A Sci-Fi Cliché That Needs a Stake Through the Heart

I try not to pile on clichés too much. I don’t mind the occasional character or plot trope, as long as it’s not too obvious about it. But there is one thing that’s being done in too many movies (and some TV shows) that just needs to stop now.

I am, of course, referring to the tired old cliché in a lot of monster/sci-fi flicks of the main character being someone who gets stuck in the middle of some ancient war between two sides and they’re the lone renegade who thinks that both sides suck and want to just be a free agent, kicking anyone’s ass because they feel like it.

I bring this up because there is a new Frankenstein movie coming out this month, and look at what the plot is.

Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.

Even Frankenstein. Even freaking Frankenstein is dealing with this stupid cliché.

“There is an ancient war, a war that seems rather silly, but a war that has been waged for centuries, between two different sides. And you are smack-dab in the middle of it, the chosen one who will bring an end to this war, or at the very least, stave if off until the sequel when more dire shit happens.”


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