6 Terrifying Sci-Fi Predictions (About the Year 1997)

#3. A Mission is Launched to Colonize Other Planets (1965's Lost In Space)

Via Desktopstarships.com

What Science Fiction Promised Us:

In the classic sci-fi TV series Lost in Space (better known as Hey, Star Trek's on! Wait, no ... no, nevermind) the Robinson family becomes stranded in a distant galaxy after their mission to colonize other planets is sabotaged by a dangerous enemy agent (whom they decide to keep around anyway, on account of his charming personality).

Via Screened.com
"Yes, this looks like a man we should leave alone with our young son as often as possible."

The amazing technology available to the Robinsons in this futuristic era includes a nuclear powered spaceship capable of interstellar travel (the Jupiter 2), shiny silver spacesuits equipped with stuff like jetpacks and ray guns, and a highly intelligent, extremely well-armed talking robot.

Via Orbotix.com
That they use as a nanny.

The date the mission was launched? October 16, 1997.

What Actually Happened:

In the real world, October 16, 1997, was the first time the New York Times showed color pictures on its front page, and also ... no, that's it. That's the most exciting thing that happened on that day. Seriously.

The day before that, however (10/15/1997), happens to be the day that NASA launched the Cassini/Huygens probes on a mission to Saturn -- and they're still out there. In 2005, the Huygens reached Saturn's moon Titan and became the first probe ever to land on the outer region of the Solar System. The project involved 17 nations, hundreds of scientist and almost 20 years of preparation. The Cassini and the Huygens aren't exactly the Jupiter 2, but they did pass right next to Jupiter on their way to Saturn.

Via Wikimedia Commons
Also known as Jupiter 2.

This means that the creators of Lost in Space were only off by one day, seven crew members (and a robot) and thousands of light years of distance. Not too bad. Who knows, maybe that Lost in Space movie from 1998 will turn out to be just as accurate.

Please dear God no.

#2. The Predator Will Show Up in L.A. (Predator 2)

What Science Fiction Promised Us:

Predator 2 was basically the same as the first one, replacing the jungle for Los Angeles, Arnold Schwarzenegger for Danny Glover, and the present for the near future of 1997. Los Angeles is in the middle of a scorching heat wave and a bloody turf war between drug dealers, and Glover plays the LAPD detective who's getting too old for this shit.

Via D.ratingmovies.com
You know ... this shit.

Oh, right, there's also a space hunting Rastafarian going around, killing people for fun. Danny Glover proceeds to thoroughly kick his ass back into his spaceship, at which point all the other Predators come out and basically start cheering him for killing their buddy.

Via scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com
"Gary was such an asshole."

And that's what made the whole movie worth it. In the Predator universe, 1997 was the year when Danny Glover kicked more ass than anyone else in the universe.

What Actually Happened:

Minus the whole alien hunter thing, this one's actually the closest movie on this list to hit the mark. 1997 did in fact have one of the most scorching summers on record for the time. The 103 degrees in Pasadena actually shattered a record held since 1938. You could barely see past your own nose with all the heat-induced distortion.

Via Worldharmonyrun.org
It's a bunch of really fat, cloaked Predators!

Gang warfare in L.A. isn't exactly new, but 1997 also happened to be the year of the infamous North Hollywood Shootout, one of the most violent in U.S. law enforcement history, in which the police actually had to get guns from a local gun shop just to be able to return fire on a gang of bank robbers.

The shootout went on for 44 minutes, and was even adapted into a movie called 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out, which we're gonna go ahead and imagine as Predator 2 without the alien. Sadly, they completely missed the opportunity to cast Danny Glover as the lead detective.

#1. The Terrorist "V" Launches His Attacks (the Comic V for Vendetta)

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What Science Fiction Promised Us:

The V for Vendetta comic is essentially the same as the movie, only with less bullet time kung fu fighting and a few pesky ideological discrepancies. First published in 1982, the story predicted that by the '90s, England would have become a totalitarian state ruled by a Big Brother-type Leader. That all changes on November 5, 1997, when an anarchist known as V begins fighting the fascist government through a series of carefully planned terrorist attacks. Another difference with the movie is that in this version, the masked protagonist is more prone to breaking into musical numbers.

V for Vendetta didn't show a whole lot of technological advancements, except maybe the surveillance system enforced by the government. In the comic the Leader sits in a dark room surrounded by screens, presumably watching people as they poop, all day, every day. They even put speakers and microphones on the security cameras in order to make the lack of privacy as complete as possible.

Via Wisardwriter.info
"At night, your light bulbs will be replaced with bees. For your protection."

That's 1997 England. As for the rest of the world: They're all burning up in flames due to a massive nuclear war. So, yeah, we're actually glad this one didn't come true.

What Actually Happened:

Not only did England not turn into a totalitarian state, 1997 was actually the first time the Conservative Party lost the general election since 1974. Some of our British readers might point out that the Labour Party wasn't really any better, but the Conservative defeat at least broke the 20 year one-party monopoly. Meanwhile, instead of a masked terrorist playing twisted cabaret songs in his hideout, the country was more concerned with Elton John singing to the recently departed Princess Diana.

Via The Sun
Which is pretty much the same thing.

It turns out that in 1997, England's privacy wasn't being violated by government cameras on every corner, but by paparazzi. And by government cameras on every corner.

The mass surveillance trend in the U.K. began in the late '80s and became widespread in the '90s; by the early '00s it was estimated that there were 4.2 million CCTV cameras installed across the country. More recently they've started adding microphones and speakers to them. Even the propaganda seems like it was directly lifted from V for Vendetta or 1984.

Via Notbored.org
"The British government supports Alan Moore. We want to make sure he stays inspired."

But that's not all: There's also the fact that, in a roundabout way, V for Vendetta ended up inspiring hundreds of thousands of protesters around the world (not just Anonymous) to adopt Guy Fawkes masks as a common symbol. The fact that this was achieved through a bastardized Hollywood adaptation would probably drive V to suicide.

For more ways we were let down, check out 8 Badass Sci-Fi Predictions That Came True In Lame-Ass Ways and The Hoverboard Lie: How Back to the Future Ruined Childhood.

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