The quest gone astray: tracing horror in alien invasion television series of the new millenium
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The starting years of the new millennium, explicitly the year 2005, witnessed an attempt to bring the science fiction genre to the mainstream like the attempt in the 1950s, however, this time not through the medium of film but through television. Conversely, the outcome is not the same for the television series that have alien invasion narratives, if compared to the B-movies of the 1950s that had similar narratives. Mostly concentrated upon the texts of the series Invasion and Threshold, this thesis aims to explore the possible reasons beneath this unexpected fiasco and to scrutinize why the alien invasion sub-genre of contemporary science fiction fails to draw viewer attention today. Given the fact that as a sub-genre alien invasion includes the aspects of horror genre as well, this work seeks to decipher the ongoing transmutations within the sub-genre as a result of the polymorphous effects of postmodernity, that affect both the representation and the origin of horror within these narratives, such as the alterations on the concept of The Other, and The Uncanny.
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