Yeah I like fantasy too of course. Oh, and yes, I’m very interested in the new Dune movie!
The last good fantasy tv show I watched was Merlin. I watched Game of Thrones up to the very end with a friend but it was a bit too violent for my tastes. Seems to be the same thing with the new Witcher tv show…
You’ve basically described why I’ve stopped watching new ‘star trek’ and just started watching the Orville. To me even though it’s a under a different name and in a different universe, it feels far more like a continuation of the spirit of star trek than any of the ‘new trek’ is.
I never been that much of a Star Trek fan even though I watched much of the past series, but I thought Discovery was passable. I can’t say I like all the characters and the plot isn’t the best, but nothing that I found too terrible. Picard feels less Star Trek for that matter and aside from the nostalgia factor I don’t think it’s been a good show so far.
Is nobody going to mention The Expanse though? It’s the best sci-fi series I’ve seen in a long time. it’s set in a not too distant future of our solar system, with three major factions (Earth, Mars and the Belters). There’s a lot of focus on politics (it actually reminds me of Gundam in that regard, and aside from the setting also Game of Thrones) aside from the usual space battles. If you liked the 2004 Battlestar Galactica, I think you’ll enjoy definitely enjoy The Expanse. The first season is a bit slow but it really picks up in season 2.
I don’t really care for all of these shows that tend to adapt dark and edgy subject matter really. I can’t speak for the Expanse but from what I saw in the commercials and trailers it seems to go down this path.
Things are just too serious and dark these days. What happened to the shows that used to have class, humor, intelligence, adventure and hope? Can characters not go around and murder people? Can characters not have a haunted painful past? Can characters actually have some kind of hope for their world? Why does everything have to have a bleak depressing world? Can a show just have a positive atmosphere for once?
People can always watch older shows as well. There are some true gems out there.
Did you ever watch Millienium, Solo? It is about a secret society devoted to stopping the end of the world. It was a spin off from The X Files. I know you recommended Lost to me, but I was too distracted to give it a chance.
Money is a factor, but I think here a lot of people either caved to “political correctness” or wanted it (i.e there always has to be an equal amount of male and female characters, or a greater focus on people who weren’t represented properly in the past). I think Star Wars will ok (they will have strong white male Jedis for example), but it won’t be what we enjoyed in the past.
Personally, I know the politics and I have accepted it. Let it all go and find what you want elsewhere very quickly, IMO.
I haven’t watched those shows @Geoffrey. I should probably watch X-Files at some point. I am of course aware of some it from it’s presence in pop culture.
Diversity is fine in sci fiction and fantasy, so long as it makes sense within the context of that fictional universe. You can look at something like Game of Thrones which has a diverse cast of female characters but most in different roles than the men based on the inspired historical context. Whereas something like Star Wars has traditionally had a shortage of female characters in the main cast without a good in-universe explanation, so makes sense to rectify that.
Well, such shows still exist. I can see how there’s somewhat of a tonal shift in the more popular series nowadays, but at the same time I think there’s more variety than even before. For example Stranger Things, one of the Netflix’s most popular series, has plenty of humor, adventure and hope to balance out the darker content. On the movie side, Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok were very well received.
There’s always going to be franchises that will be mismanaged. And long-running series will inevitable change over time because what worked 20 years ago won’t necessarily work today. Sometimes even the original creators may fail to recapture the essence of the franchise they created. And perhaps some things are simply better left in the past, rather than reinvented for a new audience.
That doesn’t mean the new TV shows aren’t worth watching. There’s more content readily available now than ever before.
As far as sci-fi and fantasy shows go, (and being somewhat positive shows) they exist but are a rarity. I can barely count them on one hand: Stranger Things, The Orville, Dark Crystal…I truly cannot think of anything else that isn’t dark and depressing. So, I can’t even fill one hand.
I wouldn’t exactly label Discovery as dark and depressing. One thing to take into account is that Discovery doesn’t have many episodes that don’t tie into the overarching plot, and the ones that don’t are very reminiscent of classic Star Trek. The original Star Trek series often resolved any conflict within the span of one episode, while for Discovery it can span an entire season. I find it interesting that you mention Dark Crystal because I thought that was way darker in comparison.
I think that is ok as well, but at the same time I don’t think a whole audience who supported a franchise should be alienated from it with a lack of characters with whom they can empathize.
I ultimately think we need to go elsewhere instead of trying to change the minds of people who have decided on a new direction for a story.
The X Files was great. I wish they had included more episodes about the supernatural (the main focus was on aliens and UFOs), but when they did it, it was really good. And it has an great spin off series called The Lone Gunmen which is about a group of supergeeks who investigate some of this as well.
Star Trek had a great run. I actually think the name itself wouldn’t work today. The show had a huge focus on exploration, but over time it went elsewhere. And there are the costs to consider as well. I think there is the aim for equal representation or a want to put under-represented people in shows, but there another side to all of this where one group of people have their time in the sun while others are locked out, which I really don’t like.
I honestly think a great deal of people will look at something like the new Star Wars and feel left out, and at the same time, they will misunderstand the reasons. I.e. there are creators who will focus on female characters and destroy male ones to impress women. These people do actually exist and I find that sad.
In Star Trek Deep Space 9 the main character (Commander Sisko) was African American, but the doctor in the show wasn’t. There was something for everyone there. If not in that one show then in the whole franchise.
It’s not like there’s a shortage of heroic male characters in the sequel trilogy though. Finn and Poe, while flawed, are surely action figure material. Their failures make them interesting as characters (as with Kylo). If you look at Finn’s arc for example, it’s about learning not to run away; his cowardice in the beginning makes him more relatable than if just started as a brave hero.
The lack of female representation from the original and prequel trilogies was something that clearly needed to change. Even though the sequels had a lot of problems, this was something the sequel trilogy got right.
I agree. But I think my point still stands (I read the rest of your post, don’t worry). It needs a white male Jedi hero. All those fans who supported this franchise for decades were suddenly left out. How they perceive it is the problem here. If it is made clear like the way you made it clear, that is one thing. But this went somewhere else I think. My first impression was someone simply wants to impress women. There are men who will throw other men under a bus to impress women.
I am out. But like I said, I know the real reasons for all of this. I accepted it, and went elsewhere. The new Ghostbusters has potential, for example, with equal male and female representation.