2006-05-14 03:19:46 UTC
definition: space travel set in the future. Things like "Firefly",
"Babylon 5", "Star Trek", "Andromeda", etc. I've noticed that the
SciFi Channel has moved away from that, lately. Except for shows in
the weekday Daytime Rotation, there's not a lot on SciFi that meets
those two criteria. I wrote "not a lot" out of the habit of leaving
room for what I may have overlooked - thinking about it now, I can't
think of anything new that meets those two criteria. The new
"Galactica" is definitely set in space, but we don't know if it's in
the future; the contemporary clothes lead me to say that that show
doesn't qualify. The "Stargates" have space travel, but are
definitely contemporary to our time. The 27th season of "Doctor Who"
(the one currently being shown) has time travel, so he can go to the
future; but he appears to be confined to Earth (or Earth orbit, in the
case of "The End of the World"). And the movies all seem to be either
swords-and-sorcery, horror, slasher, epidemics, disasters or mutant
animals - no actual science fiction, there.
I know they've had real science-fiction movies. But maybe someone
with a better memory can tell me: has SciFi EVER had a first-run TV
series set in the future, and having planetary/space travel? And, by
"the future", I mean far enough that space travel is common, like
"Enterprise", not a few years.
It bugs me that, with "Next Generation" and "DS9", SpikeTV can have
MORE real SF, in any given week, than SciFi does!
Another question: With SciFi abandoning it, where do you turn when
you're desperate for real SF? What channels have you found valuable,
what shows on DVD/tape are worth your money, etc? This is just an
informal thing, so let's not have anyone tearing a new one on the guy
who admits he likes Gil Gerard's "Buck Rogers", or whatever. One
man's trash is another's treasure.
"Politicians are conniving, wheeler-dealing scum. Don't have a fit of morals over them;
they wouldn't, over you."
--Harry Pearce, "MI-5"