Stereotypes in Science Fiction TV Shows

I was watching the old Andromeda tv show and suddenly realized that the prime characters were very much the same as those on Firefly. So I started thinking about stock characters in tv science fiction. Here’s some comparisons I came up with:

Role Star Trek Farscape Andromeda Firefly
Captain James T. Kirk John Crighton Dylan Hunt Malcolm Reynolds
Woman Warrior Aeryn Sun Beka Valentine Zoe Alleyne Washburne
Genius Engineer Spock Seamus Harper Kaywinnet Lee “Kaylee” Frye
Tough Warrior Ka D’Argo Tyr Anasazi Jane Cobb
Elvish Thief Chiana Trance Gemini River Tam
Mage Pa’u Zotoh Zaran Inara Serra
Wise Person Leonard McCoy Rev Bern Derrial Book
The Ship Enterprise Moya Andromeda Ascendant Firefly
Stray Characters Rygel XVI the Dominar of the Hynerian empire Simon Tam & Hoban “Wash” Washburne

Firefly looks a whole lot like a reboot of Andromeda. Hunky Captain of a failed government in a leather jacket, aided by a wise reverend, a woman warrior, a strange female with extraordinary abilities, and a huge male warrior who prefers to kill first and often has to be controlled by the Captain.


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An old gamer flying his freak flag, I've been playing table-top role-playing games since 1978. I've been building my own system (Journeyman) since 1981.
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