Humorus SciFi tends to be better than serious SciFi

Discussion in 'SciFi & Fantasy' started by Dinosaur, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

    I read & enjoy SciFi.

    Most of the serious SciFi movies I have watched disappointed me or at best were not good SciFi.

    The few humorus SciFi movies (& TV shows) I have seen were excellent. Examples: Galaxy Quest, The Last Star Fighter, Alf, & My Favorite Martian.
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  3. Saturnine Pariah Hell is other people Valued Senior Member

    Then what would you make of Doctor Who?
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  5. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

    I thought the 3 Librarian movies were quite humorous. But maybe that would be more classed as fantasy rather than SciFi. I sometimes have trouble deciding where that line is sometimes if it really matters all that much.

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    How would you class the Warehouse 13 TV series. I have trouble watching such clowns doing what they do.
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  7. Buddha12 Valued Senior Member

    There are thousands of Sci-Fi movies available and most are not that good overall, I'd agree, but then there are many of them that are very good or even great so with the good you must expect the bad as well. Just enjoy those movies that are good and try to avoid the bad ones by asking others what they thought about the movie or reading reviews about movies before you go to view them.
  8. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

    Even serious SciFi can have it's humorous moments, I like most every thing Will Smith has done and he puts a little humor in all of his movies.
  9. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

    There are quite a few good SciFi Movies & TV Shows that I enjoyed. I did not intend to imply otherwise.

    It merely seems to me that Hollywood & TV tends to do a better job with humorus SciFi than they do with the serious movies & TV Shows.
  10. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

    I disagree.
    Yes, there are some outstanding examples of deliberately humourous sci-fi on TV: Red Dwarf, Firefly, etc. But they are few and far between compared to the serious efforts: Battlestar Galactica, Fallen Skies, Walking Dead, Star Trek (and spin-offs), and countless 60s and 70s shows.
    For films there are again very few humourous sci-fi films, and the "classics" are almost exclusively hard, serious sci-fi: Bladerunner, Alien/Aliens, Dune, Moon, Silent Running, to name just a few.
    Maybe you are referring to the Bruce Willis / Will Smith style sci-fi films and their one-liners as meaning a film is "humourous"?
    Admittedly Hollywood generally needs to pander to the masses, and the masses like the action-packed, one-liner-fuelled sci-fi rather than the out-and-out hard sci-fi. But I'd hesitate before classifying them as "humourous", though, rather than just the typical Hollywood fare.

    If you genuinely think that Hollywood and TV is better at the deliberately humourous sci-fi then I would hazard a guess that you don't tend to like sci-fi - and what you actually like is the humour, regardless of the sci-fi content. There are great examples of humourous sci-fi - but they are the exception rather than the rule.
  11. iceaura Valued Senior Member

    The "serious" (i.e. solemn) ones that were sci fi in truth - not just familiar sword and sorcery, men at war, heists and capers, damsel in distress etc etc tales told with the actors on a "space ship" instead of a train or boat or horseback, marooned in space instead of on an island, etc - were by and large letdowns. The politics are especially disappointing - forms of government that one could find in 12th Century Italy or medieval England? Guys - - - -

    Bladerunner, for example, left out the major, dominating, and most essentially scientific topic of Philip Dick's novella (the central role of empathy in human nature, and its core manifestation in human relationships with animals).

    Science fiction, the genre, includes the best stories of our age - and they seem, to readers like me, tailor made for filming. It's too bad the US film industry can't seem to tell them. Something to do with the marginalization of the writer generally?

    Meanwhile, the funny ones like Galaxy Quest supply more, rather than less, depth than they present on the surface.
  12. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

    Sarkus: I deny the allegation & defy the allegator:
    I have been reading & enjoying SciFi since I read the John Carter novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs when I was circa 10 years old.

    BTW: I do not consider the John Carter novels to be better than mediocre SciFi.
  13. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

    "Farscape" was arguably the best sci-fi series ever on TV. Although there was a serious story at its heart, it sure had a lot of humor.

    "Star Wars," apparently everybody's favorite sci-fi movie (although not mine) was similar. I liked "Barbarella," which was just plain silly.

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