Reviewed by Sam, age 19, Massachusetts
Sweet Designs Staff Intern

Fringe is a science fiction television series that follows the exploits of an FBI Fringe Division team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The team consists of FBI special agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), former government researcher and mad scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble), and Dr. Bishop's son Peter Bishop (Joshua Carter Jackson). The team investigates aspects of "fringe" science, or science that borders on the level of the supernatural. The team investigates cases involving rare diseases, chimeras, transhumans with psychic abilities, teleportation, and so on. The series was co-created by J. J. Abrams (who also co-created Alias and Lost), Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.

Season 2 of Fringe starts off with a Bang! or, more specifically, a crash. A man regains consciousness after it appears he has been caught up in a devastating car cash involving his car and a black SUV. He immediately runs from the scene of the accident and into a nearby apartment building. He kills the first person he comes across and then uses a mysterious contraption to reconstruct his body to look like the man he had killed. But who was driving the black SUV? Why, none other than Olivia Dunham, of course. But if she was in the car during the crash, why can't the officials find her body?

From what I saw in the first episode, this season of Fringe looks promising. As Peter Bishop says, instead of investigating an unnatural phenomenon after it's killed someone, "we'll be calling the shots now." The story line is fast paced and unpredictable. I found myself frantically holding my breath at one point, then jumping up in excitement the next, only to be scratching my head at the end.

Fringe is a very complicated show, from Olivia's body being thrown from her car window out of nowhere to typewriters using mirrors to send messages to other realities. I have only seen maybe half of the episodes in the first season, so even I don't know what skeletons are hiding in which characters' closets. As a result, new viewers will probably have a hard time figuring out what the heck is going on. Like, why does Dr. Bishop have a cow in his laboratory? Thankfully, it looks like the show will be adding a new FBI agent, Amy Jessup (played by Meghan Markle), so new viewers might not be the only ones confused by the show's strange nuances.

I, however, have been hooked (if only for the fact that I love Dr. Bishop's character). I'm probably going to have to scavenge some old season one episodes on Hulu to try and figure out what I've missed, but I'm definitely going to be intently waiting for new episodes to come out.

I give Fringe 4 stars (of a possible 5).

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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