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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2014, 02:03:44 PM »
Number 46
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This is a really weird town. But I like it. Kinda.
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The Premise
When US Marshal Jack Carter finds himself in the small town of Eureka, he discovers that the town is actually a secret community for geniuses to pursue their experiments for the government’s benefit.  Soon Carter finds himself becoming a sheriff and solving various mysteries involving experiments gone awry and strange conspiracies.

Great Episode
Founder’s Day
During the celebration of the town’s founding, Carter and several townsfolk are sent back in time to meet the actual founders.  However, what starts out as a fun romp has serious consequences (both good and bad) and find that their trip caused some serious changes in time.  And this isn’t one of those kinds that are turned back to normal the next episode.  Some serious ramifications in this one.

Big Ideas   
Well, not big per se, but there is a charm in the episode “Best in Faux”.  Of course, it makes perfect sense that if super scientists are going to a dog show, it will be with dogs they made for the annual robot dog show.  Unfortunately, dogs start exploding and Carter looks to solve the mystery, where the stakes are bigger than you might expect from a mystery that involves exploding robot dogs.


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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2014, 04:18:42 PM »
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I think we've underestimated the life on this planet. The people have so much courage. Here they are hurling through space on a molten rock at 67,000 miles an hour and the only thing that keeps them from flying out of their shoes is their misplaced faith in gravity.
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The Premise
Alien explorers have come to Earth to understand both the planet and its inhabitants better.  Disguised as a human family Dick Solomon (the High Commander), his “sister” Sally (the Security Officer), his “son” Tommy (the Information Officer) and his “brother” Harry (the Communications Officer) try to adapt to life on Earth and learn what they can about the human experience.
French Stewart is tolerated.

Great Episode
Dick and the Other Guy
Dick finally meets someone as brilliant, eccentric and arrogant as himself and the two become fast friends.  However, when he starts to prove himself superior in all of those areas, Dick becomes jealous.  Basically, this is just an excuse to watch John Cleese and John Lithgow bounce off of each other.  And who doesn’t want to see that?

Big Ideas   
If you’ve never even heard of the concept of dreaming, how would you feel if it started to happen?  In “A Nightmare on Dick Street”, the Solomons start having dreams for the first time.  They fear they are going insane and threaten to call off the mission to save their sanity.  When Dick finally learns that all human


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« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2014, 04:57:54 PM »
Number 44
  30 Points, 2 of 18 lists, #5 Villa Allegra
Well, all women like to think they’re a little unique.
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The Premise
When former tennis pro Jaime Sommers is near death after a skydiving accident, Oscar Goldman has her operated on and not only saved but turned into a super-human with bionic augmentations.  Now, Jaime leads a double life as both a Junior High School Teacher and an agent for the Office of Scientific Intelligence.

Great Episode
Angel of Mercy
Jaime is tasked with rescuing a UN ambassador with the help of a gruff helicopter pilot who is also Andy Griffith.  The pilot doesn’t think a fragile female is cut out for field work, but Jaime is about to show him that it isn’t just bionics that make the hero.

Big Ideas   
There is a bionic dog.  Enough said.
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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2014, 05:31:35 PM »
Number 43
  31 Points, 3 of 18 lists, #7 Tripe
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The Premise   
Roj Blake is a model citizen.  He works to serve the federation, like every good citizen.  But four years prior he was a part of the resistance, denouncing the Terran Federation as a corrupt and oppressive force in the galaxy.  When resistance members reveal this to Blake, the Federation murders them and fearing that Blake might cause trouble again, frame him for child molestation and sentence him to be imprisoned on Cygnus Alpha.  Blake’s passion and anger are reignited and he escapes during the journey to Cygnus Alpha and begins assembling a crew of 6 more criminals and renegades to wage a war on the Federation.

Great Episode
Blake
In this ballsy, scorched-earth series finale, the crew of the Liberator has been fighting the Federation without Blake for a long time.  But now, they’ve decided they need him back and find him posing as a bounty hunter.  Soon, things turn out to be far more complicated than anyone expected and things get out of control fast.

Big Ideas   
The first episode actually throws some big ideas in early, making Blake’s 7 a truly unique sci-fi show that acts as an inversion of Star Trek in which a group of criminals must battle a dystopian federation.  In “The Way Back”, our hero is a pawn of an evil empire in true 1984/Repent Harlequin fashion and while that’s where those stories end, this one begins.  Another bold move is to have the hero of your space opera accused of child molestation.  It’s one thing if it was theft or even terrorism as it would be possible to find sympathizers, but this crime gives him a mark that makes him a villain in the eyes of most, giving even more difficulty in his uphill battle against the federation.


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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2014, 06:00:22 PM »
Everyone knows Blake's Seven had dodgy effects but it had great ideas and writing and ensemble chemistry, just an awesome show. :)

Oh and Blake is the first episode I remember watching.
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« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2014, 06:03:14 PM »
Yeah, I've always meant to watch it.  It sounds incredible (and I have a thing for good anti-authoritarianism sci-fi, which will come up later!)


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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2014, 06:48:09 PM »
Number 42
  33 Points, 2 of 18 lists, #9 MartyS (Gromit)
I don't know anything about Atlantis ... except that it was a fairly mediocre Donovan song, not one of my favourites.
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The Premise
Atlantis is real… and on another world.  An international team of scientists and soldiers find a way to travel to this world to explore it, only to find themselves and the Earth targeted by a race called the Wraiths, who are already feeding on humans on other worlds.  Now the Atlantis team must protect Atlantis or allow monstrous aliens to devour humanity.

