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Sci-Fi Best Scientific Concepts In Scifi Movies or TV Shows

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Talk' started by Tom, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

    Dec 6, 2004
    Gulf Coast
    When my eyesight started to fade with age I shifted from book reading to watching movies and TV for science fiction. Well, I watch a lot of science fiction.

    What are the most interesting concepts you have seen in movies or TV Shows?

    Star Trek has many interesting concepts that inspire my thoughts.
    A few examples:
    > The ability to change the phase of a starship to pass thru matter
    > Using the holodeck to create a FTL starship drive
    > The whole concept of omnipotence
    > A place in the Universe that is made up of thought
    > Extending life in a transporter buffer
    > Implications of time travel
    Star Trek's flaw is that it usually doesn't expand on those concepts. They are usually one or two episodes and kinda limited in scope and detail. While there have been some unique alien designs most are bumpy heads.

    Even Syfy Original Movies sometimes touches on unique concepts. The movies themselves are horrible works but some of the concepts have merit.

    Granted, most of the movies and shows that have the best concepts are taken from the literary works of master writers. There is just something special about 'seeing' those concepts portrayed.

    What are some of your favorite science fiction concepts you have seen in movies or shows? Even implied concepts that get you thinking about the possibilities.

    What are some old concepts that are done to death but have a 'Best Reference' in a movie or show?

    The use of Nanotechnology in Transcendence (2014).
    Ancient Technology in Stargate.
    Teleportation in Star Trek.
    Power Generation in Star Wars.
    Beings existing outside Time in Deep Space Nine or Arrival (2016).
    Genetic Manipulation in Jurassic World (2015).
    Multiple Realities in Sliders or Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969).

    What are some of the best portrayal of Aliens that do not resemble humans or any Earth-like animals but are truly alien?

    The aliens in Arrival (2016)
    The Crystalline Entity is Star Trek TNG.
    Sand Kings in The New Outer Limits (based on George RR Martin work of the same name).
    Alien Queen from Aliens (1979).
    Vorlons from Babylon 5 or The Q from Star Trek.

    As we open new ways to visualize concepts on the screen we should see better depictions of science fiction concepts being portrayed in movies and television.
    What are some of the concepts or aliens designs you would love to 'see' come to life?

    The ecological invasion of the aliens in David Gerrold's Chtorr books.
    The Moties from The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven & David Pournelle.

    Imagine seeing a film or show based on advanced techno-mages. Babylon 5, its spin-off, Crusade, Star Trek and Star Wars hints at the techno-mage's abilities. Transcendence (2014) offers a scientific plausibility for fast generation nano construction with super fast intelligent control. A techno-mage that uses nano technology and an AI controller could turn any matter into just about anything he desires very quickly.
    The ability now exists to create those kind of effects on-screen.

    If anything you want could be made into a movie, what would you want to see?

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