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This week we’ve looked at current science fiction on television and we’ve asked our Mind Meld participants what old SF TV shows should be remade. A couple of respondents in our Mind Meld said ‘none, new shows please!’ and I pretty much agree. I’ll take new over remake any day. I have two general ideas for types of shows I’d like to see.
First, I’d like to see a near future Earth procedural/P.I. show that takes its queues from such series as Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Cowboy Bepop. Yes, both anime shows and both are outstanding examples of worldbuilding that is both familiar yet new. You could argue that the various CSI incarnations that exist no border on SF (they have a ‘holodeck’ on CSI New York for crying out loud) but those are too familiar for what I want. Moving a bit further into the future opens up new possibilities for how science and technology will affect human society and other things of that sort. We see that in movies, but a series would be able to go a bit further in depth.
Second, I’d really like to see something that is a cross between Star Trek and Babylon 5 and no, i don’t consider Deep Space 9 to be it. I’d like it to be epic in scale and scope, with lots of exploration and intrigue with the occasional fleet action to liven things up. It should also explore the more interesting areas and ideas that science fiction has to offer, from Matrioshka Brains and Ringworlds and anything else that might be hidden in the depths of space. Basically take Iain Banks, Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds, put them in a blender and blend until smooth. The ideas that would come from this are what I’d love to see in full HD glory on my TV.
Those are my ideas, what about you? What would you like to see from a new science fiction show on TV?