thanks to io9.com
Science-fiction fans sometimes focus too much on the negative, in a world where remakes run rampant and Sarah Connor Chronicles dies so that Til Death might live. But here are six things I’m thankful for in science fiction right now.
1. That maybe, just maybe, movie audiences are developing some good taste.
I know, I know. Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen made about $833 million. And New Moon just had the third biggest opening weekend ever. Not exactly strong arguments for the intellect of the filmgoing public. But even so, both of them still came up short when compared to The Dark Knight, which set all manner of non-Titanic box office records. And for all the financial success of Transformers 2 and New Moon, I think there’s a solid argument to be made that neither really compares to the cultural impact of The Dark Knight.
The Twilight franchise has its extremely devoted fanbase, but almost no crossover appeal. To be sure, tons of people saw Revenge of the Fallen, but how many people now remember doing so? The Dark Knight, on the other hand, launched a ton of memes, established the definitive version of the Joker for years to come, and won a ton of awards, assuming you care about that stuff. (I don’t particularly, but evidence is evidence.)
2. That Dollhouse somehow, against all odds, got a second season.
Sure, it’s a shame that Dollhouse is coming to a close, but that show had no business making it past season one. Hell, it probably should have, by rights, been canceled about six episodes in. The show wasted its first five episodes on variations on the personality-of-the-week theme before launching into the master plot — admittedly because of network interference, but still — and then proceeded to unfold its convoluted, off-putting mythology that left the show without a clear central hero and a whole lot of really uneasy questions the audience had to answer. And it did all this while comfortably settling into #132 in the ratings, bringing in a paltry 3.73 million viewers per episode.
And then, thanks to favorable internet numbers, some decent critical buzz, and maybe some lingering Fox guilt about the fate of Firefly (nah), it got a second season, and Joss Whedon went full tilt at making it the craziest, most nerderiffic show ever. I mean, look at all the guest stars. Jamie Bamber! Michael Hogan! Alexis Denisof! Keith Carradine! Summer Glau! Ray Wise! More Alan Tudyk and Felicia Day! Not to mention the fact that the show is, if anything, even better, crazier, and more gleefully off-putting than last season. Dollhouse might be going out, but under the circumstances, you can’t really say it isn’t going out on its own terms.
4. That this happened.
Nothing like a little Nathan Fillion fan service to put a smile on my face. And hey, Castle isn’t exactly bad! (It’s not exactly good either, but that’s besides the point.) I’d still gladly trade every show I’ve loved for the past seven years just for another season of Firefly, though. Yes, that includes you, Battlestar Galactica!
(Sighs) the good old Firefly days. I’m still wonder if I’m the only one watching these canceled tv shows, but then I hear that others watched them too, so why can’t we have a decent non-canceled shows? We might never know.
What are your thoughts on all these?