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    What happened to space opera?

    1960s-Star Trek
    1970s-Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: The Animated Series
    1980s to 1990s-Star Trek The Next Generation
    2000s-Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Firefly, Farscape, Stargate Universe
    2010s-?

    Why doesn't our generation have a space opera on TV? Why don't we see shows like Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, or even Star Trek anymore? Did the network execs decide the genre was dead? Do you think this genre should be revived?

    TV could use a little more epic space battles!

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    Re: What happened to space opera?

    Replaced by "The Walking Dead" and "The Vampire Diaries". The closest we have to a space opera is The CW's The 100.

    There is plenty of space opera but it is on the big screen, Guardians of the Galaxy anyone?

    Looks as if superheroes, zombies and vampires have become the mainstay of TV and cable. Hey it's all to the good.

    I did watch the animated Star Wars Rebels on ABC last week.
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    Re: What happened to space opera?

    Comic books, vampires, and zombies have not replaced space operas for me. Not by a long shot.

    We had plenty if interesting characters, good, bad, and mixed, without going to the supernatural. When i remember how long television had to struggle before movie actors would even consider doing them, I hate the see us regressing. Thank heaven for British tv.
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    Re: What happened to space opera?



    Syfy Turns James S.A. Corey's Expanse Into "Game Of Thrones In Space"

    Hopefully Guardians of the Galaxy will start a space opera revival.
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    Re: What happened to space opera?

    Check out Syfy's Ascension.

    Ascension is an upcoming Canadian/American television miniseries on Syfy. It is an original science fiction mystery drama that takes places in an alternate present aboard a generation ship, and will consist of 6 one hour-long episodes. The show is created by Philip Levens and Adrian A. Cruz. The pilot was written, and executive produced by Philip Levens who serves as the showrunner.[1]

    The series is slated to premiere on December 15, 2014, and air two episodes each night for three consecutive nights.[2] Syfy had originally announced plans to debut the show on November 24, 2014,[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] airing one episode per week for six weeks.[10][11]
    Premise:

    Ascension is inspired by the real-life Project Orion that existed under the administration of President John F. Kennedy.[4][6][8][9] The show sets up an alternate version of reality in which, in 1963, President Kennedy and the U.S. government, fearing the Cold War will become hot and lead to the destruction of the Earth, decided to launch a covert space mission. They sent 600 men, women and children into space on a century-long voyage aboard the USS Ascension, a massive, self-sustaining generation ship. Their mission is to colonize Proxima Centauri,[14][6][7] assuring the survival of the human race. Nearly 50 years into the journey (i.e. in the present), as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman the first homicide since their departure[6] causes the ship's crew to question the true nature of their mission.[6][10][11][12][3]
    Ascension (TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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