Sci-Fi TV Shows that you're pretty sure only you watched.

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Dale Sams, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. RAMA

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    L5 and Dirk Gently!! Yes, saw these but they were for a niche audience really.

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    As I understand, L5 was supposed to show the way of the future; if you want SciFi-'TV' that isn't made like SyFy makes it, and Dirk Gently was cancelled so the BBC would have more money for imported series.

    But I must admit that most of the shows in that post of mine are released on BitTorrent rather than on the old-fashioned TV.

    Speaking of the forbidden fruit: unless you have, like I did, a British friend that had a VCR, you are probably not going to be able to find The Strangerers as it was never released on DVD. ETA & BTW: I'm pretty sure "The Observers" in Fringe are based on the aliens in The Strangerers; loads of their mannerisms are so alike that it can't be a coincidence.
     
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    That article has an update at the bottom:
     
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    Ahh this is my kind of thread. You can pop over to my site to remind you of what you are forgetting. The thing I hear most from people is how someone was reminded of a forgotten favorite.

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    that John Woo Lost In Space pilot

    looking fwd to Cleo 2525 one day :)
     
  7. John Clark

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    I'll admit it. I think they only aired the first series on a channel where I could watch it but still have all those on recorded VHS until they get around to releasing it on dvd.
     
  8. Christopher

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    The problem, though -- and I suppose I'll put this in a spoiler box in case anyone manages to track down the pilot online or something -- is that
    Stewart's character died at the end of the pilot. Which was a really bad idea, since she was the character who explained humanity to the inhuman lead, like Mike Farrell in The Questor Tapes and Karen Allen in Starman.

    Also, IMDb says the pilot was actually called Project: Tin Men, plural. I don't think that's right -- I have it written on the VHS tape as Project: Tinman -- but I don't feel like going to the trouble of checking it out right now. Maybe later I'll get around to rewatching it and report back.


    I saw that on YouTube and didn't care for it. On the other hand, there was also a failed Time Tunnel remake pilot around the same time which was really quite good.
     
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    I tried watching the Relic Hunter pilot last fall, but wasn't able to finish it due to a sudden, despairing urge to burn my high school diploma. Luckily, a cessation of viewing and a hot shower prevented such an incident... :p
     
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  11. Galileo7

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    I watched them as a boy in the '70s.:vulcan:

    Yes.
     
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    How about Probe? Co-created by Isaac Asimov, it starred Parker Stevenson as a genius who investigated science-related crimes.
     
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    What was the pilot (I think it was a pilot) about a scientist who is disabled and he builds an Iron man like suit.. except its the 1970s and the show has no budget so his suit has buttons on the front labelled "walk" and the like*


    * or so I remember been a long time.
     
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    Did anyone see 'Mercy Point?' It starred Joe Morton (Of T2 fame) and was some sort of ER meets Star Trek mixup. I only ever saw one episode way back when, but it appeared to be of fairly high production values.
     
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    Has anyone mentioned "The Middleman" yet?
     
  16. RAMA

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    I look forward to L5's future, it needs money, doesn't necessarily need viewers.

    Never heard of Strangerers.

    I like the Patrick Stewart version of Eleventh Hour, and enjoyed the American version better as it went on...until that got canceled...

    Other scifi web series currently of note: The Drone, H+, both are better than anything currently on American TV, though I like Continuum, which seems to be struggling to find viewers.

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  17. Flibble

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    Sadly, I have seen most of the shows that have been mentioned.

    Think I was the only person to have seen The Amazing Spiderman with Nicholas Hammond.

    Two other shows that I remember seeing...Star Maidens (with Gareth Thomas before Blake's Seven) and a very odd Australian (?) show called Phoenix 5.
     
  18. RAMA

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    My sister and I were excited when Spiderman came on. We were about 7-8 years old at the time. Didnt they edit the series into TV movies?

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    Nice site, though I prefer not to peruse it just yet, I want the shows to come to my head naturally.

    This is currently one of only 3 threads I have subscribed to on the entire board.
     
  20. Christopher

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    Yes, the majority of the episodes were paired off and released as syndicated movies, as was also done with Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, and a few other '70s shows. There was one case where episodes from two different seasons were spliced together, and a couple of times they brought in two of the leads (Nicholas Hammond and Chip Fields) to shoot a cheaply produced transitional scene to link the episodes together.

    According to Wikipedia, the "movies" were:

    Spider-Man (2-hour pilot)
    The Deadly Dust (2-parter)
    Con Caper & The Curse of Rava (starts with a second-season episode followed by a first-season one)
    Night of the Clones & Escort to Danger (last 2 first-season eps)
    Photo Finish & A Matter of State
    Wolfpack & The Kirkwood Haunting
    The Chinese Web (2-parter)

    Since the series was 13 episodes long, that leaves one -- the second-season premiere "The Captive Tower" -- that wasn't part of the syndication package and was rarely seen, except when the Sci-Fi Channel reran the full series in the '90s. Oddly, except for "Night of the Clones & Escort to Danger," all of the compilations of two separate episodes run them (or at least list their titles) in reverse order. Which didn't really matter much, though, since '70s shows didn't have much continuity.