As an avid L O S T fan, there was a time where I didn’t want to watch any other TV show, it was so original that I refused to believe any other TV series could beat its storyline, I grew up though and started watching other series like Prison Break, Heroes and Skins realising that they are as good to watch but nothing could beat the benchmark set by Lost. Some fans back lashed at the creators of the show (Jeffrey Leiber, J.J Abrams and Damon Lindelof) for failing to give enough answers in the story structure, I for one still loved it and it was still one of the most watched TV series in the world and it finished on a well deserved high, it did have its flaws but how can I even forget how the storyline progressed from A to B, I couldn’t forget.
Whilst Lost was still been broadcasted however little J.J Abrams sneaked off with a couple of his dudes and created something just as compelling, Fringe. At first I thought it was just going to be a Sc-fi-police-investigation show with every week the fringe division are trying to figure out who did the crime does the time, but apparently not. The story has sub-plots that drive the main plot beyond the imagination, I can honestly say its the smartest storyline I’ve ever witnessed on TV and quite a few people have said this. J.J Abrams learnt from the mistakes made in Lost and rectified them in this show, slowly but surely giving answers rather than leaving them unanswered, keeping things a mystery yet shooting out amazing plot twists. I honestly can’t believe how they managed to construct such a healthy storyline to where they are at now in series 3, I can’t see any series being a flop, even the series finales are full of information. The actors/actresses they bring in to play out one episode sub-plot are always really good. And to be the fair the cast’s acting is at the top of the game.
It’s such a shame it won’t replicate the same success as Lost but it’s still just as successful in America. Thank you J.J.
Fringe returns with the second half of season three in USA this week, and will return shortly after in the UK, so keep an eye out for it!
By Daniel Hart
- JJ Abrams’ Fox TV Series ‘Alcatraz’ Trailer, Photos and Plot Revealed (slashfilm.com)
- J.J. Abrams Brings Time-Warp Twist to Alcatraz Crime Show (wired.com)
- Lost After ‘Lost’? What To Watch When It Ends (buddytv.com)
- Fox Orders J.J. Abrams’ ‘Alcatraz’, ‘Bones’ Spinoff & A Pair of Comedies (screenrant.com)
- J.J. Abrams, superstar? (boston.com)
With this been the last blog for X-factor this weekend I thought I’d give you an insight to why maybe the show is where it is now. I nearly gave up on X-factor after season 4 when Leon Jackson won it, not only did I think that season was awful, but the winner was nowhere near to the standard to win it. And not only that it was turning into a show where people weren’t artists, they was just trying to sing pop to the best they could, they didn’t have anything new or different to them. The show, to me, had lost credibility, the only thing that might have kept me watching was the judges.
Then originality was introduced, Diana Vickers from Blackburn with a unique style and voice auditioned and the judges praised her ‘quirkiness, different voice and style’, she didn’t win season 5 but she put a stamp on the show, to make it your own performance, to be an artist. She didn’t need to win to be honest, none of her fans wanted her to be a controlled X-factor winner with songs written for her and she came out better for that. That year Alexandra Burke won and to be honest I didn’t care, good number 1 Christmas single but she had nothing new, she was labelled ‘Leona Lewis 2’ but who wants the same Artist every year winning the show. The whole reason for the show producing the same is because the target audience is for the audience who like pop. If the show had targeted all genres of music the show would have been very different earlier on. It’s only just been this season that the show is starting to show different artists, someone who will bring something new to the market. This year they’ve got Matt Cardle, Katie Waissel, Aiden Grimshaw, Rebecca Ferguson and Cher Lloyd who are all very different artists who will fit in the market today.
The quality of the contestants this year is the highest I’ve seen it aswell. About 4 of the contestants could walk away with a recording contract this year. No longer do the contestants have to sing outstanding vocals in a ballad to gain good judges comments. They are allowed to add a twist to their vocals; they are allowed to change their stage presence, appearance and become their own artist which gains good judges comments. We will see how this year pans out. But thanks to one star brave enough to bring something different to the show in 2008 and I weakly thank John and Edward for using the stage to their full advantage with the dancers and props etc that the show is where it is today. They also introduced mixing songs which has been used a lot this year, finally we have a show that shows originality.