While we currently have a lot of great genre shows populating the airwaves, columnist Kyle Munkittrick argues that it’s time for some of the premium cable channels to step up to the plate and deliver a “cinematic” sci-fi experience.
Here’s a sample of his argument:
HBO, Showtime, and AMC represent the best of cinematic TV. All three have been making bank and winning oodles of awards with a very simple formula that is extremely difficult to pull off: take a genre (Gangsters, Western, Horror), complicate the cliches, focus on the rule breakers, and tell a story that is unresolved at the end of every episode. In addition to simply having a bigger budget and more liberty with violence, sex, and language, shows on HBO, Showtime, and AMC are almost always better written, filmed, and acted than anything else on television. SF as a genre is no more limiting than period dramas (The Tudors, Mad Men, Rome), which also require extensive costumes, elaborate sets, and an extra level of commitment from the actors. All SF does is move the timeline forward instead of backward. There is, however, one binding flaw of great SF currently on television. All the best SF shows are set in space.
For SF to earn its place among shows like The Sopranos and Mad Men, it needs to get dark. Thus, I present three options. The networks may battle over them as they see fit.
To find out more and which three properties are recommended, read the full article HERE.