‘Fringe’ 5×01 Review: “Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11”
If you had asked me three years ago if I thought Fringe would make it to a fifth season, I probably would have laughed. The odds were stacked against this little-engine-that-could of a television show. Yet somehow, despite earning meager ratings on a network not known for giving the benefit of the doubt to genre shows with a cult following, despite being moved to the death slot on Friday nights, despite the increasingly complicated plot lines and mythology of the show, despite being perpetually overlooked by major awards shows, Fringe has done it. It has achieved the impossible. Going into its fifth season, Fringe will end its respectably long run (at least for a sci-fi show on FOX) on its own terms. I am both amazed and incredibly grateful, because I know this isn’t an opportunity given to many shows as beloved as this one.
At this point in the show, it’s hard to really be surprised by anything that Fringe does. Alternate universes? Sure. Evil shapeshifters? Why not. Mutant porcupine people? Not weird at all. Egg sticks? Commonplace. Fringe has made “strange” into the norm, but after watching last season’s “Letters of Transit,” followed by the season 5 premiere, I can honestly say that I’m still amazed by everything about this show. That’s the real triumph of Fringe, I think: that no matter how the landscape of the show changes, whether it’s taking place in a different universe, a different timeline, or a dystopian future, it still always manages to maintain that distinct Fringe-ness that feels familiar, even when the setting—and sometimes the characters—are completely new…
Read the rest of my review of the premiere over at TheTelevixen.com!