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What happened to this genre?

I was never interested in science fiction until I played Mass Effect under the recommendation of a friend. I thought the Battle for the Citadel scene was epic. Now I hunger for a TV show like it. I believe the genre Mass Effect falls under is space opera. What happened to space opera? There used to be a lot of them. Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly. Should this genre be revived?

by: CmdrShepard2154


January 18, 2019 (12 months ago)

11 Replies & Comments

I do miss this kind of shows too (loved Babylon 5). I can't explain the fading of this genre. This is surprising because, today's authors / writers are those who grew up with the shows you mentioned. So, I would have thought that it should have fed their imagination and stimulated their writings.


by: G-1618

Message #1

January 19, 2019 (12 months ago)

One "problem" I am observing with today's science-fiction, is a penchant for realism and an attempt at scientific accuracy. I have no idea if this is a will of the audience, producers, or networks.

As a result, all the elements that contribute to the fantasy aspect are fading. That being said, it leaves less and less room for stories with epic adventures happening at the four corners of the Galaxy. You will find shows, for example, about the conquest of Mars, or things like that. They are good, but of course not as fancy as visiting other galaxies, meeting extra terrestrial civilizations and so on.

Even Star Wars, which was the perfect example of sci-fi fantasy is taking a more serious and realistic turn.


by: G-1622

Message #2

January 21, 2019 (12 months ago)

TV Channels are not taking risks, they want shows which can attract the largest audience as possible. So they just want generic things, and if possible rehashing other successful shows of the moment. Yes, there is a potential for Sci-fi, but may be with a too low return on investment.

However, if one day a show pops and becomes a huge success, then you can bet that all of a sudden, you'll get plenty of other shows of the same kind. This is a matter of cycles.

What it needs, is a famous author starting the project and supported by major figures of the show business industry (like Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, ... or may be George Lucas, who knows, he can come out from his retirement and finance such a project).

Do not expect the adaptation of Mass Effect for the TV (or even in movie). Yes, it can be a good idea, yes there is a huge fan base, yes there is matter to do something which kicks ass, but Hollywood sucks at adapting video games...

by: G-1623

Message #3

January 21, 2019 (12 months ago)


I think that Stargate SG1 (and its more or less successful sequels) vampirized the genre. It was so popular from 1997 to 2007 (10 years!) that it eclipsed other attempts of sci-fi shows and no one dared to compete with.

Personally, I'd like a remake of "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century".

To the OP, you might like "Farscape" : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farscape


by: G-1624

Message #4

January 21, 2019 (12 months ago)

It also needs a TV Channel/Network to accept the project. There is a lack of TV channels dedicated to "good" science fiction. There is Syfy, but ... you know,... Syfy is Syfy 🙂

by: G-1628

Message #5

January 23, 2019 (12 months ago)

Hi guys!

I am 101% with @CmdrShepard2154. Space operas need to be revived. To me it's the best scifi genre. It takes you out of this world and it is inspiring.

by: Jabocara

Message #6

February 07, 2019 (11 months ago)

I think the genre faded as the interest for Space faded among people. Look at today's society, do you see a lot of people showing interest in Space? The NASA is doing an amazing job as promoting space exploration and adventures, but there is a lot less people interested. The younger generation only mind about themselves, and their social networks.

by: G-1650

Message #7

February 10, 2019 (11 months ago)

Personally I had an overdose of aliens-related films and TV series.

by: G-1684

Message #8

March 09, 2019 (10 months ago)

me-again, and right now I have having an overdose of super-heroes. This is the problem, when a genre becomes popular, quickly you get overflown.

by: G-1685

Message #9

March 09, 2019 (10 months ago)

Check out "No Man's Sky". In spite of some are claiming, it's an epic adventure.

by: G-1689

Message #10

March 17, 2019 (10 months ago)

You might all be too young, but, in the early 90's, you had the Wing Commander series, which was amazing! I can't wait for the release of Star Citizen, from the same game developer (Chris Roberts).

by: G-1697

Message #11

March 22, 2019 (10 months ago)

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