The Three Categories Of Science Fiction

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Science Fiction is an extremely popular TV genre, with its proof being its long-running longevity through the history of television. There can also noticeably be three forms of science fiction; ‘stories of travel through space (to other worlds, planets, stars), stories of travel through time (into the past or into the future) and stories of imaginary technologies (machinery, robots, computers, cyborgs and cyber culture)’ (VIII, Roberts, Adam. 2006) it is through these three categories that science fiction can be critically looked into specifically, via its mise-en-scene, and narrative, to associate itself to one of the three categories. For the British Film Institute’s screening of science-fiction programmes, the shows chosen are as followed; …show more content…
This series started off well because it allowed older viewers to re-immerse themselves back in Elisabeth Sladen’s performance who has been ‘associated with what has been seen as the “golden age” of the classic series’ (Garner. 161) of Doctor Who, and for the younger audience it was created to be aimed for, it easily introduced many of the main cast members as well as the well-known character Sarah Jane. Looking into the narrative form for this episode, it starts with a narration from Sarah Jane herself - although not known to the audience yet - and then transitions into a television ad from which one of the recurring main actors to this season is introduced. The episode does well in not cramming every main character into the audiences mind straight away but gives the full feature length episode for each character to be developed. Sarah Jane Smith as an example is introduced at first in only a visual manner, where her presence is recognised by Maria and she gets a smile of recognition back. The costume is not of much prominence in this episode but does help to emphasise the characters within the narrative of the episode. It can be understood that through dress we have an older, mother figure (Sarah Jane Smith), a casually dressed young female, not to stood out with neutral colours (Maria) and a white-clothed young male (Luke). The choice of costuming makes hints into the character and their personality, making it easy for the audience to create an intimacy with the characters. In relevance to gender, more specifically looking at Sarah Jane herself, her role within the narrative is the female protagonist from whom the show is centred around. Against Torchwood and Doctor Who, the use of a female lead is both different but

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