Good evening, friends! Let’s return to one of my favorite American families and their latest adventures. Well, latest is a relative term, considering that Fresh Off the Boat is currently airing its fifth season, and I’m still watching and reviewing the first season… but that’s beside the point! Their adventures are new to me, and for this assignment, that’s all that matters.
Angles, color, length of shots, and scene/plot complexity are all elements of a TV show that make it both watchable and unique. Fast-paced shows (Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives comes to mind) incorporate bright colors and quick shots. The Good Place uses lighter colors to represent a serenity of sorts. Fresh Off the Boat combines multiple color schemes to convey a complex theme. Lighter, pastel colors are often present when the whole Huang family is together, and these convey a peaceful tone. When the entire family is in the same place (especially in their own home), the “better when we’re together” feeling is almost tangible.
In many of Eddie’s adventures in which he hangs out with his school friends or pursues yet another girl way out of his age league (sorry buddy, somebody had to say it), the color scheme is generally vibrant. Not only is this bright palette attractive to viewers, but it is also indicative of pleasant, happy times for Eddie.
Typically, each episode is Huang-family-centered. The main plot concerns most, if not all, family members. Additionally, Louis always has some trouble with entrepreneurship, and Eddie has a problem with a friend (or a love interest). So, each scene usually lasts for a few minutes, and the scenes that affect the entire family usually last a bit longer than those that only feature one or two. Again, this detail points to the huge emphasis Fresh Off the Boat places on close family relationships.
As I have noticed throughout this entire first season of Fresh Off the Boat, the show really does feature close family bonds. If all roads lead to theme, then cinematography is a highway in this sense.