IMHO If you're mainly a console guy - go the DFC, you will be fastest in an environment you are best used to.
If you're mainly a PT guy, used to mixing in the box, go the ICON.
If you're a console guy interested in flirting with some PT integration, go the system 5.
For TV, I dont think much can currently beat an ICON. Custom groups, templates, PT ...
I had the privilege of using an Icon back in film school. I wasn't doing any speed mixing back then, but i remember the features of the desk being very intuitive.
Having dedicated buttons for auto preview and write to selection (and within easy reaching distance!) was fantastic for writing automation.
Custom fader groups are great if you're working from a ...
FWIW I use KeyRemap4MacBook to get some of the functionality of the numeric keyboard. I use the option "Change Num Key (1…0)" and then it becomes a matter of fn+1 fn+2 and so on to access that functionality.
this is probably one of those age old situations where the post audio team did a bang up job on sound design and the client axed it saying it was too much. had they not done any sound design and left it music and dialog, the client would have complained and asked for sound design and it would have stuck in the mix. :)
Do you happen to know of a link to a version with the FX in there? I can see what you're saying about the missing FX, and I'd say it's purely an aesthetic choice. With the bushes and flying pixies and animals moving...the mix would get very cluttered...there's so much going on! Somebody higher up may have just heard it and thought "Too much, too confusing,...
I'd say take the job anyways and give the best you can. Sound Designers are storytellers too and I think if the director is not involved so much in the process, you can create something which you think will tell a story better, sonically.