Come on, we all know Doctor Who is the exception to the rule? For some odd and awesome reason, Doctor Who Gets spinoffs and lasts for decades. But why don’t we take a quick moment to look at a few other shows in the genre that just seemed to not get the credit (or air time) they deserved. You see, Sci-Fi on TV is cursed. It really is. If you make good Sci-Fi for TV, be prepared to last a handful of seasons at most. Why? Because stuff that is that epic, well-written, and nuanced, just tends to scare away the sheep-like-masses.
Think about how many spectacular sci-fi shows there have been since the inception of TV. Heck, most people don’t even know that the original Star Trek only lasted a few years. They have this weird assumption for how popular it is that it ran for decades. Nope. Newer versions of the show fared slightly better, but even then, were often delegated to syndication. So why is this. We have Firefly, we have Farscape, we have Stargate. These shows develop loyal and loving followings, yet, they all die prematurely. That, my friends, is the curse of good Sci-Fi TV. I think shows that make people think and use their minds amid being entertained makes some people made.
The irony being, it seems those people who get mad are the ones who have the power. Toss on a trite teen drama, it will run for six years. But on a show about space and its infinite loops and mysteries, it will last two seasons, tops. Messed up, right? I am saying this because Extant starts tonight, looks and sounds great, has great talent on board, and I bet for those very reasons, it will last a season.
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