Thursday, April 17, 2008

which movie ruined science fiction?

My answer to that question is, so far, the number one response in this poll.


  1. Yeah, I was cool with it right up until the "virus" was uploaded (how?) through Mac OS 9. Yeah right, the aliens use Mac OS 9. Mac OS X I can see, but not 9.

  2. You're talking, but all I hear is "blah, blah, blah."

  3. Actually, I thought the TV series "Lost in Space" ruined science fiction. Here, on one hand, was a cool and innovative primetime show called "Star Trek," and then along came a kiddie ripoff whose tagline became: "Danger! Danger! Will Robinson."


  4. Jawn: I don't agree. I think they were attempting to make sci-fi more accessible to younger children. You can argue about how successful they were, but I think it was at least marginally important to the sci-fi realm, though certainly not as important (or as lasting) as "Star Trek."
    And besides, Robbie the Robot is awesome.

  5. Matt: I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I want to expand on my "Lost in Space"/"Star Trek" comments, then I'll shut up.

    You are absolutely right in that "Lost in Space" appealed to the kiddies. But at the time (mid-'60s), sci-fi on TV was treated contemptuously, unworthy of consideration for prime time. So, to me, what was a serious attempt to present adult sci-fi themes as a noble pursuit was underminded by the notion that sci-fi is kiddie fare. To me, it was a cynical slap. To put it another way, it was Britney Spears to Bob Dylan. Or, to stay in the same time frame, it was the '60s "Batman" TV show ("Holy-insert-noun-here!")to the current cinematic versions of the Caped Crusader.