Monday, December 30, 2013

Bullets vs Lasers

Realism in SF movies boils down entirely to bullets vs. lasers.

Shows with lasers include:

  • Star Wars
  • Star Trek
  • Babylon 5
  • Flash Gordon
  • Battlestar Galactica (1970's)

Meanwhile, shows with bullets include:

  • Battlestar Galactica (2000's)
  • Aliens
  • Stargate
  • The Terminator

These lists are not exhaustive, yet they are enough to point to something. Bullets equal gritty. Bullets imply realism.  Meanwhile, lasers imply fantasticalism. (Is that even a word?) Shields, energy, and whiz-bang rule the day in the laser SF genre.

Note that I'm not taking sides on which is best. Bullets vs Lasers is a tool to tell your watchers what kind of show they are watching and what they should expect.