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Old September 4 2008, 07:18 PM   #52
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Re: Ripping the supernatural out of science fiction.

the thing about psi powers is that it may not be psi powers at all....it just might look like psi powers to the untrained eye (That's the whole premise of Psyche).

For instance, in the TNG ep "Cause and Effect," Data gets the android equivalent of a premonition. However, watching the episode we get a TECH reason for the message.

Babylon 5 is another example of this. From the very first episode we see that the Minbari believe in prophesy. Their prophosies had an uncanny way of comming true. Its only later do we discover they are the result of a pre-destination paradox.

The new BSG has by no means conclusively included supernatural elements. Its intentionally left ambiguous. So far most of the things that have happened have been given rational explanations. The same was true on Lost until very late in the game.

As for shows without supernatural elements....

Total Recall 2070
Space Above and Beyond
Time Trax
Time Cop
Sliders (Sliders is a unique case since the very nature of the show opens the potential for "different" physical laws in other universes.....its a stretch though)
Invasion
Alien Nation
Century City (one cannot help but notice that most of these did not get more than one season...if that)
Doomwatch
EUReKA
Jericho (is this sci-fi)
Jeremiah
Mann & Machine
Mercy Point
Seven Days
Planet of the Apes
Primeval (conditionally...we do not know the origins of the rifts)
The Prisoner
Surface
TekWar
Viper (once you accept Knight Rider you get all of its copy cats)
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