MsTaken, will you marry me?
Yes! Especially if you pretend that that question is a subtle nod to Arrested Development, another wonderfully weird, ratings-challenged show mentioned in your post.
I've often argued to friends that Fringe and Community are mirror images of each other. The main word I use to describe both most is "ambitious".
Yup---and, even when the execution falls short of their lofty goals or fails to resonate with portions of the audience, I find myself more interested in analyzing and learning from both shows' relative "failures" than I am in most other shows' more modest successes.
Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone in seeing the Fringe/Community parallels; I was starting to worry that someone had slipped something from Walter's stash into my thank-god-we-have-it-in-THIS-'verse coffee. ;)
Also, while I love Michael Giacchino's action music for the big screen, and I know Chris Tilton is his protege, there is no question that Tilton is a more talented (and subtler) composer who can actually hit emotional beats.
I'm torn on this one. I found Giacchino's score more...noticeable. It was more personally resonant and memorable for me, but I totally get your point that it can be far more obtrusive as well.
listless dialogue scenes that obviously stands for "Insert character conflict here."
Heh---well, I love LOST a lot more than you do (though I'm a weirdo who didn't fall in true TV love with LOST until S4, so there's still time for it to sneak up on you, MM
!), but I wouldn't consider dialogue a particular strength of either Fringe or
LOST. Both shows can include some clunky, stilted, anvilicious dialogue in even their most otherwise stellar episodes IMO. This is probably more of a personal preference issue, though; I have an admitted obsession with the kind of sharp, clever and endlessly quotable dialogue found on shows like Buffy, Gilmore Girls, Community, Arrested Development etc., but I can certainly see how that ultra-witty dialogue wouldn't always work on shows like Fringe and LOST.
I will say this for Fringe over Lost, though; IMO, Olivia is roughly a zillion times better written than ANY of LOST's female characters. (How that show could create so many memorable, compelling and vibrant male characters while simultaneously (IMO) writing some of the most disappointing female characters ever remains among that show's greatest mysteries for me!)
Edited by MsTaken, Apr 23, 2012 @ 8:46 AM.