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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:40 am    Post subject: Least favorite sci fi show Reply with quote

Just wondering what your least favorite sci fi show is. What gets under your skin other than RTD era who?

I vote babylon 5, it just does my head in. I always found it pretentious and poorly written.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quantum Leap. It had so much potential but lost it very quickly.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of you will hate me for this....BUT.....

Blakes 7

*hides*

*runs away very fast*
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this isn't going to be a popular choice, but Star Trek: TOS, mostly because my father likes it and none of the episodes were wiped.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tash wrote:
I know this isn't going to be a popular choice, but Star Trek: TOS, mostly because my father likes it and none of the episodes were wiped.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stargate SG1, what a pile of shit.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never really got into stargate either. It always seemed to be missing some vital ingredient.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably "Crime Traveller", "Space 1999" (what a disaster!) or
"Hyperdrive". Oh, and "Torchwood" (although I haven't seen "Children
of Earth", which they say is good).
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pink_Glitter_Dalek wrote:
A lot of you will hate me for this....BUT..... Blakes 7 *hides* *runs away very fast*


Tash wrote:
I know this isn't going to be a popular choice, but Star Trek: TOS, mostly because my father likes it and none of the episodes were wiped.




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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of them, but especially Babylon 5.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vector-Victor wrote:
Probably "Crime Traveller", "Space 1999" (what a disaster!)


Bloody hell, Crime Traveller, that was pants.

Space 1999 does have some of the best miniatures/model work ever... even if you can see the strings controlling Barbara Bain and Prentiss Hancock.


When you say "Least Favourite", do you mean those where you've watched a few episodes so you know they're shit (Babylon 5, Lexx) or those where just the opening titles and a few seconds were enough to set off the shit alarm (Hello, Enterprise, I'm looking at you)?

I think some of the worst shit I've sat through is the Jack Ronder/Martin Worth episodes of Survivors where they spend 50 minutes sitting around discussing brucellosis.

As far as seeing five minutes and knowing that was enough, I think SeaQuest and Space Precinct both deserve a wooden spoon.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say you'd have to have watched a few eps of a series before you
could nominate it as the worst-I saw three eps of "Space Precinct" before
bailing out of it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vector-Victor wrote:
I'd say you'd have to have watched a few eps of a series before you
could nominate it as the worst-I saw three eps of "Space Precinct" before
bailing out of it.


I'd go along with that, you have watch a few episodes before you can really despise a show. Space precinct was utter fucking shit. I had filed that away in a dark corner of my mind somewhere.

although I will say that I like Lexx. Its quite enjoyable if approached from the angle that it cant be taken seriously and is extremely camp.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I adore Lexx. It's on a par with Greek Comedy, and I consider Babylon 5 to be one of the greatest tv shows ever broadcast, period. Equal to I Claudius, The Iliad and Odyssey or similar.

I think the reason both shows have a lot of detractors is that many people watch one or two episodes, get totally confused and have no clue. Babylon 5 is one you have to watch from the very first episode all the way through, otherwise it makes no sense whatsoever, but the critical journeys of the characters are beyond compare. Londo and G'Kar, as played by Peter Jurassik and Andreas Katsulas, are two of the greatest tragic characters ever to appear on screen in any show ever broadcast. The first and last seasons are a bit ropey effects and acting wise, but seriously, it's the War and Peace of television.

Lexx is much, much better than its ever given credit for either. It's five main characters are a sex starved pathological coward, a psychopathic jealous robot head, a woman with the body of a sex slave who is genetically half carnivorous lizard, a dead bloke and a giant insect that eats planets, all wrapped up in a gothic Universe that's more deliciously evil than the nastiest episode of Warhammer 40,000, but more nonsensical, whimsical and downright bloody funny than even Salvador Dali could come up with.

In short, it's a work of utter genius. The fact that it works, the fact that it doesn't try and make sense, that it's such a glorious piece of madness. The fact that it has parasitic carrots that attack via the anus or a musical episode based on Brigadoon, or hillbillies in space. Or the most insanely evil emperor ever in the most gothic piece of TV I have ever seen. It has singing brains! This is genuine, glorious uncontained imagination in a way that TV has always been far too scared to do. This makes it not just brilliant television, but possibly the greatest tv series ever made.

Lexx and Babylon 5 are, I have to say, the two shows that got me back into sci fi, no matter how geeky I felt. I love them to bits.

Sorry, just felt the need to leap into an impassioned defence there.

Anyway, sci fi I hate.
Stargate was alright for a while, before climbing up it's own backside as a franchise instead of a tv show.
Space precinct
Alien Nation
Seaquest DSV
Adventures of Lois and Clark/Smallville (Although Smallville's supposed to be good) Superman is and always will be Christopher Reeve and no other.
Heroes, never seen it, cba. Ripped off Straczynski's excellent Rising Stars comic.
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NuWho
Torchwood


As we seem to be on a nostalgia trip, great shows I'd like to mention - Roy Thinnes in The Invaders. And Aussie kids tv, The Girl from tomorrow
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with you that Lexx is an underated show. As well as being extremely camp and weird, there are some pretty good ideas and, well frankly its fun and makes me giggle. Simple as. Thats enough justification for me Razz

Babylon 5 however I disagree with you on. I know it has it's hardcore fans and I respect our difference of opinion. I have actually watched nearly every episode of this from the late sunday night (I think) repeats quite a few years ago ( I didnt have anything better to do at the time and I think I was waiting for something that was on afterwards; was it bollywood films or v for vengeance or something? Cant remember!). I found the first season nigh on impossible to get through. Whilst it did improve somewhat, I always got the feeling that it took itself excessively seriously, and was not as deep or profound as it percieved itself to be. I didnt find the character arcs so amazing either, in honesty, somewhat hackneyed and derivitive. But hey ho, different strokes, different folks.
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