Originally Posted by VisionOn
The other difference between Lost and Fringe besides that, is Lost hid it's Sci-Fi trappings in a familiar idea of a drama about plane crash survivors. Weird stuff happened in the Lost pilot but nothing along the lines of people going transparent and robot arms.
The problem is, it wasn't particularly compelling scifi in Fringe. Look at the difference with The X-Files: the scifi aspect was really well offset by two compelling characters: the loose cannon who wants to believe in aliens and the straight-laced agent with an M.D. sent to report on his activities. By the end of the pilot, the names Mulder and Scully were tattooed on your brain.
I can't even remember any of the characters' names in Fringe - not even the cow, and he was cool.
By the time Desmond started jumping through time and smoke monsters were flying around people had already been sucked in by the characters and it was too late to run away from the SF elements. Same thing with Alias. That started out as a action spy show before Rambaldi knocked it out of this world.
It was all about the backstories and the way our impressions of the characters changed as we learn just a bit more about them. Best example: Michael. He went from deadbeat dad, to a guy who got hosed, to a devoted dad, to a miserable creep and finally to an unlikely hero. Even the reveal about Kate's criminal history was a big sock in the jaw.
Lost made us care about the characters so much, we really enjoyed seeing them in that weird environment. Actually, some of the worst episodes were the least weird - aka: summer camp cage matches with "The Others"...
I think the SF factor is going to affect the return rate next week. If people do stick around then I hope Fox is going to be happy with 8 or 9 million viewers. I can't see this getting the numbers that Lost pulled in.
I think the rather weak scifi
is going to affect the return rate next week - and Fox will have to live with 5 or 6 million viewers if they don't want to cancel the show.
Good scifi can, and does, generate viewers. Bad scifi is timeslot cancer.
The real problem I saw was the show didn't seem to pick a path and run down it. Is it scifi? A medical drama? A crime drama? A love story? I thought the relationship thing was a waste: simply plopped in there to make us all shocked at the betrayal. I would have preferred they run it out a few episodes, develope a love triangle, then
give us the betrayal (especially if they weren't going to have him die from the disease and have that failure hanging over her head). The whole medical aspect went way off the rails and the crime aspect really didn't work with how fast a suspect was pulled in.
Granted, I still felt entertained. I just didn't love it. If the next couple episodes are a bit tighter, I'll keep watching