Yeah…And the icing on the cake is that the initial pitch was the ‘novelty’ of the idea of a hetrosexual white male being portrayed like a social minority. IN SPACE!
Okay, in all seriousness, I actually remember seeing this when it first came out in 2000 and loving it. It then faded from my memory for a near decade untill I found it completely by accident again, and I still enjoyed it. Or rather I enjoyed what it potentially could or, dare I say it, can be.
The movie has its fair share of problems; pacing, poor or untold motivation of the side cast, dated looks, plot holes and inconsistencies and the context I pointed out earlier is pretty glaring (and uncomfortable) in 2014. But… I am just really taken with the interlectual property, that idea of a universe with a shattered Humanity barelly scraping by, of it being subject to callous Alien Species older than even our perception of time, Of people lossing their way - to finally finding it in the end.
I am also just a sucker for a sci-fi universe that could be a bit different from the big established ones today and it breaks my heart a little that Titan A.E. never had a chance to be one. But… there’s always hope for a reboot, I supose. And with that they could adress the problems the original had and make something even stronger and much more inclusive to all kinds of fans and people.
Imagine a series, a sprawling saga that fully fleshes out the universe the movie just touched on. Now imagine that show having a diverse (maybe even POC majority, thinking Pacific Rim perhaps) and intricate cast with all the time it needs to flesh out the characters and setting. Reinforced with todays effects and technical knowhow and going after the collage age demograph in terms of depth, scope and content matter. Animated of course.
Man, it could be the Farscape of 2014.
…Yeah, I am just dreaming. But its a nice one at least.