SciFi Snapshot: Fringe

by Susan Getgood on September 15, 2008 · 1 comment

in Science Fiction, TV/Film

The way things have been going, it seems highly unlikely that I will be able to keep to my desired Sunday schedule for my sci fi post. In part because Sunday seems to have blurred into a work day around here and in part because starting this coming weekend, I will be traveling pretty much every weekend through mid-October.

The fall TV season has started, and so far it looks promising. There are quite a fews shows I might actually remember to watch or record, which is good news for my exercise regime as I generally watch taped shows while jogging on the treadmill.

Here’s what we’ll be watching

  • Bones
  • Fringe
  • Chuck
  • Ugly Betty
  • Stargate Atlantis (out of loyalty more than anything, this season is not very good.)
  • Burn Notice (has to go on the list even though last ep is this coming Thursday. Hint hint USA Network we want more)
  • Lost (maybe)
  • Boston Legal (maybe)
  • Sarah Connor Chronicles (from time to time)
  • Torchwood (maybe, depends on new cast)

And of course waiting for the final episodes of Battlestar Galactica and expected mid-season replacement The Dollhouse.

Now for my thoughts on the new show in this list, Fringe. All in all I thought it was pretty good. It started with a horrifying bang, times two, and then slowed down quite a bit with a great deal of story exposition. Very talky. I know a lot of folks don’t like quite so much explaining of things before we get down to the action, but I’m not sure how you could have done it any other way.

I absolutely loved the interaction among the principals. I’ve never seen the young leads Anna Torv or Joshua Jackson in anything prior to this. (Yes I am among the few who never saw a single episode of Dawson’s Creek. ) John Noble, who plays the mad scientist, played the equally mad Denethor in The Lord of the Rings.

Everyone was quite believable in their roles, even poor Mark Valley who spent most of the pilot on his back in one way or the other. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between the Bishops father and son. It would have been so easy to slip into a stereotypical angry young man, resentful of his father, etc. etc. but Jackson avoids that. Yes, he plays the resentment, but underneath it you can see the affection the character has for his father and perhaps his pleasure that his father (not to mention Olivia) needs him.

And big bonus – we’ve got a very promising villain, even if we don’t know much about it yet.

So, I plan to stick with it and hope it stays as good as it started.

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