“Fringe” opens the mind and stretches the imagination

The Fox TV show, “Fringe,” is returning to the airwaves after a short hiatus, but I won’t be watching it. However, it’s not for the reason you might think. I won’t be watching because I want to see the story unfold in chronological order, the way it was meant to be.  If I watch it out of order, I’ll be ruining it for myself.

"Fringe" is in its fourth season and can be seen Fridays on Fox at 8 p.m. central. (fringetelevision.com)

But just because you watch it out of order doesn’t mean that you can’t follow it. If you know what’s going on, you won’t have any problem getting lost in this fantastical tale.

So let me back up a bit. For those who don’t know what “Fringe,” is, it’s a sci-fi TV show about a small group of people who have found themselves in the midst of a crisis, and they do what they have to do to save the world, literally.

Olivia is a member of the FBI, Fringe Division, which investigates unexplained phenomena that is happening in the world. In the first episode, a virus is let loose on an airliner, which melts the skin off of all the passengers. The only person she believes can help them is a scientist, Walter Bishop, who has been in a mental institute for the past 17 years. In order to get him released, Olivia has to find his son, Peter, who happens to be in Iraq. The problem is, Peter hasn’t talked to his father in 17 years, nor does he want to.

The first season has the group solving outrageous cases, and a storyline about Olivia and Peter and what happened to them as children. The second season begins to tell of the existence of a parallel universe and eventually has the group crossing over later in the season. The third season (which I am now watching on DVD) is working at intensifying the plot, and what is really behind it all. Not to give too much of it away, but both worlds are in extreme danger.

“Fringe,” now in its fourth season, has become somewhat of an addiction for my boyfriend and I, making our Friday nights, “Fringe” night. (Incidentally, the regular “Fringe” is on Fridays at 8 on Fox.)

Not only am I a real-life fan, but a Facebook fan, too. The show is developing a cult following with 3,235,077 Facebook fans. And though a year ago there weren’t many people who even knew what “Fringe” was, they’re now realizing what an awesome show it is.

There’s a rumor going around that the show is in danger of being cancelled, but I doubt that it will be anytime soon. The are too many fans to let that happen, and the number is growing everyday. I’m not sure how they do it, but they tend to make a parallel universe almost believable. Almost…I would still have to see it to believe it.

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