I find myself in an unusual position–pondering whether I should sue Fox for use of my trademark identity as “Bug Girl.”*
Here’s the background: I don’t watch TV. However, I do have friends that selflessly watch that drivel and report instances of insects to me. And that’s how I know about this really quite awful show called Fringe.
It has a really unusual premise for a TV show–It’s kind of a CSI, Alternate Universe. With zeppelins. And it’s in its third season, which should tell you how much my tastes affect Television programming. Frankly, I’ve seen acting that was less stiff in un-relaxed moths. (entomological in joke)
Here is “Bug Girl” from a recent episode (center of photo). She’s supposed to be the resident entomological expert for this mysterious federal agency. I’m sure the poor woman was decked out by the costume department, but WHAT THE HELL.
If you were to put a Goth and Madonna’s Like a Virgin outfit in a blender, this is what you would get. Because I would totally show up at a federal job in a black lace mini with bows in my hair. And WTF is up with the That Girl hairdo?
Through the whole episode, people persist in calling what are obviously roaches beetles. I know it’s an alternate universe and all, but really? You can’t even read the very old book that you repeatedly wave in front of the camera to show us an engraving of a ROACH? That’s some strange alt universe, there.
Lastly, I know that scientific plausibility is not a high priority for sci-fi tropes. But…these giant “beetles” were once internal parasites in sheep, and now Crazy Science Guy has engineered them to now live in people? To somehow create a protein that will cure the flu?
Aside from the fact that a spiracular system has severe limitations inside a mostly aquatic human/sheep body….Um.
Well, honestly, words just fail me.
You can watch the entire episode here. Truly dismal portrayal of science and scientists.
I am quite curious who their roach supplier was, and if he/she had any input on the crazy plot line. I suspect they took the money and ran.
*I am kidding about this, before people start explaining what a trademark is.