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On the Fringe of awesome

I’m a big fan of J.J. Abrams.

I’m not gonna lie, he’s let me down a few times in the past. For example, the first half of the third season of Lost was pretty dreadful and without focus. But Lost has done well for itself since then.

I’m telling you this because I’ve been watching Fringe. At first glance, it’s got all the J.J. trademarks: a secretive corporation working on the outskirts of rational science, a massive conspiracy traced throughout the lives of one or more of the characters, and a strong female lead.

However, up until now it hasn’t really grabbed me the way Lost and Alias did. I just haven’t had that same feeling of being “sucked in” to the show. One reason has been that J.J. has been much more reserved with the doling out of the mysteries. While Lost went over the top with presenting mystery after mystery and not solving any until there were too many to count, all the strange happenings of Fringe point to the same large conspiracy. We receive small pieces of the same puzzle every episode.

The last two episodes in particular gave us some big hints that perhaps “The Pattern” (the overarching conspiracy for the series) may be tied to the backgrounds of all of the characters, not just those readily apparent.

I will continue watching the show, and recommend anyone with a strong enough stomach give it a shot, as well.

Just don’t expect Lost.

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4 Comments

  1. A. Smith

    Did you see this weeks episode of Fringe??? Can you believe the ending? We were not expecting a month delay until the next “new” episode. Talk about a cliff hanger! :-)

    I agree, the show can be rather disturbing at times, e.g. the glowing body on, I believe, the first episode; and the “thing” growing in the last victims body. But honestly, how cool is Walter? He totally makes the show worth watching.

    All-in-all though, it is definitely a weekly watch for us, and in my opinion, does possess the characteristics of a “typical” (if that word can be associated with any of his shows) J.J. Abrams series.

  2. A. Smith

    Did you see this weeks episode of Fringe??? Can you believe the ending? We were not expecting a month delay until the next “new” episode. Talk about a cliff hanger! :-)

    I agree, the show can be rather disturbing at times, e.g. the glowing body on, I believe, the first episode; and the “thing” growing in the last victims body. But honestly, how cool is Walter? He totally makes the show worth watching.

    All-in-all though, it is definitely a weekly watch for us, and in my opinion, does possess the characteristics of a “typical” (if that word can be associated with any of his shows) J.J. Abrams series.

  3. Anonymous

    I was a big fan of the ending of the episode this week. It felt like watching the end of the first season of Alias when she finds the giant Rambaldi device. I’m actually very concerned about what this means for the future of the free world. I only wish that J.J. would be a bit more brave about tying his worlds together. I’m not looking for character crossovers, just brief mentions of elements that hint that they all exist in the same world (mention of the Dharma Initiative as a defunct corporation that had been interested in “fringe science”, references to the CIA gaining knowledge about advanced technology via the ramblings of a “prophet”, even minor things like headlines in newspapers referring to past events in those shows would be awesome).

    But, as long as he makes his shows compelling, I’ll continue to watch. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Fringe, but I’m worried that if the actors strike, it won’t make the cut. We’ll see, though. So far, J.J. has been able to sell water to the mer-people of the networks every time.

  4. Zeph

    I was a big fan of the ending of the episode this week. It felt like watching the end of the first season of Alias when she finds the giant Rambaldi device. I’m actually very concerned about what this means for the future of the free world. I only wish that J.J. would be a bit more brave about tying his worlds together. I’m not looking for character crossovers, just brief mentions of elements that hint that they all exist in the same world (mention of the Dharma Initiative as a defunct corporation that had been interested in “fringe science”, references to the CIA gaining knowledge about advanced technology via the ramblings of a “prophet”, even minor things like headlines in newspapers referring to past events in those shows would be awesome).

    But, as long as he makes his shows compelling, I’ll continue to watch. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Fringe, but I’m worried that if the actors strike, it won’t make the cut. We’ll see, though. So far, J.J. has been able to sell water to the mer-people of the networks every time.