Lost vs. Fringe: Who Is More Crazypants?

Posted by Marisa September 10th, 2008 at 01:12pm In Fringe Lost

Hi, I’m Marisa. As Dan mentioned, I’m going to get to chime in with my television opinions. (And I’m psyched!) I occasionally write about TV for PopMatters, but I watch way more TV than those reviews suggest. My favorite shows include more cartoons than most, especially long-gone favorites like Home Movies and Mission Hill. If you’re one of the lucky one million that lives in Westchester County, you can also tune into my other blog for everyone’s favorite pop-cultural coverage–the regional kind!

Okay, I’m done with my awkward introduction. On to Fringe, which had its 95-minute premiere last night. Coming from J.J. Abrams, I expecting nothing short of utter madness. After Alias, which I didn’t watch but I know that it had something to do with the prophecies set forth by a 15th-century artist, and Lost, with its smoke-monster that bludgeons people to death, a certain level of wackadoo had to be built in, right? So I stacked the first episode of Fringe up against Lost with regards to some common elements to see if J.J. has outdone himself with craziness.

**Warning! These comparisons contain massive spoilers!**

Here goes:

Unfortunate Plane Incident

Fringe: Passengers liquefy, leave skulls neatly in their seats.

Lost: Mysterious forces ground the plane abruptly on a freaky desert island.

Advantage: Fringe. Because, eww.

Crazy-Ass Experiments

Fringe: Brain-melding, reanimation, mind control, telekinesis.

Lost: Meteorology, psychology, parapsychology, zoology, and electromagnetism.

Advantage: Tie. Zoology doesn’t sound all that crazy, but it is when it involves corporate-logo-branded sharks.

Mad Scientist Performing Crazy-Ass Experiments

Fringe: Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), a semi-lucid, formerly institutionalized quack with a thirst for ginger ale.

Lost: Dr. Marvin Candle, who comes across as almost pleasant in those Dharma training videos.

Advantage: Fringe. Never trust a man who prefers ginger ale to cream soda.

Shadowy Behind-the-Scenes Corporation

Fringe: Massive Dynamic

Lost: The Widmore Corporation

Advantage: Who knows? It’s another tie, but I was leaning toward giving this round to Lost, since “Massive Dynamic” sounds like it has too many MBA buzzwords to be truly lethal.

Animals When You Least Expect Them

Fringe: A cow is brought to the wackolab because, apparently, cow DNA is very similar to human DNA. The cow’s true purpose was a cheap site gag that was one chromosome away from being a cow reaction shot.

Lost: Polar Bear out of nowhere.

Advantage: Lost, because I believe the polar bear really will serve a purpose. Remind me of this post when the series ends and I turn out to be horribly, horribly wrong.

Limb With Inappropriate Number of Digits

Fringe: The bumper graphic before a commercial break shows a hand with six fingers. Princess Bride fans perk up.

Lost: That they-promised-they’d-explain-it four-toed statue.

Advantage: Lost. Who knows if Fringe will deliver on the promise of a six-fingered person?

Proclivity for Nicknames

Fringe: Peter Bishop (Joshua “Pacey Forever” Jackson) calls Olivia Dunham (Anna “Wasn’t on Dawson’s Creek” Torv) “Sweetheart” an unnatural number of times.

Lost: Sawyer calls everyone everything from Chewbacca to Short Round

Advantage: Lost. It really is quite hilarious when you hear them all in a row like that.

So, for now, it looks like Lost is still the standard-bearer for craziness. But Fringe almost squeaked by with only one episode under its belt. I’m sure crazy is Fringe‘s growth industry. We’ll see how they compare at the end of their seasons.


  • 1. Maggie  |  September 10th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    The polar bears are there to turn the wheel in the freezing cold basement place where Ben went to move the island. I’m 99% positive that’s the only explanation we’re going to get.

  • 2. Tivo Queen  |  September 10th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Let’s not forget
    Hot Do-Overs from Other TV Shows:
    Lost: Matthew Fox of Party Of Five
    Fringe: Joshua Jackson of Dawson’s Creek
    Advantage: Fringe. Pacey will always be my first love.

  • 3. Marisa  |  September 11th, 2008 at 9:48 am

    That’s a tough one. Matthew Fox has gotten *much* hotter since he was on Party of Five. Joshua Jackson is looks exactly the same as when he was on Dawson’s Creek. I think Fox deserves credit for the improvement.

  • 4. jesse  |  September 11th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    That’s not true — Joshua Jackson looks a tiny bit fatter.

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