DOES TRUE LOVE PREVAIL IN SCI FI?
A friend of mine once asked, “Doesn’t all sci-fi end in tragedy?” It was a thought-provoking question. And the more I thought about it, the more I thought the question was worthy of an answer.
As I struggled with the question, another friend reminded me also that much of modern day sci-fi shows and film are intended to be “space operas,” and like any classic opera, the story is usually founded in a tragic love story.
So looking at the foundations of science-fiction and the epic love stories that arose from it, one of the greatest science-fiction relationships in film, television and comics, is that of Superman and Lois Lane. Depending on the version, it typically does follow the “star-crossed lovers who are doomed to be apart” theory. But occasionally, writers have dipped their toe into the “happily ever after” pool and allowed Clark and Lois Lane moments of true happiness.
But can we actually say if they get their happy ending? That is a story that has not yet been told as “Smallville” heads into its 10th season and with yet another Superman film looming on the horizon. (Perhaps the same could be said for other classic comic-turned-film superheroes, such as Spider-Man and Batman. For have we truly seen either Peter Parker or Bruce Wayne get and keep the girl of their dreams. Are superheroes even allowed to have soulmates?)
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I must admit – I love the tragic, ambiguous love stories much more than the straight forward, epic love-for-all-eternity ones. Everything else in scifi worlds (well, almost everything) is so far removed from real life – I at least want the relationships to be something that is more, well, real, I guess. Some people are lucky in love, others aren’t. Whether you’re Bruce Wayne, or Joe Blo down the street.
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