It seems like every so often, prime-time TV schedules become packed with paranormal shows. A lot of the time it seems to be caused by one show that becomes very popular, very fast. It happened with the Twilight Zone, it happened with the X-Files. And now, it seems like it might happen again with Fringe.
Fringe is a TV show premiering this fall on Fox that seems to take a page, or perhaps a chapter, out of the book of the X-Files. It’s about a number of individuals, mainly scientists who take on fringe scientific topics. According to the preview for the series, they will deal with everything from teleportation to reanimation.
I, for one, enjoy these types of shows. I mean how many of us can really say they hated the X-Files or the Twilight Zone? The only thing I dislike about them are the fact that it brings false credibility to some of these phenomena and it paints skeptical scientists as a bunch of people without a clue. Remember Scully? She never had a chance, she existed in a universe where the paranormal was normal. Where ghosts and cryptids existed and where aliens routinely visited Earth for various purposes.
Granted, judging by the preview, Fringe seems to take on more scientific topics. They seem to be steering clear of total paranormal phenomena and sticking to the edges of science. It looks like they’ll touch on immortality and the singularity. Which makes it a little more interesting and at the same time, a little scarier. People could come away from this thinking this is real present-day science.
The one thing that really had me upset during the preview was the lines “what if science could exceed our imagination? What if the unimaginable could become reality?” Almost seems to me like the writers have no idea what science is. Science exceeds our imagination every day. And in doing so, the unimaginable DOES become a reality. If this is the way the writers will be treating science, this show will disappoint the skeptic in all of us.
The Fringe premiere airs Tuesday September 9th on Fox at 8pm and they’re promoting it to be one of their top shows for this season.
I just hope this doesn’t mean another slew of crappy paranormal shows on the major networks next season.