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View Poll Results: The X-Files Vs Fringe
Fringe has a better cast 19 45.24%
The X-Files has a better cast 23 54.76%
Fringe has a better plot 17 40.48%
The X-Files has a better plot 24 57.14%
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Old March 26 2013, 10:22 PM   #16
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

I haven't seen The X-Files all the way through, so I can't really comment on it, but I'm watching through Fringe right now. I'm skeptical that The X-Files has any characters who can match Walter.
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Old March 27 2013, 01:14 AM   #17
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Can't wait for JJ to remake the X-Files, though.

Wow, thanks for those nightmares.
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Old March 27 2013, 09:45 AM   #18
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

JJ can remake everything (except Dune or Flash Gordon ).
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Old March 27 2013, 10:03 AM   #19
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

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I'm skeptical that The X-Files has any characters who can match Walter.
The X-Files has no characters who can match Walter (or even Peter)
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Old March 27 2013, 10:05 AM   #20
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

The X-Files is better, Fringe was pretty good in seasons 2 and 3, everything else was either dull or bad.

The X-Files was a fantastic show for many years, it lost some of its appeal towards the end but it was always watchable.
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Old March 27 2013, 11:50 AM   #21
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

I'd say as an ensemble cast, Fringe wins out. Fringe had better writing and a better overall story too. However, Mulder & Scully are better than Olivia and Peter! And the best X-Files episodes are better than the best Fringes, IMO.
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Old March 27 2013, 04:57 PM   #22
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Fringe, because it had Walter.
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Old March 27 2013, 05:26 PM   #23
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(Walter trumps any three other characters)
Horseshit.

Walter is a senile, absent-minded old fart whose sole purpose is to lend faux mystery to an obvious wannabe series. And X-Files is what Fringe desperately wants to be.

I'll put Cigarette Smoking Man, UN Blonde and Jose Chung up against Walter any day.
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Old March 27 2013, 05:46 PM   #24
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X-Files is what Fringe desperately wants to be.
Stale? Tedious? Safe?
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Old March 27 2013, 05:53 PM   #25
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

Fringe got out before it became too bad, X-Files survived itself by several seasons and was begging people to have mercy and finally kill it.

Hey, at least it wasn't Alias with this week's hunt for Rambaldi's magic toilet seat!

One major caveat is that Fringe didn't have anything even remotely close to Ratboy (Krycek). Man, I loved to hate that asshole!
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Old March 27 2013, 06:00 PM   #26
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

I liked both shows, but comparing the two can be difficult as X-Files has been off the air for years now and Fringe just ended recently. What seemed shocking, new and exciting on The X Files back then is not so exciting anymore. Many other shows have come and gone that were similarly shocking, groundbreaking, exciting, whatever. It's hard one thing against the other. I like them both, but Fringe went out early, leaving me wanting more, whereas X-Files went on for so long that it eventually drove me away. I think they are both equally good but X-Files covered similar territory/style first and was strong right from the start, while Fringe took a bit to get really strong.

However, I will agree that Walter is more interesting and likable than Skinner, Jose Chung & CSM combined. However, Fringe had the musical episode (*cringe*) BUT Fringe does get bonus points for this scene:
Walter's Acid Trip
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Old March 27 2013, 07:17 PM   #27
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X-Files is what Fringe desperately wants to be.
Stale? Tedious? Safe?
Nope. Compelling, intriguing and (something Fringe can never be) Unique.
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Old March 27 2013, 07:50 PM   #28
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

I feel that X-Files never really went anywhere with those vast conspiracies and the looming threat of alien colonization. Fringe at least tried to... well, you know... do it. It wasn't perfect, but still they actually did it. Also the characters of Scully and Mulder became caricatures of themselves after a few successful seasons and didn't really evolve as they should have been.

But then again, that's just my opinion. I personally liked Millennium better and even that became a better show in the second season when Carter left it alone and it actually, once again, went somewhere. Of course when the third season arrived and Carter returned, everything was forced into the usual status quo. Yawn.
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Old March 27 2013, 09:13 PM   #29
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

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I'm skeptical that The X-Files has any characters who can match Walter.
The X-Files has no characters who can match Walter (or even Peter)
The X-Files though, wasn't really about individual characters. It was about the stories (the -Files) and the relationships between the characters. And I agree, Walter Bishop is one of the great characters in all of sci-fi.

The writing for the Files stood out too. They could do scary, real scary, drama, whimsy, to out and out comedy and it was great at all of them. I mean "War of the Copraphages", "Small Potatos", "Early Modern Prometheus", It is no accident that this show was picked number 2 behind Star Trek for greatest T.V. cult show by T.V. Guide.

But I loved Fringe too although they had no two characters with the chemistry of Mulder and Scully though Walter and Peter were pretty good together.

Overall, like others, I gotta go with the X-Files in all areas except greatest individual character. But Fringe is certainly worthy of comparison.
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Old March 27 2013, 09:25 PM   #30
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I like the characters better on Fringe, and each series is about even for me on story.
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