super science fiction

Y’know what I’m tired of? 

That stock sci-fi story where aliens arrive and take over the world, and they’re seen as saviors bringing technology and progress but are secretly malevolent and evil tyrants, but the only ones that realize it are the plucky, gruff, outgunned Resistance fighting for humanity and Freedom™!

How about a story where the noble Resistence are actually a bunch of backward racist terrorists attacking the imperfect but well-meaning aliens along with a slowly blossoming cross-cultural symbiotic society because whaddya know, humans finally start thinking of the big picture and getting their shit together but the well-armed xenophobic relics of a bygone little-world can’t stand it and lash out violently. How about that?

The Super Dimension Fortress (SDF-1) hovering above a destroyed region of the Ontario Quadrant, North America in 2010 after the giant spaceship’s Omni-Directional Barrier System overloaded under the strain of a Zentradi attack resulting in the Earth’s surface being obliterated for a radius of 25 miles out from the vessel.


Top 10 Fav Animated  TV Characters of the the 2010′s (so far). 

  1. Bojack Horseman (Bokjack Horseman)
  2. Rick Sanchez (Rick & Morty)
  3. Dan (Dan Vs)
  4. Dandy (Space Dandy)
  5. Ryūko Matoi (Kill La Kill)
  6. The Mane Six (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  7. Mordecai And Rigby (Regular Show)
  8. Beerus (Dragon Ball Super)
  9. Starscream (Transformers: Prime) 
  10. All Might (My Hero Academia)

For kicks. Ties allowed. Eastern and Western Allowed.

Honorable Mentions -Star Butterfly (Star vs. The Forces of Evil)Korra (The Legend of Korra)
“Grunkle” Stan Pines (Gravity Falls)
Ice King (Adventure Time) Louise Belcher (Bob’s Burgers)Razer (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) Saitama (One Punch Man)

Back in the late 1970s, my generation dutifully gathered in front of their TV sets, bowl of sugar-laden cereal in hand, to watch Saturday morning cartoons. And if you were a sci fi and/or comic book fan, Hanna-Barbera’s “Super Friends” was obligatory viewing.

One of my favorite episodes was late 1978′s “History of Doom”. By the standards of the day, this one was comparatively high-concept.

Three extraterrestrials arrive on Earth and find the planet’s surface has been all but destroyed. Exploring the records of the Hall of Justice, the alien trio learn the origin stories of Lex Luthor, Apache Chief, and Giganta; how the Justice League of America and the Legion of Doom came to be formed; and how Earth became a devastated planet.

The latter, we come to discover, involves the Legion firing a rocket at the Sun that will both create a solar flare that will destroy the Hall of Justice and will turn the Sun red thereby robbing Superman of his powers so he cannot stop the flare.

In response, the Justice League activated the Earth’s planetary force field – did I mention at some point the Justice League apparently rigged up a planetary force field? – but the flare interacted with the force field in such a way that the Earth was all but annihilated.

Manatu, one of the alien explorers, uses his mental powers to both turn back time and to move the Moon so as to block the flare.

The episode concludes with Superman gloating to Lex Luthor over the latter’s failed plan by telling the supervillain that he should have confirmed there would not be a solar eclipse that day. Luthor replies that he did check and there wasn’t supposed to be one.

Superman responds, “Don’t bother trying to figure it out, Luthor. Sometimes, when you’re on the side of justice, things just seem to go your way.” Because there’s nothing mysterious or alarming about the Moon being in an impossible position in its orbit.

“History of Doom” may seem unimpressive by modern standards. But if you were seven or eight years old and living in the interminable interregnum between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, it was what we had.

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