That's where execution comes in, which is clearly spotty, but even there I'm not in full agreement.
And you know...I don't actually think Code Geass was trying to be too serious about any "Aesop" or what have you, especially not in terms of conveying any kind of profound messages to the audience, as opposed to an entertaining experience akin to an operatic performance with some sort of thematic contents but not meant to produce any real life lessons.
I certainly understand Scherzo really wanted the show to be more sophisticated and fully develop its potential, along the lines of a serious literary work, by following his analysis of how the main concepts and other materials should have been better executed. To some extent, I can readily agree with a specific number of his complaints and parts of that general feeling of disappointment, especially after R2, which prevents me from being on Couchpotato's exaggeratingly positive side. That's really a bit much.
But what sets my opinions and interpretations apart is that I still managed to find enough contents in the series that I thought were pretty interesting or actually well done, despite not following the "rules" to the letter, so when Scherzo calls something uniformly "poor" I don't always agree, even if it may or may not be technically problematic on paper. Or we just have different tastes, preferences and pet-peeves.
At the same time...it's always worth pointing out that, regardless of the above, not all products "designed by committee" tend to be nearly as successful as Code Geass was, in every sense of the term.
There's far more failed or mixed attempts than anything else, even just commercially speaking, which I think can be partially explained in this one case because the driving force behind the committee approach was still that of the original writer/director duo, who initially proposed this project almost entirely on their own, coming up and playing with whatever ideas they personally wanted to put into a show, and only ended up incorporating executive demands relatively late into the process. So it's not exactly a very high-minded creative work, no, but it's not free from the creator's touch either.
edited 5th Oct '12 8:41:32 PM by Madonis