Fringe (2008) – Pilot

I never watched Fringe as it aired. I picked up the first season at a very affordable price shortly after it was released and that’s the way I watched the entire series, skip the airdates, and just binge the season on its Blu-ray release.

I’ve seen each episode once so going back to revisit it should be a lot of fun, as I remember some of the basics but not all the details. And it’s going to scratch that paranormal procedural itch that The X-Files left behind.

I was really surprised at how put together the Pilot episode is. All of the major characters are there from the beginning, they are all really well-realized, and the main tropes of the series, its nemesis, and more all seem to be there, except for an important element that gets added a short time later.

The only thing that got lost along the way was this whole thing about The Pattern, which suggests that the initial cases are all tied together by something unseen.

FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) first stepped into the screen on 9 September, 2008. The series opener was penned by J.J. Abrams, Robert Orci, and Alex Kurtzman. Dunham is called in on a cross bureaus investigation of a flight from Hamburg that landed on autopilot.

Everyone aboard is dead, seemingly infected with a very dangerous infection, that was created in a lab. Her investigation, overseen by Broyles (Lance Reddick) leads her to a brilliant, if a slightly unstable scientist, Walter Bishop (John Noble).

The only way she can see him though is with the help of his estranged son, Peter (Joshua Jackson), who isn’t keen to return to the States or see or help his father. Dunham practically blackmails him to join, and soon discovers how much she will need his help as Walter is a handful.

Claiming his own lab at Harvard, and with the help of Astrid (Jasika Nicole), the team begins some research of their own, which leads to more information about Walter’s past. He has a connection to William Bell the head of Massive Dynamics, whose frontperson, Nina Sharp (Blair Brown) knows a lot more than she lets on.

It’s obvious from the start that Broyce s manipulating her by getting her assigned to the cast and getting reactions from her from the way he talks and treats her. It’s all to get her on board, and soon she learns that not everything in the Bureau is as it appears to be. And she may not be able to trust the one person she’s trying to save.

To solve the case, Walter will have to get Olivia to embrace the idea of some fringe science and actually get her to take part in it. This is something that is going to open her, and by extension, the audience, up wide to the concepts the series is going to throw at her.

I really enjoyed starting this series again and was stunned by how together the pilot is. I’m gonna love this!

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