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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

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Ahistoricality

The plot so nice they used it twice....

Seems like the corporate owners of these intellectual properties would be a little concerned that they're being exposed to liability for plagiarism, not to mention the danger of becoming an instant cliche (not that these time travel plots aren't already.). Also, they might want to start restricting the multi-tasking of their creative types, which might be a good thing for underemployed creative types.

Mikhail Emelianov

You don't have any thoughts on Lost, do you? I think I'm actually lost this time around...

SEK

Seems like the corporate owners of these intellectual properties would be a little concerned that they're being exposed to liability for plagiarism, not to mention the danger of becoming an instant cliche (not that these time travel plots aren't already.). Also, they might want to start restricting the multi-tasking of their creative types, which might be a good thing for underemployed creative types

Very good ideas, those are. I wonder if their popularity plays into the suits not pulling Abrams aside and saying, "Look, we love you J.J., but people are gonna catch on if you keep this up." The needs of the now outweighing the needs of tomorrow and all. As for the underemployed creative types, well, I think suits are all about milking the sure things for as long as they're sure things. Those unknown people? Fuckwads, every last one of the---wait, you have a great idea for a popular new series? Have I told you, lately, that I love you?

You don't have any thoughts on Lost, do you? I think I'm actually lost this time around...

They're sitting on the DVR right now. Like you, I got baffled, but I figured it was a product of watching a television show like a television show, instead of how it's supposed to be watched: as a DVD collection of an entire series. So I started squirreling them away last month and will blitz through the last five episodes one night. If I can make heads of tails of it---actually, when I can't make heads or tails of it, as with Fringe---I'll write it up.

belle lettre

Is Fringe worth watching? I'm done with Season 2 of The Wire because of you. Next up is BSG, if I can obtain it by some means.

Carlos RM

I love this series. :)

Marshall

I would argue that they are different in so far as they have different implications. In Star Trek the alternate reality is unidirectional. Original Spock is in a reality not his own because of time travel and he is unable to rejoin his own reality. This creates a meta issue of continuity between the original and the new.

In Fringe the idea is that the people in different dimensions are in fact moving concurrently in a way that allows people to cross back and forth. That both of them are using a kind of parallel universe conceit doesn't mean that they are the same plot element. The implications are completely different.

santi

I haven't seen Star Trek yet, but parallel universes in both Lost and Fringe is disappointing. I agree that it works with both plots, but if they're such good writers they could've come up with something different...

Nice blog, this is my first comment.
(excuse my English, i'm not a native speaker.)

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