Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Every Sci Fi Show is the Same

I watch a lot of sci fi shows/movies Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, Andromeda, Star Trek, Firefly, Star Wars... I could literally lock myself in a room and do nothing but watch sci fi for DAYS straight, if not weeks. Not that I would, of course. But I could.

When you've spent as many hours as I have watching these kinds of shows, you start to see certain patterns. Every show has a formula, and the formula is almost the same for every show. To be sure, each team, or group, or flight crew, or set of main characters has at least one of each of the following groups.

Every show has the best damn pilot in the universe. This person can outfly anyone, with any ship. If you dropped this person in modern day, they would be able to outfly a turbo jet with a typical airline passenger plane. These people use their "skills," but I think it's more likely that they're using magic, to make their vehicles do completely impractical and impossible things.

Also, every show has a Mr. Fix-It. This person can also do impossible feats. He or she can make anything work to save the day. They give Maguyver a bad name!

Then there is the big, beefy, silent guy. He is all the muscle in the group, and rarely says anything. This silence is often used in a humorous way. They usually manage to communicate with monosyllabic grunts.

This beefy guy often coincides with the next group. The alien! Every show has an alien as a main character. These aliens are actually usually VERY humanoid. But occasionally, they are genuinely aliens. They always seem to CONVENIENTLY speak perfect English. They might look something like this:

Also there is always a Hot Girl. She has no real purpose, and for that reason is often combined with one of the other groups. Generally, she has been included to satisfy raging nerd boys.

And last but not least, there is the Normal Guy. This is almost ALWAYS a man that is attractive in a not-so-obvious kind of way. He's usually sarcastic, funny, sometimes inappropriate, and has a way of growing on you. He's the ideal man that gets all the girls and is in the show as usually THE main character for all the raving nerd boys out there to relate to.

He is usually not exceptionally intelligent, but extremely resourceful.

And I have no more to say today. Tomorrow: the people this group always seems to need, but never seems to have!


  1. You know, medical mystery shows are the same are crime shows like CSI and Law and Order, etc...

  2. Ah, I love all those nigh-identical SciFi Shows.