Last week, Entertainment Weekly online published an open letter to the Sci Fi Channel, wherein Mark Bernardin asks “Why are you not way more awesome?” Bernardin rightly points out the ‘good’ SF that is on the Sci Fi Channel, which, if you look at it, is really a very small percentage of the programming. The rest being made up of crappy monster movie of the week, cheap SF movies, questionable ‘reality’ programming, and wrestling. As Bernardin asked, why isn’t Sci Fi doing more in the way of adapting good SF novels into movies or TV shows? Why aren’t they creating engaging new SF content for their viewers?
While many of us probably have asked the same questions, I think doing so misses the point of the Sci Fi Channel. Sci Fi isn’t about being awesome, it isn’t even about science fiction, good or bad. It’s about making money.
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