Tag Archive: Mystery


Review: Fringe

TV-14, Fox, Season 1 and 2 available on DVD, Season 3 premiered September 23 2010.

Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Starring: Anna Torv, John Noble, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick.

FRINGE is a mind numbing, time bending and thrilling new television show from J.J. Abrams the creator of Lost and Alias. His involvement alone, made me want to check this show out. ¬†However, I only got round to it recently and as soon as I did I was hooked in. I’ve caught up on Season 1 and 2 (all 45 episodes), to make it just in time for the Season 3 premiere on September 23 2010. There were Losties so now I guess there are Fringies!

The show follows the exploits of special agent Olivia Dunham (newcomer Anna Torv who is a real find here), Mad Scientist Walter Bishop, (John Noble who brings a fantastic blend of tongue in cheek humor to the show) and his son, Jack of all trades, Peter Bishop, (played solidly by Joshua Jackson).

This team is part of an FBI “Fringe” Division based in Boston Massachusetts under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses unorthodox “Fringe” science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences that are happening all over the world.

This show is like a hybrid of The X Files and The Twilight Zone–which I say as a compliment since both shows are classics of the 80s and 90s respectively.

While Fringe has a very definite overall plot which unravels slowly as each episode plays out, what is convenient about this show, is that you do not necessarily have to follow every single episode in sequence in order to know what is going on and enjoy it. Each episode starts with a specific mystery and ends with them solving it. My recommendation of course would be to stick with it through to the end as there are plenty of twists and turns here thus far to keep you on the edge of your seat.

I have to mention, that what kept me watching this show the most is the beautiful Australian actress Anna Torv, who plays the lead role. This is her first major feature and not only does she illuminate the screen–she owns it. I’ll be keeping my eye on her for the duration of Fringe and beyond.

In the meantime, I’m just happy to get my weekly dosage of Fringe. A show that although is not a fully satisfying replacement for Lost just yet–is still thoroughly original and entertaining nevertheless.¬†4/5 stars.

Review: True Blood

TV-MA (strong sexual content, language and violence), HBO. Seasons 1 & 2 available on DVD. Season 3 currently airing.

Created and produced by Alan Ball. Cast: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Kevin Alejandro, Marshall Allman, Chris Bour, etc.

True Blood is an american television series created and produced by Alan Ball, (creator of Six Feet Under). The show is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, and details the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional small Louisiana town. The show centers on Sookie Stackhouse, (played perfectly by Anna Paquin) a telepathic waitress at a bar, who falls in love with vampire Bill Compton, (Stephen Moyer).

Following the vampire craze of Twilight, this is a seriously sexed up and adult themed drama series that is really a guilty pleasure to watch. True Blood is into it’s 3rd season now and has been airing on HBO since September 7 2008, however I only recently got into the show because of all of the accolades it kept receiving, (including winning a Golden Globe and Emmy last year).

The show has such a broad ensemble cast of regular central characters and a rotation of supporting characters, that it gets hard to keep up with them all.

The other most notable characters in True Blood are: Eric Northman, (Alexander Skarsgard) a charismatic vampire who is also the Sheriff of “area 5” and is fascinated with Sookie’s strange abilities. Sam Merlotte, (Sam Trammell) owner of “Merlottes” bar and admirer of Sookie, who also has a secret of his own. Jason, (Ryan Kwanten) Sookie’s horny brother who gets addicted to V juice (vampire blood which acts like a narcotic to humans), Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), the obnoxious best friend of Sookie and Lafayette Reynolds (Nelson Ellis), a flamboyant gay cook and cousin of Tara, (who also sells V juice on the side).

As I said above, there are all kinds of story lines aside from the central love story between Sookie and Bill, including a mystery surrounding a series of murders that start happening in Bon Temps, a look into vampire culture and even sorcery.

The show offers plenty of raunchy sex scenes for those who like that kind of thing–and since most of the woman are beautiful, i’m not complaining much.

I think I already summed up this show with two words: Guilty Pleasure. 3/5 stars