By Laura Nicole
I don’t watch as much SciFi as the rest of the Flying Island Press crew, but I watch my fair share. There is something that really bugs me as a writer in many of these shows.
Let me start with my favorite SciFi spoof movie “Galaxy Quest”. (Spaceballs is in my top 10 of all time so it doesn’t count.) Now, (*SPOILER ALERT*)in this movie, the cast of the show Galaxy Quest get abducted by aliens who have based their entire society on the show. When they have to go on an away mission, Guy Fleegman (played by Sam Rockwell) refuses based on the fact that his character is an unnamed crew member. Based on the trope that the unnamed crew member on the away mission gets killed, he argues to stay on the ship.
This is a very frequent trope in SciFi, closely followed by the death of a main character. Yet, every time a principle character dies or is about to die, there is always some miraculous cure or last minute attempt that brings them back again and again. Seriously. How many times did an incarnation of Tasha Yar come back in ST:TNG?
And if I get started on the villains that never die… well we would be here for awhile. But you see the fingers of the “corpse” twitch or the eyes suddenly open. All I can think of is hearing Dr. Claw saying “I’ll get you next time Gadget. Next time.”