The power of the high concept. The trope being creating something that controls you kinda thing on the run from it but that could be expressed better to peak my interest other than a super strength gene. I don't watch tv anymore because of a lack of originality.
You are right, there is a total lack of originality in the genre at the moment. I am sick to death of zombies, vampires and quirky series set in small town America.
I think that now every series concept has been done to death.
The last original genre stuff was Carnivale and the movie Inception