What happened to this genre?
Back in the early 2000s we had awesome epic space operas like Battlestar Galactica and Babylon 5. I used to see a lot of commercials promoting the Battlestar Galactica TV series back in 2004-05. I was never interested in sci fi until I played the first Mass Effect under the recommendation of a friend. I thought the Battle for the Citadel scene was epic. I have yet to watch Battlestar Galactica and Babylon 5.
Why don't we see shows like Battlestar Galactica or Babylon 5 anymore? Did the network execs decide the genre was dead? I think we need more epic space battles on TV. Are they perceived to be too nerdy for the average TV viewer? Did we lose hope for humanity's future? Does space travel and exploration not excite us anymore?
It was long thought that fantasy was a genre once thought reserved for geeks but Game of Thrones has garnered a huge audience. Perhaps a well written space opera with a huge budget could appeal to a diverse audience.
Do you think this genre should be revived?
They tried to reboot space opera with the new Star Trek, but unfortunately feminism and social justice warriors co-opted the genre in the name of politics as opposed to entertainment and telling a great story (even social justice warriors dislike the new show).
The bottom line? Everything from Stranger Things to NCIS are catering to social politics as opposed to creating the most literary sound (and by extension, subconsciously enjoyable) entertainment. Heck, even the average vocabulary level of TV shows has lowered down to a four grade level (this has been proven in several studies, I'm not making it up).