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(Looper)   Ten underrated sci-fi TV shows you need to watch. In other words, nine underrated sci-fi TV shows and one that fans gush about so much that it's overrated   (looper.com) divider line
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2021-01-04 5:09:48 PM  

Stratohead: Carter Pewterschmidt: Stratohead: Dollhouse could have been good...first couple of episodes were not well written and for a show that had as its premise , the core of the plot was people who could be programed to pretend to be anyone of any background or profession...casting Elisha Dushku was a huge mistake. nice lady...but EXTREMELY limited acting range.

I have mentioned before that they didn't "cast" Eliza. It was her production deal with Fox, they asked her to come up with a series for her to star in, she talked to Joss, he came up with the idea. She was the star before they came up with the show.

And I think she can act. She was just well known and has a strong image. It's like watching a Sean Connery movie. You never forget you're watching Sean Connery.  So when she's playing different characters you can never forget she's Eliza Dushku. With the others they were unknown, and several introduced before we knew they were dolls, so it is far easier to accept them as different people.

didn't say she COULDN'T act...just said her acting range is EXTREMELY limited. