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Old January 5 2009, 07:12 AM   #1
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sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

are there any scifi/fantasy shows with continuous ongoing arcs like 24? I recently picked up Surface and looking for other shows like it.
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Old January 5 2009, 07:25 AM   #2
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

nuBSG and Lost spring to mind. Season three of Enterprise as well.
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Old January 5 2009, 07:30 AM   #3
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

Babylon 5.

The original master which all other sci fi shows attempt to emulate.

Although if you're talking original then Dr Who, Blake's 7, Quatermass and about any other British sci fi series since 1953 onwards!
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Old January 5 2009, 08:08 AM   #4
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

Blakes 7 and Babylon 5.

Those that followed are merely imitating them.
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Old January 5 2009, 08:21 AM   #5
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

Jericho, Farscape and Carnivale.
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Old January 5 2009, 10:30 AM   #6
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

It's not sci-fi, but season 4 of Angel is basically one continuous arc taking place over a period of 3-4 weeks.
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Old January 5 2009, 02:16 PM   #7
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

The continuous arc is more intensely defined in some shows, than in others. Babylon 5 is one example cited, where the arc is the backbone of the show's complete story. Farscape had one as well, though perhaps a little less displayed. Firefly certainly had elements that carried over, but since it only lived for a handful of episodes it's hard to evaluate jsut how intensely displayed any arc would have been.
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Old January 5 2009, 03:15 PM   #8
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

Babylon 5 is the only one I can think of as far as 24 type arcs go.
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Old January 5 2009, 03:23 PM   #9
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

Heroes do season arcs.

And, of course, DS9.
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Old January 5 2009, 03:31 PM   #10
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

There are almost no scifi shows that have continuous arcs the way 24 does. Most of the shows listed above, great shows, like farscape, firefly, b5, LOST, BSG, etc, all have stand-alones in it, with the arc weaving in and out.

24 is a full serialized show, there are no standalones. Each episode is the same story, picking up right after the last.

The only show that comes to mind is Heroes.
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Old January 5 2009, 04:04 PM   #11
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

The condensed Season 4 of Babylon 5 had practically no standalone episodes... but this was because they had assumed that it would be the last season of the series.
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Old January 5 2009, 04:44 PM   #12
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Earth 2 was another good arc-driven show, though it only lasted one season.

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Old January 5 2009, 05:07 PM   #13
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

Charlie Jade was continuous-sadly, it only lasted one season. nuBSG is pretty close and B5 is the granddaddy of the "arc" scifi series.
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Old January 5 2009, 05:12 PM   #14
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If I recall, Space: Above and Beyond would count. They're smaller arcs (within the grand one), but they're there and the show is worth seeing if you haven't yet.
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Old January 5 2009, 05:35 PM   #15
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Re: sci-fi shows with continuous ongoing arcs?

Day Break probably qualifies.

Also, both Buffy & Angel have strong continuity carrying through most episodes, although there's often an A-story which is standalone as well.
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