do you find the way that sci-fi portrays the future depressing?

United States
November 18, 2009 7:15am CST
i have never been a big sci-fi fan but awhile back i realized that maybe its because i have always been paranoid about the state the environment is in and a lot of the sci-fi movies or shows i have seen (brothers and hubby love them) the future is so depressing looking.. seems like a lot of them have the coloring done in a lot of greys or dreary colors and some talk or are about how the world is dying etc.. ive never been one to stay away from things because i think they will depress me (i was always raised that if you expose yourself to something then you will become that so therefore dont watch depressing stuff or evil stuff etc.. i dont believe in that!! i think its sad that people would think something could have that much influence over them) but i do think something about sci-fi is more depressing than any kind of horror movie or action movie where people are being picked off like flies.. so my question is.. do you think sci-fi is somewhat depressing in the way they portray the future? are they trying to maybe send us a message that we need to take care of earth now so we dont become bleak and robotic? or am i just not a sci-fi fan? lol and nope im not bashing sci-fi.. maybe im just watching crappy sci-fi lol
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
19 Nov 09
ha ha ha ha ha... I like Sci fi. I guess there must be war and depression before any drama can be written about it. Nothing can be written if everything is find and dainty, does it? So, I am not surprised if they paint a gloomy picture of the future. This is the hero or heroine will be able to come and save the world or make the world a better place to live in.
• United States
19 Nov 09
well i dont mind things being depressing and realistic just seems its more in that genre than i realized till i started thinking about it
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
24 Nov 09
Yeah... I guess so.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
18 Nov 09
SciFi has talked about gloom and doom since the 50's. I was watching a Twilight Zone episode earlier today where aliens were talking about humans being so destructive, starting wars, killing people, etc. They're still doing that with the addition of a possible future for us if we don't change our ways. It is kind of scary because a lot of things we've seen in SciFi movies have come true. The "communicator" in Star Trek is now called "cell phones", they had computers they could talk to, we do now, too. There are quite a lot of gadgets from the old SciFi movies that we have now. All I can say is that I HOPE we don't end up in a world like that, overcrowded, gray and dreary, everyone starving, etc. But, not all are so dreary. Quite a lot are just plain weird. I'm watching a Twilight Zone episode right now where a young woman keeps seeing herself as an old women. It's the old her trying to talk some sense into the young her, but her future looks like it does now, not gloomy, except for her poor choices. Star Trek has never seemed gloomy. They go ahead and back in time all the time and it usually looks pretty much the same as it does now. Only the people or aliens are different (although the aliens almost always look surprisingly human... lol). Maybe you've just been watching the same kind of SciFi. There really are some that are quite nice! (I'm a HUGE SciFi fan.)
• United States
19 Nov 09
ya know one thing i couldnt figure out is why there is usually just one outfit for everyone?? or one style or at least very limited.. its like what did all our stylers give up?
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
19 Nov 09
I've noticed that and doubt very much if that will ever happen. If I were alive in the future (I mean, hundreds of years from now) I know that I'd be kicking and fighting a lot before ever putting on something that looked like everyone else's! I don't even follow styles now! I never have. Oh, I liked the "hippie" stuff when it came out in the 60's but that was only because it was so different. I wouldn't go so far as to say I'm a "non-conformist", but I know what I like and that's what I wear. If some people look at me and think I'm very outdated or have no fashion sense, that's their problem. I refuse to be a slave to fashion. I'd say that, unless the world turns Communist and we are required to wear the same thing, it'll never happen. Why some SciFi movies insist on depicting the future like that is a mystery to me! Maybe they think it makes the movie seem more futuristic to have everyone in foil suits. LOL
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• Australia
18 Nov 09
Its just the genre mate. In order to sell tickets and get maximum revenue you need people through the doors and they will only do so if they fear or are excited by the future. Not if the future will be what it is today. Which is most likely whats going to happen. So they make the future look as bad as possible to get money.
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• United States
18 Nov 09
yeah like how 2012 is making a ton of money.. its freaking a ton of people out but they are too drawn to seeing it.. i guess like when you cant look away from a car wreck in a ways
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@xzvzion (134)
• Singapore
19 Nov 09
I agree with moon. It seems that doomsday is very profitable. Fear is a money maker.
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@redkathy (3379)
• United States
19 Nov 09
space - Viewing space through a portal window
I think it's funny how they always blame the government or big corporations for every disaster. I look at it as what it is science fiction, not science fact. So in answer to your question, while I agree they present a bleak outlook on the future, no I don't find it depressing.
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• United States
19 Nov 09
true the word fiction is in there lol
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
19 Nov 09
Well, if in sci-fi the future wasn't bleak and in need of fixing, then there would be no story or plot. Something's got to be worng or are hero (every sci-fi story has got one) wouldn't have anything to fix. Actually, to contrast this idea that everything is bleak in sci-fi, in the Star Trek The Next Generation, series, everything on Earth is peachy. There is total peace, no one is poor, there is no hunger or despair, they fixed everything. Of course the series itself is in a galaxy far far away...or wait that's Star Wars...but you get my meaning....
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• United States
19 Nov 09
yeah true about star trek
@xzvzion (134)
• Singapore
19 Nov 09
Science Fiction movies often depict an all technological, robotic, humans-only, grey world on a dying planet, which could suggest how some people perceive the future of the earth to be. If you ask me, I'd rather live during the French Revolution than during the Chronicles Of Riddick times. You'll have to admit that the future of human is crappy.
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• United States
19 Nov 09
yeah true
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@bryanwmc (1052)
• Malaysia
18 Nov 09
Why is it that we seem to be drawn to the prophetic messages of doom or destruction in regards to the futuristic state of our world! Think about it..! Many recent sci fi movies that did very well Terminator , star trek ,fifth element ,independence day ,Fantastic 4 plus a few more even the transformer series all in one way or another carries the storyline of the end of the world... I think there is something in the collective sub conscious of us mortals now have gotten the message that if we carry on the way we do ,thats how eventually we will end up,(frightened cry of anguish)problem is not that we dont know how we can play a role in improving things but most of us cant be bothered, leaving it to the next bloke to save the world as it were ,while we carry on with our daily routines..yup ,may be said its a collective thing,an effort ,however small or insignificant it may seem to an individual,if multiplied by millions makes a big difference. Who among us dont know about global warming ,pollution,nuclear threat,ozone and on and on.. Sci fi is inspired by current events,and as it is ,most of the sci fi authors seem to head towards the doomsday conclusion!
@xzvzion (134)
• Singapore
19 Nov 09
This just shows that we don't know how to fix our own problemos. We are killing ourselves with our acts.
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@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
18 Nov 09
I think if they made the images of the future rosy and wonderful then people will say why worry about the environment or global warming. It will all be good for many many years to come. I actually enjoy sci-fi movies. We laugh and say we are learning how to prepare for zombies, aliens or global destruction.
• United States
18 Nov 09
lol i think of zombies being more of a horror movie thing.. yeah i think there is a hidden meaning in the depressing outlook
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