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Pick the series you've liked/loved/hated, but couldn't stop watching. Yes, I know you can't pick just one, that's why you can pick four.

Doctor Who (Old and New, Torchwood inclusive)
25 (9.2%)
Stargate SG-1/Atlantis
8 (2.9%)
Battlestar Galactica
23 (8.5%)
Babylon 5
23 (8.5%)
Firefly
38 (14%)
Sliders
1 (0.4%)
Mystery Science Theater 3000
15 (5.5%)
Farscape
12 (4.4%)
The Prisoner
7 (2.6%)
The Six Million Dollar Man
2 (0.7%)
Superman (various)
2 (0.7%)
The Jetsons
2 (0.7%)
Andromeda
5 (1.8%)
Wonder Woman (I put in Superman)
2 (0.7%)
Quantum Leap
10 (3.7%)
Red Dwarf
15 (5.5%)
The Twilight Zone
11 (4%)
The X-Files
23 (8.5%)
Lost in Space
2 (0.7%)
Star Trek (Any/All)
33 (12.1%)
Eureka
4 (1.5%)
UFO
0 (0%)
Seaquest
0 (0%)
Batman
5 (1.8%)
Lost
4 (1.5%)

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Reply #20 on: February 13, 2007, 07:19:07 PM
Is Lost Science Fiction?

*spoilers*


A group of scientists go to an island to investigate how to stop humanity destroying itself.  They do this by looking into remote viewing, margetism, climate control, zoology, and various other odd things. 
The island also does not show up on radar or satelite picvtures; and causes has a magnetic charge that had to be released every hour or so.  The only way off the island is to hear in a specific direction by sea nad not change course...

It is kinda sci fi....
but I've given up on it... It now annoys me...

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Reply #21 on: February 13, 2007, 07:31:02 PM
I watched a couple episodes in the first season, and it didn't seem to be. With the spoilers... Eh, I'm still not sure. I'll put it up, but if someone comes up with a good explanation of why it isn't I can take it down.

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Reply #22 on: February 13, 2007, 07:44:44 PM
The X-Files = I loved it in the begining and watched it as I grew up.  towards the end it was more out of loyalty that actually liking the show though...

I liked the early shows, before for the government cover-up rubbish.  I still get the creeps thinking about those creepy green bugs that didn't like the light, out in the woods, all alone ...


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Reply #23 on: February 13, 2007, 08:25:41 PM
Is Lost Science Fiction? I've never heard it referred to as such.

It has mysterious electromagnetic stations (possibly capable of destroying the world, though that's still unproven), black smoky chain things that seem to materialize and dematerialize, a kid with probable psychic abilities, a precognitive man, sequences of numbers that alter fate, and dreams and visions with demonstrated prophetic consequences.

What would you call it?

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Reply #24 on: February 13, 2007, 09:13:23 PM
Is Lost Science Fiction? I've never heard it referred to as such.

It has mysterious electromagnetic stations (possibly capable of destroying the world, though that's still unproven), black smoky chain things that seem to materialize and dematerialize, a kid with probable psychic abilities, a precognitive man, sequences of numbers that alter fate, and dreams and visions with demonstrated prophetic consequences.

What would you call it?

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Reply #25 on: February 13, 2007, 10:53:00 PM
Is Lost Science Fiction? I've never heard it referred to as such.

It has mysterious electromagnetic stations (possibly capable of destroying the world, though that's still unproven), black smoky chain things that seem to materialize and dematerialize, a kid with probable psychic abilities, a precognitive man, sequences of numbers that alter fate, and dreams and visions with demonstrated prophetic consequences.

What would you call it?
That show my friends keep bitching has lost it's way?

On a serious note, I watched two episodes in the first season and didn't fall into it. I've never heard it billed as SF (or for that anything weird-science-y except for radios not working). Anyway, it's on the list now, in the prominent 23rd position.

