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Title: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: Moonbase_Alpha on January 27, 2012, 03:57:32 PM
Considering myself nerdly/nerdish/*In McBain's voice* nuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrd, I thought I'd toss this question out there: What's your favourite sci-fi tv show of all time and what is it about?

Space: 1999 - Its 1999. A nuclear-powered base on the Moon is blasted out of Earth's orbit by an accidental nuclear explosion (on the Moon). This "Moonbase" is launched out of our solar system and its crew try to find a way back to Earth or any other inhabitable planet throughout the series.


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: northernpatriot on January 28, 2012, 02:27:35 PM
FUTURAMA!

About a dilevery crew's adventures in the year 3000. Great show.


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: Walleye on January 30, 2012, 10:39:14 PM
Quantum Leap


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: RotchyKongISW on January 31, 2012, 10:11:03 PM
....where did Moonbase go?


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: DieHard on February 01, 2012, 01:33:07 PM
....where did Moonbase go?

I been asking myself that since he disappeared...


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: The Phil on February 14, 2012, 05:42:44 PM
All time favorite is Sliders, hands down.


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: RotchyKongISW on February 14, 2012, 05:49:01 PM
I really don't think I have one.  Like, I've been thinking hard - trying to come up with something to post here...and I can't think of a single science fiction show that I've watched or enjoyed.

Futurama? 


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: RotchyKongISW on February 14, 2012, 05:49:40 PM
Is "My Secret Identity" from the 80s - starring Jerry O'Connell - sci fi?


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: The Phil on February 14, 2012, 06:14:31 PM
It's superhero-esque, so could be grouped in sci-fi.


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: segnosaur on August 09, 2012, 02:11:02 PM
Two great sci-fi TV shows, both are favorites, although the tone of each is different:

Firefly: Sort of a 'western in space'... humans have colonized another planetary system. However, there is a wild disparity between the technologically advanced 'central planets' and the outer colonies (that are often like the old west.) The show centered around the crew of a ship called Serenity (which looks like a 'firefly', hence the series name). The captain was Malcolm Reynolds. They make their living as smugglers (much like Han Solo.)

Very well written show, some long-running plot elements that were quite interesting, while avoiding the star trek "Alien of the Week/technobabble" pitfalls. Sadly the show only lasted 13 episodes. (Although they did do a followup movie which tied up a few of the series loose ends.)

Babylon 5: Follows the exploits of a space station (Babylon 5) which serves as a kind of United Nations between alien species.

The best part of this series is that the creators had a specific 5 year plan for the series, with long-running plots planned out in advance. So, unlike a series like Star Trek, where events in one show may not affect later shows, or Battlestar Galactica/Lost, where all the plot twists they threw in ended up resulting in a confusing mess by the end, this series ended up having most things resolved well by the end. Characters evolve, and events from one show flow into the next.

The effects may seem a little dated (although they have some great spaceship designs) and the first season might seem a little 'slow' as they gradually build up later plot lines. But if you should happen to watch the entire series through more than once, you'll be amazed at how little 'hints' dropped in the first season pay off big time in the 3rd/4th season.


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: northernpatriot on August 09, 2012, 06:10:15 PM
Glad to hear Firefly is good, a friend gave me the series and I haven't watched it yet.


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: segnosaur on August 09, 2012, 08:24:37 PM
Glad to hear Firefly is good, a friend gave me the series and I haven't watched it yet.
It was created by the same guy that directed The Avengers (as well as wrote/produced Cabin in the Woods). So, expect the same sort of action with a touch of humor.


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: Guthrie on March 27, 2013, 04:32:42 PM
Now I know that nobody has posted anything on this topic for like a year so I'm sure no one's gonna read this but... How is it possible that NOBODY has said the new Battlestar Galactica?!! Does a show have to be hokey and silly to be considered good sci-fi? Now I have watched a few episodes of firefly and some consider this to be Joss Whedon's most under rated work. But the new BSG was more realistic than most prime time network drama's that take place on Earth, while still maintaining a dark sci-fi atmosphere. Also, because nobody else has mentioned them, I'd like to mention the Jetson's. Though they where never as good as there unevolved cousins the Flintstone's, I always enjoyed watching the Jetson's growing up.


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: segnosaur on March 28, 2013, 04:22:56 PM
Now I know that nobody has posted anything on this topic for like a year so I'm sure no one's gonna read this but... How is it possible that NOBODY has said the new Battlestar Galactica?!! Does a show have to be hokey and silly to be considered good sci-fi? Now I have watched a few episodes of firefly and some consider this to be Joss Whedon's most under rated work. But the new BSG was more realistic than most prime time network drama's that take place on Earth, while still maintaining a dark sci-fi atmosphere.
Actually I did mention the new Battlestar Galactica (At least briefly). I did enjoy it through most of its 4 seasons.

But... the series finale was, in my opinion, just horrible, and it destroyed any of the good will I happened to have towards the series. It was like eating a whole bowl of ice cream, and finding a dead rat in the bottom of the dish. It was like hours of sex with a beautiful woman, and then at the very end getting punched in the junk.

The problem is, the show creators wanted to make things interesting, so in the early seasons they decided to throw in random plot twists. Unfortunately, they didn't plan things out, so at the very end they had no idea how to resolve some of the outstanding plot threads.

And no, you don't have to have a series with 'silly' parts to make it enjoyable... but it can add entertainment. (And keep in mind that Firefly was not all jokes and silliness... It had multiple running sub plots, and a few genuinely dark ideas, like the "Hands of Blue" characters.)



Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: northernpatriot on March 28, 2013, 08:08:34 PM
Glad to hear Firefly is good, a friend gave me the series and I haven't watched it yet.
It was created by the same guy that directed The Avengers (as well as wrote/produced Cabin in the Woods). So, expect the same sort of action with a touch of humor.


I never saw The Avengers but I loved Cabin In The Woods, best horror movie I've seen in forever!


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: Guthrie on March 29, 2013, 01:53:41 AM
Lol! Ya that series finale left a bit to be desired, and my brother (who watched the entire firefly series) says that it gets better with each episode. If you have ever heard of Farscape the last season and a half was stellar! The only problem was the first two and a half seasons kinda stunk. It really suffered through cheesy "Alien of the week" bottled episodes, but getting near the end they were able to pull off some great long lasting and very well thought out story lines. If your a big sci-fi fan, it might be worth checking out.


Title: Re: Favourite sci-fi tv show?
Post by: Guthrie on March 29, 2013, 01:56:43 AM
Oh ya. Farscape (much like Firefly) was cancelled with story lines still running, but there is either a t.v. movie or a 2 episode season or something that wraps it all up.