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I came across a blog post written by a woman who has also cut the cord in her household. She wrote about how this season of TV has been disappointing for her and her husband because no good SciFi show has grabbed their attention. She asks where the “Battlestar Galactica” and the “Firefly” type shows are. You know, shows that take you into space, or through time. One answer to the question, she posits, is that the downward spiral of good SciFi shows began when the SciFi channel became SyFy. I’m definitely inclined to agree, but I think there’s more to it.

There’s a similar issue in publishing right now. Publishing trends are running more towards horror and fantasy; stories that focus more on hard times and tough situations. These stories are reflecting what we as a society are feeling at the current time. Normally SciFi has some sort of feeling of hope to it. There is the thrill of exploration and discovery not to mention action and adventure. I don’t think we’re really looking for that as much as we may need the pick-me-up.

Don’t ask me why we choose to come home and watch more people suffer after worrying all day about our own situations. We just do.

So there’s no good SciFi on TV right now. But were there any other good shows to premier this year? I feel like I paid more attention to new shows coming out this year than I have in years past possibly because I want to make sure I don’t miss anything, and to make sure I have options since I can’t channel surf. But I’m also paying more attention since I’ve started this blog. So when premier season started up I wanted to watch as many new shows as I could. So far we’ve stuck with:

Up All Night
Terra Nova
Once Upon A Time
Grimm
Revenge (this is just a me show. My husband isn’t into the “soapy” type shows)

That’s not a bad list. A bunch of shows have gotten the chopping block including “Charlie’s Angels”, “Playboy Club”, and “Free Agents.” It’s all a ratings game anyway, so I guess catch what you can while you can.

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About eadon216

As a Librarian I make it my goal to know as much as I can about all sorts of media. I consume more books, movies, TV, and music than is healthy for a normal person. Add in a good amount of MMORPG gaming and you have the perfect recipe for me. I enjoy doing all of this with my husband in our theater style basement

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  1. Yeah, I agree with the current decline of Sci-Fi, although Terra Nova certainly applies! As for a pick-me-up, it looks like comedies are trending HARD these days (i.e. Community, How I Met Your Mother, Up All Night, Big Bang Theory, New Girl, etc.), the list is immense. But no good sci-fi for streaming? Uh, Star Trek: TNG?! Or DS9? Or Voyager? C’mon.

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  2. I didn’t say there wasn’t any good SciFi for streaming. I said there was no NEW good SciFi (except Terra Nova).

    There is a lot of good comedy on, but again it’s not all new stuff.

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  3. Published SF and SciFi in the media have been on a downward spiral for decades, or so the story goes. However, with the release of both Avatar and the Star Trek reboot a while back, I thought we were on a rebound. Perhaps its the bad economy, or the demographics of an aging population. Not sure, but it’s a topic of interest that goes on and on.

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