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The creation of genre tv as cop shows is becoming an unavoidable trend. Is this the legacy of the X-Files?
With only a few exceptions nearly every genre series on TV, at the moment, is a cop show in one form or another. Minority Report, Limitless, Gotham. Scorpion, Agents Of Shield, and Blindspot (is this even a genre series? i still haven’t decided), the list goes on. I get it, in a way. Who doesn’t like a good mystery? There’s no denying the formula works. People like cop shows, and there have been series based on cops solving crimes since television became a part of the mainstream lifestyle. Now though, its becoming a little much with cops invading, and taking over genre TV. Like westerns, its the new way of approaching the old good vs evil archetype, an apparently inescapable part of the human psyche that seems to be imprinted in our DNA. I don’t really have a huge problem with it, but the phenomenon seems to be reaching a point of over saturation.
The reasons for this occurring, I think, are mostly pragmatic. Special effects are expensive, and television executives are having an eye for doing shows as cheaply as they can get away with. The format does not require spaceships and battles with CGI threats to humanity. Another obvious reason is once a certain series enjoys a certain amount of success, everyone else tries to jump on board with the same ideas in a slightly altered version to compete with the original series, which results in what we call a trend. In short, it’s the fashionable thing to do at the moment. With all the remakes and reboots that are occurring these days, anther reason may be the writers are simply out of ideas, and we will have to wait for the next truly creative concept to come along.
There are a few shows that are providing me with a glimmer of hope in this cop-filled landscape of televised entertainment choices. Oddly enough, the source of these shows is the infamous SYFY channel. Killjoys and the even better Dark Matter series are a welcome departure from this copified version of science fiction TV. Along with the unique and the distinctive cyberpunk series Mr Robot, these shows give promise of new, and different things to come, and a return to more traditional forms of the genre I love. It is relevant to note the series that possibly started it all, The X-Files, is getting a revival that is scheduled to air in January 2016.