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Watched Fringe tonight.

On the bike for another 500 with some upper-body stuff thrown in. Went over an hour, but it was a good workout.

I want to like it.

They cut corners in the production. When the doc first makes an appearance, his beard and moustache are visibly makeup. I'm watching in HD, and it's visible, like you can't miss it, you can see the mesh. It's a detail that would be lost in video or DVD. Which pushes forth the idea that they're not shooting this show with longevity in mind, and seeing that it's Fox, that's a pretty reasonable bet.

Side note here: I found a back issue of WIRED still in the plastic, saw it was the September issue. Thumbing through it, I came across a full-page ad for the Bionic Woman on Sept. 27th. For a minute I was confused because I was thinking of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, then it dawned on me that this was an issue from Sept. of 2007. The Bionic Woman has all but disappeared from the psyche of Sci-Fi watchers if I am any sample.
But back to point...

I like the character of the doctor, the mad scientist. Okay, so the take on the show is flavored a tiny bit campy, sort of like Darkman. Which I like, so I'm okay with this. The whole Frankenstein riff is kinda fun.

The science... well, let's just say it's not a show about hard science. This is the leap that they ask you to take. Unfortunately, the show is packaged to be a more X-files type of show, and it's not. It's a light-on-the-science, heavy-on-the-action show. It's done by Bad Robot, so no big surprise there.

The lead woman character seems inappropriate to me somehow, weaker and more indecisive than I would like in my primary protagonist who is playing an FBI agent. It may be part of a character growth arc, but it bothers me now.

I like Josh Jackson. His boyish charm is very disarming. The character he's playing would I think be edgier if he weren't so damn affable and pleasant, and were instead more sullen and emo. Like Crispin Glover.

The characters may grow as the show progresses. That's pretty common.

I suspect though that this one is a swing-and-a-miss, like it's being forced through the wrong-shaped mold for what it could be.

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molasses
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
i heard it sucks
magicmarmot
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Meh. I'll give it a shot, at least until Reaper starts back up. Not gonna hold my breath.
iamheavenrender
Sep. 15th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
I think the real problem with American t.v. in general is the whole 'lack of commitment' of the part of networks to really support their programming.

How many really good shows have crashed and burned for no good reason at all?

It strikes me as a bit backwards that they won't really invest in a show until it proves itself, when a little genuine commitment would do so much to insure that happened.
To say nothing of the shows with devout followings that get lost not because the audience wasn't there, but because the networks themselves sabotage it for the sake of other programming or even less fathomable motives.

I can't understand why some shows get on the air at all, let alone stay on it...
azul_ros
Sep. 15th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
I watched it upon the recommendation of a coworker. It was interesting. I'd like to see the scientist do some more wacky stuff. Josh Jackson really is hard to take seriously in this role because I still think of him as Pacey on Dawson's Creek. lol! I saw him in Shutter & he did do a good job acting like a cold-hearted bastard. That surprised me. I didn't really like that film much tho.
I agree that the lead female is a little too weak, but I suspect you're right. She will become a tougher character as she starts to find out that life isn't what she thought it was. I was never a big X-Files fan so that part of it doesn't intrigue me much.
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