Stupid moments in Sci-Fi thread.
Science fiction, and to a certain extent, fantasy. For years it's been a place where we can explore the wondrous and the fantastic. It's also been a vehicle were writers have made social commentary of the day. Unfortunately like every thing else, it can be written quite badly. And as a result you things that are preachy, or heavy highhandedly, or just downright stupid.
So just to kick this thread off I thought I'd give you some examples.
Lets take this episode of Seaquest, now Seaquest was full of stupid, which is one of the reasons I stopped watching it. For those of you not familiar with the series think Star Trek next gen under water. Only ten times more environmentally eco friendly. It even had a Female Doctor, a Westly Crusher type, and female 3rd officer. And unfortunately just like early next gen star trek the female characters where written craptastically, the Doctor was preachy and whiny. And the 3rd officer, by the name of Hitchcock, just seemed to complain and whine alot and not do much in the way of being a proactive female character. Just...watch this clip at around 0:54 to see what I mean.
Yeah this is how I was introduced to feminism in my impressionable teenage years.
Ok so....Stinger is sexist cause its a guy thing, and guy things are automatically sexist and....boxing is a guy thing and stupid and also sexist and....Good god! this is how you defined sexism? as anything that has masculine over or even undertones? Hey what about female boxers and mma fighters? Oh and Gazelle? yeah nothing says female empowerment quite like "I am woman! now watch run away real fast from a cheetah!" Lady, that's not even a name car companies would use to market SUV's, or sedans for that matter, to soccer moms. Don't take it out on the crew around you just cause they won't use the shitty name you came up with for your research project. Sausage fest factor has nothing to do with it.
Sadly this was suppose to be the show that would get Tim Ramni out of his brothers shadow, so he could stand on his own two legs as a actor, only to go back to playing Joxer on Xena warrior princess for the next several years.
And speaking of Star Trek tng, this episode as discussed by Sf Debris.
I'm not even going to bother talking about why this is dumb, cause debris does that in the first minute of the review, and continues to point it out in such a fashion that I really have nothing to add to it.
Anyway just some of the examples I thought I'd throw out there to kick off this topic, feel free to chime in with comments and some of your own.
Last edited by Tyr; 05-22-2012 at 07:27 PM.
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Re: Stupid moments in Sci-Fi thread.
I love it when script writers can't keep their cosmographic regions straight: