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.