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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]
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    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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    Sci-fi/Space shows: Did people lose interest?

    In the aftermath of Leonard Nimoy's death I have to ask this again. There seems to be an absence of space based sci fi on TV these days. What led to this disappearance? Ratings? Cost of CGI? If our generation had an epic space show would the viewers want an epic space battle in every episode raising the cost of CGI? What happened? Did people lose interest? Does this generation express no interest in shows like this? Are they now considered nerdy/geeky by this generation? Some of my friends who are into video games like this game called Mass Effect. I wish for a new golden age of space based sci fi.

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    Re: Did people lose interest?

    I don't know. I look for space-based sci-fi all the time, but most of what I seem to find is horror or violence based shoot-em-ups that have little or no story development. There are a very few good science fiction oriented shows, but practically no space based ones like "Star Trek" or "Farscape" or "Stargate, (a few examples).
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    Re: Did people lose interest?

    Genres come and go in cycles. Several years ago we had Stargate, Andromeda, Farscape, Enterprise, etc. But then trends turned more toward fantasy/horror, with lots of vampires and zombies and supernatural small towns. In a few years, the pendulum will probably swing back the other way.
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    Re: What happened to space opera?

    I think a lot of it is cost and such an optimistic (overall) view of the future in a time when we're not as happy with the outlook of the future. For every "Battlestar Galactica" or "Firefly" - which did have a bit more realistic/somber tone as far as the future, you have five or so that is positive and a utopia.

    There IS one series I know that is trying to come back for a third season of sorts - "Starhunter" but it's an online version. It's also not as well known here though but stars Michael Pare and Tanya Allen (the latter in both seasons so far).

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    Re: What happened to space opera?

    Quote Originally Posted by NickSFfan546 View Post


    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.
    Thanks a lot! I have up GOTG for Lent. hahaha
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