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when it comes to television, science fiction seems to be dying in favor of things like reality TV

It seems like the only truly sci-fi show that's still in production even on cable is Stargate SG-1. I don't know anything about Enterprise.

(Well, there's cartoons too, but cartoons aren't geared towards the same kind of audience.)

The funny thing is that when it comes to movies, science fiction seems to be hotter than ever. Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the recent revivial of old school comic book heroes, the matrix series - the Big Screen is spending a lot of money producing high special effect Blockbusters.

i'm not sure what to make of it. Generally i've always liked television sci-fi over movie sci-fi because they have more time and more room to create and establish the universe they're setting for their vision. There's more leeway for complex plot arcs, character development, story telling styles, and experimentation. Movies can't afford to do that kind of thing - they have a time span of about two hours to set up a story, explain it, and resolve it unless they split it up into various movies (LOTR) or use the entire first movie as the setup for the pretty-much-guaranteed sequel (X-Men). It takes a talented film maker like Ang Lee or M. Night to successfully pace a story in a single two hour period.

I wonder if there's any new anime series out there that's good. The more i watch Witch Hunter Robin, the more i like it, but that series came out and ended a few years ago. It's cool that Cartoon Network is rolling the series and exposing it to a new audience, but i wonder what else is going on, what pockets of creative sci-fi is being made for audiences in other countries that might appreciate them more.


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March 2017