This is inspired by a few recent threads we've had in the forum: 1. A thread asking for recommendations of everyone's favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels 2. A few assorted Star Wars / Star Trek threads That got me thinking: Star Wars and Star Trek, in their current forms, are nothing more than studio cash cows. There's no real creativity happening in either of those spaces, and the best that the fanbases can hope for is a fan-service laden homage to something that peaked decades ago. I love both Star Wars and Star Trek, but at this point, I think that they have given all that they have to offer. I am certain that there are newer, better sci-fi worlds out there to be built, constrained only by funding and exposure. But for those to flourish, we need to prune back the stagnant old growth that is choking out the seedlings. I find myself craving those creative, oddball, one-offs that don't seem to get made anymore. Like, did anyone ever see a Rutger Hauer film called "The Blood of Heroes?" It wasn't high-cinema, by any means, but it was entertaining, and had a really fun premise. Same with "Edge of Tomorrow" which was highly underrated, and suffered from its association with Tom Cruise. Or Avatar, which was only possible because James Cameron had garnered enough credibility and personal financial muscle to pull it off. Stuff like that only rarely gets made anymore, because studios want the "safety" of an established franchise, with a fanbase that can't help but give money to anything with their favourite logo on it. I think that the best thing that both fanbases can do is move on from the mega-franchises and let them die, for only then can the rest of Sci-Fi truly live.