One thing I loved about Fringe was that there wasn’t really anything else out there like it. I mean, it was kind of like x files but with less skepticism and more mystery. There was a huge sci-fi element with Over There and the Observers and all that, but because it had its own mythology, it didn’t feel so copy-cat. It was a little like a medical drama in that a lot of the time they were trying to figure out what was wrong with someone, but obviously, these weren’t afflictions that anyone else would ever have. It was a little bit crime procedural as well, but again—these were some atypical crimes! There was a little romance to keep us interested, too, although there were some weird wrenches thrown in, like a love triangle (remember Fauxlivia?) that probably didn’t exist on any other show!
I loved that there were so many little details to figure out. Like the logo, change to let you know if you were on the Other Side. And the glyphs! Who else does that? It was a way to keep your head in the show, even during the breaks! I didn’t even know what they were at first, but after Julian Sanchez figured it out and I had my little decoder cheat-sheet, I was very excited. I have to say, it’s the only show that I didn’t mind the commercial breaks so much.
It won awards all over the place. People’s Choice, Critic’s Choice, TV Guide, and SATURN to name a few. And the awards were not in just the same category, either. Fringe won in the sci-fi and drama categories. It also picked up some best-on-television/best network show awards, too, for both the show itself and for its stars. Further proof that there is no way to pigeonhole a rich and complex show like Fringe.
I love that it has generated so much fan-created content. There are whole novels created by fans because they loved the characters so much, and the show gave us such vast amounts of material to work with. Fans created their own art and videos. It’s downright amazing to me that people could be so inspired by something that they, in turn, create their own works. It is as if the show lives on through the fans, and that’s super cool to see. And you can bet it doesn’t happen with just any old show! I mean, do you think anybody’s out there making fanfiction out of a lame, low-rated show? Of course not!
I also think that its unique mythology makes the show infinitely more rewatchable than many other shows on TV right now. Watching episodes again with a better understanding of how it all plays out makes things that maybe went over your head last time make so much more sense. I love that “lightbulb going off” sensation and I still get it sometimes, even after watching the show in its entirety a few times.
These are just a few of my reasons why I think Fringe went above and beyond traditional television. It was a must-watch phenomenon and gets better every time you watch it. If you haven’t already, give it a try!