Space..the final frontier..and a endless area to play out all of our hopes and fears through science fiction.
Space trekking fantasys have been part of popular culture ever since we started pondering the stars as more than just twinkling torches above our head
and a curiousity as to what new adventures await our race..
In 1966, a real attempt at creating a running narrative on this experience came out on television called Star Trek. This was not the first space film
out there mind you, But the difference was it was not marketed as a cowboys V indians fest.
The creator wanted a multilevel product that not only allowed for action, but also had a moral point per episode. This was to be a gullivers travel
verses a gunsmoke adventure.
The series employed very controversial aspects, from a multiracial crew (this was argued against quite hotly, but Roddenbury ultimately told them to
go stuff it, this is a enlightened future, not a bunch of racists in ships). Also there was his progressive agenda that permeated many of his shows
and overarching theme, such as anti-war merits (during the time of the Vietnam war) woman equality (Kirk frowns at sexual harassment laws however) and
a multitude of things that by todays standard would seem common, but in 66, would seem treading on outrage at the suggestion to staunch
Since then, seemingly every generation has had its "space saga". Be it star wars (although never a satisfactory weekly series..sorry late 70s/80s) ,
Stargate, and even arguably firefly (although that lacked much of the depth and series to series deeper subject matter presented..and was cut after 1
season because of ??? anyhow).
Battlestar Galactica most certainly held the title for pretty much every season it was on.
There doesn't seem to be much on today for the space saga mantle...or is there?
Seems with the lack of quality on television, people are eyeing the gaming industry and their amazing feats that quite often put traditional media to
shame in its content, context, depth, and even special effects.
Its time we start putting games into this market due to lack of content..
Star Trek? They are making new series...sadly, they lost their way and are catering to making fun space movies for a trendy tween audience. Not that
this is a bad thing mind you, but you don't hand over the "star trek" torch simply to the brand just for namesake..it meant something..it was a
connection to the crew, the lessons, both grim and joyful learned over time, the nerdy yet curiously close to real theories that makes you wonder if
they are letting us in on a secret, etc...sorry new star trek movies coming out, you don't fill the shoes left by your formers...you are somewhere in
between spaceballs and the last starfighter. Even your games are sub-standard and lacking creativity.
Dead Space? Personally I say no..its kill monsters, run around shooting stuff in a panic situation the whole time, but I know if I don't at least
put it up, somebody will murder my face off. Good game series, but not much depth outside of the basics, and ultimately its just a horror movie series
with space as an incidental backdrop.
I would suggest Mass Effect is most certainly in the lead here for "todays Star Trek".
Popular Mechanics Agrees here
Also my personal favorite choice (should the franchise continue). A movie is due out about the first game...this has many game fans worried (similar
worry to LOTR fans when they said they were going to make the trilogy into movies..lots of fear they would slaughter its depth)
Dr. Who: Maybe...bit heavy on the humor and light on the overall depth. Still, it does draw that certain cult audience and occasionally pushes a new
line of thinking.
I feel I am missing a big one (be it deep gaming franchise that is truely cutting edge technology mixed with powerful storyline that isn't 100%
serious or fps. Incidently, anyone whom suggests gears of war or anything anime must spend 20 minutes in the room of blades and fire)
So, your suggestions then as to where old trekkers can go to become engrossed in space once again, the joys, the sorrows, the geekdom tempered with
some good cowboy action now and then?
Or just want to complain about lack of quality space/future entertainment due to the dumbing down of the western culture...?