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Made a Sci-fi Shows list :)

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Talk' started by UniversalX1, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. UniversalX1

    UniversalX1 Scout

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    So... one day I was bored and started looking for a new sci-fi show to watch. When I was looking I found lots of shows I didn't even know about... :O

    So... I made a list of good Sci-fi shows from 2013 -1980 :)

    If you want to check it out then go here: http://www.imdb.com/list/g6WyBoCcROI/
     
  2. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Some of them have not even aired yet! :P
     
  3. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

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    But at least you won't be bored, discussing them to death before they air........
     
  4. pointyearedbastard

    pointyearedbastard Brain in a jar.

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    TV sci-fi is most often disappointing. I've learned to not get too excited in advance. There's always another great book to read!
     
  5. screenersam

    screenersam This is news, Vincenzo, NEWS!

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    I'd never heard of a bunch of them.
    lots and lots of recent sci-fi goes serial (instead of the stand-alone epis) and takes time and thought to follow, which fewer and fewer people have.
    I did see the reworked 'Prisoner' (disappointing).
    LOST lost its way in the end (just about everything done and revealed in the first three-four years was basically irrelevant to the real story).
     
  6. pointyearedbastard

    pointyearedbastard Brain in a jar.

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    Right you are! Most TV sci-fi today is total felgercarb! Give me the classics from the sixties every time.

    Rarified exceptions to this rule include:
    New Outer Limits
    Sliders
    Babylon 5
    Farscape
    Lois & Clark
     
  7. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Lois & Clark? :cautious:


    Did you try out Eureka when it was on? Firefly?
     
  8. pointyearedbastard

    pointyearedbastard Brain in a jar.

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    Lois & Clark, because I consider super-heroes to be essentially sci-fi characters. Early on, at least, they were funny and often even clever. It was well cast, played to the hilt and generally entertaining. Towards the end they got tired of it and this showed acutely, but that's true of most long-running TV.

    I watched the first two eps. of Firefly and it just didn't hook me, but I own them on DVD and am planning to give it a second try at some point. Eureka is on my Netflix watchlist. So much to watch; so little time.
     
  9. Kevin

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    I wasn't questioning the genre of Lois & Clark but rather that it struck me as a show geared more towards the 'romance' viewers versus the sci-fi/fantasy viewers.

    Eureka was good. It was on for several years so some story arcs are better than others but as a collective series I liked it. Firefly always makes me think to what Roddenberry described TOS Star Trek as, a western in space. There was some fluff to the stories but by the end of the series (there are only, if I remember correctly, 14 episodes) the character profiles were really well done.
     
  10. pointyearedbastard

    pointyearedbastard Brain in a jar.

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    Lois & Clark was never aimed at a hard-core sci-fi audience, to be sure, but it was something that my wife and I enjoyed together, when she was still alive. I now associate the show with fond memories of her...as opposed to, say, Smallville which was an overdramatic teeny-bopper trumped-up angst-fest, that bore so little resemblance to the original Superman mythos as to become vaguely insulting on a weekly basis (90210 in a cape!).

    The western flavor of Firefly is precisely what put me off about it. Roddenberry referred to Star Trek as a 'Wagon Train to the Stars' only metaphorically, intended as a faux selling point for the cowboy-laden TV market of the mid-sixties. I find the notion of actual 'Hayseeds in Space' to be less than esthetically pleasing, myself.

    I am looking rather forward to Under the Dome, vainly hoping that they don't give it the typical network mass-market-appeal screw-over as they did Terra Nova, Revolution and Elementary. I have even higher hopes for the new show about S.H.I.E.L.D. Science-fiction is like anything else that Humans do: you've simply got to shovel through a mountain of felgercarb in order to find the rare diamonds.
     
  11. Kevin

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    What parts of Elementary don't you like?

    As for Firefly, it is less hayseeds and more western frontier.
     
  12. pointyearedbastard

    pointyearedbastard Brain in a jar.

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    My sole disaffection with the otherwise superlative Elementary is in the all-important casting of the two leads: Miller, with his garish tattoos and the now inexplicably prerequisite facial stubble, and the wholly unappealing, resolutely expressionless of both face and voice Ms. Liu. It simply remains more of a stretch than my beleaguered imagination can supply to reconcile these two modern-day typicals to the iconic roles of one of my all-time favorite heroes (along with Spock, Batman and the Frankenstein Monster) and his venerable partner. Meanwhile, I am more than willing to overlook the fact that Elementary is ultimately but a thinly-veiled N.C.I.S. type police procedural clone in Holmes' clothing in favor of their consistently riveting storylines. Nor do I object to the portrayal of Watson as a woman...only to his portrayal as THIS woman. I found both Margaret Colin and Deborah Farentino VASTLY more likeable in their turns as Watson, in 1987 and 1993, respectively. Having said all this, the season ender was particularly gripping and the twists at every turn, quite unforeseen. I will certainly be there front and center for the second season, perhaps only minimally distracted by my lingering wish to see someone like, say, Tom Hardy and Gweneth Paltrow assaying the principle roles.

    Western frontier...you mean like when the broken Cylon was the evil gunslinger on a wild west planet and Sheriff Apollo had to bring him down on the original Battlestar Galactica?! Like I said, western and space themes just don't mix well for me.
     
  13. UniversalX1

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    pointyearedbastard Brain in a jar.

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    Half of your list, I've never heard of. The other half are either on my watch list or have been tried and found boring. Many of the shows most loudly being raved over (X-Files and the Battlestar Galactica remake, for example) simply do not appeal to me. However, you are most graciously entitled to your own opinion, and I will stand by mine. Let's just presume that I'm pickier than most people, okay?
     
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    Personally I'd have to disagree about The Sarah Connor Chronicles being a "good" sci-fi show; I think they spent more time with the series working on building up teenage angst sexual tension between John Connor and Summer Glau the terminator versus pushing the story forward. It was entertaining but not memorable.


    I can't help but get the impression that your issue with Miller & Liu is that they are portraying Holmes & Watson as too 'low brow' for your tastes. In regards to Paltrow, while I agree that Liu tends to be a bit flat in her acting I still find her more interesting Paltrow in any of the roles she has played.

    No, no campy scenes like a Cylon in the old west. Firefly is more about character stories that happen to be in a western environment.
     
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    Good list of every Sci-Fi show, lol. Seen alot of them. Wish they made more Stargate or more Firefly.
     
  19. Neptune Cinema

    Neptune Cinema Captain of Siren Squadron

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    If you're bored with television sci-fi.....I'm an independent filmmaker and I'm working on a sci-fi web series. It's a black and white homage to serials of the 1950's. Being a huge Star Wars fan, I can't help let a little SW influence seep in. If you've got 16 minutes, check out the second episode of my series. I'm making seven total
    and they all have a theme of oppression and standing up for your beliefs.
     

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