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Kara’s Top 3 Summer Shows: #2 Fox’s Fringe 

Ok, I know I’m breaking the rules. Yes, Fringe is a fall show but since I only started watching it this summer (and caught up on all 3 seasons in something like a week – I was obsessed), I want to make it a one-time honorary summer show. I know Fringe fans won’t begrudge me the chance to talk about how much I love a show that’s new to me.

Where to start. Quite a few people warned me that I wouldn’t love the first season but I actually did. I might have had a few issues with a couple of episodes but I really liked being introduced to this strange new world and the “fringe” science that was all part of the pattern. I think Anna Torv‘s Oliva Dunham is an extremely compelling heroine and I was invested almost immediately. I like how far she’s willing to go for the people she cares about. Walter and Peter Bishop have an interesting and complex dynamic and I often find myself giggling at some of the outrageous things Walter says and does. And any show that has Billy Burke for a guest star is almost guaranteed a place in my heart.

Season Two. I was devastated when Kirk Acevedo‘s Charlie Francis was killed but delighted by Sebastian Roche‘s appearance. Peter and Olivia’s evolving relationship intrigued me and I loved finding out Peter didn’t belong in our universe. The introduction of Walternate, Fauxlivia, and the alternate universe was, in my humble opinion, such a fascinating and exciting direction to take the series in. Bravo.

Season Three. I’m one of those people who wanted to spend as much time in the alternate universe with the real Olivia Dunham as possible. I hated that Fauxlivia was having a relationship with Peter, although I have to say her pregnancy was kind of genius. When Olivia came back and realized how close Peter and Fauxlivia had become, I felt her anguish. It was so nice to see them get past that and become a couple. Seth Gabel‘s introduction as Lincoln Lee (and the reappearancwe of Charlie) was inspired and I’m happy Seth Gabel be back as a series regular. I think he fits so perfectly into both worlds.

Season Four. I’m excited to see what it will bring and I hope they answer the Peter question quickly. Does Fauxlivia still have a child? How is Olivia different for not having had Peter in her life? How is Walter different? What new cases will they have to tackle? Can there ever really be harmony between the two worlds? For anyone who hasn’t quite gotten with the program yet, it’s time. Trust me.

P.S. I watch the opening credits every time. I love the music and the visuals.

Season 4 of Fringe premieres Friday, September 23rd at 9/8 c on Fox.

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