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November 4, 2009 / jadettman

Train Wreck

Lately, we’ve been watching Fringe on DVD from the public library. We’re about eight episodes in and I’m going to have to return it to library without watching the rest of the season, not because I can’t or won’t watch any more of it but because I don’t want a late fine.

[Warning: there may be spoilers below the break.]

Thinking about the show, I struggle to understand why I want to continue watching it. It really is like a horrible train wreck that the perverse and nosy part of your brain forces you to slow down to look at when you’re passing on the street. The pseudo-science is rather awful, the ridiculosity of every wacky investigation somehow linking to Crazy Scientist Man weighs heavily with each new episode, and, frankly, I could do without the ‘gory realism.’

So, what are the good parts that balance out, or out-weigh, that stuff up there?

First, I think the acting pretty is good. I’ve been told before that I have a high ‘ham and cheese’ tolerance for this factor, though, so I can’t swear to it. I do tend to like all of the main characters, though, even Crazy Scientist Man. Perhaps, especially Crazy Scientist Man. (He does a good Dworkin, I’ll give that to him.)

Second, there is some interesting dysfunction family drama undercurrent going on in the show. The fact that Crazy Scientist Man performed experiments on his son when he was a boy: illuminating yet obvious. Any episode now I expect the big reveal that the son is a clone of Crazy Scientist Man. I’m not holding my breath. They’ll probably save that for later seasons.

Third, I like the wacky. I know I said the pseudo-science was awful (and it is!) but at the same time it makes great idea fodder . . .

So, maybe I’ll order it from the library again when I get back from ACNW. Or, maybe I’ll forget all about it after the weekend. Hard to say which way it will go.

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  1. Ben / Nov 4 2009 9:05 am

    The science is bad. But Crazy Scientist Guy is consistently entertaining.
    You get the reveal as to what’s going on with Son Of Crazy Scientist Man by the end of the first season, actually – they don’t seem to be X-Filesing us as much as I had expected.
    Fringe definitely starts out really slow, but I ended up enjoying it.

  2. J.A. Dettman / Nov 6 2009 2:41 pm

    Huh, I’ll have to get it from the library again, then. Thanks, Ben!

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