Originally Posted by Ph8te
We will have to agree to disagree on that one, I think the characters do make "sense". Watching the show from the beginning we had a basis of each character and they have each grown and progressed in thier own right. If you havent seen the 1st 4 episodes or dont remember the 1st 4 episodes then I can see where you might think this. The 1st few episodes layed the groundwork for most of the show. Again, this is a show that you have to take something with you from previous weeks (especially the beginning). If you jumped into the show mid way then you may be lost to why some of the characters act the way they do (especially Walter).
As fas as where the creatures were, I think they took elements from a bunch of hollywood scenes (X Files with the BLack alien virus, The Mummy with the Scarab beetles both of which traveled internally yet didnt seem to cause much if any internal damage).
Again, thinking too much science, this show is mostly fiction\\fantasy based in the "real world". It does take queues from "real world" science, but takes the hollywood\\fatasy twist.
I for one dont think about the factuality of any show, if I did that it would ruin it for me. I go in and enjoy the show for what it is entertainment.
Here is what I'm talking about concerning verisimilitude of events, character motivation, etc.:
This latest outing we have our crew called to a crash site -- outwardly, on the surface there appears nothing particularly extraordinary about this crash --car rolls over, people within seem mauled. So they crashed close to the woods, animal got to them -- that is even if they can really tell that injuries did not result from the crash, usually I should think those type of conclusions are saved for the Coroner to make after lab examination, but OK, whatever. But in any case, what is the FBI doing there? The STRANGE CASE SQUAD of all things -- WE know they are there because this mutant beast escaped, but why do THEY think they are there? That makes no sense to me.
Also, beyond that, since this is clearly a matter for local law enforcement, why are the local Police allowing the FBI to trample all over their site? Remember, only one of which is FBI, or if we count her case commander, then there are two -- the other two are just very questionable civilians, one of whom proceeds to devour on-site evidence, yet no one is raising any objection to the freak squad running all over the place. Walter absolutely clearly does not belong here and his son has absolutely no standing or even any kind of specialized expertise to bring to bear, so what is he doing here?
Also, beyond even that, you have bodies not consigned to the Coroner, or Morgue, where any number of very strict regulations stipulate that they should go, but they end up in Dr. Whack-Job's lab of horrors where a cow of all things is lodging. What about the families of those Animal Control personnel? Are they agreeable to that? Well, the simple fact of the matter is that that doesn't even count -- no one would go along with deliberately misdirecting a body like that to be subject to who knows what.
Beyond even that, we get Walter REGULARLY making these inane pronouncements, suppositions, conclusions -- last week: kid has never been exposed to language so let's hook him up to a speech-center scanner to translate his non-language thoughts to English, this week it was: let's introduce adult monster blood into the feeding environment of the gestating larval monsters -- they would never want to feed on their own kind -- then everyone stands around like they have no ability to think through the most idiotic of suppositions, and all rally to the cause of blindly capitulating to old Dr. Gonzo.
Those are some of the motivations that make no sense -- a few more: Agent Francis turns himself over to this obvious nut case (not in the sense that he is psychotic like he is supposed to be, but in the sense that his thinking is cleary muddled to the point where causal relationships are lost on him), to writhe on a table in agony staring down certain tortuous death -- this versus care in a hospital where at least his demise will not be agonizing. Charley does not even tell his wife that it is the end when he believes it is -- guess that is just some minor matter she will discover later when they get aound to informing her loyal agent hubby has expired in a Harvard lab.
Motivation of animal-experiment lab personnel engaged in a cover-up -- lying to the FBI, a Federal crime to be sure, to conceal a very very messy death, that no one of reasonable intellect would try to cover up -- how about the guy with paint roller that went by -- did he do anything here that would motivate him to commit a Federal crime in covering up his cleanup of a wildly mauled body?
Why not just write in that the second in command there throws some chemicals around to make it look like something else -- something to eat away at the evidence, then call the authorities to report something other than what really happened -- seems a much better chance that cover-up will succeed, since just ignoring the disappearance of Top Doc isn't going to cut it. Also only the second in command need be involved in the cover-up. But this plot element never went anyplace anyway -- the second in command quickly gave it up anyway, so why bother mucking up the story with more impossibilities?
I could go on and on. What is Walter's son even doing here? -- I seem to recall he was called off of a jet-setting life style making lots of money... to do this? Why would he? What is his motivation for being here at all?
Some folks here are saying, if I can accept a monster as integral to the plot, why worry about other fantastic elements? Here is the difference: we can well imagine a genetic mutation, an awesome freak of nature or engineering, these things happen, other things happen we do not understand -- all well and good, but to then carry over this suspension of disbelief into areas we DO understand, is asking too much. Maybe Walter needs to get to the other side of the lab quickly, can we show him flying there? How about, he is sad that the Animal Control guy is dead and birthing worms -- can we show Walter just scooping out the worms which burn in his hand and then he touches the guy's forehead and he lives again?
Well sure, maybe you could, but you would have to set this up by saying that Walter has super powers -- just to throw junk out like that does not cut it. Here that kind of stuff is sloppy and lazy and mediocre writing. Now in the context of a campy just for fun ride like Back to the Future where the tone is breezy and lighthearted and self-aware, it works -- here it is just insipid.
You know, I worry about folks not seeming to be able to critically examine these things -- studies have already shown that shows such as CSI have put so much junk in front of people that the judgment of jury members is critically impaired -- just something to think about as a long-term impact of accepting whatever goes.....