If, like me, you’re an avid watcher of tv and movies, and a reader of books, you may have noticed a trend towards the disastrous future. Apocalypse is in and in big. I mean, it’s everywhere we look.
I think it’s sort of a staple of the genre now. If you’re going to have a futuristic/scifi story, it damned well better show us how badly we, as a species, have screwed everything up. Right now at theaters around the country, we have ‘The Book of Eli’, a post-apocalyptic tale of the future. On TV we have ‘Dollhouse’ that depicts (in Epitaph One and supposedly, Epitaph Two airing this week), a future where science and technology have caused an apocalypse and the overall destruction of all civilization as we know it.
It’s the end all be all of trends.
So I ask you – where has the positive future gone?
In Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek (rebooted last summer and done so quite successfully), we have a future where yes, bad stuff happened and we humans were the cause, but we’ve moved passed that and are now soaring through the stars exploring strange new worlds and all that jazz. Kinda positive, right? But it’s the exception to the rule anymore. I mean, look at what we’ve seen from Hollywood in the past few years:
Post apocalypse America where the folks of a small town struggle to survive after nuclear bomb s have destroyed civilization as we know it.
The City of Ember
Based on the Young Adult novels of Jeanne DuPrau, The City of Ember shows a world that was torn by war, so they built a city underground for protection.
Another post-apocalyptic tale – this one about a father and his young son across a landscape blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed all civilization and, apparently, almost all life on earth.
This series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where most of the adult population has been wiped out by a deadly virus.
I mean, the list goes on and on.
So I ask you again – where has the positive gone?
Are we done with the feel good adventure tale? With the bright, shining future of the human race, all full of potential and excitement?
What do you think?