There’s no denying that writer and producer Ronald D. Moore is a science fiction great. His work on Star Trek was important to the franchise, while his Battlestar Galactica reboot is considered some of the best television has to offer genre fans. So when Moore sounds off on the current state of science fiction, you know people are going to listen.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Ron Moore discussed his feelings about contemporary science fiction in movies and television. The 49-year-old geek icon feels that sci-fi today is content with being purely for entertainment purposes and is unwilling, at the moment, to evolve into something more mature and smart. He feels that his Syfy series Helix is trying to break that mold. Moore says:
‘I think science-fiction for the last 15 or 20 years — on television and in movies — has devolved to just popcorn,’ he says, citing Helix as one of the few examples of more ‘adult’ TV sci-fi. ‘To do something in this genre, it had to be just light and fluffy and silly and adventurous.
‘I think that science-fiction can be deeper, it can be meatier, it can be more adult. It can take itself a little more seriously and try to do something different. That’s certainly what we set out to do with Battlestar and I think that Helix is a good venue for that as well.’