Originally Posted by pianoman41
Yes, but I thought the writing on 'Journeyman' was very good--even if they were ripping off Quantum Leap somewhat. I still miss Journeyman.
Bah! Quantum Leap was better because it was a quirky 80s show at heart. It rarely took itself too seriously. Journeyman was a snoozefest and far too serious.
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And now, to the Fringe lab...
I'm still trying to figure out if this show is awesome or awesomely bad.
This week's opener was laugh-out-loud funny. Oh My Gaaawwwd! I haven't laughed that loud in years!! That scene was so frakkin over-the-top and awful that it was actually an entertaining form of self parody, especially with the docs all freaked out and screaming like their brains were being eaten by aliens.
On the other hand, Walter and his son still rock. Walter is a great character, well-acted, swimming in a sea of mediocrity and craptitude.
The female lead, ugh. Could easily be replaced by a yellow Labrador retriever and no one would miss here.
EvilCo and "The Pattern" are so frickin lame and dumb that it makes my ears ring thinking about it. Yay! An evil corporation run by a woman that looks like the sister of the Green family mom from Jericho is somehow menacingly close to the menace that menaces a menaced world... Whooooo... Bogeyman watch out -- EvilCo , er, Massive Dynamic, is coming to take your job.
Now, I think the story of Walter and his demons has real depth. And it would have more depth if it weren't for the obnoxious shadow of EvilCo, er, Massive Dynamic. Walter's story actually works better small, a father's sins, than it does as part of EvilCo, er, Massive Dynamic's plan to destroy the world with large 3-D sans-serif letters.
I can't help thinking that the main, non-Walter, story arc is what Ed Wood would be writing today.
Also, nothing against their Jules Verne reference, but the retina thing instantly made everyone in the room start screaming "Wild, Wild West"!! We were taking bets on whether a giant mechanical spider would appear and crush those damned 3-D letters once and for all.
Oh, and congrats to Fringe for officially being the one millionth TV show or movie to ripoff Harlan Ellison's Soldier episode of the original series Outer Limits. Be warned Fox: by the end of the week Harlan Ellison will probably have sued you -- he's a real jerk.
So, to conclude:
Walter == AWESOME, good story...
Ed Wood-ness == Double-plus awesomely bad!
Ripping off Outer Limits == acceptable. Even soap operas rip off Outer Limits.
Ripping off the Will Smith version of Wild, Wild West and pretending you meant Jules Verne == too hideous for words.
3-D letters == unmitigated hatred.
All that said, the show has a strange appeal.
If anyone with any influence on the show is reading this: for the love of God focus on your best material and lose the rest of this "mythology" crap. Enough. This show isn't Lost or the X-Files. It's the Walter Hour. Be happy with that.