Time travel, shape shifting, parallel universes and just about every conceivable science fiction concept were so thoroughly explored during the 4 1/2 season run of Fringe, from 2008 to 2013, that the show got its timelines thoroughly tied up in knots. Add in mid-season breaks and schedule changes and it became a real challenge to follow when it was broadcast on Sky.
It’s why we have box sets, I suppose, and nowadays, Netflix. But while the first four seasons of Fringe have been on Netflix UK and Ireland for over a year, Season 5 remained unavailable until now.
Just 13 episodes long, Fringe Season 5 is set in a dystopian future 2036, where humanity has been enslaved by the Observers. Olivia, Peter and Walter have emerged from suspended animation in Amber and join Olivia and Peter’s grown-up daughter Etta to fight against the oppressors.
If none of that makes any sense to you, then you might want to check out seasons 1 – 4. Or you might prefer to give your head a rest!
In addition to shows like Fringe and House, Netflix has also made great strides with original content in 2014. Netflix television shows House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Derek all received nominations in the Golden Globe Awards last week as did Taylor Schilling (OITNB), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Ricky Gervais (Derek) and Uzo Aduba (OITNB).
Netflix’ latest big original production, Marco Polo, was released last week.