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Fringe: The Complete Second Season (2009 – 2010/Warner Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: C     Episodes: C+



So I had high X-Files like hopes for Fringe, but it seems the blood boiling First Season has cooled to a simmer for Season Two.  Season One ended with an array of odd revelations that would make the biggest geek spit out their retainer.  The series in the final episode (spoilers ahead) suddenly added a new dimension (literally) when it was revealed that our conman/hero Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) was in fact not of “this world” but instead was hastily plucked from his world by his mad scientist father (John Noble); this all on top of stuffy FBI Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) taking a step over to the other said dimension.  But even with all of these crazy happenings, Season Two has seemingly taken three steps back.


After hitting Peter with a bombshell of alternate reality, there is obviously a large amount of emotions to deal with; sadly this puts a real damper on the season.  Instead of the exciting explanations and a tantalizing “becoming” tale that was served in Season One the audience is treated to dragged-out emotion and way more questions than answers.


You can expect more creatures, dimensions and all out confusion this season; but none of it comes together like that of Season One.


The Blu-ray of Season Two is merely adequate, delivering nothing overly impressive.  The picture is a 1.78 X 1 Widescreen, 1080p VC-1 encoded transfer that looks nice, even without the epic city landscape of Season One.  With that said there are a fair bit of digital noise and compression issues, even the occasional fuzziness here and there.  The colors are bright and the blacks are deep, even demonstrating solid shadowing.  The sharpness was on the better side of adequate, but is certainly not demo quality.  With the nice colors and adequate crispness and clarity the picture is good enough, though I would have expected more from this sci-fi thriller.  The sound (once again a bad choice by Warner and Fox) is a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound that is ‘blah’ at best.  There is crisp dialogue and solid panning/directionality, but I felt that the track was lacking the depth and the ‘umph’ needed for a series with such grandiose plots and scores.


The extras are not very exciting with 4 commentary tracks that whereas informative they do not add too much and aren’t very lively.  The other bonus features include an unaired episode that was intended for Season 1, but oddly appeared randomly in Season 2; “In the Lab” featurette talks about some of the series’ props; “Dissected Files” featurette that goes over a few episodes though nothing exciting; “Analyzing the Scene” which once again goes over the scenes of a few episodes; “Beyond the Patter: The Mythology of Fringe” which is probably the most interesting (almost) half hour in the bonus section.


I don’t see this series hanging on much longer, but with JJ backing this series and nothing better to replace it I don’t see FOX ditching it anytime soon.


For more on Season One, try this link:





-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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