Fringe - "The Same Old Story" - 9/16/08

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by MickeS, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. GadgetFreak

    GadgetFreak New Member

    Jun 3, 2002


    Just get it out of the way....Massive Dynamic is owned by Rimbaldi.
  2. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    I didn't like the camera thing either. Was also bothered how I'm supposed to believe a baby can grow into a full size adult without ever being fed - I always thought you need matter to make matter. Also, the guy at the end having his already existing hair suddenly turn grey with age bugged me.
  3. Magister

    Magister Fat, Dumb and Happy

    Oct 17, 2004
    Columbia, SC
    I accept it in the way I accept Star Trek science. I just roll with it. Remember the second season of TNG when the old Doctor had her DNA screwed up in the Transporter and started aging, her hair turned grey. I understand the reality, but I just take it in as some of the suspension of disbelief.

    This show will eventually talk about remote viewing and other 'fringe science' crap. It won't keep me from enjoying it.
  4. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Bored TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    I liked it.

    And as much as I complain about copycat shows and game shows, I am happy that there is something a little different out there.
  5. Ben_Jamin75

    Ben_Jamin75 Member

    Dec 18, 2003
    Monroe, MI


    Am I the only one that keeps thinking of Global Dynamics in Eureka when they say Massive Dynamic?
  6. jimborst

    jimborst Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Aug 30, 2001
    IA USA

    Yes, I was thinking the same thing. At a show meeting I see...."Let's see we need a big bad corporation, but on another show they have "Global Dynamics" let's make ours Massive Dynamics."
  7. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    Count me in for this, as well.

    Looks like there was a name change for Massive Dynamic at the last minute: in the pilot episode, the close captioning consistently refers to it as "Massive Dynamics" (plural) even though the characters and on-screen logos use the singular. On the website someone posted about the other day ( in the bottom corner it says "Copyright 2008 Massive Dynamics." This is doubtlessly of no significance whatsoever. Just making note of it for the record.
  8. jwjody

    jwjody Not enough room

    Dec 7, 2002
    Center of...
    I liked the episode. Last week someone asked if there was a pattern or code in the symbols they show before a commercial break. In the apple symbol in this episode it looked like two babies in the fetal position in the middle of the apple.

    And it looked like there was something on the back of the frog but I haven't gone back to look yet.

  9. MickeS

    MickeS Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    That's the only one I saw, but I didn't look that closely.
  10. gossamer88

    gossamer88 UHDTV Snob

    Jul 26, 2005
    Da Bronx
    For me this episode in particular had a Silence of the Lambs meets X-Files. I'll keep the SP for now. But I'm not holding my breath.

    BTW, for those who miss these episodes, "HD" stream looks pretty damn good.
  11. Billyh1026

    Billyh1026 Randal Graves

    May 20, 2006
    The show has potential. So far so good. Not great, but good. Joshua Jackson is a lot better than I thought he'd be. And, Lance Reddick as Broyles is the best cast character on the show. Wish he'd get more screen time. I like how he's playing on both (or is it the same) sides of the fence. Puppetmaster.

    Ok, if this sounds mean my apologies ahead of time. I the only one that wishes they'd stop with the close-ups of Anna Torv??? She's just weird/strange/awkward looking that close-up. She's somewhat better looking when her face isn't covering all but a few corner inches of the screen. Meh...maybe it's just me.
  12. Dennis Wilkinson

    Dennis Wilkinson Active Member

    Sep 24, 2001
    I'm keeping the SP for the time being.

    But I will say one thing: the "Fringe will return in N seconds" at the start of every commercial break sure makes it easy to 30 second skip past them...
  13. ahartman

    ahartman Space for Rent

    Dec 28, 2001
    Cleveland, OH
    This was Batman (Adam West style) meets MacGyver meets X-Files.

    Halfway through it I was rolling my eyes and ridiculing my wife for liking this show. The pilot was decent but this episode was terrible. One more like this and I'm out.

    Anna Torv is just... odd looking. Not cute and not ugly. Just odd.
  14. hummingbird_206

    hummingbird_206 Retired

    Aug 22, 2007
    Valley of...

    Every time Joshua Jackson is on the screen all I can see is that huge furrow between his eyebrows. Someone get that boy some botox!
  15. getbak

    getbak Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    Except for the one that was 70 seconds. What was that?
  16. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    "Have you tried this? It warms your ass!" Excellent.

    Muscle relaxants keeping electrical signals around? Pathetic. I'm happy to let all kinds of pseudo-science go by without comment in the name of entertainment but really, that's just so lame it can't be ignored.
  17. danplaysbass

    danplaysbass I watch too much TV.

    Jul 19, 2004
    Ok. Lets get this straight. This show is about FRINGE SCIENCE. You cannot go into it thinking it will be based on real science. Approach it with the attitude "Wouldn't it be cool if that were really true?" Imagine the crime solving capabilities if you could see the last thing a murder victim saw. Is this any less believable than Pushing Daisies or Minority Report?

    I will say the rapid aging reminded me of a commercial. I think it was for Mountain Dew. It starts with the baby being launched out of the mothers womb and flying through the air at rapid speed all while aging and ends with an old man crashing into a casket. Anybody else remember that?
  18. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    That's fine, but the universe they've set up didn't have visualizing the last thing someone saw before dying after being shot with muscle relaxers as a scientific or medical concept; it had a crackpot nutcase scientist who'd been locked up for 17 years come up with the possibility on the fly using some made-up camera device "only available from one company/patent holder".

    It was contrived; they didn't attempt in any way whatsoever to be consistent within the universe they're developing. It was just a device they made up for some episode storyline they came up with and weren't creative enough to develop a better way to resolve the search for the murderer.

    It's not the absurdity of the fringe science compared to what we know as "real science" it's that they've done nothing to develop that fringe science as anything but a convenient device for the particular story. And that's not true with other aspects of the show where they apparently did spend some time developing a canon of sorts about the some of the fringe sciences they're dealing with.

    As some mentioned there were a lot of holes in the conception-to-death growth of that baby. But at least in the scheme of things the basis of it was work the crackpot had done that was carried forward by a colleague over the years since the crackpot was institutionalized. It, too, was sort stupid and dumb, and ignored conservation of mass and any number of other things, but they went to at least some trouble to develop the universe where that was something that could be done.
  19. Boot

    Boot to the head TCF Club

    Mar 15, 2000
    What was the significance of the scene at the very end? The one with the three men on hospital beds. Was one of them a character we've seen already? Or was it a flash forward to the next episode?
  20. cheerdude

    cheerdude Reed & Juliet's CPA

    Feb 27, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    One of two things that we thought of...

    1) It's a batch of super soldiers that were mentioned before.
    2) It's two random guys... and the "dead" cop.

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