The reason I’m writing about this movie is because it reminds me of the tropes site. A show like Stargate is filled with tropes. For instance, the characters are largely stereotypes. I don’t mean to say that this show is worse than most shows. Actually, its an enjoyable show, but the stereotypes do annoy me. I don’t empathize with the Stargate characters to the extent that I empathize with the characters in Star Trek: Next Generation.
Genre shows are often filled with cliche’s and predictable plots, but there are some very good genre shows. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a show that uses tropes but manages to bring new life to them. And then there are shows like Dead Like Me which step outside of the typical tropes of a genre.
What I was wondering about is why people enjoy tropes, and furthermore why people enjoy tropes used in unoriginal ways. Creating original stories and characters is challenging, but that can’t explain the vast amount of copycat shows. I suspect that most people enjoy shows because it gives them an escape from their normal lives. Life is mostly unpredictable and so people turn to shows with a desire for the predictable.