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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #45 on: June 25, 2014, 10:08:37 PM »
Damn it I completely forgot all about amazing stories, that definitely would have been in my top 20.


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« Reply #46 on: June 26, 2014, 07:25:47 AM »
Number 36
39 Points, 5 of 18 lists,  #9 CJones
The year is 1987, and NASA launches the last of America's deep space probes. In a freak mishap, Ranger 3 and its pilot, Captain William "Buck" Rogers, are blown out of their trajectory into an orbit which freezes his life support systems, and returns Buck Rogers to Earth... 500 years later.
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The Premise
The year is 1987, and NASA launches the last of America's deep space probes. In a freak mishap, Ranger 3 and its pilot, Captain William "Buck" Rogers, are blown out of their trajectory into an orbit which freezes his life support systems, and returns Buck Rogers to Earth... 500 years later.  Oh, and now he fights evil across the galaxy with the help of the sexy Wilma Deering, a short robot and his sentient Flava Flav necklace.
Great Episode
Awakening
This two part series premiere shows how to bring to life the classic characters from the Amazing Stories Magazine.  And they got Mel Blanc to voice Twiki!  Yay!

Big Ideas   
It seemed that in every hour long TV program in the 70’s, they needed an episode about a beauty pageant or model.  “Cruise Ship to the Stars” adds a sci-fi twist not just by having it in space, but by having a beauty contest winner being targeted… for her pretty DNA.  And only Buck and company can stop a mysterious woman who is after it.


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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #47 on: June 26, 2014, 11:24:48 AM »
Number 35
40 Points, 4 of 18 lists, #1 K1
I'm not quitting my job. How am I supposed to eat? Go down to the welfare office and stand in the Superhero line?
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The Premise
Ralph Hinkle was an average school teacher until the day aliens gave him a supersuit that would give him amazing powers to fight for justice and help the innocent.  Unfortunately, Ralph hates wearing the garish costume, he can’t figure out how to use it and the manual was destroyed.  Now Ralph must discover his powers through trial and error with the help of his girlfriend and an FBI Agent who know his secret.
Great Episode
Operation Spoilsport
The aliens return with a new mission for Ralph: someone is planning to start World War III.  As Ralph and Bill look into it, they soon learn it is an American general gone mad.
Big Ideas   
I suppose the biggest ones come in “Pilot”, where Ralph gets the suit and the show gets to look at super-heroes from a comedic angle while still presenting a rollicking adventure.


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« Reply #48 on: June 26, 2014, 12:03:19 PM »
Number 34
44 Points, 2 of 18 lists, #2 Cole Stratton
Have you any idea how successful censorship is on TV? Don't know the answer? Hmm... successful, isn't it?
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The Premise
Welcome to a world where commercials can kill, people buy designer babies and off switches are illegal.  Welcome to 20 minutes into the future.  Edison Carter is an investigative reporter for Network 23.  After a near death accident, Network 23 (with the help of an amoral hacker) saves Carter’s mind to a computer, inadvertently creating a sentient computer program named Max Headroom.  When Carter wakes up, he realizes that Max has abilities that can help him take down corporate corruption and conspiracies in a world where people will do any horrible thing to succeed.

Great Episode
Blipverts
The series premiere doesn’t feature too much of the title character, but it sets up the grim, cynical nature of the show and help bring the cyberpunk (then a very new genre) into the mainstream.  Plus it features a scene that deeply disturbed me as a kid.
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 Big Ideas   
“Baby Grobags” features a story involving designer babies, ones genetically altered to the parent’s specifications.  But when Carter investigates a kidnapping, he discovers that a TV network is stealing the smartest babies when it turns out that many of them have abnormally high IQs


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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #49 on: June 26, 2014, 12:45:32 PM »
 
Number 33
46 Points, 4 of 18 lists,  #6 ScottotD
Pod 6 was jerks!
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The Premise
In the year 2021, Sealab is the world’s most famous undersea research facility who is paving the path of the future.  In theory.  Unfortunately, it has a crew that is either insane, stupid, corrupt, horny or all of the above and the world’s greatest scientist is constantly abused and mocked.

Great Episode
Bizarro
The crew is kidnapped by Bizarro clones of themselves and must face their increasingly Bizarro plots.  It’s weird to think that this is from the same creators as Archer.  Both are great shows, but Archer is constructed in a very tight manner, while Sealab feels very loose and like they are throwing ideas to the wall.  That’s not to say it also isn’t great comedy but it is a lot more off the wall and experimental.  This one was designed to see how aggressively annoying they could be and somehow it works in an insanely funny episode.
Also check out Tinfins, a pitch perfect spoof of entertainment news and Hollywood hype.  You’ll wish you had less fun!

Big Ideas   
While the show had a lot of great episodes, somehow they were never able to top this episode, one of the three pilots produced and an almost perfect (there are one or two rough lines) 12-minute comedy sketch called “I, Robot”.  When the crew faces mortal danger, they know they only have one option; debate whether you would put your brain in a robot body.  As the show progresses, the characters get so caught up in their debate that they begin to plan their next moves for scenarios that will never happen.  The only reason I didn’t put this one in great episode was because it’s big idea celebrates characters debating big ideas in the most ludicrous way possible.


