Theres still some originality out there, but its gone a bit underground. Also, theres always a trend of "Follow my Leader" - Babylon 5 got attention for a bit, and suddenly every SF series had arc plots.Buffy takes off, and suddenly theres kick-ass females everywhere ( not that theres anything wrong with that, being an anime fan I can't really complain can I?! ).It surely can't be long before "Kim Bensons Monster Workhouse" has a SF series out, set on a sentinent starship and with half a cast of, er, puppets... Enterprise is a brave concept, but its not really living up to its potential. It has its moments ( the episode I saw the other day, with a spaceship "bigger on the inside" - I really hope the writers didn't think they'd caught a new idea there! - was well done ), but it really needs to go off the wall more often. I'm sure when the next really good SF series comes out, it'll come from nowhere, and leave just as big a wake as Buffy, Farscape and B5.In a way, theres probably more SF on TV than there has ever been, but its finding the series that stick. Even Joss Whedon has had problems.Myself, I'm waiting for a new series of Spaced. The writers earned my undying admiration for the throwaway joke of Daisy ringing Rail Enquiries and asking for the earliest possible train. And then the later one. And then the one after that. As I work in a ticket office, I can not tell you how happy I was that *someone else noticed that*!!
"The power of bakers, the power of artists; even the power of witches! It must be a power given by God... sometimes we suffer for it."- Ursula, Kikis Delivery Service.