30 Days of TV – Day 02

Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching

J.J. Abrams thought up the idea for Fringe while working on Star Trek with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci—the guys who did the Transformers movie. Abrams is one of those love-hate creators, catching both praise and flak for his past projects (Alias, Lost, Cloverfield, and even Star Trek). Both Alias and Lost became very rocky midway through their lifetimes, and not all fans were appreciable of some developments (such as the endings).

Still, Abrams is a big enough name to attract some major attention with Fringe, and what I’ve seen so far, it’s damn good… all the best parts of Lost and Alias with few of the flaws.

The show deals with a special FBI team that deals with unnatural cases, usually involving fringe science, which are usually solved with more fringe science. In a lot of ways it’s the spiritual successor to the X-Files. Only, with pseudo-science instead of aliens, and the pseudo-science is definitely real, especially when the parallel universe parts show up. And it’s got a lot more horror, in the body horror vein. (Fringe is not for the squeamish). No surprise that X-Files was a key influence, as were Micheal Crichton, the Twilight Zone, and Altered States. And Abrams’ experience with Alias brings a lot to the spy/thriller angle.

For a slick, intelligent show, with a lot of great twists and a strong cast, Fringe has a hard time catching people’s attention. The curse of a good SF show on Fox, I guess, even with its similarities to the X-Files. Fringe viewers and ratings drop with each subsequent season, so Fox moved it to the infamous Friday Night Death Slot. What did the show’s staff do? Made a TV spot parodying the lineup change. Smart move. The show’s been renewed for a fourth season (2011-2012). Now I just need to catch up on season 3 before the 4th starts.

Spoiler/Preview/Recap:


Day 01 – A show that should have never been canceled – Jericho
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching – Fringe
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV-season)
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever
Day 05 – A show you hate
Day 06 – Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 07 – Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch
Day 09 – Best scene/episode ever
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you
Day 12 – A TV show you’ve watched more than 4 times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show
Day 14 – Favorite male character
Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 – Favorite mini series
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence
Day 19 – Best t.v show cast
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite relationship
Day 22 – Best pilot episode
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 – Favorite series finale
Day 28 – First t.v show obsession
Day 29 – Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death


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