During the Fox Network TCA panel, creator J.J. Abrams addressed his penchant for producing inaccessible dramas. He promised that his latest series about paranormal science, Fringe, won’t be as impenetrable as his previous hits, Alias and Lost.
"I was a friend’s house, years ago… Alias was on. I watched a few minutes, and I was so confused!..it was literally impenetrable," admitted Abrams. "I was like, ‘I know I should understand this. I read the — who the f*ck is that guy?’ I saw the show from that place. And Lost has garnered a reputation for being a very complicated show, that you have to watch every episode.
Fringe is, in many ways, an experiment for us. We believe it is possible to do a show that does have an overall story and an end game which Fringe absolutely does…there’s a direction the show’s going, there’s an ultimate story that’s being told.
You don’t have to watch episodes one, two and three to tune into episode four. Especially with Alias - which btw, had the craziest storyline where she was a good guy working for the bad guy, but the bad guys were pretending they were good guys…I can see how it was difficult.
This show is a different paradigm. Week to week there will be stories, so you can tune in and just watch that. But there will be, over the course of seasons, bigger arcs of stories. We’re trying very diligently to do a show that doesn’t require insane, absolute dedication to the series that, if you miss an episode, you truly have no idea what’s going on."