With the conclusion of “Fringe,” a vacuum has been hollowed out in the television schedule for next season that vaguely resembles “The X-Files.” It turns out that Star Wars and Star Trek haven’t totally swamped the schedule of a certain JJ Abrams, and his next contemporary blend of science fiction and fantasy has already been picked up for a midseason replacement slot, and progressed to the trailer stage. Here you go, the first trailer for “Believe”:
I was ever so tempted to put a Justin Bieber clip in instead of that trailer.
There’s always this tension between the fact that there are only so many stories to be told and the frustration that you feel like you’ve already seen the story before. The trick is all in the telling, not in the basic structure of the tale. So the simple observation that we’ve already seen plenty of stories of the cute little girl with superpowers on the run from powerful people is both correct and entirely missing of the point. The judgement rests in whether this particular telling of the archetypical story distinguishes itself in the telling itself.
The trailer is a rough mix though from that point of view. It gives us only vagaries about the characters so that there’s nothing to distinguish them from the raw archetypes. It hits the right beats, has a distinct mood that leaves a good impression, but doesn’t quite come together yet. I’m not saying it won’t be good, just that the trailer as it stands doesn’t give us anything to hook our interest onto other than advertising that it’s a lot like a lot of other stories we’ve already seen, some good, some bad.