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Reply #26 on: February 14, 2007, 02:42:34 AM
I watched much of the first season of lost on DVD at my friend's house... didn't click with me... i just couldnt care much about it.

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #27 on: February 14, 2007, 01:11:33 PM
Is Lost Science Fiction? I've never heard it referred to as such.

It has mysterious electromagnetic stations (possibly capable of destroying the world, though that's still unproven), black smoky chain things that seem to materialize and dematerialize, a kid with probable psychic abilities, a precognitive man, sequences of numbers that alter fate, and dreams and visions with demonstrated prophetic consequences.

What would you call it?

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Reply #28 on: February 14, 2007, 01:14:33 PM
I'm pleased to see "Batman" getting it's due.  I assume we're referring to The Animated Series, which is some of the best television I've ever seen.

And I grew up with ST:TNG, have seen every episode, still love that show.  It was the right cast, with the right writers, and they ended it on a high note just before Rick Berman started getting burned out and pretentious.

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Reply #29 on: February 14, 2007, 04:42:46 PM
I'm pleased to see "Batman" getting it's due.  I assume we're referring to The Animated Series, which is some of the best television I've ever seen.

I assumed most people were thinking of the old Adam West show from the 60s.  But I guess it doesn't really matter, as the poll's creator has chosen not to distinguish between versions of shows.

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Reply #30 on: February 14, 2007, 08:02:55 PM
Superman means all the Superman series in various incarnations, Batman means all the Batman series in various incarnations. I know there were big differences in quality between some of them, but if I started doing it by series, especially with ones like Star Trek or Superman or Batman... the poll would easily be closer to 100 options, which really isn't useful, or practical.

Yes, there is a difference between the new and old BS:G's. It's a pretty big difference in some ways. If you really feel strongly on the matter and don't want to vote for (insert incarnation of series) but loved (insert other incarnation of series), post about it down here, and explain why. Then vote for something else.

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Reply #31 on: February 15, 2007, 06:30:34 PM
What about the 4400? I love that show.

I voted for B5- A fantastic epic story in a well-realised universe. I loved the idea of an ongoing story arc.
BSG- The new version. Tackles topics no other SF TV series will.
Doctor Who/Torchwood- Just plain well-written. Apart from some of Torchwood, but the good Torchwood episodes were very good.
Firefly- Best bunch of characters in TV SF. Joss Whedon knows how to create a group of characters that make you want to join them.

I would have voted for Star Trek, if it wasn't for the crapness of the recent shows. Of course, Doctor Who had its share of cheese, but that's well in the past. Star Trek hasn't been any good since DS9.

Oh, and Seaquest is a case study in how to take a fairly decent show, and completely ruin it with a few simple changes.
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Reply #32 on: February 16, 2007, 11:37:50 AM
Oh, and Seaquest is a case study in how to take a fairly decent show, and completely ruin it with a few simple changes.

I totally agree. I loved that show and then quickly hated everything to do with it.



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Reply #33 on: February 17, 2007, 11:23:11 PM
As -- seemingly -- the only person to vote for Lost so far, I'm prepared to stand up and defend it.

If there's some flaw that bugs you, I'll have a go at justifying it.

This may require another thread...



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Reply #34 on: February 17, 2007, 11:29:14 PM
As -- seemingly -- the only person to vote for Lost so far, I'm prepared to stand up and defend it.

If there's some flaw that bugs you, I'll have a go at justifying it.

The only real flaw that bugs me is that the first half of this season was ridiculously slow paced.  Too much time with only three main characters in the enemy base, which quickly became boringly mundane, and not nearly enough time spent on everybody else.

I haven't seen the last couple episodes since it started running again.  I'll get around to it...eventually.  My enthusiasm dropped with the pace.

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Reply #35 on: February 18, 2007, 09:14:31 PM
The only real flaw that bugs me is that the first half of this season was ridiculously slow paced.  Too much time with only three main characters in the enemy base, which quickly became boringly mundane, and not nearly enough time spent on everybody else.

