14. Buck Rogers In The 25th Century (Nuclear War In 1987)
The TV show Buck Rogers in the 25th Century aired from 1979-1981. The show centers around NASA/USAF Pilot, Captain William Anthony “Buck” Rogers. He launches into space via a spacecraft in May of 1987 but issues arise once he gets there. A life-support malfunction in the aircraft essentially freezes Buck.
He is then discovered adrift in space in the year 2491, around 504 years after his mission launched. The 25th Century has cryopreservation, and gases from Buck’s aircraft have a formula within that closely relates. Thus, they can unfreeze and revive Rogers. Upon doing so, we’re made aware a nuclear war broke out in November of 1987, 6 months after he went into space. Of course, we know that nuclear war never broke out in the actual 1987.
13. Escape From Los Angeles (Just So Much From 1998-2013)
After the surprise success of the first of these films, Kurt Russell and the crew returned for Escape from Los Angeles. This movie came out in 1996, making even less sense than the original. In 1998, we see a crime-ridden Los Angeles that is now governed by the new United States Police Force. In the year 2000, an earthquake causes Los Angeles to break apart and become its own island.
A Presidential candidate claims that LA was being punished by God and then is elected President for life. We then find out the President made LA essentially a prison. In 2013, the President’s daughter Utopia is seduced via a holographic system and…wait, we’re pretty sure that we’ve written enough to prove our point here.
There original Rollerball came out in 1975 and takes place in a dystopian future. It’s actually set in 2018 where somehow rollerball has become a major sport in a world run by corporations that replaced governments. Jonathan, a famous rollerball player, is asked to retire. His sponsors think he’s overexposed.
He refuses. becoming too threatening to them and their attempts to kill individualism. Therefore, they make the game more dangerous to force him to retire. Of course, while money in politics can be an issue, corporations do not run countries. We also do not have a big television with three others on top of it either. There is so much wrong with their 2018 that is kind of surprising how off they were.
Set in the year 2015, the Back to the Future II‘s main premise is that Doc and Marty originally go to the future to fix a few issues with Marty’s future kids. This seems weird, as it’s the future and could be altered simply by Marty knowing in 1985. In any case, this future is then messed around with when “Old Biff” sees the time-traveling Delorean.
He goes back in time with a future Sports Almanac to make his younger self richer. Now Marty has to find a way to fix it. However, despite how good the movie might be, we have yet to see the numerous flying cars. We have especially not seen a flying Delorean, and that’s the biggest crime.
While 2001: A Space Odyssey may be a terrific science fiction movie, it still does get a lot wrong about our future. To be fair to the film of 1968, we’d obviously love to see their version of 2001 in part. In fact, one major thing we’d love to see is the colonization of the moon.
In some ways, this was nice to consider. Their movie came out just one year before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped foot on the moon in 1969. To some, it seemed like the next logical step was colonizing the big rocky thing. However, it has yet to occur. Here’s hoping it happens in the 2020s!
9. Warriors Of The Wasteland (Nuclear War In 2019)
Warriors of the Wasteland was released in 1984 but actually came out in Italy under the name “New Barbarians” the year prior. On top of this, it was actually the first of three movies in a series. They were all shot in 6 months, which tells you the true care put into all three projects.
In the film, we’re led to believe that the world experiences a nuclear war in 2019. This makes what was once the United States into a wasteland that cults or gangs are trying to take over. One gang, The Templars, attempt to kill off all the survivors. The reception of the film(s) is heavily mixed.
8. Children Of Men (Human Race Dying Out Due To Infertility In Men)
Children of Men was released in 2006, starring a prime Clive Owens. The concept of the movie seems compelling. Plus, the movie went another direction by telling us that the human race is slowly dying out due to decades of infertility. Owen plays the only baby born in decades and has to try to figure out what is going on.
All of the infertility issues began in 2009, resulting in a near collapse for the human race by the movie’s setting of 2027. Currently, we do see a falling birth rate happening but nothing this severe. Just from 2009 to 2019, we’ve seen over 43 million children born in the U.S. alone.
