The Netflix original series Godless is a prime example of a Western series. Clearly structured in a binary fashion, you have your “outlaws” and your opposing force, in this case the band of women that run the isolated mining town. Besides the binary fashion of the series, Godless is a clear example of a Western due to the setting which was shot in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The setting of a Western is one of the most important aspects of the film. Desert and mountains allow for the audience to feel as if they are a part of the film, making it much more real. Whenever you imagine a Western film or the old west, you think of topography that is similar to Arizona, New Mexico, and Southern California which can be seen in the series. Moreover, the series proves to be a Western by the use of props and outfits that are congruent with the 1800’s, the time period that Westerns are most often made after. The old fashioned weapons, gallon hats, the classic gang of outlaws are just a few reasons why this series is a classic Western. Lost in Space is considered a Science Fiction series due to the time period that it is suppose to represent, 30 years in the future. Many Science fiction films do this either deep into the future, or into the past with futuristic ideas and representations. Another reason why this series is a clear indication of Science Fiction is the use of aliens and extra-terrestrial life forms as the Robinson Family encounters them as their ship is thrown off course. Interstellar travel is another common theme used throughout Science Fiction films, which represents the unknown with an area that many people have not been before. The reason for the Robinson families departure to a new colony is because it is believed to be a better life for them. This idea of human condition and social issues is a reoccurring theme that Science Fiction films often adopt. In regards to appreciating these films, I do not believe an understanding of how the genres “work” is needed to fully enjoy these series’. The majority of viewers are by no means savvy to how genres depict themselves through ideologies but I do believe an understanding would make them much more enjoyable as you are able to identify and differentiate themes and typologies that many people ordinarily would not.  I personally am much more of a fan of Western Films rather than Science Fiction. I can’t always get on board with the outlandish themes that Science Fiction often uses to make them what they are. I much prefer a realistic setting and problem that the cast must overcome. Westerns have intrigued me since I was a child. I use to watch Gunsmoke quite often and looked up to the characters, whether it be the outlaws or the lawmen. Watching the first episode of Santa Clara Diet, I would say that it leans more toward horror rather than comedy. Although the pilot episode is the only one I watched, I think it can be categorized as a horror with comedic aspects to it. The horror can be seen as Drew Barrymore throws up yellow liquid and the symptoms of her “sickness”. The explanation that the neighbors son gives to them as to what is wrong is another use of horror as he explains that she is “undead”. I personally don’t think these two genres can work together in the same series or film. They are inherently contradictory. When a seen cuts to something that suppose to be horrific, the audience simply reminds themselves that a humorous scene will follow. To be quite honest, the directors choice of main characters being Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore to star in a “comedy” is probably the worst decision anyone has ever made in film history. Neither of these characters are remotely funny and should stick to the genres that they are known for. I suppose Drew Barrymore is mostly in romcoms but I have never been a fan and don’t think she is remotely funny.

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