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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 28 2013, 02:23 AM   #31
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

I had to give both to The X-Files. As great a character as Walter is, he was one amazing character surrounded by good ones. While the X-Files had a lot of great characters, including Mulder and Scully, CSM, Kryceck, Skinner and the Lone Gunmen.
Now, I'll be honest and admit that I've only seen a couple episode beyond Season 5 of X-Files at this point, but I'm working my way through the whole show right now.
While the overall arc for TXF might not have always come together as a well as Fringe's, I'd say that the majority of TXF's individual episodes were better than Fringe's.
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Old March 28 2013, 02:23 AM   #32
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

How is X-Fies unique?
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Old March 28 2013, 01:17 PM   #33
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Re: Fringe vs The X-Files

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How is X-Fies unique?
It was unique for it's time. All the other weird mystery and suspense shows like it came afterwards.
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Old March 28 2013, 01:24 PM   #34
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Putting The X-Files over Fringe (or any other similar shows) even partly because it came first is just silly. Not every older show (or movie) is inherently superior to more recent ones simply because they did it first.
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Old March 28 2013, 01:26 PM   #35
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Putting The X-Files over Fringe (or any other similar shows) even partly because it came first is just silly. Not every older show (or movie) is inherently superior to more recent ones simply because they did it first.
Not inherently, no. That's just one of the many reasons why X-Files is better. It set the standard.
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Old March 28 2013, 03:07 PM   #36
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It was unique for its time. All the other weird mystery and suspense shows like it came afterwards.
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Old March 28 2013, 05:01 PM   #37
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X-Files lost me when it and it's fans took itself seriously. Fans think the show is basically like Project Bluebook and dramatizing real events. It presents skeptics as people who are immovably reluctant to accept new data, when the reverse is true...if presented with the evidence in the series, Scully wouldn't have been a skeptic! I stopped watching around season 3, after some Indian vision quest mumbo jumbo.
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Old March 28 2013, 05:18 PM   #38
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Not inherently, no. That's just one of the many reasons why X-Files is better. It set the standard.
The Mirrorball Man said it in far less words, but the X-Files didn't invent creature of the week shows, nor did it invent the supernatural investigation genre. The Outer Limits did creature of the week shows back in the 60's.

What the X-Files did do was popularize and bring the genre into the mainstream. Before then, it was rare that a scifi type show would be watched by a wide mainstream audience and not be a Star Trek show.

Having said that, I've only seen maybe a couple seasons of the show, way back in the late 90's when I was dating a girl who was into the X-Files. It didn't grab me and make me interested the way Fringe has, probably because I found the characters dull, and it did take itself way too seriously. They tried comedy episodes, but like Enterprise, the attempt fell flat.

Now, if we compared them based on their scientific accuracy, the X-Files would probably beat out Fringe. That isn't to say the X-Files is in any way scientifically accurate, but Fringe is so far out there it is laughable. Retrieving sound waves from a pane of glass... sure... you do that!
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Old March 28 2013, 05:55 PM   #39
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Not inherently, no. That's just one of the many reasons why X-Files is better. It set the standard.
The Mirrorball Man said it in far less words, but the X-Files didn't invent creature of the week shows, nor did it invent the supernatural investigation genre. The Outer Limits did creature of the week shows back in the 60's.
The X-Files is not just a creature-of-the-week show. It is not just a supernatural investigation show. And both shows you mentioned were off network air for decades (The cable version of OL was a contemporary) before X-Files premiered. Like I said, unique for its time.
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Old March 28 2013, 07:05 PM   #40
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The X-Files is not just a creature-of-the-week show. It is not just a supernatural investigation show. And both shows you mentioned were off network air for decades (The cable version of OL was a contemporary) before X-Files premiered. Like I said, unique for its time.
It is unique for the time, I agree. I simply prefer Fringe. I wish it had gained a modicum of the popularity of the X-Files, or even Lost.
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Old March 28 2013, 08:23 PM   #41
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Personally I loved X-Files stabs at comedy, but that's of course subjective.
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Old March 28 2013, 10:12 PM   #42
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Personally I loved X-Files stabs at comedy, but that's of course subjective.
Yeah. The girl I dated at the time loved the comedy episodes they did. Problem is, in Fringe there is no straight up "comedy episode", where it has to be made apparent to the audience that "this is a funny one". Nearly every episode has a touch of humor, just some more than others.

I like Supernatural for the same reason.
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Old March 29 2013, 12:57 AM   #43
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X-Files did far, far better standalone episodes. For me, the fetish for serialization demands taking nonsense like the X-Files mythology or Fringe's mythology seriously. A standalone episode makes demands on willing suspension of disbelief. But the self-contradictions in serialization demand suspension of cognition.
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Old March 29 2013, 01:26 AM   #44
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I really enjoyed both shows and watched them both the whole way through. If I have to choose one, I'll choose The X-Files. I was an obsessive fan in my teenage years, jadedly followed it right to the end, and can still pop in a DVD and enjoy a classic episode.

As others have pointed out, XF could tell a huge variety of stories involving a wide array of subject matter (from somewhat-plausible fringe science to totally fantastic otherworldly weirdness). I do think the lighter tone that developed around S6 took some of the show's original intent away, but it obviously needed to make some changes to survive.

I think both shows did develop some problems - XF got too wrapped up in the convoluted conspiracy arc, and basically went on for far too long; and Carter specifically wrote some terribly pretentious material in the later seasons (I applaud Duchovney and Anderson for going through so many flowery monologues without stopping for breath).

Fringe was fantastic too, but personally I didn't agree on some of the directions the writers took. I don't like the "soft reboot" from the beginning of S4, or the Observers turning out to be Nazis. Also, there were some interesting plot elements that could have been handled better (e.g. I would have liked to see more regarding the Cortexiphan experiments and their subjects).
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Old March 29 2013, 03:32 PM   #45
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Fringe was fantastic too, but personally I didn't agree on some of the directions the writers took. I don't like the "soft reboot" from the beginning of S4, or the Observers turning out to be Nazis. Also, there were some interesting plot elements that could have been handled better (e.g. I would have liked to see more regarding the Cortexiphan experiments and their subjects).
While I haven't seen any of S5, I agree with how the observers turned out. They went from "we can't possibly understand them" to just another invading alien force on a scifi show.
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