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* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'': Another botched series from Roddenberry. The lead actor was run off the show because the studio felt that it needed to be more episodic. The tone of the show changed from a sci-fi detective story ("Who are the Taelons and what do they want in exchange for improving Earth") to a cop show with very few sci-fi concepts beyond those already established.

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* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'': Another botched posthumous series from Gene Roddenberry. The pilot takes place only 3 years after FirstContact. What the series captured perfectly, but ignored in later seasons, was that humans had only recently come to terms with an alien race as part of their world.
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The lead actor was run off the show because the studio felt that it needed to be more episodic. And then they did it again in season five; not a good sign when you have to continually cycle cast members to save money. The tone of the show changed from a sci-fi detective story ("Who are the Taelons and what do they want in exchange for improving Earth") to a cop MonsterOfTheWeek show with very few sci-fi concepts beyond those already established.established. Sandoval, played by the capable Von Flores, turned out to be the saving grace of the series at that moment, something even the execs could not topple.


* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': The Marmite series, unafraid to resort to {{fanservice}}, {{Dutch angle}}s, and [[LargeHam hammy actors]] to spice up a lukewarm script. (As happened often.) It starts off relatively tame, but then the show stops pulling punches and shows how savage the universe can be. Though it can be esoteric and [[ContinuityLockOut hard to follow]], the puppets are mostly well done, and the show has a very grim atmosphere to it.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': The Marmite series, unafraid What's most interesting is that the Aussie TV market was not a market where science fiction had been successful. Like ''Lexx'', you had a large pool of talent wanting to resort show the world what they could do. They used animatronics because the Jim Henson company wanted to {{fanservice}}, {{Dutch angle}}s, prove they could do film-quality puppets and [[LargeHam hammy actors]] to spice up makeup on a lukewarm script. (As happened often.) It TV schedule. As for the show, it starts off relatively tame, but then the show it stops pulling punches and shows how savage the universe can be. Though it can be esoteric and [[ContinuityLockOut hard to follow]], the puppets The aliens are mostly well done, well-done, and the show has a very grim atmosphere to it.it. (And where else are you going to see a naked blue anthropomorphic plant?)


* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': Originally created by Creator/GeneRoddenberry, pitched by Majel Roddenberry, and steered by Robert Hewitt Wolfe (of ''Deep Space Nine''). It was a Vancouver production and it shows. You'll see the ensemble recycled in other Canadian productions from that era: ''SG-1, Lexx'', etc. These days, it is best remembered for Lexa Doig in tight outfits. Can't blame Michael Shanks for knocking her up, though it did remove her from the show for a while.
** In Season Three the network pushed for a more episodic show with more focus on Kevin Sorbo's character. The last year (''Hercules: The Legendary Space Journeys'') was terrible.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': A kind of "five-year miniseries" which rewards multiple viewings. The tone of the show varied quite a a lot: If their direct competitor borrowed from [[SpaceWestern old westerns]] and war movies, [=B5=] was a [[RecycledInSpace space-based]] Middle Earth, as seen from the POV of mostly-mundane [[{{Cyberpunk}} cybertopia]]. The "techno-mages", a monk-like order of scientists, are sort of a manifestation of this dual nature. You also had some Arthurian legend and Ripperology mixed in there, giving it an UrbanFantasy feel.
** The {{aftershow}}, ''{{Series/Crusade}}'', suffered from network meddling and budget restrictions, and it probably isn't worth the time unless you're a fan. The second spinoff, ''Legend of the Rangers'' (LOTR...geddit?), is basically the ''Babylon 5 Christmas Special'': 15 minutes of G'kar (one of Andreas Katulas' final performances before he died) and 1 hour and 45 minutes of wasted time.

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* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': Originally created by Creator/GeneRoddenberry, pitched by Majel Roddenberry, and steered by Robert Hewitt Wolfe (of ''Deep Space Nine''). It was a Vancouver production and it shows. You'll see the ensemble recycled in other Canadian productions from that era: ''SG-1, Lexx'', etc. These days, it is best remembered for Lexa Doig in [[BestKnownForTheFanservice tight outfits. outfits.]] Can't blame Michael Shanks for knocking her up, though it did remove her from the show for a while.
** In Season Three the network pushed for a more episodic show with more focus on Kevin Sorbo's character. The last year (''Hercules: The Legendary Space Journeys'') was terrible.panned by fans.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': A sort of "five-year miniseries" which rewards multiple viewings. If their direct competitor borrowed from [[SpaceWestern old westerns]] and war movies, [=B5=] was a [[RecycledInSpace space-based]] Middle Earth, but with enough verisimilitude to take those tropes and make it into something you can believe in. (The "techno-mages", a monk-like order of reclusive scientists, are one such example of this dual nature.) It helps that Andreas Katulas (G'Kar) has such a commanding air that pretty much everybody raises their game in his presence.

