BLU: Fringe – Season 4
Fringe started off as a fun series about monsters and parallel universes but as of season two grew into a multi-dimensional show with several plot lines and arcs surrounding the main cast comprised of talented actors like Joshua Jackson and John Noble. At the end of the third season, we found the impending war between the two universes come to a satisfactory conclusion for both parties, but at huge expense: Peter Bishop, the man who was at the center of it all got wiped out!
The return of Peter in season 4 is something you could see coming from miles away, but the makers have done a fantastic job in how they’ve done it. The entire timeline has been rewritten, giving all the cast a history that’s different from what we’ve seen up to now. As such, things play it just a tidbit different from what you would expect, but at the same time familiar elements remain. The makers play with this very well and even go back to some of the early episodes and give them a new twist, while keeping a few core ingredients present like the love between Peter and Olivia (which of course needs to grow back as she initially doesn’t remember him) and the Observers passing by now and then during important events.
Where the fight between the two universes was at the center of the first three seasons, season four sees the return of David Robert Jones as the arch villain, while also the Observers become more and more involved rather than just standing by and watching. On the “good” side of things, Lincoln Lee gets introduced in this universe (he was already present in the alternate one) and John Noble gets to show off once again his acting skills by having to play a Walter Bishop who didn’t have his son by his side to help cope with his mental instability. It’s all in the details and it’s the small changes throughout the series that make this fourth season again better than anything we had seen before.
Fringe is like a gift that keeps on giving. Each season adds more twists to the plot and multiple arcs and this without ever dropping the ball. We can’t wait until Season 5 arrives, even if that will be the last season.
On the technical side of things we really can’t complain either. Fringe is delivered with excellent image and sound and if you didn’t know better, you would think you’re watching some big blockbuster movie. There truly isn’t anything bad to be said about the sound, and only if we start to really nitpick we could say that in the image department there are a few instances where fine detail gets lost and the image becomes a bit soft. But those instances are very rare and hardly get noticed.
Did we say Fringe is a gift that keeps on giving? Well, you can say the same about the Blu-ray which comes packed with interesting extras like a 30 minute roundtable discussion and the philosophical questions it poses (The Culture of Fringe), a 12 minute look at how the absence of Peter Bishop changed the world (A World Without Peter), a feature on the Observers who are about to become the baddies of Season 5 and more. Fun stuff!