Alright, it's high-time we start the next edition of #scificlub. This time around we'll do:
The Last Question by Isaac Asimov, a solid suggestion by Merlin.
I'll post the discussion thread on the 29th.
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The Last Question is a beautiful story. One of my favorites.
Now, for something terrible. I got bored with gaming and looked for something to watch. Andromeda popped up on Amazon Prime, and as I had never watched it, I sat down to go through the first five episodes. And holy serious shit is this show terrible. Bad, awful, terrible. Everything I hate about Star Trek wrapped around everything I dislike about popular scifi. I made it to the end of Season 1, then stopped. Then I went back and randomed two eps from the middle of Season two and two episodes from the middle of season three.
There is a good, or at least interesting, set of concepts in the show. All of them have been done better. Ship AI's are done better in the Ian M Banks Culture series of books. The hero out of time has been done so many times, in so many genres that it is a meme. Idiocracy did it better. Demolition Man did it better. Hell, CAPTAIN AMERICA does it better. Rebuilding a society after a fall? Great idea for a hero narrative, and has been done better. The Stormlight books, which I discovered this year and love, may have my perceptions and expectations altered a bit.
Then, the acting. Kevin Sorbo sucks as an actor. He's bad, fight me. Go watch a random fight scene from Hercules, go on, I dare you. Andromeda's fight scenes are Hercules choreography in space... done on a budget. Speaking of budget, Cut scenes, cut scenes everywhere as padding. At least they don't resort to too much techno babble.
One other thing that bothered me. The ship is 300 years behind the tech curve. And wins battles. Um, ok maybe, but no. 300 years is at least 5-7 machine generations even with the chaos after a civilization fall. People still tinker, people still improve things to help them survive. This is the equivalent of tall ships taking on an AEGIS cruiser and winning. Constantly, winning. Against overwhelming force. NO. The opposition would have mustered up and stomped these guys.
But that is not the biggest thing that sticks out to me. The show? It's boring. The fight scenes are dull, hell even the intros are dull. If all I had to go by was the intro to the shows in seasons two and three I would have not bothered. How can you make space battles boring? Make every. single. damn. battle the same. The crew of the ship are the stupidest idiots to ever get control of a warship. There is a deus ex machina where in every episode i watched the ship had massive damage in a battle that showed no tactical ability on behalf of the crew. Next episode? No worries the ship was healed ready for the next "adventure" only to get beat up again.
Terrible. Just, terrible. So much they could have done to make this show good.