There’s so much to watch these days, there’s always the ‘one that got away’ (to quote Katy Perry, latter day philosopher). And for me, turns out, it was the tv show Fringe. I have now finished the epic (21-episode) first series and it’s darkly fanruddytastic. It’s a proper ‘dark science’ series. At last, proper dark science. For years I’d been asking myself why there weren’t more books in the vein of Jon Marco’s The Jackal of Nar (he’s interviewed on this site, if you wanna know more), and I think the answer is that it’s so hard to write/create. But when someone manages it, it’s brrrrrrrilliant. The plot of Fringe? Well, an FBI agent, mad scientist and dodgy dealer are tasked with holding back the tide of weirdness leaking into our world from an alternate reality. It’s a modern Twilight Zone, if you will. The series has solid urban legend stories for each episode and a tantalising story arc, but it stoically refuses to spoonfeed the audience. It’s worth paying close attention too, as there are hidden messages and clues aplenty. And…wait for it…series 1 features the legendary Leonard Nimoy! What more could you want? It’s a 9.5 out of 10 from me. An absolute must for fantasy and scifi fans alike. Oh, and all other human beings and their pets!
Dark science at its best!