I was expecting and hoping for a bit more from this show than I got. As “the next thing from JJ Abrams” I was expecting something with a bit of heft to it, and on paper it looks like it might have that. But if you’ve grown used to the scale of Lost, this is a bit of a disappointment. It’s pretty much a rehash of the X-Files, but with alternate realities instead of aliens. It rapidly turns into random monster/weird thing of the week with the implication that it’s all based on real, yet ‘fringe’ science. It really ain’t.
The characters are watchable enough, with John Noble doing a particularly good turn as the batshit crazy, yet brilliant scientist. But character development is limited and eratic and the humour of the early episodes gradually evaporates as the season drifts onwards.
It’s not that it’s bad or anything, it’s just I was expecting something that was comparable to Lost, or even a step forward. That each episode would leave me wanting to discuss it and compare notes with people. Instead I got a show that while perfectly watchable, is also easily missable.