I am beginning to understand that it is the way The Big Red Podcast reviews TV that is irritating, not their views. Here is a recent comment I made on their forum.
You are infuriating! You weave the positive comments in so thoroughly with the rhythmic stream of BS—I guess that’s entertainment.
The key to the Fringe pilot is the set up of a dance between mad scientists. All else is secondary. But of that secondary material you found:
The pilot was plot heavy/“the seams are showing”
There was a lot of running around
There wasn’t much character development
The young leads had no chemistry
You didn’t get anything wrong you just made TV conventions seem like mistakes. It is a pilot. It is going to introduce characters. It is going to give them motivations. It is going to develop settings. You seem to ignore that the medium is fast. Would you want the pilot to explain the reasons why the Evil Dynamics Incorporated character has that incredibly weird office space? That would really be fascinating TV. Her choice of decorator, how she found them in the yellowpages.
Deeps made a spot-on comment when he said the young female actress did a lot with expression. Yes. That was amazing. She is cautiously in love. She wants to be apart of a team that doesn’t trust her. She is reluctant to use the power of her office. She is willing to bend her personal code for love…I could go on and on. It isn’t that they didn’t give her character much to do. They gave her face way too much to do, and the actress handled the job and still made it restrained and real. Even when the action is ridiculous, the rest of her performance sells it.
Why would there be chemistry between the young lead characters? She is insanely committed to someone else. By the end of the pilot she should be in shock. The mad scientist’s son starts out as her unwilling instrument. He is wrapped up in daddy issues.
It might be a stronger criticism to mention that the show ends like a TV pilot. Everyone decides to stay together and work with a cow in the corner. I believe the ending was quite badly done. Seams indeed, the sewing machine falls off the table.
I do value The Big Red Podcast’s opinion. They said True Blood was boring and I believe them. I was a fan of Six Feet Under for a few seasons. True Blood is a show by the same creator, but I have heard the man out promoting True Blood and I don’t know, maybe he said everything he had to in the earlier series.