Science fiction has taken somewhat of an upward turn in recent years, becoming attractive to more than the small cultish fan groups and growing to the universal mainstream.
With the success of shows like "Lost
," "Battlestar Galactica
" and "X-Files
," sci-fi is steadily becoming worth investing in by the bigger networks.
Starting in the fall, ABC is releasing two new big sci-fi shows to the mainstream to see if we have a taste for it, and if you're any kind of sci-fi fan at all, these are the new shows you should be looking forward to.
Although an exact date has not yet been given for this show, it stars Elizabeth Mitchell
("Lost"), Morris Chestnut
"), Joel Gretsch
"), Morena Baccarin
"), and Scott Wolf
"), among many others.
This ensemble show is based off a show of the same title in 1984-1985. The original only lasted one season, but perhaps now is exactly the time for it to gain the popularity it deserved. The original was about an alien invasion of reptilian creatures called The Visitors.
It looks like the new "V" is updating a few key parts of the story. The Visitors come as saviors to the planet and start healing humans, bringing them help and technology to ease their suffering. Naturally people are skeptical at first, but their hearts are won over by the message of peace and hope. There is a group called The Resistance that suspects the Visitors are hiding something and that their real plan is of a nefarious nature.
First of all, ABC has rounded up some excellent actors, many of them known for former sci-fi shows. Other than "Lost," "Firefly," and "The 4400", the cast includes people from "The Nine
," "Kyle XY
," "Painkiller Jane
," and "Stargate: Atlantis
." Each of those shows have a rather loyal fanbase so it could very quickly gain their viewers. Plus ABC will be more equipped to give a bigger budget to this show, which will make all the sci-fi elements cleaner and less campy.
With an impressive ensemble cast and a new spin on an old concept, "V" could very well be the new sci-fi show to look out for in the new season. Support science fiction now, while it's actually given credit on a big network!
Also appearing on ABC this fall (September 24) is "FlashForward." This is another major sci-fi undertaking by the network, and it is based on a novel by a Canadian writer named Robert Sawyer. This show is rumored to be paired with "Lost" when it returns for its final season, but it will begin on Thursdays taking the "Ugly Betty
" time slot.
The show is about a mysterious event where everyone in the world simultaneously blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds. When they wake up, they realize they saw images from six months in the future...and the future appears to be devastating. Is this a real flash forward event? Were they being warned of a horrible calamity? Or was it all in their minds? The show revolves around an FBI agent named Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes
) who tries to figure out what happened and starts collecting every person's flash forward to piece the future together.
This is another rather impressive cast, with Joseph Fiennes ("Shakespeare In Love
"), Sonya Walger
("Lost"), John Cho
"), Jack Davenport ("Pirates of the Caribbean
"), Peyton List
") and a whole ensemble of others.
Already ABC has been pushing this show with mysterious little previews, usually only 20 seconds long called "What did you see?" Fans of "Lost" will be familiar with the ads since they ran constantly during last season. Like "V," it will have a bigger budget than a lot of sci-fi shows, although most of that might be spent on the cast itself, but it looks like quite the thrilling, mysterious kind of show. Can they stop the disasters from happening in the future? We'll have to watch and see.
If you are a science fiction fan, these two shows are guaranteed to whet your appetite for more. At the very least, if you support these shows you could see more (and better) sci-fi shows on the horizon. They have to prove to be lucrative for the networks, and ABC is taking a big chance with these shows. Prove to them that it's worth it, and the other networks should jump on the bandwagon.
Story by Chelsea 'Dee' Doyle
Starpulse contributing writer