* ''Series/BabylonFive'': A kind of "five-year miniseries" which rewards multiple viewings. The tone of the show varied quite a a lot: If their direct competitor borrowed from [[SpaceWestern old westerns]] and war movies, [=B5=] was a [[RecycledInSpace space-based]] Middle Earth, as seen from the POV of mostly-mundane [[{{Cyberpunk}} cybertopia]]. The "techno-mages", a monk-like order of scientists, are sort of a manifestation of this dual nature. You also had some Arthurian legend and Ripperology mixed in there, giving it an UrbanFantasy feel.
** The {{aftershow}}, ''{{Series/Crusade}}'', suffered from network meddling and budget restrictions, and it probably isn't worth the time unless you're a fan. among other things. The second spinoff, ''Legend of the Rangers'' (LOTR...geddit?), is basically the ''Babylon 5 Christmas Special'': (LOTR, get it?) probably isn't worth your time unless you're a fan: 15 minutes of G'kar (one of Andreas Katulas' final performances before he died) died!) and 1 hour and 45 minutes of wasted time.not much happening.



** Ron Moore's ambitious spin-off series, ''{{Series/Caprica}}'', had positive critical reviews, but it suffered from the same fate all prequels do: A central tension between the new characters (who [[RememberTheNewGuy do not appear or get mentioned]] in the later saga) and the predecessors to the originals (whose fate is [[ForegoneConclusion already known to us]]). A second prequel series, set during the First Cylon War (''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaBloodAndChrome Blood & Chrome]]'') was pretty much all-action, with none of the gravitas/nuance viewers had come to expect from the BSG brand.

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** Ron D. Moore's ambitious spin-off series, ''{{Series/Caprica}}'', had positive critical reviews, reviews. During the first season, Moore stuck to his guns about keeping it a family drama, but it suffered from the same fate all prequels do: A central tension between last few episodes were so packed with story because the new characters (who [[RememberTheNewGuy do not appear or showrunners knew they weren't going to get mentioned]] a second season, and didn't want to leave their open storylines dangling in the later saga) wind. ''Caprica'' and the predecessors to the originals (whose fate is [[ForegoneConclusion already known to us]]). A second prequel series, set ''Blood and Chrome'' (set during the First Cylon War (''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaBloodAndChrome Blood & Chrome]]'') was pretty much all-action, War) never really clicked, because it seemed like they were going down the road of "You served with none of my father in the gravitas/nuance viewers had come to expect Clone Wars?" ''Caprica'' simply raised more questions than it answered and complicated the overall story. Still, it's a shame that the lesson they took away from the ''Caprica'' was that space battles and military bravado was what made BSG brand.popular and gave us ''Blood and Chrome'', which no one liked.



* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': The Marmite series, unafraid to resort to {{fanservice}}, {{Dutch angle}}s, and LargeHam actors to spice up a lukewarm script. (As happened often.) It starts off relatively tame, but then the show stops pulling punches and shows how savage the universe can be. Though it can be esoteric and [[ContinuityLockOut hard to follow]], the puppets are mostly well done, and the show has a very grim atmosphere to it.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': The Marmite series, unafraid to resort to {{fanservice}}, {{Dutch angle}}s, and LargeHam actors [[LargeHam hammy actors]] to spice up a lukewarm script. (As happened often.) It starts off relatively tame, but then the show stops pulling punches and shows how savage the universe can be. Though it can be esoteric and [[ContinuityLockOut hard to follow]], the puppets are mostly well done, and the show has a very grim atmosphere to it.

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* ''ComicBook/Cosmo2018'' is an all-ages variant of the genre, which a RagTagBunchOfMisfits explored exotic locales on both the solar system and beyond. In a twist of irony, Max acted as a side character and a pastiche of [[CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth muscular square-jawed space hero]] to the alien main characters.


* ''TabletopGame/{{TwilightImperium}} may as well be the TropeCodifier for space opera board-games. Spice-dealing, trader lions, peaceful turtle-people who smoke weed, living flames put into mechanical bodies, snake-women who have psychic powers; the Twilight Imperium's got it all.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{TwilightImperium}} ''TabletopGame/TwilightImperium'' may as well be the TropeCodifier for space opera board-games. Spice-dealing, trader lions, peaceful turtle-people who smoke weed, living flames put into mechanical bodies, snake-women who have psychic powers; the Twilight Imperium's got it all.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{TwilightImperium}} may as well be the TropeCodifier for space opera board-games. Spice-dealing, trader lions, peaceful turtle-people who smoke weed, living flames put into mechanical bodies, snake-women who have psychic powers; the Twilight Imperium's got it all.