Great Episode
The Rising
This two-part series premiere establishes the new characters and status quo as the Atlantis Expedition has their first run in with the Wraith and manages to demonstrate quickly how it is a different series than it’s predecessor.

Big Ideas      
In “The Shrine”, Dr. Rodney McKay finds himself infected with “Second Childhood”, which is slowly reverting him to an infantile state and forcing the rest of the team to take desperate measures to save him in this Nebula award nominated script.


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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2014, 07:33:22 PM »
Yikes, these last 2 that far down on the list, I have a feeling I'm not going to agree with quite a few higher placed ones. 


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« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2014, 07:41:44 PM »
Number 41
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The Premise
Batman and Robin are masked crimefighters who battle insane criminals such as the Joker, The Penguin and… Egghead?  But no matter who threatens Gotham City, Batman and Robin will be there, secretly living double lives as millionaire Bruce Wayne and his young ward Dick Grayson.
 
Great Episode
Death in Slow Motion/The Riddler’s False Notion
Ceasar Romero is great as the secretly mustachioed Joker, but you can’t beat Frank Gorshin’s Riddler.  Here his plots are about silent films while he intends to film his own silent film, predating basically every stupid movie about villains filming their crimes… except Peeping Tom, of course.  And both he and Riddler needed to work a lot harder to do it back them.

Big Ideas   
In “Zodiac Crime/The Joker’s Hard Times/The Penguin Declines”, we see Gotham’s criminal’s teaming up for their most insidious plan yet… turning the water supply into strawberry gelatin.  Best. Plan. Ever!


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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2014, 07:42:32 PM »
That's it for today, but in a little bit, I'll post some neat opening credits sequences to some shows that weren't even voted on.


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« Reply #25 on: June 24, 2014, 08:47:26 PM »
Now here are some neat TV themes from shows that no one voted for.

First, let's start with the one that made me think of this, the theme to the British adventure series The Tomorrow People.  Nice and spooky, I love it.  I barely remember the show though, except for a scene with a melting Hitler.  They remade the show last year but it became more of a generic "hunky teens with super-powers" show.  Nothing against hunky teens with super-powers, it just didn't look to interesting.
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Speaking about teens with super-powers, the first half of the theme of Misfits of Science is kind of neat, until it gets to generic 80's stuff.  Cyndi Lauper, you are not.

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Again with teens.  Batman Beyond wasn't a bad show, but it had the misfortune as not being the previous Batman show.  It had it's moments but it never quite lived up to it's awesome opening, created by now famed comic creator Darwyn Cooke.

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Now some other cartoons, this one a morose anime cyber-thriller with a really great theme.  Very 90's (though I think the show came out in 2000).

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Not a great show, but I did like the idea that the hero was an immortal (though I don't think they did enough with that premise) and the cheesy ending theme song.  I like it better without the lyrics, though.  Also, I like his facial expressions, like he really doesn't want to be doing this (especially with the snake)

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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #26 on: June 24, 2014, 09:37:11 PM »
I'm mostly hoping my #4 made it. I'm sure there's enough Harmon fans here to make it.

Shit. Is that Heat Vision and Jack? Cuz I would have totally included that if I had thought of it. RIP Ron Silver.

I forgot it too  :-[
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« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2014, 09:57:34 PM »
Number 47

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Ah, the anti-Trek, it took sci-fi tropes and subverted the hell out of them. My ex-wife hated this thing, thought it was in bad taste (it was) and couldn’t understand how I could love that slimy Stanley Tweedle, how I could laugh over that perverted robot head, 790. But that was the appeal. I loved the black comedy, the perfect casting, how the stories would seem to head right, then take a left… and maybe it was my Devo brain, ugly was pretty, you know.

Though there were a few gems, I thought it went to hell in its final season. But I figured most of my favorites on this list either had slow starts, or were cancelled before they even got started or jumped the shark at the end. So I just ranked ‘em based on when I loved them most. And the first 2 seasons of Lexx were irreverent, nuts, way cool (Kai), sexy (Zev/Xev) and pure bliss.

And it actually developed a heart in this oddball group. Even arch traitor Tweedle found a backbone at times, when it came to looking out for his friends. Guess it wasn't completely subversive after all.

Glad to see this made it. I also had Bionic Woman and Batman on my list. So I've contributed a few.


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« Reply #28 on: June 25, 2014, 03:32:02 AM »
Given my list (especially another one that's hopefully going to show up later) you'd think The Tomorrow People would be certain of a vote from me but, while the concept is good, I just never liked an episode.

There was a renake from the 90s you might want to check out though.

I should watch some episodes of Lexx again.
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« Reply #29 on: June 25, 2014, 04:49:40 AM »
Oops, completely forgot this one.  Heat Vision and Jack, a TV pilot created by Rob Shrab (creator of Scud, the Disposable Assassin) and Dan Harmon.  Never picked up beyond the pilot, it's a spoof of/love letter to cheesy 70's/80's sci-fi shows like the Six Million Dollar Man and Knight Rider with Jack Black as Jack Austin, the World's Smartest Man and Owen Wilson as Heat Vision, the talking motorcycle.

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