- What are your favorite science fiction plots/tropes?
- What are your least favorite science fiction plots/tropes?
- What are your favorite sci-fi plots/tropes? I am a big fan of time travel and alternate realities. I find the brain-breakingness of causality loops quite fun. Like in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure when when Ted decides he'll steal his dad's keys tomorrow, then go back in time and leave them in the bushes. So he reaches down and picks the keys out of the bushes. I also like the sort of juxtaposition of different eras that time travel can lead to, like the armored knight walking down a quiet suburban street or pretty much the entirety of Star Trek IV. Alternate realities are cool because you can often see the same characters and places you're used to, but everything is shifted slightly. This can be a fun dynamic and lead to seeing different aspects to the characters or places than are usually emphasized. For example, I quite like the Star Trek mirror universe episodes, or the variations on events in Run Lola Run (although the latter is not exactly a sci-fi movie).
- What are your least favorite sci-fi plots/tropes? I'll call this trope “the Captain knows best.” But basically the trope is that whenever there is a disagreement among the bridge crew or maybe between the captain/station commander and an admiral or something, the captain always ends up being right. You see this all the time in later Star Trek, Babylon 5 and in Firefly. I want to say it bugs me because it's unrealistic and that in real life everyone's sometimes wrong (and I do think it's unrealistic). But in actuality I think it bugs me mostly because I have a cognitive bias against the sort of “trust the people at the top to be right about things” attitude that it implies.