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Before we get to anything else in this post, can I just say, I love the font and the titles for this show.  Seriously, not a huge thing, but I really do love them. 

 

 

Let’s go over the clichés before we get to the new stuff.  Our character (creature-monster-villain-hapless experimentee) for the week is a stock character.  We’ve all seen this guy before.  The hapless loser who has a dead end job and lives at home with his overbearing, sick mother.  The poor sucker will gain strange mysterious powers which will not help him get the girl of him dreams (who he is mildly stalking), but in fact cause him to lose his job.  This time we even gave the guy a funny name, Meeker, pronounced meager, which is a little punny. 

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Let’s start off with what was good;  I didn’t feel there were as many clichés in this episode as there have been.  The other good thing – no trip to Massive Dynamic this week.  Also, we still have the cow.  And, I’m really starting to like the cow.

 

Unfortunately, I’m still not entirely sure what this episode was really about. The A-plot was less a cliché, and more a movie trick: The MacGuffin.  Typically, the MacGuffin is used to move the plot forward, but in this instance, it was used to move the entire A-plot, which really is a sign of lazy writing. [Ed. Note: A MacGuffin is “a plot device which uses an ambiguous object to motivate the pricinple characters”.  Think: golden glowing briefcase in Pulp Fiction].

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Are you watching? Do you like? Is the writing awful enough for you?

See the Premiere Review here.

This second episode (“Magic Old Man Baby”) opened with one of the creepiest scenes I can remember ever being on television. This eppy deals with people rapidly aging so fast that within hours of their birth, they died from natural causes. And an old experiment allowing scientists to grow an army (Whooo!)

JJ Abrrams seems to have employed the same composer as he does on “Lost” which is either pitch perfect or irritatingly over the top.

The first episode gave moments of absolute hackneyed and well-worn situations. (We all know that the minute someone says, ‘I was afraid to tell you but, I’ve never felt like this’, one of that pair is not going to be alive in five minutes).

It has some odd things working against it but it ends up being fun, engaging and entertaining tosh. The acting here is better than Lost, if we comparing the two shows. Joshua Jackson has grown up from his role of Pacey and delivers his misanthropic charm with ease. And I personally like the idea of tackling different areas of the “fringe” sciences and the paranormal.

Again with the numbers, Abrams? The garage code was the first few digits of Pi. (Cute). Walter repeats numbers of the Fibinacci sequence to fall asleep. (But sometimes out of order?)

But who are the 3 people at the end? Are they clones? Penroses’ son? Possible army?

Will definitely give it a few more opportunities. It’s got me right now but if it wants too much of me, I might have to let it go. Or if it refuses to have any major pay-offs anytime soon; I’m out.

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