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.]