Originally Posted by rebkell
The show just seems goofy at times, I was hoping for a more serial type, but unfortunately, ratings wise, serials just won't work, even long arcs don't seem to work, even though I enjoy them more than any other type of show, there just aren't enough of us, and the ratings problem taints all that would make a show great.
Well, that's the issue, isn't it? There are those of us who want a complex, serialized, continuing story arc to comprise the bulk of the show (and which comprises the "enthusiastic fan" contingent with the accompanying buzz), but the networks are now convinced that the only chance of survival in today's TV landscape is to make each episode self-contained with a weekly mystery that can get solved and wrapped in 42 minutes so Joe Sixpack can drop in and out without feeling like he's "missed something". Fringe actually has more program time, which is laudable, but what's the point if the programs are going to be as lame as this past week's? Totally forgettable episode which doesn't advance the primary plotline one iota. Agree with everyone else who says the Harris character is a ridiculous and pathetic plot device.
In a few weeks, we'll see the debut of another show that's going to try the hybrid approach, 'Dollhouse'. Based on the snippets I've seen, I am not encouraged. But, at least, it will have Whedon's imagination and wit going for it. Don't know if that will be enough to get it more than 5 or 6 million viewers.
If they don't at least explore the ongoing mystery with the cartel, cabal, coven, or whatever it is, along with the connection to Massive Dynamics every week, then it just becomes a lame freak-of-the-week show with a cast that's not charismatic enough to carry the show on their own. It looks like they want to basically follow the formula of 'The X-Files', but without the cast chemistry and wit. Walter can't carry this show on his own, the casting of an Aussie in the lead was a mistake (I'm sorry, but I think a big part of her problem is she's too hung up with getting the accent right to inject any emotion into her part), and there's just nothing compelling to make you want to come back for more. It's a shame because, airing after the Big Karaoke Show, it's got enough ratings points to be essentially bulletproof. They have an opportunity to do more with it, but it looks like they're going to try to take the easy way out.