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    Wednesday, June 18, 2008


    For what it’s worth, this is a real time reaction to the pilot of FRINGE. I’d tell you how I got it, but then I’d have to kill you. I go to sleep at night after seeing this thinking I can just hear the whisper of the helicopters over my apartment building and that any moment I’ll feel duct tape across my lips.

    All I can think is that J.J. Abrams must be scared of flying, above all things. This is LOST, and this is the first two minutes of FRINGE. The music is either newly composed by the same composer, or sampled for the purpose of the pilot. What I feel like I’m watching is the release of the man who figured out how to move an island and started the Dharma Initiative before he was bound and gagged and placed in an insane asylum. Obviously I’ll have to wait and see how the season plays out, and I’m willing to go along, as usual, for the first five eps, but Abrams is going to have to do better than making a show that takes even the X-Files beyond believability by masking the science in pseuudo joke concepts.

    Perfectly apt and perfectly Abrams, at exactly one hour in it becomes pure Sci-Fi and jumps unbound into the future. It’s relieved me of my duty to ground it in reality, and therefore has given me hope that it will not try and do so. One of my pet peeves is the use of “future science,” in a show that considers itself bound in the now. This show obviously does not view itself that way, because if it does it is laughable, instead it seems to wish to take me ten to twenty years into the future and hope that I will go willingly. I will for now, but rest assured, that if it wishes me to believe this can happen now, then the writers should read more. As with LOST, this is an alternate reality concept, and so I go willingly.

    Nine minutes later the truth only hints that this is real. The Pattern, a series of unrelated, yet related, events is occurring, with the world being the great scientific Petri dish all conspiracy theorists believe it to be. This is LOST, but not secluded to an Island. This is LOST on a global scale. I’m in. If I can suffer through the first half of the third season of LOST, I can easily hang for the first season of FRINGE.

    You can’t trust anyone. Everyone is against you. This is the tenant of Fringe. This is what keeps the Pattern moving. This is why it cannot be stopped. Classic Abrams. From Alias until now, only in a geeks wet dream will ALIAS, LOST and FRINGE meet, yet they all do, on the periphery, they are all connected in one place.

    The Truth is out there.

    The truth is, we are obsolete.

    Lets just hope Mr. Abrams doesn’t stretch himself too thin. He’s one man, like a president, surrounded by some of the most creative minds at work today. He’s tied his name to many things, and some would say he’s taken credit, as producers do, for things he’s only been a sheppard of. Hopefully he won’t end up alienating all those creative minds that surround him by taking too much credit for the work that they do, or Mr. Abrams may find himself, on the Fringe. Like I said, rumor, but he is frighteningly prolific like David E. Kelley.

    Watch it when it premiers and let me know what you think. I’m in for the first half of the first season. I’ll let you know at ep 6 if I’m hanging in for the long run.

    p.s. The Establishing captions are nice, but hard to read some times. Look at FIGHTCLUB again, just the opening. Count them out and maybe angle them less. Truth is X-files was fine with a typewriter font on the second dimension, you should be too.

    p.p.s. Don’t ask me where the “ten million” for the pilot went. If this cost more than three, someone should be fired.

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