Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fringe: Bagabones

Bagacrap. Sorry, that's unduly harsh--Jonathan Nosan's Bagabones is mainly suffering from false advertising. While it's true enough that the first twenty minutes of his show might resemble "a contortionist's charming nightmare" (if you omitted the "charming" part), nowhere in the program guide does it warn that the next twenty minutes involve a static, pseudoscientific lecture, given in Japanese, with translations in English, Sanskrit, and French blurrily, painfully, scrolling beneath him. And perhaps you're in to that. Just know that while he's being metaphoric in his references to "primal spaces" that he's being literal when he says there's an "ultimately smashing end": i.e., he breaks a piece of pottery. It's embarrassing--for him....

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