Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fringe Premiere

The first episode of Fringe was entertaining without being all that engaging, as it took the basic J.J.Abrams framework and drowned it in cheesy sci-fi cliches. It's basically X-Files AND Alias AND Lost AND Sean Connery in The Rock AND every Vincent Price movie ever made. With chase scenes.

Each plot point was more ridiculous and over top than the last. It's all in good fun, but I'm not sure how interesting the characters will be over the length of a season. With the exception of mad scientist Walter and his pet cow, it's pretty slim pickens.

Our heroine is supposed Mulder and Skully all at the same time, and she seemed a little too eager to jump into the deprivation tank and a little too good at falling off of fire escapes. Is there anything she can't do?

The kid from Dawson's Creek (or wherever) is supposed to be her obstacle character but he overplays his incredulity to the point where it just sounds contrived. I'm shouting and waving my arms, but I know you're going to do the crazy mad scientist thing anyway. That's just going to get old.

I did however appreciate the setting of Boston in the winter time, which made for some nice snowy visuals. Otherwise, it's wait and see.