Voice Of The Fans: The SF TV Show You’d Like To See

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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?

19 thoughts on “Voice Of The Fans: The SF TV Show You’d Like To See”

  1. I would like to see them make a series out of the latest Star Trek movie myself. I would definately watch it. I know a lot of people are tired of Star Yrek, but not me, it’s the best set of shows ever! Anyway, feel free to visit me!

     

  2. I would like to see a show thats set during/after a near future appocolypse, one that doesn’t try and moralise the audience as if we were idiots. Jericho made a decent stab of it during its 1st season for the most part but was still a bit ‘cosy calamity’ for my liking, just a shame it got killed off before it really had a chance to shine. Survivors on the BBC is having a go at the moment but its very small minded in its approach to characters and is laden with retarded moralising.

    I also love the idea of having a new Babylon 5 type show, grand space opera with credible alien races (and motives/morality) and a strong on going set of story arcs. I would like it to stay away from the humancentric approach of trek mind.

  3. In this age of huge flatscreen TVs, I think a series based on Ringworld might be able to capture the sheer awesome scale (although I’d settle for a 40-minute IMAX film covering the Lying Bastard‘s final approach, y’know, when the Ringworld fills the entire field of view and soon loses all sense of curvature).

  4. First of all, I’ll second a new Star Trek series. It’s about time.

    Secondly, I would like a solid space opera with a stress on the “science” part of science fiction (e.g. no sound in space). Perhaps something based on a book series? Maybe one (or both) of the series by S. Andrew Swann or Alastair Reynolds books?

    Thirdly, an economy thriller, in the vein of David Louis Edelman cycle.

    And, last but not least, a decent time travel series. Again, maybe just take Kage Baker books…

    I know, I know, too many book adaptations. But then, why reinvent the wheel?

  5. One more season of the Sarah Connor Chronicles. It had just opened a very interesting new story line (the T9000 wasn’t bad, John Henry was becoming a “friendly” proto-Skynet, John Connor wasn’t as much of a whiny emo brat (in fact, he was starting to become a real leader), and Summer Glau… let’s just say I would loooove to see more of her on TV).

    On that note, I would love to see one or two more seasons of Firefly and forget that Serenity the movie ever happened.

    For something new and original, use an old concept: Twilight Zone or Night Gallery-style short fiction. Showcase a variety of authors’ short stories. That would get a ton of new ideas out there.

  6. I think most of all, we’re long overdue for another space-based TV show. I’m a huge fan of Babylon 5 (currently running through the series for the first time in a couple years), Farscape, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica and a couple of other random ones, and at the moment, we really don’t have anything with space ships in it, aside from Stargate Universe, which is currently on haitus. But Stargate is from an established franchise, and I want something new that has to do with exploration, aliens, planets, the classic stuff, much like what Battlestar Galactica did. 

    I second the desire for a sort of procedural show as well, something set in the future, something that explores technology and the human condition, etc. 

    But most of all, I want something with a good story, something that isn’t boring and something that looks fantastic.  

  7. I vote for a new series set in the far future with all of the features of “space opera”, but including the latest scientific concepts and theories. Most importantly, I would like it to have adventure, humor and a sense of fun as did the Star Trek series, Babylon 5, Firefly, and Andromeda. I don’t wish to see any new mean spirited shows with continual infighting and bickering like Battlestar Gallactica.

  8. I have to agree with the last comment Andrew made about good story, SciFi needs to get the drama right, it needs to understand characterisation and character development, which is why it really bugs me when i see people critising the likes of SG:U and BSG for ‘doing to much drama’.

    To my mind B5 worked so brilliantly because the entire show was about drama, it was about how the characters interacted with each other, how they grew and changed. Yes the shadows looked cool and they had some spectacular space battles, but it was watching G’Kar and Londo grow and change over the 5 seasons that made the show as good as it was. It was watching Garibaldi interact with Bester, Sheridan and Delen, Lennir and Vir grow from nobodies into important players and all the rest that made the show sing.

    Trek’s demise was because it got left behind by better dramas set in SciFi settings.

  9. I thought I was gonna be in the minority by coming on here and saying “I want something like Babylon 5, please!” but…sheesh, so does everyone else apparently. That makes me happy. 

    So I guess I’ll join the masses: I REALLY want some new Star Trek. Either in the new-movie universe, or even in the old universe, as long as we ditch the format that they’d been using since TNG (they broke with it in Deep Space 9, er, by ripping off Babylon 5 to good effect). Gimme something new and slick and really tightly written. Give me the writing of Fringe, that level of high caliber, but applied to Star Trek.

    I’d really like someone to hand Joe Straczynski a budget and say “new Babylon 5, or a new space novel, or whatever you want.” He’s an amazing writer.

