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October 13th, 2012, 01:13 PM #16
October 13th, 2012, 01:40 PM #17
These books might be vastly outnumbered by the 'adventure stories in space' but they still exist and they are still getting published. Maybe there is no dumbing down by the publishers. Maybe there are just a lot more 'dumbed down' manuscripts being submitted and therefore a greater proportion of 'dumbed down' literature being published.
Bloody smileys still not working on my PC! Grrrrrrrr.
October 14th, 2012, 02:57 PM #18
I would like to mention there is a big difference in the realism and science fiction between the three original TV movies of The Six Million Dollar Man and the TV series made afterwards. Besides his infrared vision in his bionic eye being green instead of red, all of the action scenes and science downloads were more realistic in the movies. In the credits, a medical prosthetic manufacturer was used for the bionic limbs to add more realism too.
The action was slowed down and made to look "artistic" (fake), like many other shows with action to please anti-violence lobbyists.
I watched the executive producer comments on the DVD box sets of Kung Fu and The Incredible Hulk to find out about these lobbyists and the hold they have on TV networks.
October 15th, 2012, 11:12 AM #19
It's safe to say they don't have the hold that they used to... which is good for viewers, as it means better and more diverse characters and more compelling situations.
There will always by TV viewers who believe "Friends" is the pinnacle of programming. Fortunately, there are a few of us who demand more from TV, and TV is rapidly learning that if we don't get the programming we want, we have plenty of alternatives. Any TV producer who assumes the only audience worth pursuing has no more than a 6th grade education is just plain... well, he has something in common with the viewers he covets.
October 15th, 2012, 07:48 PM #20
I( was just thinking today that Jethro from The Beverly Hillbillies seems to be the perfect role model of who the networks want to cater to with his "sixth-grade-educated-brain."
There is a void to be filled since Battlestar Galactica went off the air on SyFy.
October 17th, 2012, 11:18 AM #21
Last edited by Steven L Jordan; October 17th, 2012 at 11:22 AM.
October 17th, 2012, 03:57 PM #22
I am watching Alphas and I am happy to see Summer Glau getting work on that series.
I see the series as being shallow without layered characters and story.
October 23rd, 2012, 03:20 PM #23
I agree that it's not Macbeth, but I don't think I'd call Alphas "shallow" (at least, not compared to 95 percent of TV fare). Still, to each his own.
A show that ran briefly on last year's BBC America, Outcasts, seemed like it had a well-organized setting and rounded characters; but it got pulled in no time flat.
I don't know what it would take to get a good-quality SF show back on the air at this point, other than Galactica's method: Suggest lots of battles and conflict, surprise your audience with sex, then load up on soapy relationships. It seems to be the way to sell drama these days.
Last edited by Steven L Jordan; October 23rd, 2012 at 03:23 PM.
October 23rd, 2012, 03:21 PM #24
Grr... another double-post.
(Mods, this is something to look into: The site asks me if I want to leave the page, suggests my posting didn't work, and when I re-submit, there are two of them.)