Friday, May 1, 2009

"What's Wrong With Sci-Fi TV?"

A new article from Entertainment Weekly (which I found through a recent post on io9) moves on from simply reporting the deteriorating situation for science fiction and fantasy television on the networks, to considering some of the explanations for it.

The author raises a particularly good point regarding the yawning gap between the success of science fiction at the box office (where it pretty much dominates the summer blockbuster line-up year after year), and the mediocre ratings of similarly themed shows-highlighted by the very strong interest in the fourth installment of the Terminator film series, even as a reasonably well-received television show based on the franchise seems unlikely to make it to season three.

My take (and apparently, io9's as well)? Science fiction sells to the broader public as spectacle, not as ideas-and sadly, it may be getting tougher all the time to actually sell them the latter.

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