As 2010 fades away, I find myself looking forward to 2011 and wishing for a few things to come true in the world of sci-fi (and other cool stuff). I’m not going to make any predictions for the upcoming year… but I will state a few things that I sincerely hope come to pass in 2011.
Wish #1: A fourth season for Fringe. When Fox announced that it was moving “Fringe” to the dreaded Friday night “death slot,” I was very upset. I love this show. The writing is consistently good, the actors involved are really starting to shine (John Noble deserves an Emmy nomination for his consistently wonderful performances as Walter Bishop / Walternate!), and the mix of stand-alone stories and serial mythology appeals to me. Fox executives have since stated that most people watching “Fringe” do so via a recording of some sort, so maybe the new time slot will not be the death blow I fear.
Wish #2: That the comic book movies in 2011 will not suck. Okay, this wish might be shooting for the stars. Maybe I should say that I hope the big name movies will not suck. Starting in January, we will see at least seven comic book movies next year. I have my doubts about “The Green Hornet” and “Priest.” I am hopefully optimistic about “Cowboys & Aliens.” But the big question mark in my mind is about the summer biggies… “Thor”, “X-Men: First Class”, “The First Avenger: Captain America” and “Green Lantern” all stand to either be huge hits or fade away in a sea of mediocrity. I really think we simply have too many comic movies coming out this year, and 2012 doesn’t look much better.
Wish #3: A military sci-fi show on television featuring Olivia Wilde. This will never, ever happen… but that doesn’t mean I cannot wish for it. I want a show on TV that combines “Battlestar Galactica”, “Space: Above & Beyond” and the huge fleets of space-going warships you see in anime classics like “Macross” and “Star Blazers.” And I want the lead character to be played by Olivia Wilde. Hmmm. I think I am asking for somebody to make a television show based upon the Honor Harrington novels by David Weber. Never heard of ‘em? Here’s a little background info. But I cannot imagine the show ever being made for a number of reasons: 1) it would cost too much money to do the effects the right way; and 2) nobody in the mainstream world would watch it because it would be militaristic and violent.
Happy New Year… leave a comment and let the Sci-Guys know what you are wishing for in 2011!