Who made us?
July 18, 2017 4:46 AM   Subscribe

I am looking for TV programs or movies where a race or races of people try to discover who their creator is.

It can be very old or very new, I don't mind. I would really prefer something visual but if you know of a great book, i'll happily investigate it.

I am aware of Lost but I was told it wasn't very good.

posted by ihaveyourfoot to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: That should probably be 'was' but I had it in mind that this creator might still be alive.
posted by ihaveyourfoot at 4:47 AM on July 18, 2017

Humans may fit the bill.
Don't read too far down the page if you do not want spoilers.
posted by Thella at 4:56 AM on July 18, 2017

Lego Ninjitsu... one of them is actually a robot in a slow reveal over the first season...
Data - Star Trek the Next Generation
Peter Quil - Guardians of the Galaxy
Truman (Jim Carrey) The Truman Show
Wolverine - X-men series
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:34 AM on July 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

I am aware of Lost but I was told it wasn't very good.

Doesn't matter, that show never had the plot you're describing. It was much more of "this weird island, who lives here and why is this craziness happening?"

The first Star Trek Movie, the one from 1979, centers on an alien vessel that has come to Earth looking for answers to its origin.

Orphan Black doesn't have a race of people, but it's about several women who are all clones, trying to discover their origins.
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 5:35 AM on July 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

Critical opinion of LOST varied a bit, but it's definitely not about a race of people searching for their creator, so I don't think it would fit your bill anyway.

The 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot is a bit closer - it's about the remnants of humanity searching for the origin of their species. Without giving too much away, the main antagonists also get into that kind of area later in the story.
posted by spielzebub at 5:35 AM on July 18, 2017 [4 favorites]

posted by Rube R. Nekker at 6:29 AM on July 18, 2017 [3 favorites]

The Rick and Morty episode "The Ricks Must Be Crazy" has the title characters visit a microverse created by Rick, the denizens of which come to realize that Rick is their creator. It's a bit of an inversion of what you're requesting but may still satisfy your needs.
posted by ejs at 7:01 AM on July 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

posted by Exceptional_Hubris at 7:32 AM on July 18, 2017 [2 favorites]

This doesn't quite fit the bill of movies or TV, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Final Fantasy IX here. There's not one but THREE "who am I and where do I come from?" subplots in that game, two of which ultimately do turn out to be a searching-for-one's-creator sort of deal.
posted by helloimjennsco at 7:53 AM on July 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

posted by empath at 8:08 AM on July 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

The Starlost (though if you have problems with Lost not being very good...)
posted by bonehead at 8:10 AM on July 18, 2017

Star Trek: Next Gen, specifically "The Chase" episode.
posted by nickggully at 8:17 AM on July 18, 2017 [5 favorites]

Percy Jackson figures it out about half way through book 1, and spends a bunch of books trying to understand who he is in terms of his father and the world...
posted by Nanukthedog at 9:50 AM on July 18, 2017

The Battlestar Galactica reboot might fit the bill. Without getting too spoilery - the two main factions are Humans and Cylons. They are at war. The Humans quite literally created the Cylons to be robotic servants (this is not a secret - it's established right away, and is known throughout the show universe), until the Cylons rebelled.

The series deals with the Humans attempting to find their mythical fabled homeland, "Earth," while the Cylons seek to understand the nature of their creation and subsequent birth as a race.
posted by daisy55 at 9:57 AM on July 18, 2017 [2 favorites]

The Futurama episode "Godfellas" has a lifeform discovering they can interact with a "God". The god is not their explicitly their creator though.
posted by trialex at 3:00 PM on July 18, 2017

This plot is part of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, of course.
posted by five toed sloth at 7:14 PM on July 18, 2017

Response by poster: Thank you. Much appreciated. I look forward to seeing these.
posted by ihaveyourfoot at 12:12 AM on July 19, 2017

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