The recent arguments over the merits of Interstellar (is it good SF, is it crappy, is it too serious, is the science BS, etc, etc) has been ringing in my ears this week. One poster even tried to label Interstellar as space opera. Which reminded me of a post in IO9 a few months back about space opera and its merits. Part of the discussion revolved around what, exactly, is considered space opera.
Lists. We love ’em, we make ’em, we argue over ’em, we share ’em. And every now and then, we see a list that just demands that we respond with: “That’s a nice list; but here’s what it should have had…”
A recent list (on The Observation Deck) of the greatest science fiction moments that made you “weep for joy” made me think of SF’s greatest visual moments from my memory, and I realized that my list couldn’t include just F@&# YEAH! moments, but heartbreaking moments as well. After all, SF’s greatest trait is its ability to make you rethink your world, and that doesn’t just come from cool explosions.
So, without further ado, and in no particular order, is my list of the greatest SF (visual) moments of TV and cinema, and how they impacted me.