It's really hard to say where the series' underlying mythology was actually headed. There was a lot of website stuff that tied in with the pilot but thereafter everything was up for grabs. The people to ask are David Simkins and Juan Carlos Coto. Being script editor and having written the only other show mythology episode, The Harbingers
, I'm pretty sure that Juan Carlos Coto had a notion of where he wanted to take this and at some point it would have to dovetail once again with the sentient computers, Mahlburg, and the website story.
Episode-wise, we were right at the point we would have been due yet another mythology teaser if the show had run a full 22 episode season.
As for Vince, I think this story related by David Simkins displays the disarray the main story was in just before the launch of the pilot.
Most awkward moment: At the Television Critics Association gathering in Pasadena, CA, exec. producer Tommy Thompson was on stage with the actors, including Dennis Christopher, extolling the virtues of the yet-to-be-aired series to hundreds of reporters from around the country. Asked by a reporter how he saw the characters carrying the show, Tommy replied with (and I'm paraphrasing), "I have no idea what we're going to do with Dennis Christopher's character"; He was completely serious. You could see Dennis' stunned reaction on stage. The other actors resembled headlighted deer. Afterward, Dennis, in total actor meltdown, practically tackled me demanding to know, "What the hell did that mean?"; I was left to smooth some very ruffled feathers. Tommy left the show shortly thereafter. So did Dennis' character.
There's a lot of 'net rumor out there that claims that Vince experimented on himself while with DeSanto but I have never seem or read any official show documentation to back up this claim.
I think there were general story arcs-- i.e. the writers probably had some idea as to how & why Adam was showing up from beyond the grave, and how Vince was related to the Barnes brothers....
...but how the various pieces were supposed to fit together in the end....I'd guess that was probably not yet written.
I've got to agree with you there, Space
. I think there were a lot of playing pieces on the board and their relationships to one another were still in flux.
But what drives ME nuts is something only tangentially related to all that.
David Goyer helped create the show-- in the earlier version 'Lan Williams' was known as 'Lan Nguyen' a Korean hacker who just showed up one day on Derek's doorstep, offering to help him with his work, in exchange for his help with a mystery that she herself was chasing after.
Now I knew about the Vietnamese version of Lan Nguyen, but this showing up on his doorstep in exchange for help is new to me. This storyline must have been dropped pretty early on to establish her as the bartender Derek meets according to those very
early website entries.
And it also drives me nuts, that David Simkins, one of the many head-writers of freakylinks, went on to produce The Dresden Files and had Dresden driving around in 'the Freakmobile' --
To be fair, Dresden was driving a completely different make of vehicle than featured on FreakyLinks
, an old Willys Jeep to be exact. Dresden of the books drives a blue VW bug but this was changed in the series because Paul Blackthorn at 6'5"-ish couldn't comfortably fit in the VW. Shows that the author, Jim Butcher, didn't take leg room for tall men into account when writing his books.
drives me nuts how 'Artie' on Warehouse 13-- Simkins' newest show-- is so reminiscent of Gunther Mahlberg with his mad desire to collect & store ancient paranormal artifacts.
I really, really
wanted to like the Warehouse 13
series. I don't, so I think it's best if I say no more on the subject.
As with any good writer like Simkins and Goyer, they'll take these little unused ideas and squirrel them away to be used later.
Just seeing these other ideas pop up, makes me wonder what Freakylinks would have looked like heavy into season 2, 3 or even 4...
At this point I'd honestly settle for one full season. I truly don't know how FreakyLinks would look so many seasons on. Take Supernatural
, (oh please take it!) it's so far away from the greatness that was it's first season as to be almost something else entirely. Something unwatchable. I'm glad FreakyLinks
didn't suffer that fate.