I 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.