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Old September 7 2013, 10:10 PM   #292
JirinPanthosa
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Re: Futurama Season 7 Discussion Thread

Christopher wrote: View Post
^Every work of fiction about the future is really about the present.
I would revise that to say, every work of fiction about the future is about the human condition in general, removed from the facts of the present.

Yes, most of great science fiction parallels problems of the present. But not specific elements of the present. Not specific people who are alive in present day or specific organizations. The more verbatim specific the analogies get, the less they tend to work. For instance, the environment episode from TNG.

I watched a few first season episodes and my feeling is that the premises for the episodes are awesome but the jokes aren't funny. I think the reason I like the newer episodes better is that they focus on letting the jokes flow from the characters based on science fiction tropes. Not just making specific references to specific things in present day.
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