Fringe Benefits

16 10 2009

Last night I watched the first episode of the US TV series Fringe. It came out in 2008 having been created by J.J. Abrams and a few others. J.J. Abrams was the guy who created Lost so let’s just say I am approaching this series with care. Who wants to waste their life on something where you never get an answer?!fringe_ink_aith

Fringe features a motley crew made up of a female FBI agent, an elderly male mad professor and Pacey off Dawson’s Creek as they investigate ‘fringe science’. It is very clearly inspired by The X-Files although  the lead female can’t quite match up to Scully. It was also quite unnecessary that in the first episode they had a completely gratuitous scene with her in her underwear. However, her voice is pleasant which is a nice change from the usual squeaky accents they seem to go for in lead females. Joshua Jackson is doing his best to create a bit of chemistry between them but so far she’s just too sanitized to give anything back.

The first episode of Fringe was gripping and imaginative. The acting was of a reasonable standard although the person who really makes the show is John Noble as the mad professor. The best bit of the episode was him talking about how profound Sponge Bob Squarepants is whilst being nuzzled by a cow. The episodes are longer than standard meaning that it feels almost like watching a film and I would say that it’s one flaw was that they tried to pack too much into the first episode. Why can’t more TV series emulate The Wire and go for being realistically slow?

My overall verdict is that Fringe was clever, funny and keep up the good work John Noble! However, I am well aware that it could go downhill from here.