In a recent post with reference to the new Battlestar Galactica show on Sci-fi Daily:
All in all, these two episodes were great: Gritty, dark, real, character-driven and entertaining. What more could a sci-fi fan ask for?
A sci-fi fan can ask for a lot more. Though the comparison is not perfect, what about The Incredibles? One could hardly call that show dark, real, or gritty, and yet it was great. Probably greater than, at least in the sense that matters, anything Battlestar Galactica will ever be.
Cynicism, as Eric's blog very nicely quotes, is usually a mark of a deep cultural sickness. If science fiction and fantasy are realms limited only by the imagination, and our collective popular imagination only wants to explore stories that are gritty and dark, then what does that say about the hearts that drive that imagination?
Perhaps that is a calling. Where are they that will take up the mantle of artist and craft works of the imagination that provoke awe, mystery, and wonder?