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  • What's your fave sci-fi TV series so far and why?

    Oh my... not many sadly. Too many shows that start well (Earth: Final Insult to Gene Roddenberry) and get prematurely canceled/destroyed by suits.

    (1) Absolute Favorite = Babylon 5 (all 5 seasons) - Its "novel for TV" format gave it more depth than any other show.
    (2) Red Dwarf (all) = I've laughed so hard I cried.
    (3) Star Trek: Original Series (seasons 1-2) - real sci-fi authors
    (4) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (seasons 1-7) - took risks with new ideas & I liked the continuing storyline arc
    (5) Star Trek: The Next Generation (seasons 1-7) - almost every episode was entertaining
    (Note the absence of Voyeur and Enterforaprize.)
    (6) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (seasons 1-5) - liked the continuing storyline
    (7) X-Files (seasons 1-5) - entertaining episodes that sometimes scared me :-)
    (8) Twilight Zone (all) - ditto
    (9) Doctor Who (doctors 4/5 = late 70s-early 80s) - uh, just fun to watch
    (10) Sliders (season 1) - like alternate history/comedy combo
    (11) Earth: Final Conflict (season 1 - it was great then destroyed)
    (12) Crusade (season 1 - I saw potential for greatness)
    (13) Earth2 (season 1 - I saw potential for greatness)



    Did I forget any? Probably. There are some series which many people talk about and love, but I deliberately left out:

    - Blake's 7 = many people like this but when I watched it, I was bored. Started good in episodes 1-10, but then kind of fell apart.
    - Mystery Science Theater - sorry but even with funny voiceovers, watching bad movies is just too painful!!!
    - Old/New Outer Limits - haven't seen it yet!
    - Farscape - not seen
    - The Prisoner - not seen
    - Stargate - saw it but not impressed by season 1.



    Last edited by RCmodeler; 03-14-2004, 08:48 PM.

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    My top sci-fi shows are Babylon 5, Farscape, Buffy, and for the little it ran (and continues to eek out) Firefly. Most of these simply have the quality of stories and quality of characters I like to see. There's not ranking to them in my book, they're simply "up there".

    If you get out of the "hard" sci-fi/fantasy area, I'd also include Alias, Joan of Arcadia, and the newly out Wonderfalls.

    13 shows to list is actually quite a few man.

    Angel, Stargate SG-1, and Dead Zone I also watch, but they're more just filler shows to me, something I'll watch if I have time but don't utterly make a priority.
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    • #3
      Farscape
      B 5
      Red Dwarf

      I used to really like star trek, but since voyager's premiere, it hasn't done anything for me, so I stopped watching it
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Radhil
        13 shows to list is actually quite a few man.

        13 out of the ~500 fantasy shows made is not too impressive IMHO. That's why I said "few".

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        • #5
          B5
          Star Trek (all of them)
          Farscape.
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          • #6
            You actually like "all of" the Treks? Even the drek called Voyager and Enterprise?

            Wow... no wonder you can sit and watch the Gathering. You must have a high tolerance for pain (or boredom).



            Or else I'm just too critical. I am hard to please.

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            • #7
              I must say that, other than B5 of course, Andromeda has turned out to be a quality show. It didn't hold much appeal to me when I first saw the promos, but now that I've given it a chance, it really can hold it's own.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RCmodeler
                You actually like "all of" the Treks? Even the drek called Voyager and Enterprise?

                Wow... no wonder you can sit and watch the Gathering. You must have a high tolerance for pain (or boredom).



                Or else I'm just too critical. I am hard to please.
                Actually Voyager is my favorite one of them all,i dont care what everyone else say,thats my own opinion...oh yes i forgot Andromeda,i have NO IDEA why i like that show,the plot stinks,the acting is garbage but i keep watching it,i really don't know why.
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                • #9
                  I find pretty much all the ST series from TNG onwards too painful to watch. Sadly, there's very little original or intelligent sci-fi on TV these days. Firefly was probably the best that there's been since B5.

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                  • #10
                    On the issue of ST, I'm only a fan of the original

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                    • #11
                      I FORGOT QUANTUM LEAP! Simply brilliant drama/comedy. Great show.

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                      • #12
                        Quantum Leap is one of my favourite shows of all time. Just too bad we never got to send Sam home

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                        • #13
                          I have to go with B5 over DS9 and for one main reason...the former didn't waste as much potential as the latter. DS9 had lots and lots of pointless stand alone episodes. But still, it was a great Trek because it seemed like a real world. But B5 seemed really real, what with news and post offices, etc.
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                          • #14
                            The following shows are the absolute top of SF television, nothing else comes close:

                            Babylon 5 (complete run of 5 seasons)
                            VR5 (only 13 eps produced)
                            Firefly (only 15 eps produced)

                            Other very good shows:

                            Odyssey 5 (cancelled after 1 season)
                            Dark Skies (cancelled after 1 season)
                            Total Recall 2070 (cancelled after 1 season)
                            Space: Above and Beyond (cancelled after 1 season)
                            Jeremiah (is going to be cancelled after 2 seasons)
                            Crusade (only 13 eps produced)


                            well, not the commercial shows most of you like to watch, hÚ? To bad B5 is the only finished show, the rest was cancelled before it's time.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Kevin
                              Quantum Leap is one of my favourite shows of all time. Just too bad we never got to send Sam home

                              Sci-Fi Channel is making a new series. It's likely Sam will go home, and then get replaced by a younger leaper...

                              Yeah it won't be the same without Sam, but at least it's better than watching Fear Factor: Eat Your Own ____.

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