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Not-So-Loony Fangirl [20120206|11:13]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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We've now watched the entirety of Series 2 of Fringe. It has become clear to me that Olivia Dunham/Peter Bishop is the new Dana Scully/Fox Mulder (from the X-Files). The writers are never, ever going to let us have all those meaningful glances and all that ill-concealed desire develop into a full-fledged romance. They gave us a kiss in the very last episode of Series 2 - and then promptly placed them in opposite universes. Not the other side of the country. Or the globe. Opposite universes. If that's what a kiss costs, then a shag will probably result in death for one or both parties.

I'm pretty fed up with this unrequited nonsense. Olivia and Peter had an opportunity for a quickie before dashing off to join Walter and William and their mini-particle accelerator, dammit. I get that it's a driving force for the story line, but there's something maddeningly Puritanical about allowing a couple of adult, sexually active characters to witness death, destruction and madness together, to learn how intellectually and emotionally compatible they are, to have them go to enormous lengths to rescue one another, and to let them clearly fall in love...but not actually let them *gasp* have sex. And it's not the only thing that frustrated me about this series. There's been so much focus on the magnificently dysfunctional Peter (young white dude)/Olivia (young white woman)/Walter (aging white dude) relationship that the characters who attracted me to the series in the first place - Nina Sharp (older woman), Philip Broyles (POC), Astrid Farnsworth (POC) - have been effectively sidelined. Or killed (Charlie Francis).

I'll watch the next series. I like that Charlie's still alive on the Other Side. I enjoy the alien otherness of the Observers. I'll hope for more Sharp/Broyles/Farnsworth. I would like to see a few more squidgy tentacle monster battle episodes before the whole thing devolves into endless pining and sulkitude, though.
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2012-02-06 11:54 (UTC)
I agree. I loved season 1, watched season 2, but haven't gotten around to buying season 3 yet - and I'm not sure I actually will...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-07 21:33 (UTC)
We've got S3 and are watching it now. So far I'm interested but not engaged the way I was before. Will let you know how this evolves - and whether or not you should borrow it!
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2012-02-06 14:14 (UTC)
Chaaarlieeeee!! *weeps bitterly*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-07 21:33 (UTC)
Charlie has worms on the Other Side. This makes me giggle.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2012-02-06 17:21 (UTC)
omg, yes, you have to keep watching. I don't want to ruin it, but let's just say I think you will be pleased with the way things progress. Nothing is as it seems!
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2012-02-07 01:53 (UTC)
Yes, Season 3 has its payoffs and frustrations, but it's well worth it!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-07 21:35 (UTC)
We're watching it now. Only two episodes in, but I'm grudgingly forgiving it because there has been some great Broyles/Sharp/Farnsworth on offer. Especially the latter.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-07 21:34 (UTC)
I was pleased with S3 Episode 2 because it contained a lot of Astrid/Walter, and Astrid was awesome. Peter/Fauxlivia bores me, though.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2012-02-07 21:47 (UTC)
*trying not to say anything*
*squeal of delight*

I meant to ask you before, do you have any problems suspending your disbelief on a scientific level? I tried to introduce a friend of mine to Fringe, but as a scientist she just kept squinting at Walter's explanations for things and telling me they were frustratingly dumb (I agree the explanations are ridiculous, but as a non-scientist, I don't care). She made it about halfway through S1 and then had to give up because she wanted to go into that lab and punch everyone in the teeth.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-07 21:58 (UTC)
Hee. I appreciate your consideration, but more for the bloke's sake than mine since he reads my journal. I've never been that bothered by "spoilers". Knowing what happens in a story in advance rarely ruins the pleasure of experiencing it for me. My favourite books/shows/films/plays are all ones that I've read or watched many times.

I don't have too much trouble suspending my disbelief for Hand-Wavy-Science as long as the other aspects of the story are sufficiently rich and interesting to keep me engaged. Fringe offers that for me - deep exploration of complicated relationships, physical and psychological detective work, oh yeah and some stuff about saving the world - and it makes up for everything else being caused by "manipulation of electromagnetic waves". :P

Edited at 2012-02-07 09:58 pm (UTC)
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