and I don’t mean the books
Consider our media landscape as tides under pale moonlight, ebbing and flowing between trends that capture our collective imagination. The early 2000s were dominated by fantasy heavyweights like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and the Chronicles of Narnia, the success of each paving the way for more injections of that unbound genre. Producers looking for the next big thing paid attention, and this wave soon washed over our televisions, producing shows like Merlin, Camelot, Legend of the Seeker, Spartacus, and the marginally successful Game of Thrones.
But now that tide is changing again, swinging back towards another genre commonly left to high school library shelves. The last year in cinema has been dominated by science fiction- The Last Days on Mars, Europa Report, Prometheus, Ender’s Game, Elysium, Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, and recently Interstellar, are all part of a rising tide in space opera appreciation.
And in 2015, television will be catching up.