In a confusing and wide-reaching recent statement, Chinese censors said that TV shows and films featuring “time travel” and fantasy, among other things, will henceforth be banned from the country.

Other themes now banned in Chinese media include: “random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, [...] propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking.”

So much for a Chinese Star Trek… Or Back to the Future, for that matter.

This video was broadcast by CNN on Thursday, April 14, 2011.