I'm inclined to blame some of that on the scheduling.  The first couple of episodes got by on sheer curiosity about how the Others actually live.  Their most important organization is a suburban book club?  Genius.  And it was great to get an explanation for season one's polar bears at last.

Then it did seriously slow down, but that's not uncommon for the first quarter of a season.  Being off our screens for, what, three months? has really intensified the feeling that it's stalled.  If it had continued at more normal intervals I think the slow start would have been easily forgotten.



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Reply #36 on: February 20, 2007, 09:08:53 PM
As -- seemingly -- the only person to vote for Lost so far, I'm prepared to stand up and defend it.

If there's some flaw that bugs you, I'll have a go at justifying it.

This may require another thread...

I couldn't figure out how to reset my vote otherwise Lost would be at the top of my list.  And I agree with you that the horrible scheduling of this show has added to the stalled feeling.  And watching it at 10pm sucks (no, I don't have TIVO). I think that if the last two episodes (the ones after the 3 month gap) had been aired before the break, it would've left everyone with a much better taste in their mouth.


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Reply #37 on: February 21, 2007, 04:07:20 AM
Dr. Who - the new stuff is funny, clever, exciting, and they manage to include the old villians

BSG - the new stuff is funny, clever, exciting, and they manage to include the old villians (is it plagerism if you steal from yourself?)  Best effects on TV - bloody seamless, makes me think there's a stable of spaceships out there.  This is what I call "true sci-fi" (bring it on, Mr. Resnick ;)), taking fantastic ideas, sometimes mixing them with current issues and divorcing them enough from now that it's very thought-provoking.

B5 - awesome complete story arc. Any story suffers after the climax, but B5 was pretty good all the way through.

Star Trek - let's be honest, it's the Lord of The Rings for TV sci-fi - sure it sucks lately, but that's the cooks, not the recipe.

I love Firefly (I watch the series about once a month), but it's too short.  Though there is some good fanfic - audio style at http://sonic.libsyn.com/

Heroes is too comic booky for me to be sci-fi and it just feels like it's been done before.



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Reply #38 on: February 21, 2007, 04:25:12 PM
Star Trek - let's be honest, it's the Lord of The Rings for TV sci-fi - sure it sucks lately, but that's the cooks, not the recipe.

What makes you call it the LOTR for TV?  I'm not trying to criticize, just curious.  I like the LOTR becomes it's one epic story that has a definite ending.  I enjoy some Star Trek, but like you said, the last few attempts have left a bad taste in my mouth (I hated Voyager, never did get a chance to watch Enterprise, which I almost regret). 


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Reply #39 on: February 21, 2007, 07:00:51 PM
When Tolkien wrote LOTR the only fantasy creatures were the ones from folklore and fairy tales.  Not only did he invent the fantasy genre as we know it today, he showed writers the beauty of having a completely realized world to play in.

I think Star Trek (the Original Series) is the same template - what sci-fi show doesn't have it's roots in the basic inventions of Star Trek- warp speed, phasers, teleporters, aliens as equals, etc. Certainly, there was Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon but I find those much more human-centric serial fiction.  Star Trek brought it to the one TV format.

As for Voyager and Enterprise - I'd say Voyager tried too hard to be a mash of The Original Series (with a crusty Doctor and a Vulcan confidant) and Next Gen (substitute Droid with hot Borg chick).  It left the first officer Chicotay (sp?) floating the breeze, and besides  Neelix was soooo annoying. 
Enterprise was just dopey and almost mean-spirited - not just the stories(the evil Vulcans are idiots), but also in the way it threw away anything associated to the original series, including the opening.  After Sept 2001, though, the Zinti story line showed some real promise - then it got dumb again.

Get the Originals on DVD or catch them on a sci fi channel - the really good ones still hold up fairly well (Amok Time, Journey to Babel, Balance of Terror, etc).