Good Science Fiction Movies on SyFy?

What’s happened to good science fiction entertainment?  You’d think that the newly redubbed SCI-FI channel, SyFy, would have taken the vanguard in true science fiction movies.  True, they bring original “sci-fi” TV series such as Warehouse 13, Eureka, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, etc; however, when it comes to original movies, they usually entail some bizarre, mutated animal with us humans fighting them off – gigantic alligators, spiders, snakes, and the like – the latest one being advertised is the “Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus.”  The storylines of SyFy’s original movies lacks creative story telling and true science fiction with CGI effects that also lack believability and realism. 

I recall when the SCI-FI Channel was introduced, I believe it was 1993 and the classics of science fiction TV series, such as the ever-popular Irwin Allen’s works (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Land of the Giants, and The Time Tunnel — deliberately excluded Lost in Space), the Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, and of course – STAR TREK were shown.  Stories of exploring space, time travel dilemmas, parallel universes, new scientific discoveries/ideas that created unlimited possibilities, as well as storytelling that involved the human spirit and the future of the human race. 

I’m reminded that Rod Serling was gifted in creating stories that also had a thought-provoking ending – an unexpected “mind twist.”  When I watch a good SCI-FI show or movie – I want to escape from the monotony of life, be entertained and have my mind stimulated. 

It seems that there are a lot of literary works not yet adapted for filming – stories from the greats – Ray Bradbery, Harlan Ellison, Jerome Bixby, George Clayton Johnson, and many more.  In addition to the play on words of their name change, SyFy also incorporated the tagline – Imagine Greater.  I’d encourage the powers that be there to do so with their films – bring us creative stories that are outside of the box and away from the “mutated animal vs. human” formula with realistic CGI / special effects.

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3 Responses to “Good Science Fiction Movies on SyFy?”

  1. Kevin Palm Says:

    I definitely agree with you here, John! I haven’t watched “SyFy” since Galactica ended but, during its run, I got sick of seeing ads for all of the “Manimal” type movies they show on there. I guess that the downfall started when they started featuring wrestling…

  2. captaincarter Says:

    Thanks Kevin. Yeah, I left out the part of wrestling. Perhaps ESPN will start showing Firefly!

  3. Losira Says:

    I could not agree with you more. It seems SyFi has mutated slasher films with high body counts,little substance. I miss the wonderful classics, that truely defined sci fi! I have noticed they seem to be trying to be into constantly encoring their new shows to fill their empty slots once is enough! I undersand the plot, at 1st showing!

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