FRINGE Still Needs a Little TLC
September 24, 2008 by Kath Skerry
“Like mosquitoes in amber.” – I’ve heard this phrase before, buy only on FRINGE would this description be associated with people found “frozen” on a city bus. Welcome to another day of living in ‘the pattern’.While I’m still waiting for that break out episode of FRINGE, I found last night’s episode quite interesting. It seemed the writers pulled back from the scientific mumbo jumbo and went straight for the crazy. But it kind of worked. I might not be on board enough to really buy the idea of the ‘ghost network’ (Skype for the undead?) but the characters seemed to be invested enough in it that I went along for the ride. And that my friends is half the battle.
Dr. Walter Bishop continues to walk the edge of crazy. Wacky Walter spends his days concocting illicit drugs and self medicating but no one seems to have an issue with him putting some device on some guy’s head and drilling holes into his skull. We are asked to forgive or maybe ignore a lot on FRINGE, and I’m willing to do so, but there’s got to be a line. There has to be a real sense of realism embedded within these outrageous stories for us to become emotionally invested.
Anna Torv isn’t doing much to make me like Olivia. In the pilot I found Olivia to be a strong woman, worthy to stand next to J.J. Abrams’ other leading ladies of the past. But since that first episode I have found Olivia to be a bit unstable, too emotional and not very pragmatic. She’s a little too whiny for me. Pull it together woman.
Unfortunately, I still find that Joshua Jackson is wasted. The writers need to give us a little but more about Peter. What we do know of him seems to come out of a place of writing convenience – almost filler. He’s a great poker player so he can read people – great. But what else does he do? Being a genius with little regard for his natural abilities has certainly gifted Peter with some interesting life experience – tell us about it. Stop using Peter as a prop to remind us all the absurdity of the situation. Believe me, we see it.
The exploration of the fringe science is interesting enough but the real meat of FRINGE lies within the connection to Massive Dynamics. Just what are those brainiacs up to over there, why are they so closely connected with the Government, and why is Nina so interested in Oliva Dunham? Was Nina as interested in Agent John Scott – we know she is after his death. What’s the connection?
I criticize because I care. Just because mommy may be a little frustrated with you doesn’t mean she’s going to leave you. Just try to behave better in the future.
Your feelings on last night’s FRINGE? What’s your take on the series thus far? Are you totally committed…on the fence…talk to me!