Sci-Fi Social

Social science fiction is less concerned  with the science fiction and more concerned about the human society  and its values, interactions, responses, etc.This may be one of the less popular sci-fi sub-genres but it maybe one of the most important to explore.

The themes are inspirational and awareness driven. Social science fiction includes themes like the value of social interaction, respecting others (groups, races, religions), the value of personal development, the value of life and respecting all life forms

Here are some suggestions of movies and TV shows in this category that are worth watching:

Movies

Arrival instead of being the typical alien invasion action movie surprised many with its story line which makes you sit back and rethink about humanity and the consequences of our actions.

Hidden Figures is not exactly a science fiction movie but the story is important and inspirational to the genre. Two words: human computers.

Passengers rather than focusing on the dangers in space, its main story is the romantic relationship between the 2 passengers on the ship.

The Lobster has combined science fiction and romance focusing more on relationship than science fiction. The story takes place in a near future (funny how most of things looks the same as now).

 

Following these 4 great movies is the incredible story of E.T (1982) : The Extraterrestrial. A story about the value of friendship, loyalty, and trust  between a little boy and an alien that still stands out today. Beautifully written and executed, this film is a must see.



More movie recommendations:

 

 

  

  



TV Shows

The Star Trek Shows have all the elements of social science fiction. The shows illustrate the following values:

  • Respect for each other
  • Respect for the regulations
  • Understanding of all races and religions
  • The importance of Forgiveness
  • Self Improvement
  • The importance of Team work

Values that are lacking in the world today. The shows showed the results when you follow these values: achievement of great things. All of them are worth watching.

Star Trek: The original series (1966-1969)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
Star Trek Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)
Star Trek Voyager (1995-2001)
Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)

Star Trek Discovery (2017-)

 

Have you seen any movie or TV show above mentioned already? What did you think of it? Feel free to leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

6 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Social

  1. I’m not always a Sci-Fi fan… It has to be more than just the typical Aliens etc. I saw and loved Arrival. It was definitely not what I expected at all. Having said all that…I am definitely a Star Trek fan…how can you not be? lol Oh to reach the days of Federation of planets. Great fun reading.

    1. Hi Maria,

      Thanks for your comments. The genre has grown and now I believe there is a space for everyone to feel comfortable. I the same feelings and know it will take time the reach the level of federation of planets. Rights now I pray for a Federation of countries of the world where we all accept & respect each other, contribute with each other and help each other. The Star Trek Dream!

  2. Great movie suggestions.
    I saw both “passengers” and “arrival”.
    Unlike most of the opinion I heard, arrival kind’a let me down. I love sci-fi and I was really hoping fo a different resolution than the one in the movie. Really hoped for something more…well sci-fi

    I think “Passengers ” has a very interesting script and idea. Really enjoyed it, all though it has a very obvious ending 🙂

    By the way, how about adding Balde runner to the list? or even “Dune”. They both have very distinct social agendas on them.

    1. Hi Ido,

      I think its has to do with your definition of Sci-Fi that influences your expectations. For many years Sci-Fi has been related to Space Battles, Evil Aliens and Monsters by many people. But the genre has so much more to offer. The last decade many sub-genres emerged giving people the opportunity to experienced Sci-Fi from different angles. Many expected a independence day type movie for Arrival which it was not. It was more related to the internal struggles as human beings and the consequences of the decisions we make. In current times when we are fighting each other constantly, a film that lets you sit back and reflect on your own life and actions is most welcome.

      I agree with you on Passengers. I found the ending really annoying.

      I put Blade Runner under the categories Sci-Fi Fantasy and Sci-Fi Cyberpunk. But you are right, it should also be in the category Sci-Fi social too because of its social consciousness.
      I have to be honest I have not seen Dune (yet). Will check it out. Just to be sure its the 1984 movie you’re referring to right?

      1. Yep, I mean Dune from 1984. Based on the book, and father of the computer games. I see it’s not highly rated on IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087182/) but I really enjoyed it. Not your usual sci-fi movie.

        As for “arrival”, I understand what you mean. It’s just that I didn’t really expect a war movie, but some other twist in the plot rather than what the film ended up being about. It’s not that I don’t think its good, it’s just that I came with a different et of expectations.

        1. Hi Ido,

          I will check it out and see if I can find that movie.
          It’s OK. I have the same feeling with other films mainly because of the trailers. Sometimes they don’t project what the movie is about and you end up with a set of expectations that are not completely fulfilled when you see the movie.

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