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[Movies / TV]

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?

by: CmdrShepard2154


October 13, 2017 (2 years ago)

6 Replies & Comments

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).

by: G-1425

Message #1

November 08, 2017 (2 years ago)

Then, "defocus" from mainstream. Turn on, tune in, drop out. Take a leap of faith and trust that SOMEBODY has got your back.

by: G-1457

Message #2

February 03, 2018 (23 months ago)

Studios are producing what works. That being said, science fiction might be less attractive to today's audience who get bore easily as soon as thinking and imagination are involve - Me88

by: G-1613

Message #3

January 09, 2019 (12 months ago)

Indeed, we miss a big bad ass space adventure!

by: G-1783

Message #4

August 27, 2019 (5 months ago)

I feel like everything has been said already... now, if you try to write a sci-fi story taking place in space, you will end by rehashing what has been said over and over again, and you risk to adopt stereotypes, ending to look like a parody of the genre.

If you succeed to find original ideas, it might quickly turn into fantasy, leaning more toward the "fiction" than the "science".

So just to say, that, there was a golden age for it, but today, it's very hard to find a good balance. So, "this" might explains "that".


by: G-1793

Message #5

August 29, 2019 (5 months ago)

Less people look at the Space, now, than during the Cold War... but things might change with the race for the Moon and Mars. As a result, at some point, we might see again stories about adventures in Space. Crossing fingers, because I love this kind of stories too 🙂

by: G-1799

Message #6

September 01, 2019 (4 months ago)

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