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Old April 29 2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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Is there a series that I have missed?

Hi there folks! I've been searching the interwebz for quite some time, looking for great sci-fi series. Alas, I can not find anything that interests me anymore that I have not yet seen.

As a last resort, I just had to ask in a forum and I guess that a trek-themed one would be the natural choice for me, since I love the treks :))

Time for the question: Have I missed any good series?

The ones I've already watched (and loved) are as follows:
  • Stargate SG-1
  • Farscape
  • Star Trek: TOS
  • Star Trek: TNG
  • Star Trek: VOY
  • Star Trek: DS9
  • Star Trek: ENT
  • Battlestar Galactica (New)
  • Firefly
  • Babylon 5
As you can see, I'm into the whole off-earth, into the future, what if, intelligent - stuff. I also prefer interesting characters over eye-candy action. And don't get me started on todays horrible "sci-fi" (BSG is the exception) with all those younglings as actors (A).

Is there anything interesting left or is my future as grim as I think? ;)

Apologizing if I have missed any relevant threads on the subject.
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Old April 29 2010, 11:25 PM   #2
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Re: Is there a series that I have missed?

Doctor Who
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Old April 29 2010, 11:27 PM   #3
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Re: Is there a series that I have missed?

You've covered most of the Space Opera basics.

Since you liked Firefly, you might consider taking a look at the Buffyverse. Different premise, similar style.
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Old April 29 2010, 11:32 PM   #4
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Re: Is there a series that I have missed?

Fist McStrongpunch wrote: View Post
Doctor Who
I second that.

Also, Blake's 7, if you can stomach the bad special effects and the 70s look.
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Old April 29 2010, 11:43 PM   #5
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The short-lived Alien Nation series (one season and five television movies) is worth a look, although it's mostly Earth-based.
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Old April 29 2010, 11:45 PM   #6
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Re: Is there a series that I have missed?

Yep, you need to look at British series for starters:
Doctor Who - Timeship that can go anywhere in the universe, so about half the time that's contemporary-ish Earth, and half the time it's future Earth, alien worlds, worlds in the Earth Empire, scattered across billions of years of history.

Blake's 7: Second century of the third calendar (the new calendar was imposed by the dictatorship of the Federation when it took power). Basically, Star Trek, but written by Orwell or Kafka (on a good day. On a bad day, Star Trek that Fred Freiberger would have turned down).

Star Cops: Near future police series set among the first big space stations and Moonbase, as the International Space Police Force tries to bring the law to the High Frontier (set in 2027, made in 1987, so it's no longer really credible as 2027 that there'll be a Moonbase and five big stations up there by then, but it remains credible as about 40 years on from now).

I really can't think of any off-Earth US series that you haven't already tried...
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Old April 29 2010, 11:48 PM   #7
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I suppose if you don't mind comedy, and a lower budget, the British series Red Dwarf is worth a look.
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Old April 29 2010, 11:59 PM   #8
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Re: Is there a series that I have missed?

In that vein, Futurama is also worth a try. Sure, it's animated but hilarious and sci-fi.
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Old April 30 2010, 12:03 AM   #9
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Re: Is there a series that I have missed?

robelirobban wrote: View Post
Hi there folks! I've been searching the interwebz for quite some time, looking for great sci-fi series. Alas, I can not find anything that interests me anymore that I have not yet seen.
If you want series on the internet, then.....

http://redvsblue.com/archive/?sid=rvb&season=1
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Old April 30 2010, 12:10 AM   #10
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Re: Is there a series that I have missed?

Doctor Who
Blake's 7
Red Dwarf
Star Trek the Animated Series
Flash Gordon the Animated Series
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Old April 30 2010, 12:24 AM   #11
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Star Trek the Animated Series
2nd'd.
Good, not great.

visual production values are below average.
It's still Shatner, Kelly, & Nimoy's voices though playing their Trek characters.
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Old April 30 2010, 12:32 AM   #12
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Re: Is there a series that I have missed?

If you don't mind crossing the language barrier there's also the Macross franchise and Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
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Old April 30 2010, 12:37 AM   #13
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Personally the single best sf/f show to come out in the last decade and ranks up in the top tier of all dramas in my opinion is LOST. The most consistent series I've ever watched. If you love good sci-fi mystery this show has it in spades.

It is clever, inventive, fast-paced, is all arcs all the time, tons of twists, OMG cliffhangers, oodles of suspense and tension. It is thoroughly engrossing and while it is a series that requires a lot of effort on the part of the viewer it is all worth it and such a rewarding experience. I have not been overly impressed by the flood of sf/f in the last decade with most sucking but this is truly a great series.
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Old April 30 2010, 12:45 AM   #14
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It wasn't set in space but THE 4400 is worth checking out . . . .
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Old April 30 2010, 12:50 AM   #15
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How about Space Above & Beyond ?

I haven't watched it but I've heard some good things about it.
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