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Where did all the good sci-fi go?

Recently, I watched two Sci-Fi movies, both of which were a HUGE letdown.

The first, Alien Covenant, had only one positive – the acting. The plot was a mess, the characterisation was woeful, and it had one of the worst cliches in movie history… how many times have you heard this in a movie?

Character 1:

Hey… do you hear that?

Character 2: No…

Character 1: Exactly! There’s no sound. Nothing.

Insert ominous music…

A little while into the movie, I said to my wife – prior to this scene – if they do the whole, “Hear that?” thing, then I’ll be bitterly disappointed. And mere seconds later… they did.

Does this make me psychic? No. Well, maybe, but unlikely.

What it makes me is totally aware of the cliches and tired plot devices that are prevalent in Science Fiction movies today.

Not only do Screenwriters not have any original ideas, but they’re now so bored by the entire screenwriting process that they’re using the same dialogue!

Another movie I watched was “Life”. God, that was so bad. Not only was the acting dreadful, but the sheer stupidity of the characters turned a boring re-hashed plot into a tirade of “fuck-you – insert character name – why are you so stupid?” And these people were supposed to be astronauts! They’re supposed to be smarter than the rest of us, aren’t they?

Take a look at Star Trek: Into Darkness. Yet another example of laziness by the writers. Turning a movie into a ripped off version of The Wrath of Khan (which is magnificent by the way).

They just didn’t care! There was so little thought put into the film’s plot.

Star Trek: Beyond, wasn’t much better, but at least it had a fresh story.

Here are some of the other Sci-Fi movies that have been released recently (all of which are dreadful in their own ways).

  • Passengers
  • X-Men Apocalypse
  • Independence Day – ResurgenceTransformers (ANY of them!)
  • Flatliners (last time I checked it had the lowest Rotten Tomatoes rating ever!)
  • The Dark Tower

These are just a few examples, but it leads one to think, Where did all the good Sci-Fi go?

Will the Bladerunner Sequel be any better? We’ll see. How about the next Star Wars?

Review: Prince Lestat

OK, here’s my long awaited review of Anne Rice’s latest book, “Prince Lestat”. Before reading “Prince Lestat” I read all the other books in the vampire chronicles (well, the first five – the main ones).  To say I was excited about this book would be a massive understatement. I’m a huge fan of Anne Rice’s… Continue Reading

So many books, so little time…

Okay, so by now, if you’re reading my blog you’d know that I have defined set of unbreakable rules to ensure I get my writing complete. Well, rules are meant to be broken, or in this case, bent ever so slightly. At the recommendation of James Scott Bell I put together a plan to ensure… Continue Reading

John D. Macdonald (My hero)

Whilst I generally plan, meticulously, what books I will read, I was slightly detoured when a Stephen King book – 22/11/63 – caught my interest. The story is about a high school teacher who come across a portal in time to 1958 where he intends on saving JFK. Terrific premise and I thoroughly enjoyed the… Continue Reading

Bad Endings…

What is it with TV Show endings? The Elementary season 2 finale was boring (Ooooh, you’re moving out?!? Dun dun duuun! Must stay tuned next season so we can be sure Watson gets a decent toaster. And I can’t wait for the obligatory house warming episode where she invites the only four people she has… Continue Reading

Books Into Film

You know what bugs the hell out of me? How many times a great book has been turned into a “movie” that’s complete and utter garbage. Here are a few: Along Came a Spider Blood Work I am Legend 90% of Stephen King Movies Seriously, what’s the deal here? There are so many wonderful books… Continue Reading

Submit, submit, submit

Some time ago, I attended NSW Writers Centre for the Speculative Fiction Festival. It was a gorgeous spring day, and the surroundings were equally spectacular. The event began at 10am – 6:30am for me, taking into account the travel required – and covered a number if breakout sessions where writers were given access to published authors,… Continue Reading