La promesse d'un dénouement : énigmes, quêtes et voyages dans le temps dans les séries télévisées de science-fiction contemporaines

Abstract : The aim of this work is to analyse a specific trend in contemporary science-fiction TV series : narratively complex programs (Mittell) that require an increased investment from the viewer and seem to make the promise of a logical and fulfilling ending where truth is revealed, quests are achieved and time-travel paradoxes are resolved. Looking at the mysteries from Lost (2004-2010, ABC), the quest of the Thirteenth Tribe in Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009, Sci-Fi) or the never-ending use of time-travel in Doctor Who (2005- ?, BBC1), it is possible to isolate narrative mechanisms that alternately foreshadow and defer the ending, in a world where writers can’t have full control over the plot. Babylon 5 (1993-1999, TNT), a show written in advance by its creator, will be our Rosetta Stone, while Fringe (Fox, 2008-2013) will take us to the edge of that growing trend. These programs’ ability to construct a “macroscopic plot” on the scale of the entire series, shines a light on narrative process operating in the majority of narratively complex TV series. Taking a closer look at research on literary cycles, and creating narrative diagrams to visualize this macroscopic plot, it is possible to outline a poetic of prospective writing, drawing on television series narratology. Following a contextualist view, it is important to consider the writing, production, reception of these programs; in return, studying macroscopic plots in TV series can give new clues for transmedial narratology (Herman).
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Florent Favard. La promesse d'un dénouement : énigmes, quêtes et voyages dans le temps dans les séries télévisées de science-fiction contemporaines. Art et histoire de l'art. Université Michel de Montaigne - Bordeaux III, 2015. Français. ⟨NNT : 2015BOR30045⟩. ⟨tel-01301614⟩

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