7. Clothing (Multiple Science Fiction Films, TV Shows, & Books)
Have you ever seen anything from science fiction media and then began to think, this looks weird? The entire idea of most people who make science fiction content is that we are going to see a future of wild clothing styles. Unless they were trying to channel the 1980s, wild styles seem to be the last thing the future will head toward.
There is still some clothing people wear that channel the 1950s, 1970s, and other eras due to the love of “retro” concepts. While hairstyles can be a bit wild at times, clothing rarely has ever gone in that direction. In fact, throughout most of the 2000s, we’ve minimalized and went toward darker coloring most of the time.
6. Geostorm (Weather Satellites Keep The Planet Habitable In 201
2017 science fiction film Geostorm started out with a good concept. They mention climate change is so bad that it affects the world heavily, but they only picked 2 years into the future. In the movie, the Earth will be impacted so badly in 2019 that we will have to rely on a global system of weather-altering satellites.
They will be used to keep the planet habitable, but if they fail to work, a major “geostorm” will hit. This is apparently a worldwide hurricane/major storm. This movie makes no sense most of the time, making Geostorm one of the worst future predicting films ever.
5. Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan (Eugenics War 1992-1996)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is simply spectacular. It takes place in the year 2286, so how did it land on our list? Star Trek is one of the most accurate movies/television shows to ever exist. The original version of this film (there’s a 2013 remake) came out in 1982. Sadly, there’s a glaring hole.
During one point of the film, we’re told that a Eugenics War between 1992 and 1996 wiped out most of Khan’s people. Khan and his followers were among the last of their kind due to being genetically-altered. However, we’re pretty sure a Eugenics War nor Genetic Altering of humans happened in the 90s.
The original Blade Runner came out in 1982 and did attempt to give itself a more than 30-year cushion into the future. However, they get so much wrong in the movie that we had to highlight a few. The movie is set in 2019, allowing us to know pretty well if any of their concepts ever came to pass.
While we’re not really sure completely if there is life on Mars, we are sure that Earthlings have not colonized it. At least, we do not know of any colonization that has happened. Is this possible? In the distant future, it could happen. As of 2019, not so much.
While a lot of science fiction media has given us a setting that looks odd or tends to look bad for random reasons, Mad Max took a different approach. The series was always hard to put a timeframe on due to the series attempting to avoid the very thing we’re doing with it now. However, an interview with George Miller in 1984 gave us a clue.
It’s supposedly set somewhere between the 1990s and 2018. Miller gave us more than a 20-year window with that. How did their desolate world come to be? We’re led to believe nuclear war and climate issues were the main cause. Yet by 2019, we’re pretty sure this isn’t our reality.
More than anything else, this is what really makes us upset about Back to the Future II. The hoverboard, at least the type we see in the film, still does not exist. Several people have made their own version of one, yet most of them tend to be really large and ultimately aren’t as impressive.
The movie depicts kids and eventually Marty riding the hoverboard like a skateboard. While “Future Biff” also has a hoverboard, he also has some nice booster rockets on his. Look science, we’re not asking for what Biff has, just give us that 80s-style hoverboard sometime soon!
1. Time Travel (Multiple Science Fiction Movies, TV Shows, & Books)
Time Travel has been used in tons of science fiction media. We mentioned a lot of them on this list like The Terminator and Back to the Future. Yet others also exist that we did not cover such as Dr. Who, Interstellar, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Star Trek IV, The Butterfly Effect, Planet of the Apes, and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Yet the worst part about all of this is that no matter what science fiction connection we see with this, time-traveling is not possible yet. It angers us that it isn’t, mostly because there is so much we’d want to change or see. Plus, science fiction media tends to get a lot wrong about the future. We hope to see it eventually!
Sources: [Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Columbia Pictures, Trimark Pictures, Orion Pictures, New World Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer(MGM), AVCO Embassy Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, & Warner Bros.]