If you’re like 80 percent of sci-fi fans, you’ve been meaning to get around to binge-watching Fringe for a while. The supernatural drama—about an off-the-books FBI team that investigates “fringe science” (time travel, drug-induced superpowers, alternate dimensions, etc.)—wrapped just last year but is already on track to be a cult fave. It’s had such a slow, steady rise to popularity that now the mere mention of Fringe can invoke several “Man, I still need to watch that” responses simultaneously.
There’s a reason for that. Fringe’s creators combined the best of its predecessors’ successes and built them into a bendy, windy maze of brilliant science fiction that is often woefully underrated—except by those who’ve actually seen it, of course. Fringe is basically Alias meets The X-Files with investigator Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) serving as the perfect Dana Scully/Sydney Bristow hybrid, weathering a nonstop barrage of insane murderers and superpowered zealots with a freakishly cool disposition. At her side are super-scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his son Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and between the three of them there’s enough oomph for a cornerstone sci-fi series, ripe and ready for some long-overdue absorption into your cultural lexicon.
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