    Mostly, I just want more things set in space, on spaceships. I REALLY like space opera. And I miss it now that Star Trek’s gone away, Firefly lasted only a moment. Doctor Who is wonderful, and it currently fufills that need (even without being spaceship based, really). 

    That was what got me into the theaters to see Avatar so quickly. it was big space opera science fiction, of the sort that I miss. 

    Failing all of that, someone up above mentioned RINGWORLD and I love that idea. wouldn’t that look amazing these days? IF they wrote it well and didn’t turn it into a Syfy Mini-series event. (“Syfy presents….RINGZ…starring Zooey Deschenal and Jared Leto as Kathy Kash and Spokes”).

  10. I am looking forward a proposed new show, Slingers, based on the ‘Sizzler’ reel that was released a couple of months back. That show looks like quite a bit of fun, and exactly what the genre needs. 

  11. A reboot of Andromeda would be great with or without Kevin Sorbo (though he was pretty good).  And it even slightly falls under the Star Trek theme since Roddenberry envisioned it as a far future Star Trek show after the fall of the Federation/Klingon/Romulan empires but was nixed by the TV execs.

    Quark would be a great comedy to reboot though heavily modernized and less corny.

    An original show should be modeled after Space: 1999/Lost in Space/Firefly (better science but with Firefly’s grit) would be nice.

  12. I am going to follow suit with Star Trek and space operas.  I miss them too!  Lets make it gritty like Battlestar Galactica (newer) and deeper like Fringe.  *Grabs popcorn and prepares for the show.*

  13. I would love to see something about colonizing other planets. Either something like Earth 2 (I really LOVED that show) that looks at the actual colonization of the planet, or we could follow an exploration crew as they try to find planets suitable for colonization. The second could be really interesting, as we could see different planets/aliens regularly, deal with moral issues (how advanced should an alien species be for us to leave them alone?), and the pressure of only interacting with the same small group of people (4-10) for years at a time.

    One book I would love to see adapted into a mini-series is Elizabeth Moon’s Remnant Population. In it, a colony fails (according to the Company) and one old woman, Ofelia, decides to stay behind as the rest of the colony leaves.  She revels in her new freedom and ends up being the first contact with the developing species on the planet. It’s fascinating b/c it examines how we treat the elderly, assumptions of intelligence (the official who comes to make contact with the aliens thinks that just b/c Ofelia was a housewife she wasn’t intelligent, plus the question of how intelligent the aliens are) and the underlying similarities between humans and aliens.

  14. Please no more trek… the universe ain’t bad but Rodenbury productions would just make the same old garbage it has since it started TNG.

  15. Rowan beat me too it.  I want to see planetary exploration.  Several ways to go about it.  You could try something like the old show Earth II which had a good setup (first crew sent to new planet to start colonization) but bad exectution (crash landed on the planet many miles away from their destination and their supplies so the entire first (only?) season is just the crew walking and walking and walking…..boring).

    Or how about an adaptation of the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson and the teraforming of Mars that those books cover?  Those books are so dense with both sci fi goodness and traditional interpersonal relationships that tv show writers would never run out of usable material.  Wasnt SyFy going to adapt Red Mars into a miniseries? 

    Coyote by Allan Steele would be another good book to adapt for good old fashioned planetary colonization.  Both books Flood and Ark by Stephen Baxter also come to mind for something worth adapting, they already read like tv scripts to me, very visual and very direct in their style of writing. You get a global catatrophe (Flood) followed by the attempt to prevent our extinction by launching an Ark in an attempt to create a colony, a new earth.

    Oh I love me some space based sci fi too, Firefly’s cancellation back in the day had me near tears.  Okay, not tears but I think I may have thrown something against a wall.  But I really love the mystery and adventure of a band of colonists trying to meek out an existence on a new and wild planet, lots of potential for TV fun.

  16. William R. Forstchen’s Lost Regiment series. It has something for everyone: Sci-fi, Civil War, mixed Earth cultures, clashing armies, steampunk, 12-foot-tall “Klingon”-like cannibal aliens, great mix of characters.

    Also, anything from Edgar Rice Burroughs.

  17. I’d love to see a new Land of the Lost. Not something campy like the Will Ferrell movie version. Something that goes back to the roots of the original series. Get the “sense of wonder” of the old show. Base it around a family, and get real SF writers working on the scripts.

  18. I’m genre bending a bit, but since we’re blueskying stuff…..

    I would absolutely sit still every week for a new installment of Stephen King’s Dark Tower.  The only way I can see this working on film is as a TV series, and preferably on a network that allows adult content, say true and say thankya.

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