It's a good time to be a sci-fi fan. The next few years see a slate of science fiction movies hitting theaters (We'll just pretend After Earth never happened), and TV and streaming services are embracing sci-fi and fantasy pilots like never before. The quality of storytelling and casting is as good as it's ever been in sci-fi's little corner of the world, and our nerdy hearts are happy.
Well, prepare yourselves, Trekkies, Browncoats, and Whovians alike, for it's about to get awesome up in here: The BBC has a masterwork brewing for us, namely their upcoming The Real History of Science Fiction documentary series. It will take a groundbreaking, comprehensive look at the genre that's changed the world and is sure to be a must-watch event for sci-fi fans and curious types alike. From the official site description:
From Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and from Jurassic Park to Doctor Who, each program is packed with contributors behind these creations and traces the developments of Robots, Space, Invasion and Time. Narrated by Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who writer, actor, and co-creator of the BBC’s Sherlock, the series determines why science fiction is not merely a genre… for its audience it’s a portal to a multi-verse – one that is all too easy to get lost in.
Among those taking part are: William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Schlock), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), John Carpenter (Dark Star, The Thing), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Stardust), Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars Trilogy), Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise), Ursula K Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness), Syd Mead (Blade Runner), Kenny Baker (Star Wars), Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Peter Weller (Robocop), Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica), and many more.
If your eyes aren't bugging out of your head at that line-up of guests, then I'm sorry, because I don't know how to tell you that part of your soul has died. It's basically a Who's Who of the science fiction world, and it's incredible that all of these icons have come together for this series.
The docu-series will have a run of four episodes, each with the abovementioned themes: Robots, Space, Invasion, and lastly, Time (Gee, in which one do you think the former Time Lord will make his appearance?).
The Real History of Science Fiction premieres April 19th at 10/9 CST on BBC America.
Mark it down in your calendars, everyone, because this is going to be fantastic.
(Source: BBC America)