After seeing the Europa Report (I thought it was a fantastic film), I believe we are seeing the future on two fronts.
The SciFi Front:
This film was an indie project. It was well written and acted. The special affects was neat and showed how hard space travel can be. It show one thing and it showed that good SciFi can be good without warp speed, aliens and shooting people up.
Traditional SciFi can be boring. How much shoot em up types can you show? How many actors with plastic foreheads can people tolerate?
What the Europa shows that with a good story, a show or movie like The Europa Report can succeed.
The Space Exploration Front:
On the space exploration front, I believe that deep space exploration will not be done by Governments, but by private industry. With budgets bursting around the world, space exploration will not be a priority. Private industry will take up the slack. It will happen when they do it themselves or by forming partnerships with different companies or with various Governments.
Will it be good or bad who knows.