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Fringe, Undercovers and Sherlock thoughts - moonspinner
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Fringe, Undercovers and Sherlock thoughts
Random observations. Slightly spoilerish for Sherlock.


  • If Agent Olivia Dunham were Agent Oliver Dunham, the fandom would be all over FRINGE like flies.

  • The underlying conspiracy in Undercovers is gradually rearing its head and I’d be bouncing in my seat for joy if not for the depressing news that the show’s ratings are decreasing the likelihood of a full season. I’d be less sour about the whole thing if the show started with strong ratings and then fell, but the ratings were never good to start with. In fact, if what I’ve seen in the blogosphere is any indication, a lot of weblogs that have faithfully covered the most obscure JJ Abrahms productions since ALIAS, have been snubbing the show. I wonder why. *bitter*

  • The SHERLOCK episode ‘The Blind Banker’, which is loosely based on the short story, “The Adventure of the Dancing Man”, ends with the revelation that the sinister gang of Scary Asian Men (one of whom is the brother of the Sexy Asian Woman) is actually being run by the very White Moriarty. What of it, one thinks? It is after all an unfortunate reminder of the times and attitudes in which the short story was written, right? Only the “Adventure of the Dancing Men” didn’t have any Scary Chinese Men or Sexy Chinese Woman or Mighty Whitey. It did have a Scary American Man (as most English-authored books were wont to have) and for some strange reason, no one seems to want to be reminded of that time and attitude anymore...

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michiru42 From: michiru42 Date: October 16th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I think sci-fi just isn't working right now; nothing in that genre is doing as well as it ought to be, including movies and books. They've done lots of supernatural stuff over the past few seasons with different themes and it's all flopped--Flash Forward, No Ordinary Family, The Event...

Stuff goes through cycles, I guess, and right now sci-fi isn't hot. A shame, since some good stuff is coming out.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 16th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
But FRINGE has been around for almost 3 years now & even though it's got average, steady ratings, it would be so much better if was being headlined by a male FBI agent. Sometimes I wonder how ALIAS was so successful... It's as if people are getting worse - more sexist, more racist - than before.
michiru42 From: michiru42 Date: October 16th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean, and certainly, TV/movies are sexist, so it wouldn't surprise me. Sci-fi is traditionally macho as well, though that's changing.

I've just noticed how many sci-fi things have done badly lately, and since entertainment has periods where things are hot or not, I just have a theory that sci-fi being out has something to do with it. Movies, not just books. Pandorum, Surrogates, Splice; in a time when mysteries and horror are hot only the ones tinged with sci-fi aren't making money! In books, urban fantasy and horror are big, but I haven't seen a new, big sci-fi hit in ages. Looking on Amazon, the top-selling sci-fi novels are all part of older series that people loved during the last sci-fi boom, (plus the occasional free/one dollar kindle).

I hope that's true 'cause it means sci-fi will be in again in time, but for now, it sucks for Fringe. :( I hope we get through this storyline, at least, because I'm really loving it. I love Olivia for many of the same reasons I love Padme; she's tough and together and yet still feminine, not a stereotypically manly action hero. Walter and Peter have a brilliant two stooges routine going. I can't remember the last time sci-fi had such interesting characters.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 20th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is possible that the sci-fi/fantasy market is getting saturated. In a large sense, it was revived by the success of the Harry Potter books and it has been fueled by a lot of projects (by form of books and movies and TV shows) that latched on to the success of the HP train. Now, that train is grounding to a halt. And again, like you said, there's the traditionally "boy geek" focus of the sci-fi market.(Not so much fantasy, which I've always seen as more focused towards a female audience).

What I love about Olivia is that she is an action hero, but that is not all that she is. Even Sydney Bristow made it hard for you to forget that she did more than kick ass and take names but Olivia somehow manages to that, and be more than just the Action Girl. And Walter and Peter are brilliant. The whole show is fantastic.

I do have a quibble with the way Faux-livia is being handled: I was hoping they would make her a more a sympathetic character, a misguided soldier and all that. Instead she's so far been unnecessarily ruthless (killing that blind man), used sex as a weapon (seducing Peter), and been incompetent to boot (what would have happened if Peter had stayed and then wanted to use the bathroom???) But the jury is still out on her. I will give her a few more episodes before I write the writers off.
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