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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #50 on: June 26, 2014, 12:50:29 PM »
It don't mean butt if it ain't got that jut.

I wonder if the other qualifying Adam Reed show will make it.


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« Reply #51 on: June 26, 2014, 02:51:37 PM »
 
Number 32
46 Points, 7 of 18 lists, #10 MartyS (Gromit)
I can’t save humanity without holding on to the things that make me human.
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The Premise
In the year 2150, years after Earth experienced first contact with another race, humanity is finally ready to explore the stars, under the watchful eyes of the Vulcans.  A crew is assembled including several aliens and humanity begins its first humble steps into a larger world filled with both wonder and terror.  Captain Jeffrey Archer and his Enterprise crew must now learn about the responsibility that comes with breaking new ground for humanity.

Great Episode
Carbon Creek
A flashback episode set in the 1950’s features a grandmother of the Vulcan crewmember T’Pol and shows her relationship to Earth in a low-key period piece episode that brings the crew closer in a way that was missing in some of the earlier seasons.

Big Ideas   
The ethics of cloning are classic sci-fi stuff and those ethics are the center of the dilemma of “Similitude”.  When an accident places Trip at Death’s door, Dr. Phlox comes up with a novel solution: a fast-aging clone who will be ready to give his organs in two weeks.  When it turns out that the clone has all of Trip’s memories, things get a lot more complicated for the crew and must make an impossible choice: murder or let a crewmember die.


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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #52 on: June 26, 2014, 03:20:56 PM »
Carbon Creek as a "great episode"?   ???   Plenty of "greater" ones than that...


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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #53 on: June 26, 2014, 03:38:12 PM »
Number 33
46 Points, 4 of 18 lists,  #6 ScottotD
Big Ideas   
While the show had a lot of great episodes, somehow they were never able to top this episode, one of the three pilots produced and an almost perfect (there are one or two rough lines) 12-minute comedy sketch called “I, Robot”.  When the crew faces mortal danger, they know they only have one option; debate whether you would put your brain in a robot body.  As the show progresses, the characters get so caught up in their debate that they begin to plan their next moves for scenarios that will never happen.  The only reason I didn’t put this one in great episode was because it’s big idea celebrates characters debating big ideas in the most ludicrous way possible.

Sooo many great quotes from that episode. Tyrant and I find excuses to quote it to this day:

"You're not the boss of Tiger-Bot Hesh!"

"Have fun on the robot reservation, suckers! We're not gonna honor those bogus treaties!"


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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #54 on: June 26, 2014, 03:46:04 PM »
Most of the first 2 seasons of that show sucked.

I wouldn't go that far, but it is too bad that they couldn't have done what they did in season 4 in season 2, it was just starting to get really good when they cancelled it.  (except for that last big middle finger to the show that is the "finale")


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« Reply #55 on: June 26, 2014, 05:16:30 PM »
I never watched Enterprise.  I was just researching what fans thought of as the best and it came up on several lists.


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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #56 on: June 26, 2014, 05:32:05 PM »
Enterprise at it's best was only "good".  Even with the lackluster Voyager, I can point to a few episodes that really can stand with the greatest episodes of the franchise.  I can't do that with Enterprise.  S3 and S4 were certainly an improvement, but they were never great.  It's not a good thing when one of the best pair of episodes in your series is an alternate universe episode where every character isn't being the character they've been playing for 4 years.
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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #57 on: June 26, 2014, 05:48:13 PM »
I never watched Enterprise.  I was just researching what fans thought of as the best and it came up on several lists.

GEOS is a good place to find out what the best episodes of various series are, I usually agree pretty closely with what they come up with. 

http://www.geos.tv/


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« Reply #58 on: June 26, 2014, 06:15:09 PM »
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Re: Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Series Countdown (LoC #79)
« Reply #59 on: June 26, 2014, 06:29:23 PM »
Number 31
47 Points, 4 of 18 lists, #7 Quirk & ScottotD
Hello, friends. I am a perfectly normal human worm-baby. You have nothing, absolutely nothing, to fear from me. Just pay no attention to me and we'll get along just fine.
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The Premise
Zim, an invader of the Irken Empire, is excited about Operation: Impending Doom II, a plot to dominate the universe.  Unfortunately, the Irken Empire isn’t particularly excited about him since his enthusiasm sabotages Operation: Impending Doom II, so they send him on a snipe hunt of conquest to a deep, far away part of space.  Soon Zim lands on Earth and begins his plot, along with his loyal… ish robot servant GIR to conquer the Earth, while trying to avoid the human Dib, the one person who seems aware that he is very obviously an alien.

Great Episode
Dark Harvest
Zim is worried about appearing human and comes to one conclusion; more organs = more human.  Soon Zim is stealing organs from students and replacing them with whatever is lying around and only Dib can stop him!  A hilarious and gross episode that definitely represents the warped, dark humour of the show.

Big Ideas   
How big can a water fight get?  “The Wettening” answers that question on a planetary scale.  When Zim discovers he is weak against water, he plots to use the weakness to end Zim.  But soon plots revenge of his own with a water balloon of his own.  Two words: orbital bombardment.