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Old September 9 2008, 12:38 AM   #1
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Abrams And Reviewers On 'Fringe'

Fringe, the latest J.J. Abrams show, has been reviewed and opinions are mixed on the new series set to appear tomorrow night.

As reported by, Abrams has been out and about promoting his new series, which focuses on an FBI agent played by Anna Torv who investigates strange occurrences of "fringe" science.

When asked how he felt about Fringe being compared to X-Files, Abrams said, "When I did 'Felicity,' it was 'Ally McBeal' in college. When I did 'Lost,' it was 'Gilligan's Island' and 'Survivor' meets 'Twilight Zone.' We're doing this, it's 'X-Files.' I'm used to that sort of thing and I'm always so grateful that they're referring to something that's great. 'X-Files,' to me, you know, was a seminal influence. And so as much as I love the 'Twilight Zone' and 'Night Stalker' and [David] Cronenberg films and [Michael] Crichton movies, all these things connect in some way and 'X-Files' is right there at the top of the list. So I would be a fool to say, 'Oh, there's no influence, there's no connection,' I mean, clearly, it's an FBI agent and weird stuff. I do think the similarities sort of end there, but I could see the comparison."

Fringe "was born out of our love of all things bizarre and kooky in media we loved growing up," explained Abrams as reported by "The 'X-Files' was definitely one of the sources of inspiration, as were things like The 'Twilight Zone' and 'Nightstalker.' We actually did an episode of 'Alias' once guest starring David Cronenberg as a mad scientist. It was something I felt could be a TV show, the idea of a Frankenstinian mad doctor, the classic cliché character, but done in a way that Cronenberg has treated a lot of his out-there protagonists, where he makes them broken people and emotional characters."

Reviewers however, were critical of the seeming derivative nature of Fringe. According to Steve West of, ""The new Fox series created by Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who had great success with Alias and are indeed the ones behind the upcoming 'Star Trek' film) is a pure exercise in potential and major errors in judgment. The opening scene, horrific and vile in its own right, calls to mind explicitly the pilot episode of 'Lost.' It is intentional, and is possibly the biggest mistake I’ve seen made by a creative team launching a new show."

Verne Gay of Newsday agreed, calling Fringe "derivative."

Other reviewers were more positive. "Lots of good action and lots of fun to boot," said Linda Stasi of the NY Post. "If you love 'Lost' and were crazy for 'Alias,' then have I got a show for you. It's called 'Fringe,' and it's a little bit of this and a lotta bits of that."

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Old September 10 2008, 04:52 PM   #2
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Re: Abrams And Reviewers On 'Fringe'

Saw it last night. It has potential but I would rate it a 2.5 out of 5. The story was interesting, the effects were very good, the characters were good, but the dialog was quite awkward at times. My favorite character is the doctor. I've seen Joshua Jackson in a few roles and he's a pretty good actor, as is the guy from Boston Legal who plays Agent Scott in this. The guy from Homeland Security was way over the top and the main character was a bit bland. I'll give it a few more episodes before I make a decision as to whether I'm in.
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Old September 10 2008, 07:46 PM   #3
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Re: Abrams And Reviewers On 'Fringe'

Saw half of it last night, then turned to an old playing the of Incredible Hulk cartoon, featuring Iron Man and Iron Fist. Sorry, but this series almost put me to sleep and I did think X-Files while watching it. In fact, just before the guy got blown up in the explosion, I was thinking this is supposed to be the new Mulder and Scully.
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Old September 10 2008, 07:55 PM   #4
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Re: Abrams And Reviewers On 'Fringe'

Ugh, it was just an X-Files rehash without the charismatic lead characters that made X-Files a success. Cliched plot, tin-ear dialogue, poor casting choices. I really hope this isn't any indication of what this team can do for Star Trek.
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