Today, I went back to continue my quest to watch every episode for Fringe after about a 5 month hiatus, maybe even longer. After watching the mid season plot for S4, something hit me. The next episode was a typical fringe event episode but nothing was lost to me in terms of the teams dynamic. Peter’s current situation didn’t deter from what had interested me in the show in the first place.
The procedural element still held my interest even after the few plot twist that had developed. I held sympathy to the girl that died from using her gift/curse to save all those people. In Fringe, the human element was still there and you felt something for the characters, even ones that would never come back. Even the team itself has stuck together despite their problems with cooperating with their counterparts on the other side. Not once did the show up to this point treated their audience like they were idiots.
This is what POI has been missing for a while and even though J.J. Abrhams is the producer, it makes me question how much involvement he has had because it felt like it has been few and far between for a few seasons now. The same team dynamic that was in Fringe was presented to us through the original core four, John, Harold, Carter, and Lionel. These are the people that you’ve grown close through because of all the trials and tribulations they had to go through and everyone got along in their own strange way. No one was asking for anyone to be added, saying that even up until S2, they were still enjoying the structure. There was that human element. As much as Jonah doesn’t want it to be there, you have to give your audience something to relate to.
The numbers, which were a thing that people loved, have now been reduced to blending into the AI plot in some asinine way or another. No one is unique anymore and you cannot grow to care because of it. When you make a character like Root who is untouchable an omnipotent, she is going to put a lot of people off because she’s giving the impression that she’s better than anyone else on the team. We want vulnerable characters because it makes them more human and the audience will care if they are given enough motivation. When Shaw is posed at the beginning with a personality disorder then is constantly whining about working with Reese and Finch, it put people off because it’s a thing where people would have been telling her to just leave. That’s the first impression that was given once she joined the team.
POI felt it was in their best interest to add two people to the team when the core four were still a thing that people would want to watch and now almost two years later, look at the results. People that were praising the move are angered because Root and Shaw have basically ruined the team dynamic. There are some that want Carter back because as much as they didn’t like her, when she was around, everyone was happy with the dynamic because shippers of all kinds got their fill. Now it’s basically, get use to being John being a side character not knowing what is going on in the main plot, something that he was always involved in for the last 3 seasons and Harold being told how to hack by Root.
Awesome respect POI writers.