My review of Fringe ran in today’s edition of the Tufts Daily. The article is the latest edition of “Second Chances,” a semi−recurring feature that looks at TV shows that deserve a second chance from viewers. Their ratings may be low, but their quality is high, so if you tuned out early on, here’s our case for why you should give each show another try.
Sci−fi is a tough genre to get right, especially on television. Scientific jargon about aliens and other dimensions doesn’t sit well with the average audience, so sci−fi shows have to carefully balance their genre roots with more exciting action and characters to rope viewers in and keep them watching.
“The X−Files” (1993−2002) did it quite successfully (though arguably less so in its later years), and “Lost” (2004−10) was ABC’s flagship series for the duration of its run. But then there are cases, like “Firefly” (2002−03), which barely last a season. Even “Lost,” well, lost a good chunk of its viewership once it embraced its sci−fi side and revealed itself to be as much about time travel and electromagnetic energy as about its characters.