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* ''ComicBook/{{Valerian}}''

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* ''ComicBook/{{Valerian}}''''ComicBook/{{Valerian}}'' essentially TropeCodifier, as it went on to inspire many seminal Space Operas, including ''Star Wars'' and ''The Fifth Element''.

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* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' has all the trappings of a Space Opera, despite being a comparatively more personal affair.

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* ''Fanfic/EarthsAlienHistory'' is a collaborative project MegaCrossover between numerous Sci-Fi franchises (including many of the ones listed elsewhere on this page), which quickly expands into a truly massive universe. The [[Franchise/MassEffect Reaper]] WarArc alone could constitute a full story all on its own, and a spinoff featuring {{Colony Ship}}s sent to the Andromeda galaxy has begun as well.


[[IThoughtItMeant Sadly]], there aren't too many actual {{Opera}}s set [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]].

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Sadly]], there aren't too many actual {{Opera}}s set [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/FinalSpace''


* ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'' is an unorthodox example that mixes SpaceOpera with GaslampFantasy. An immortal QueenVictoria reigns from the city of London, transplanted into space after [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu murdering]] a [[SentientStars sun-god]]. Spaceships of the Royal Navy wage war against plucky colonists determined to win their independence from the New British Empire. The most popular local form of AppliedPhlebotinum is time itself in material form, [[AsteroidMining mined from asteroids]] and refined in massive [[EternalEngine Workworlds]].

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* ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'' is an unorthodox example that mixes SpaceOpera with GaslampFantasy. An immortal QueenVictoria reigns from the city of London, transplanted into space after [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu murdering]] a [[SentientStars sun-god]]. Spaceships [[{{Steampunk}} Steam-powered]] spacecraft of the Royal Navy wage war against plucky colonists determined to win their independence from the New British Empire. The most popular local form of AppliedPhlebotinum is time itself in material form, [[AsteroidMining mined from asteroids]] and refined in massive [[EternalEngine Workworlds]].

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* ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'' is an unorthodox example that mixes SpaceOpera with GaslampFantasy. An immortal QueenVictoria reigns from the city of London, transplanted into space after [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu murdering]] a [[SentientStars sun-god]]. Spaceships of the Royal Navy wage war against plucky colonists determined to win their independence from the New British Empire. The most popular local form of AppliedPhlebotinum is time itself in material form, [[AsteroidMining mined from asteroids]] and refined in massive [[EternalEngine Workworlds]].


* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' and [[GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 its sequel]].

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* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' and [[GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 its sequel]].


''Franchise/StarWars'' is inarguably the most famous modern example of space opera. (Indeed, ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' may have shifted "space opera" from insult to a more neutral genre descriptor, due to the involvement of veteran sf writer Creator/LeighBrackett.) In ''Star Wars'', technology is either [[MagicFromTechnology magic]] (the Force) or jazzier versions of today's gadgets ([[FrickinLaserBeams blaster rifles]], hovercars, space ships). Any ''Star Wars'' character ([[TheEmperor evil emperor]], {{farmboy}}, [[SaveThePrincess princess]]) would feel at home in a {{Doorstopper thick fantasy novel}}, in part because editor-publisher Lester del Rey derived the "epic fantasy" template partly from ''Star Wars'' and partly from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', though also because these works borrow from the same source of Jungian imagery.

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''Franchise/StarWars'' is inarguably the most famous modern example of space opera. (Indeed, ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' may have shifted "space opera" from insult to a more neutral genre descriptor, due to the involvement of veteran sf writer Creator/LeighBrackett.) In ''Star Wars'', technology is either [[MagicFromTechnology magic]] (the Force) or jazzier versions of today's gadgets ([[FrickinLaserBeams blaster rifles]], hovercars, space ships). Any ''Star Wars'' character ([[TheEmperor evil emperor]], {{farmboy}}, [[SaveThePrincess princess]]) would feel at home in a {{Doorstopper [[{{Doorstopper}} thick fantasy novel}}, novel]], in part because editor-publisher Lester del Rey derived the "epic fantasy" template partly from ''Star Wars'' and partly from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', though also because these works borrow from the same source of Jungian imagery.

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