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Octavean
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What's Old is New, its Sad But True

I’ve been watching Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict, or should I say re-watching. It comes from a lack of good new scifi shows. I’ve been genuinely enjoying it though (season one and part of season 2). Its actually kind of reminds me of SG1 a little. I know the show took a nose dive at some point before being canceled but it’s a fun ride so far.

Once I’m done with EFC maybe I’ll move on to Space Above and Beyond (SAAB) or Space 1999. If I’m really going to punish myself maybe I’ll watch Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda,…

Anyone have recommendations of retro scifi or the like?



DrStrange
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Babylon 5.



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said by DrStrange:

Babylon 5.

+1

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For retro, some of the older Dr Who, I would recommend Doctors #3 and #4 (Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker)

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DrStrange
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Agree on Doctors #3 and 4.

Trying to come up with more titles. A week after vacation and brain-fry is setting in again.



Snakeoil
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reply to Octavean

I thought the first 3 or 4 season of Andromeda to be better then Earth: Final Conflict.

There is William Shatner's books turned to TV series: Tek War.
»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TekWar

Space: Above and Beyond, is the best military sci-fi going. Better then star ship troopers, IMO. It had the "gritty" feel. Add to that, a cameo by Lee R. Emery.

B5 is a good space opera. It drags, and has long story arcs. Todays shows have shorter arcs, due to people's shorter attention spans.

I can just barely remember Space 1999.
I dunno if the Logan's run or planet of the Apes TV series is available. Then there is Buck Rogers as well [the one from the 80's I think].
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footballdude
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reply to Octavean

Andromeda started out OK but started falling apart before too long.



Boricua
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said by Snakeoil:

Then there is Buck Rogers as well [the one from the 80's I think].

Yes, that one is with Gil Gerard and Erin Gray. The first season was good but the second season got stupid.
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Octavean
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reply to Octavean

I'm thinking maybe "Strange World (1999)".



Voxxjin
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reply to Octavean

Babylon 5---my personal favorite.
Space: 1999---currently watching
Battlestar Galatica---original (80s).
Buck Rogers---waiting in the wings.
Logan's Run--- (both the movie and tv show).
Firefly---on my watch list down the road.
Otherworld---For some reason, I want to checkout this old show that I barely remember seeing (not saying it was any good but just remember from my youth).

Starhunter (and Starhunter 2300)---I never saw but thought I would check it out. (SH2300 was a sequel to Starhunter.)
Space: Above & Beyond---would like to see this one again
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Markie
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BSG is worth a watch, Caprica didn't make it very far but episodes are easily pulled off the web and I liked its premise, shame it didn't get more time to tell its story.
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TwiztedZero
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And for all that and more we have the adorable little creature called XBMC... ZOMGz I loves it!

Yes but patience... the new 'series's season is upon us!

Meanwhiles, I'm just catching up on Falling Skies, and a few others I missed in between.



pb5k
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EFC and Andromeda were both very troubled shows that started with some great concepts but wound up crappifying over time.

Andromeda was good and even won awards before herp-derp Kevin Sorbo hijacked the show (end of season 2) from Robert Hewitt Wolfe and said that viewers were too stupid for long story arcs, and turned it into the Kevin Sorbo show. Its final season is some of the most nonsensical and putrid crap to pollute the medium. (Yes, I am bitter).

EFC never met a protagonist it didn't want to kill and couldn't find a real destination for its storyline.

Some solid recommendations here with B5, its movies and Crusade (which has an unresolved plotline, beware). Also liked Space Above and Beyond (ended before its time, but the writers gave some closure in the end. I would like to see it re-made.)

Other stuff to check out:

- Jericho. Really sucks you in. Aborted storyline that continues in comic/graphic novel form from the same writers. It's almost like a leftist version of Red Dawn.
- Odyssey 5. Absolutely amazing and well worth watching the pilot episode at a minimum. warning, excellent storyline but completely unresolved.
- Farscape in case you haven't seen it. Though I had to fight my way through some episodes when it just seemed to slow down too much.
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darcilicious
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Loved Oddysey 5 and Jericho.

In a similar vein as Jericho was Jeremiah »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremiah_(TV_series)

I also liked Carnivàle »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carniv%C3%A0le (though I'm not sure it would fall under sci fi per se). I can't recall how this ended (it aired for two, was meant to be a six-season show!) so I might have to remedy that.
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pb5k
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Thanks for pointing out Jeremiah and Carnivale. Can't believe I forgot Jeremiah.

Jeremiah was so damn good that Fallout 3 stole its plot virtually lock stock and barrel. It was written by J. Michael Stracynski of B5 fame.

If you're willing to cross the medium from TV to comic/graphic novel, check out Rising Stars by J. Michael Stracynski. Spectacular series, sometimes compared to HEROES on tv, but 1000 times better.
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Snakeoil
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It's not a "live action" series, but it was one hell of a decent cartoon that was made by an American team:

Exo-squad. »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exosquad

quote:
Exosquad was among the first animated series by Universal Animation Studios (then known as Universal Cartoon Studios) and was created under influence of anime imported from Japan.[3][4] As a result, its complex story line covered a large number of topics from war through romance to genetic engineering and was able to appeal to a broad audience. Although the first season ran for only thirteen episodes in 1993, the rising popularity of the show allowed Universal to make the second one three times as long. In its second season, Exosquad was put into the "Universal Action Hour" together with Monster Force.[11]

Not sure as to where it can be found.
I found it at Hulu, all 2 seasons. »www.hulu.com/exosquad
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Snakeoil
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Jeremiah as a decent show. A shame it got canceled before it could fully develop.



Boricua
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reply to Octavean

A show that just came to mind and nobody mentioned is Nowhere Man with Bruce Greenwood. It only lasted for one season but it kept you on the edge of your seat sometimes.

EDIT: I just did a look and was surprised that it's out there .
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