Thursday, October 16, 2008
Due to not being a zombie on Tuesday night, I missed Fringe and didn't get around to watching it until just now. Here's my thoughts...
After a two week long presidential debate induced wait, Fringe returned this past Tuesday. When episode 4 came to a close we were left with Agent Dunham getting a visit from the deceased John Scott. In 'Power Hungry', the team investigates the case of a man (Joseph) who, when he gets angry, fucks up electrical shit and either makes your computer go all squiggly or ends your life. In the beginning of the episode, the man gets on an elevator and causes the whole thing to plummet to the ground, killing everyone but himself. Only thing is, it's not the dudes fault as his electrical fields were tampered with by a mysterious man named Fischer. The team is in a race for time to find Joseph before Fischer can and Dunham is in her own personal struggle with Agent Scott. Is he real or is he imagined? And do you really care?
I gotta say, that two weeks off really killed me. I don't fancy myself a very patient man and I really lost track and interest in the whole show over that time span. I'd almost completely forgotten about it and that's really not a good sign. I'd like to think my memory is not that awful, so I think it just shows my true lack of interest in the show. It seems like i'm continuing to watch more out of habit than anything else.
'Power Hungry' was not a bad episode, it just wasn't too good and ultimately came off as pretty boring. It's the same old plot structure we've seen in almost every episode now and i'm past the point of tiring of it. Must Bishop know everything about every case that comes up? I know it's eventually gonna end up tying him into the whole "pattern" but it's getting far too predictable.
The character of Joseph, I thought, was pretty interesting and well acted by Ebon Moss-Bachrach. I liked how he really was in no control of what he was doing and the questions that raised as to whether or not he should be considered a bad guy. He killed a lot of mofos but he had no control over it so ya almost gotta feel bad for the poor guy.
All I can say is thank god for John Noble, who plays Dr. Bishop. Without him, the show is absolutely nothing and he's basically the crutch it leans on. There's one scene in this episode where he's rubbing his wool socked feet around on the carpet for a good minute and then shocks his son with a touch of his finger to his head that's pure gold. It's moments like that that provide the real entertainment in this otherwise dull show.
Reading the boards in regards to this episode, most people seem to think it's one of the better ones from the show so far, which is leading me to believe that maybe this show is just not for me. It's just way too silly and flawed and dare I say boring for me to really enjoy. I can't say I get much entertainment out of it and I can't say how much longer i'll be sticking with it. With True Blood quickly becoming one of my favorite shows in a long while, I think I may have to leave Fringe in the dust. At least they finally toned down the use of those Photoshop letters announcing every location, though.
Episode 6, The Cure, airs next Tuesday on Fox at 9/8c.
You can watch Episodes 1-5 right now on the FOX website! Catch up before next Tuesday!
And check out this awesome website, which details all of the little hidden things Abram's throws into the show and contains everything you've ever wanted to know and everything you didn't even know you wanted to know about the show!