OH SCI-FI, OH SCI-FI, WHERE FOR ART THOU OH SCI-FI!


This weekend, Dragon Con takes place here in Atlanta. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Dragon Con is a three-day Pop Culture festival which has been a Labor Day custom for the past 20 years. I’m unable to go (*sniff, tear, sniff), so I am amusing myself by watching as much Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica (old & new) and Lord of the Rings as humanly possible.

As I watch The Empire Strikes Back the thought occurs to me that in the next few months, there aren’t any really good new sci-fi movies coming out to speak of. Sure, there’s the remake of The Thing and Apollo 18, which could be a possible remake of the 1990 horror flick Dark Side of the Moon. There’s also Real Steal; which to me looks like a movie based on the old Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots. On October 28th we have In Time starring Justin Timberlake that seems to have the potential to be really good. And in November we have Melancholia, a movie about a planet on a collision course with earth while a couple is celebrating their anniversary. Uhm, ok, yeah I’m really looking forward to seeing that–NOT. Not exactly a great selection to choose from if you’re a sci-fi fan.

I really hope that there will  be some good movies coming out in the next year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to all of the comic book based movies slated for release next summer. But my question to the powers that be in Hollywood is, what has happened to the creativity that once existed? Where are the new space opera’s and adventures that could become cult-classics that our grandkids will still be watching 40 years from now?

I can still remember the excitement of seeing the first three Star Wars movies back in the 80’s. My mom took me to see Return of the Jedi twice. Every time a Star Trek movie has come out I’ve been right there. And I’ll be there again in 2013 when the next one comes out. But what else do we have to look forward to? Sci-fi is being treated like the proverbial red-haired step-child.

It is my sincerest hope, nay, my deepest desire and prayer, that new movies are being introduced this weekend at Dragon Con. Because if not, it looks like Obi Wan Kenobi is our only hope for great sci-fi entertainment.

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