September 10th, 2008

in motion

fringe

It wasn't good, right?  I mean, high production values (ridiculously high) and several elements -- wacky sci-fi pseudoscience, mysterious phenomena, J.J. Abrams writing & producing, female co-star, anti-corporate paranoia -- that should have made me like it.  Plus the guy from Dawson's Creek is charming.  But, but... I was bored out of my mind.  I kept fast-forwarding through the pilot episode, waiting for something interesting to happen.  Instead it just felt like a derivative rehash of tv and movies I'd seen before, with lackluster dialogue, clunky relationships, and lots of crashingly heavy-handed melodrama in the place of real tension.  Worst of all, the thing was utterly humorless: I don't want to spend an hour watching characters storm around up to their necks in ridiculous plots without them showing at least an occasional glimmer of amusement that life can get so crazy.  Am I being too harsh?  I never much cared for X-Files, either, so maybe I am just a few degrees off from being the right audience for this show.