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Future is uncertain. You can’t predict it even with the greatest power.

A small change in the past and Kaboom!  The resulting ripple effects rewrite the whole timeline. Every decision we make results into a different possible future. The detail can be as tiny as answering a phone call or taking a left instead of right while walking on the pavement.

While returning through a door between universes, the ice on the surface broke, drowning Dr Walter and Peter from the alternate universe. September pulled them out of cold water. That day Peter caught a firefly. Well, September couldn’t possibly have predicted the event. It was irrelevant in the course of timeline. When Peter caught the firefly, a girl 3 miles away lost herself into a nearby jungle because she wanted to show her dad how beautiful fireflies were. She didn’t come home on time and her father was worried. He took his truck in the incessant rain looking out for her. At the traffic signal, his truck skidded out on the wet road killing a pedestrian. The world lost one of the best music band that night because the pianist lost the purpose to live after his only son was erased from the face of earth.

How far are you willing to go to save the life of one you love? True power is when you have the power to destroy the entire world and yet you choose to save it.

I just finished watching Fringe and the only thing oscillating in my mind is John Noble, John Noble, John Noble. The brilliance he put in the Walter Bishop character is fascinating and mind blowing. The craziness of losing mind in St. Claire’s Hospital, ruthless scientist doing experiments and playing god, eternal bond between father and a son, his taste buds craving for delicacies of food, his fear of what he was becoming and the length he went to save his son, his score in every mood is just perfect.

Meet the Einstein of our generation:

Love is important because it prevents you from becoming cold and calculative.

Emotion is as important as intelligence. Though Fringe seems to be more about weird events happening all around, I feel, in its very core, it depicts a very emotional relationship between a father and his son. How a father crossed the universe to save a boy who wasn’t his. After all, love conquers all.

Two tech freak scientists, sharing the same lab and experimenting drugs on children to untap hidden potential of mankind, one ends up in a mental hospital. While the other goes on to become the richest person on the planet. In William Bell’s words:

A good TV series is one which is intriguing with tight story keeping you hooked up right from the beginning till it ends. I loved how they showed futuristic people visiting in important time in history in bits and pieces and then in one episode,  they capture everything. Each detail starts to make sense as the series progresses. It is an assorted union of Love, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller, Strong acting and Lovable characters.

Fringe has reminded me again that Technology can be catastrophic in wrong hands. And even the ones who hold greatest power look for a sign from God. Walter longed for a white tulip, which he believed would be a sign from God that he has forgiven him for breaking the universe and playing God.

Sacrifice is necessary for the greater good.

It was sad to see Walter leave in the future and his prints being erased from the timeline. But as he said, he cheated fate to be with his son and he had to do this for the future of his son and his grand daughter.

While I am writing this, my heart throbs in the hope that somewhere in the alternate universe, Abrams is writing new episodes and a version of me is watching them peacefully eating popcorn.

Copyright © 2017, Aashish Barnwal,  All rights reserved.
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You are being watched. The government has a secret system, a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it.

I designed the machine to detect acts of terror, but it sees everything. Violent crimes involving ordinary people, people like you. Crimes the government considered irrelevant. They wouldn’t act, so I decided I would. But I needed a partner, someone with the skills to
intervene. Hunted by the authorities, we work in secret. You’ll never find us, but victim or perpetrator, if your number’s up…we’ll find you.

What did I just watch?

So I just finished watching last episode of Season 5. All I can say is that Person of Interest, a Nolan’s masterpiece is the best TV series I have watched till date. Most intense, best actors, excellent acting and gripping story which only gets better with each episode. What do you expect when you start a TV series? Good acting, story that holds you tight, witty dialogues. Well, it has everything in it. It got me hooked right from the very first episode.

Spoilers ahead… Read at your risk.
The story revolves around a person who happens to be the best coder and hacker world has ever known, or more precisely, the world should know, because he is very good at avoiding digital footprints. You just can’t find him on web. In the very childhood, he learns that a system should be made robust. If they don’t want you to get inside, they ought to build it better. And thus he builds a machine, an AI that can watch every single moment of everyone’s life, listen every phone conversation, read every text, has access to every database and analyse it to find out if anyone is at risk or going to do something wrong. The machine becomes so intelligent with time that it starts talking to people, giving commands, hiring snipers to protect her primary assets and establishing a company. The creator hired John Reese, a former badass CIA guy to fight crime, to protect people whose number have come up. The story becomes intense when a parallel AI comes into picture who is given full control. Two gods fighting with each other where one has the mission to protect human kind at all cost while the other with motive that few people must be sacrificed for the greater good. I can’t say what did I like most in the show, was it the hot sexy root whose seducing sounding voice is embraced by the machine after she dies or confidence and panache portrayed by Mr Reese, the man in bespoke suit who is near to untraceable or Finch who never fails to surprise you with his geeky words or Greer, dark yet convincing, lies yet authoritative tone in his voice.

Some of the episodes are freaking so awesome that make you feel sometimes, TV series can be better than movies.
There were pleasing moments when machine behaved like a human child asking its creator very innocent questions:

But if you erase my memories, how will I learn from my mistakes?
How will I continue to grow?
And how will I remember you?

Another conversation between her and its creator, she had asked Harold to teach chess:

Harold Finch:[to The Machine in a flashback to 2003] You asked me to teach you chess and I’ve done that. It’s a useful mental exercise. Through the years many thinkers have been fascinated by it. But, I don’t enjoy playing. Do you know why not?
[Receives a ‘No’ reply on his cellphone]
Harold Finch: Because it was a game that was born during a brutal age when life counted for little and everyone believed that some people were worth more than others. Kings and pawns. I don’t think that anyone is worth more than anyone else. I don’t envy you the decisions you’re going to have to make. And one day I’ll be gone. And you’ll have no one to talk to. But, if you remember nothing else, then please remember this. Chess is just a game. Real people aren’t pieces. You can’t assign more value to some of them than to others. Not to me. Not to anyone. People are not a thing that you can sacrifice. The lesson is… that anyone who looks on the world as if it was a game a chess deserves to lose.

Dialogues from the show I really liked


Sure, Everyone dies alone.
But if you mean something to someone,
if you help someone or love someone,
if even a single person remembers you…
Then maybe…
you never really die at all.


Episodes you must watch

  • The Day the World Went Away (Season 5)
  • 6,741 (Season 5)
  • If-Then-Else (Season 4)
  • return 0 (Season 5)

Why should you watch this show?

If you love Sci fi, love code, big data and power of AI engrosses you and you think that logic is God, this show is for you. The series will keep you sit tight right from the beginning to the end and there will be times you will find yourself biting nails to know what is going to happen next. If you haven’t watched it, watch the first episode. You will definitely like it.

Other movies of similar kind I loved

Source code, Eagle eye, Live free or Die hard

Copyright © 2016, Aashish Barnwal,  All rights reserved.

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