Episode 2 - The Same Old Story
28 March 2012
Yes I know I am a little late with this one. I watched the pilot of Fringe when it debuted and didn't enjoy it enough to continue. My major issue with the show is that it seemed like a police procedural. Having spent a childhood growing up with detective and police shows I eventually realized that that formula just doesn't appeal to me.
But people kept recommending Fringe and so I decided to take another peak at the show. Without other guidance I went for episode two to see how the story moved forward. Perhaps that was a mistake as this seemed even more procedural than the pilot. The speed at which Astrid can triangulate the killers position on her computer, the fact that Walter's eye theory worked out so well so quickly and the ludicrously effective defibrillator Peter is able to throw together to restart the girls heart all bothered me. The formula of catching the bad guy by episodes end, hunches paying off, arrivals in the nick of time and so on all feel too familiar and cliched to me.
I imagine Fringe has developed quite a bit since then so I certainly won't judge the show based on this one episode. I did appreciate the emotional states of the characters. Olivia seemed understandably disturbed and humorless after her lover deceived her for so long. Similarly Walter continued to adjust slowly to freedom and Peter walked the line between love and resentment toward his father.
I didn't see enough of the X-Files to really compare the two shows but this certainly felt familiar. The implication of a large dark conspiracy lurking in the background doesn't thrill me either. I have been disillusioned by practically every attempt I have seen to pull this off (albeit based on shows like Prison Break, Dollhouse, Lost, Heroes etc).
I will have to watch some Fringe from further along its run to see whether the show turns into something I might enjoy more. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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