Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Dear Fringe,

How are you? Did you have a good holiday break (didn't have too much eggnog, didja?). It's nice to see you back on Tuesday nights; hopefully following American Idol gives you decent ratings as you round out the second half of your first season. Now, let's get down to brass tacks, as they say.

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? We are, what, 11 episodes into your debut season and we haven't a clue as to what is your "big picture." Yes, we've had some fun episodes featuring a variety of weird pseudo-science topics, but WHAT is the deal with your over-arching mythology? WHO is doing this (and what exactly is THIS)? And WHY? Come the frak on and start answering those questions. Your big TV bro, The X-Files, could always fall back on their stand alone episodes that had nothing do do with the government conspiracy/extraterrestrials "mythology" stories. But you, Fringe, are built entirely on "mythology" stories. You are more like your cousin, LOST, in that respect but that's a letter/rant for another time. (Besides, LOST has really gotten its act together since it received an END DATE. Maybe the Fox Network can learn from that example? Probably not.)

Fringe, I hate it when you capture someone from the other side and they always talk around the basics of who, what, when, where and why. It's always "we" tried to warn/help you. Well, who the fuck is "we?" Is it Massive Dynamics, or its reclusive founder William Bell? Or maybe Sara Lee and Mrs. Fields are in cahoots? Or - I love this one - "you don't understand what's going on, do you?" Well, explain it me me, Mr. Bad Guy -- before you get mysteriously killed, of course. The X-Files ran for far too many TV seasons and their mythology got so complicated the average viewer needed to hire a panel of consultants to get through it all. I fear the same thing will happen with you, Fringe, if you run for the standard network five to seven seasons.

You have a great pedigree. The name J.J. Abrams gives you a LOT of leeway with viewers, but that will all come to a head if you don't start 'splaining, toot sweet!

Hugs and kisses,

Bad News From Outer Space
and other viewers wanting some FRAKKING answers

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