Has TV changed forever?
Has TV changed forever? It seems to me the back in the 90s there was a lot more TV series that were deeply involved in the sci-fi realm than there are today. I mean, don’t get me wrong, they’re still quite a bit on TV, in some of my previous articles say, and talk about all the different things on at any given time. But what I’m referring to is the actual TV shows that are very sci-fi related, not Earth-based (or based on earth), and usually not based solely on humans.
Let me give you a few examples. First of all, we start off with Farscape. The Farscape project was about the human race going into space and attempting to travel the speed of light for the first time. Astronaut John Cryton accidentally opens up a wormhole, is flung across several galaxies, and is forced to land on a ship full of aliens. The next five years are spent explaining his life amongst the aliens.
Then we have Stargate SG-1. The Stargate is discovered on Earth, which basically opens wormholes to other planets. This technology enables man to visit other planets and realize that, not only are we not alone, but that there is a vast galaxy of other life that is alien to us. We’ve just been kept out of it for so long that we have no idea what’s going on. Week after week they battle aliens, parasites, deal with future technology, and create some of the best TV that I think I’ve ever watched.
In addition to these we have Babylon 5. The Babylon Project is the last best hope for mankind to have peace throughout their region of space. It’s a diplomatic trading post placed in the middle of space between a bunch of alien nations in an attempt to foster peace. Now, it does have a human presence, but a large majority of all the people visiting are not human. You have new races appearing almost weekly.
Now don’t get me wrong, today has some very good sci-fi shows we talked about many of them before: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Eureka that just ended on the SyFy Channel (totally Earth-based), Haven which is totally Earth-based but still pretty good, and I’m sure as far as sci-fi TV, I could find a few more worth mentioning. But that’s not what this article is about. This article is about good deep involved sci-fi. Frankly, I’m very disappointed that there isn’t anything currently on that is totally alien related type sci-fi, where they don’t live on earth, we don’t visit earth, and we’re in outer space talking and working with aliens constantly.
I hope that someday soon we have a return to real genuine sci-fi shows, where not only the science fiction is related in the story, but is also accompanied with large numbers of aliens, lots of outer space, some really cool battles, and while you’re at it, have some stuff blow up. I think a lot of you know what I mean when I say that I miss the very deep sci-fi shows that we had with large quantities of continuity from week to week. And I look forward to someday hopefully soon that they return.