Fringe Season 5 REVIEW
Fringe Season 5 DVD review.
Really tall people love Fringe too.
Release Date: 13 May 2013
2012-13 | 15 | 572 minutes | £29.99 (DVD)/£39.99 (Blu-ray)
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Creators: JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Cast: John Noble, Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson
Those guys at Bad Robot have a problem with finales, don’t they? Though Fringe’s final episode is nowhere near the abomination of Lost’s “pull the plug out” swansong – and it does feature some glorious tearjerker moments – it remains a surprisingly workmanlike resolution for a show which, until its very last days, was continually throwing curveballs at you. Our heroes come up with a plan; the plan works. You’re still waiting for the twist as the end credits roll for the last time.
But it’s churlish to complain when the rest of the season is so, so good – an almost uninterrupted run of five-star episodes, kicking off with the show’s greatest curveball of all – shifting the action into an Observer-run totalitarian future.
Brilliantly acted, achingly well-written and slickly directed, it often looks far too impressive for its TV budget. What started off as an X-Files-lite show finished as one of the most daringly exciting TV sci-fi shows ever, and it did so on its own terms.
Maybe the real problem with the finale was that we just didn’t want it to end.
An “good as far as they go but what happened to the rest?” scenario. The “Farewell To Fringe” documentary (20 minutes) is very good… you just want it to be longer.
There are loads of interviews with the actors, JJ Abrams and showrunner JH Wyman, cleverly juxtaposed with interviews conducted for the pilot back in 2008, when Jasika Nicole seemed faintly embarrassed by her character’s name and Lance Reddick didn’t have a clue if he was a goodie or a baddie. It’s a nice touch. There are also lots of tears thanks to some behind-the-scenes footage of Nicole, Torv and Noble filming their last ever scenes.
Aside from that there’s half an hour of footage from the Fringe panel at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, a skimpy gag reel (two minutes), a couple of (not very exciting) deleted scenes and a digital copy of the finale script. Oh, and one commentary. One measly commentary, for “Black Blotter”, and it’s by Wyman (fine) and the film editor. Okay, he’s an interesting guy, but in a final season box set you’d expect a commentary on the finale with a couple of the cast, surely?
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