For example, Logan's Run explored a future wherein life ends at age 30 largely because that generation inherited a world that could no longer sustain its population unless vastly curtailed. The Book of Eli took another look at our future, and it served up a dark and grim fairy tale that secretly celebrated our enduring fascination with culture, literature, and the like. Heck, I've even argued that Star Wars: A New Hope succeeds largely as a film because it served to strip away all of the gloss from SciFi and instead left audiences with a burned out desert planet, a souped up spaceship, and rebels fighting the system -- a dystopian film if ever there were.
But perhaps one of the more popular forays in that theme of late is the re-emergence of the Mad Max franchise. This summer's Fury Road was a blistering cocktail of the Apocalypse on steroids ... and two of its lovely ladies celebrate their birthday today.
One of the other enduring themes that tends to entrance audiences is the idea of the Great Conspiracy. 1990's TV shows and movies really explored these mysteries to the Nth degree possible, and perhaps no greater benchmark was achieved than The X-Files. Even the more popular elements of the WB's Smallville dabbled in dark secrets ... and there are a few more birthdays harkening to those motifs today.
Enjoy August 7th, my friends. It is what it is, and -- for certain -- this day will never come again.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!