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Fringe – First Thoughts

JJAbrams.jpgI finally got to watch the new show from Lost creator J.J. Abrams (that’s him on the right) on FOX, Fringe. The pilot was about 90 minutes long which I felt was perfect for introducing you to the characters and giving you a good story. It really helped me to see what the show was going to be like, and when you get down to it, that’s what a pilot is supposed to do. Overall I liked the show and was glad I watched it, but there are some oddities.

More below, along with spoilers

The bottom line for me was that I liked it, although I found some elements a bit hokey. I found some of the dialog powerful and well delivered, and some of it awkward and strange. For example, the enumeration of what was considered fringe science was painful to watch whereas the scenes between Agent Dunham and Agent Scott seemed genuine and touching. I thought most of Dr. Bishop’s lines were great; the serious concern about prison pudding was very well done. However, the depiction of Massive Dynamics felt heavy handed and a bit too much like the Hanso Foundation from Lost.

My wife (not a big sci-fi fan) was left a bit cold by some of the wilder concepts – she could not buy the brain sync tank and determined it was just a ploy to get the actress on screen in her underwear. She’s probably right since I’m sure I’m not the only one who noticed they went from ‘naked’ to ‘underwear’ without comment.

In any case, I’m looking forward to more while hoping they don’t push it too far off the deep end.

6 Comments on Fringe – First Thoughts

  1. joshua corning // September 16, 2008 at 12:56 am //

    <i>I’m sure I’m not the only one who noticed they went from ‘naked’ to ‘underwear’ without comment.</i>


    Sure you might be one of many who didn’t notice the Doctor telling her it was ok to be in her underwear.


    Just for the record that is WITH comment not without.

  2. I waited for the “Alias doing X-Files” feeling to diminish over time… it didn’t. I’ll try to watch and support it as long as possible, but I watched Alias for a few seasons, Lost for almost one… it’s a bad trend.

  3. Having never been able to get into Alias or Lost, I quite liked it and am at least in for the next one.  Sadly, there isn’t an SF show on right now that I like as much as I do Mad Men and Burn Notice though.

  4. I was disappointed with the “sexy blonde in bondage gear getting tortured to death” material last night.

    It is so close to this one porn site I can think of that I was amazed.

    I’m sick of that crap frankly.

  5. Is it just me, or does the photo of JJ look like our own JohnD of SF Signal fame?? Coincidence or conspiracy? You be the judge.

  6. Meh!  I bought into the hype at the last minute, watched against my better judgement, and was unimpressed.  A weak X Files that I am have no real interest in checking out again.  The whole over-arching conspiracy was the downfall of the XF and Fringe starts off with it.  Not interested.

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