(A short 7 minute SF film, witty and sharp as can be, based on a short story by Terry Bisson.)
I love CGI, I think it has contributed immeasurably to the quality of SF films ever since Star Wars. But I also love some of the old Outer Limits episodes , and this would have been a CLASSIC episode if it had aired back then … and there’s no reason why it could not have, though I don’t think “probes” were a thing back then. And there are still TONS of SF short stories out there that have never been done, dammit!
I personally think there’s room for all kinds of SF out there, CGI blockbusters and mind-blowing sensawonder/humor/social commentary that needs no CGI. This flick is proof of that.
Actually, there’s a great example of some retro SF CGI out there as well. Check this out. Ace Derringer vs. the Shadow Men is pretty much a direct Star Wars ripoff, but the visuals are what it’s all about, and the visuals are topnotch.