Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fringe: Same Old Story

The season premiere of “House” will definitely boost the ratings, but I don’t think this was an improvement over the pilot. The short-lived “Nightstalker” series with Gabrielle Union and Stuart Townsend did an episode about a serial killer who paralyzed her victims before feeding on their pituitary glands. It’s been done many times over. I don’t mind the recycled plot, just give me better execution. The pregnancy was a nice misdirection, but not enough moments like that.

UPDATE: Over 13 million viewers last night. Not bad.

4 comments:

Kristin said...

I kinda liked it. Maybe I'm not as discerning? I don't know. I liked the freako pregnancy thing. I liked that it was oddly related to an old case of Torv's. I just wanted more about last week's cliffhanger. That was a gyp as far as I am concerned. You don't just keep introducing new 'surprise' moment without at least touching on it the following week.

Two things, what do you think Peter's 'medical condition' could be? And were those 3 bodies at the end more Peters or more of the dead guy? I couldn't tell. My first thought was more Peters b/c it came right after the conversation between the mad scientist and Torv. But it was hard to tell from a distance.

I'm still curious. I'm still enjoying it. And I'm still liking the gross bits at the beginning.

**but, yes, the pituitary thing has been done before. just not in the same way (i.e. rapid aging).

screamwriter said...

A couple people I know were put off by the implied violence against women.

I'm not exactly sure why he'd drive her to the hospital in the first place.

I think the bodies were clones of the dead guy. Too early to call on Peter's condition. Probably something fringy we haven't seen yet.

Kristin said...

Oh many are saying the 13 mil. number is inflated b/c House ran over into the 9 o'clock hour.

Implied violence? So any CSI episode or any other crime show about killing isn't doing the same thing? I don't quite get that criticism. Is it because all his victims were women?

After we found out what his condition was and why he had to kill these women, I thought it was some sympathy/horror/hope. She was pregnant with his child...and he knew what that might do to her. At least with the pituitary thing, he knocked them out and they couldn't feel anything.

screamwriter said...

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Oh many are saying the 13 mil. number is inflated b/c House ran over into the 9 o'clock hour.
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We'll see how it holds up against "Dancing With The Stars" and "The Mentalist".

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Implied violence? So any CSI episode or any other crime show about killing isn't doing the same thing? I don't quite get that criticism. Is it because all his victims were women?
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Probably. Unless Jack Bauer is doing it in the name of National Security, torture makes some viewers uneasy.

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After we found out what his condition was and why he had to kill these women, I thought it was some sympathy/horror/hope. She was pregnant with his child...and he knew what that might do to her. At least with the pituitary thing, he knocked them out and they couldn't feel anything.
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But they were conscious during the process. And in true recycled form, this was exactly the case in similar episodes of "The Night Stalker" and "X-Files". I'm not buying the killer as a sympathetic figure either. It's not like he was on the verge of a cancer cure and this was the only way to continue his research. Maybe his surrogate Dad lost a son and was trying to hold on to him. Fine. Except we don't see any of that. A sappy speech on on his last breath isn't gonna cut it.

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