That was Then. This will be, Too…

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Last month I talked about the reading and viewing options I had growing up. Fast forward twenty–okay, forty–years. I haven’t quite achieved my goal of hiding every wall behind bookshelves. But my Nook and my Kindle Reader are overflowing, and our Netflix queue takes up more space than Google’s cloud servers. All of them.

I’ll hit reading options next month. For now I wanted to narrow the focus to just television. Here were the main shows available to a budding young geek ‘way back when.’

  • The Twilight Zone,59-64
  • Outer Limits 63-65
  • Jonny Quest 64-65
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 64-68
  • Lost in Space 65-68
  • Wild Wild West 65-69
  • It’s about Time 66-67 (A real stinker. But one of the catchiest themes ever)
  • The Prisoner 67-68
  • Land of the Giants 68-70
  • Night Gallery 70-73
  • UFO 70-73
  • The Starlost 73-74
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker 74-75

Compare that list with just a few of our recent offerings:

  • The Walking Dead
  • Supernatural
  • Agents of Shield
  • Grim
  • Being Human (British)
  • Las Revenants (French)
  • The 100
  • Under the Dome
  • Primeval
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Librarians
  • Dr. Who

Throw in your favorite subscription service, and now Firefly, Dark Angel, Dollhouse, Star Gate SG-1, Farscape, Star Trek TNG, Heroes, Fringe, Lost, Red Dwarf, and Eureka open up. Ruh-roh. Almost forgot the animation: Adventure Time. Futurama. Robot Chicken.

Up next for me personally? Into the Badlands, The Man in the High Castle, and Jessica Jones. It doesn’t get much better than this. Right?

Well, it’s a safe bet that forty years from now most of our current fare will, well, not fare very well. But don’t panic. Remember Sturgeon’s revelation? The cream of the crop will survive.

But the main fare? My money is on CGI. Feeds crafted on the fly where every action, word, scene, scent, and note of music is generated real-time based upon the profiles and reactions of the participating audience.

Oh, there will still be actors, producers. There had better be. There is a word for a world without live acting and improv. Dystopia. But I’m betting the majority of the content will be immersive and completely CGI.

 

 

When our ‘now’ has become their ‘then’, I can imagine those future geeks unjacking and asking

“You had to actually read them? Watch them? You didn’t just live them???”

But we did live them.

Oh yes, we surely did.