald guy, who's not interesting at all.

The dad is okay, but he's too often used for conveniently light-hearted moments that are very formulaic and in all Abrams' work. The background characters are all dull.

This is trying so hard to be The X-Files, but X-Files had real heart behind it and political conviction, including an informed sense of leeriness about US foreign policy and the military industrial complex. Abrams and his Transformers writers are just trying to ape The X-Files. They have "terrorism", but it doesn't resemble anything in our world because there are no proper motives given. The bad guys are just nefarious for the sake of it. If you've seen "Alias" and hated it as much as I did, you should stay away from this.

If you enjoy it, go ahead.
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