Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Fringe Is Part of the Pattern

Did you watch the premier of Fringe? You should. It's part of the pattern--the pattern of J.J. Abrams coming up with TV shows that are derivative of X-Files. This is not a bad thing. FBI Agents investigating the paranormal? Where do I sign!

I remember when I was pregnant with my second baby--a girl. I used to think, "How can I love this baby as much as I love my first baby? It's impossible. I can't. . . I won't." But when Margaret arrived I found that I could love her as much. Indeed, I actually love all four of my children. A lot. And so it is with Fringe.

So if you missed it just watch it on Sunday when they rebroadcast it and you'll be up to speed. Here are a few things to help you. When you first see the character John Scott you'll wonder out loud who he is. Without missing a beat, my husband muttered, "That's Jack from Days." I'm telling you this just in case your husband didn't watch Days of Our Lives from 1994 to 1997.

Brace yourself when you meet Walter Bishop. He'll give you a bad feeling and you won't know why. Eventually you will begin to imagine him with grease running down his chin while he burns his grown son on a pyre.
It is Denethor, Steward of Gondor. But it's not really him--it's just a part he played in the movie. He was acting. So imagine the soothing voice of Peregrin Took and calm down. Give Walter Bishop a chance. He might grow on you in away that Denethor doesn't.

Of course I've only seen one episode of Fringe, but I like where it's going. I like government, plots, conspiracies, and secrets. I mean, I like all awesome things. So basically, Fringe had me at re-animation.

9 comments:

  1. I JUST finished watching it on DVR (how great are those?!) and I must share the feelings you have! I was a smidge upset when (someone) died, though. That's part of JJ's "pattern," too. Can't wait to see his take on Star Trek! And I can't wait for more Fringe!!!

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  2. Christian recognized the guy from Days?

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  3. Christian is awesome. I want to see "Jack" on something other than Days so I'm in.

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  4. I love that Christian refers to Days of Our Lives as simply "Days." I like that you know Denethor from Lord of the Rings. I don't like that I have no TV right now. ABC.com? And when is the premier of LOST? I feel so gauche referring to Lost when clearly Fringe is really where it's at. But seriously, when?

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  5. You got me all excited for a minute because I thought you meant ORIGINAL Jack. Only original flavor Jack can really be called Jack. HERETIC. I kind of love that your husband knows that though.

    I have Fringe on my DVR, now I just need time to watch it. I have a rule that I must try every JJ show and every Joss show. Because the odds are usually in your favor.

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  6. I was also going to ask if anyone knew when the premiere of LOST is. How did you feel about Pacey from Dawson's Creek? I've been concerned about that but I've only seen previews. Guess I'll have to watch it.

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  7. You have just endeared me, even more, to 1. Christian 2. the importance of keeping up with "Days" (as we veterans call it) 3. J. J. Oh dear, dear J.J. . .

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  8. You totally crack me up.

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  9. Umm... hello-oo... you forgot about Pacey from Dawson's Creek! He's the creepy scientist's son! And doesn't the main girl look like Cate Blanchett? Uh.. oh yeah... I'm your new blogstalker and you are hilarious. Once you started talking about Fringe, I got too excited to just silently Blogstalk you. I finally have a show that fills up the empty void in my heart where X-Files used to be. Ok, I'll be going now. Thanks for the chuckles.

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