The television landscape has plenty of offerings for score fans. With the likes of Trevor Morris, Ramin Djawadi, Dave Porter and Daniel Licht peppering shows with amazing scores it's easy for them to get lost in the vast sea. Chris Tilton's work on Fringe is something that should always be grouped with the best on television. Fringe is by far the best score for a network television series and is probably the best since LOST went off the air. Tilton has taken this show and made it his very own. It has all the quirks and subtleties of a series score with some memorable pieces.
Fringe is a show for a core group of viewers. Michael Giacchino started off the first few episodes since J.J. Abrams was producing it. Chris Tilton took over the show and he has raised this child into a well groomed young adult. The score is definitely a plot based score. It moves along at a steady pace with a pulse that always seems to be beating even in the quiet moments. There is always life behind this music, which may sound like a weird thing to say. However, you have no idea how many times I come across music with no life behind it. In TV it's easy to hit cruise control given the insane schedules and amount of music needed, and some composers do it. Tilton has never been guilty of it from day 1 of this series, and it looks like he's going to be able to finish strong. Fringe was recently renewed for a final season, and I'm sure Chris Tilton will bring us full circle in the best way possible.
Season 3 is more of a great thing as Tilton's music refuses to lose any steam or emotional punch. The score is not a loud one with booming melodies, but in the subtle workings of it all there are great things. Tilton has managed to weave together a lot of music over the current run. Season 5 next year will be the last, which means we have two more releases of music coming. Plenty more Tilton to go around; this show isn't over yet!