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Help me choose my next couple of SCIFI TV series to watch


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#21 of 35 OFFLINE   Bryan Tuck

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Posted March 23 2005 - 03:18 PM

How about Futurama? Not sure if anyone has mentioned it yet. That's another show that was cancelled before it really should have been, but at least they still managed to get over 70 episodes made. Anyway, it is hilarious, and often quite intelligent (it's what I call "intelligently silly," at least).

And another vote here for Red Dwarf, one of the funniest shows ever created. Actually, Futurama and Red Dwarf are similar in that both are uproariously funny and pretty decent science fiction shows at the same time. They'll start out with a genuinely interesting sf idea, and then spoof the heck out of it.

I'd also recommend Firefly. Very unique show, and a much better experience on DVD than on TV, where the original pilot was actually the last episode shown. Posted Image

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#22 of 35 OFFLINE   Linda Thompson

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Posted March 23 2005 - 03:50 PM

I'll happily echo all the recommendations for both Stargate SG-1 and its (so far) excellent spin-off Stargate Atlantis. I honestly believe that almost any true sci-fi fan can (and will) appreciate both shows.

On the other hand, I would advise you to definitely and specifically avoid Andromeda (And, I say that as a fan of the first couple of seasons, who has attempted to hang in through a totally disasterous decline which the series has undergone, in my opinion, and in the opinions of many/most others who enjoyed the show in its early days. Long story short: don't bother. It's not worth the time investment, IMO.)

#23 of 35 OFFLINE   Andy_Bu

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Posted March 24 2005 - 01:55 AM

wow, thank you all again for taking the time. 1) Yes we have seen the Stargate movie and both liked it. We already have the first 3 seasons on DVD and they are next in line to watch. These recommendations have put it at the top of our list 2) I checked out the plot behind Red Dwarf and I am not sure it would fit us. While it looked interesting, we don't like a ton of comedy mixed with our SciFi. A chuckle here or there though we do like 3)I think we will give Firefly a shot, but will wait until the movie has come and gone so that we can watch the series and the movie together on DVD 4) We have both seen most of the Twilight Zones. My wife is a huge fan of these episodes but I like more arc based stories. Andy

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Posted March 24 2005 - 02:48 AM

Getting into this convo a little late, but definately DS9, Babylon 5 and Farscape. However, to trule enjoy DS9 on every level, you might need background info (Bajorans, Borg, Picard, Cardassians, Gowron...) from TNG. That being said, why not start on all Trek? Start from 1966 and carry all the way through 2005? By the time you're done with the last season of Enterprise, you should be ready for Series VI in 2007. I'm not recommending Voyager or Enterprise (sub par, if you ask me), but it's all canon.

#25 of 35 OFFLINE   Andy_Bu

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Posted March 24 2005 - 06:52 AM

Hi Jason, Thank you for taking the time to respond. I think you may have misread my first post. The list in that post was what I have already seen. I was looking for recommendations that come outside of those on the list. Andy

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Posted March 24 2005 - 11:52 AM

Oh, all this B7 love, and not a shout for the Doctor. It breaks my heart. *sniff* Actually, if you get a chance - catch the new series of Doctor Who debuting on the BBC this week and on the Canadian Broadcasting Company next week. At least the first episode is pretty damn good.

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Posted March 24 2005 - 01:49 PM

I guess I should mentioned the Doctor but from the sci-fi listed that was already being collected, Blake's 7 seemed more appropriate.
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Posted March 24 2005 - 03:31 PM

The problem with Firefly is there is so little of it. Once you've literally watched over a hundred eps of various series, and then you get just 13eps of Firefly, you think- oh is that it. I'd definately go for the longer series and only do Firefly relatively last. Personlly, I still think it's overated, but as it only went 13 eps and didn't have time to develop, who knows what it could have become. As an aside, for me I'm tossing up whether to bother with BAB 5. Having seen all of trek, I just wonder whether it's worth bothering with. My bias is saying to me it's just a poor mans DS9 so why bother?

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Posted March 24 2005 - 04:15 PM

Another vote for SG-1 and Doctor Who, but if you want a rec on something just a little different -- LEXX. Sort of a cross between Farscape and Python with a sadistic twist. I don't even know how to describe this concept, but it rarely ceased to amaze sometimes just for the sheer bizarreness

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Posted March 24 2005 - 06:55 PM

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: The Complete Epic Series This is THE definitive Box Set of a show I have ever seen. Great documentaries and great picture and audio transfers as well as colors are sharp and clear. This is THE set to own SCI-FI wise.

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Posted March 25 2005 - 06:34 AM

I'll throw in some more high praise for Stargate SG-1 and Futurama. I know you said comedy is not a priority, but Futurama pokes fun (and homages at the same time) a lot of TV and movie sci-fi. Worth a look yia the first DVD set or the Cartoon Network reruns. Stargate is a phenomenal series, especially the Showtime (1-5) seasons. Season 6 was a little weak, but they rebounded with Season 7, which has probably the series best episode with the two-part finale. Season 8 (running now) started great, but was in a lull for about 10 mediocre episodes. The last 5 episodes of the season are excellent, however. Atlantis has had a very strong first season, and is well worth picking up on DVD in Oct/Nov.
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Posted March 30 2005 - 07:52 AM

I say X Files. I recently decided to watch DS9 from beginning to end on Netflix. I'm on Season 2 now and it's all I can do to not buy the Complete TNG!!
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Posted March 30 2005 - 05:12 PM

Firefly. Don't think of it as a show that got yanked, think of it as one of those BBC shows that have really short seasons. I wouldn't wait for the movie as you are thinking of doing. If you wait for the movie, you'll be exposed to the commercials and the characters - you'll void the opportunity to discover the show without the hype. Watch it now and long for the movie!
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Posted March 31 2005 - 02:42 AM

Hello Andy There are a lot of good sci-fi shows out there but if you have not seen B5 this to me is the one you should watch next. Ron took our advice and look at the thread on B5. I think that he really enjoyed it. There is so much that goes on in this series that you may have to watch it two too three times to catch everything that is being shown to you early on in the series. it is a full 5 season story arc, not one of these episode starts and ends after an hour. I think that if you choose to watch this series, you will not want to go to work or sleep to see what happens next. The first season is a little slow to get going and the B5 dvd ( In the begining ) would be the very first thing I recomend that you watch, then start season one. I know that I visit B5 at least once a year and watch every episode. It is just that good. Stephane

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Posted April 01 2005 - 01:26 AM

1 - Andy has watched B5 as indicated in his 1st post.

2 - No one should watch In the Begining until sometime in Season 4.

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