Originally Posted by lonwolf615
Reading the last few posts I can't help wondering-has there ever been a tv show that assumes, heck requires, that its audience actually think about what they're watching?
Sure. Buffy made me think and feel profoundly, all the while maintaining a remarkably consistent and stable universe. In that sense, it was the anti-Fringe, which has adopted "universal instability" as standard operating procedure.
Fringe's instability is, ironically, what makes it most intriguing and, when I can't fully wrap my head around what's going on or reconcile its inconsistencies, most unsatisfying. It's also why I'll go back and revisit it in the coming years, just as I have Buffy. With Buffy, I like to re-examine the wit, humor, clever dialogue, and story threads. With Fringe, I find clues to where they planned to take the show that I overlooked completely the first time around. Or, alternately, I wonder why they abandoned promising characters or story lines, such as Sam Weiss. In the end, I think Fringe will hold a position as one of my favorite shows, but I don't see it being in the same league as Buffy.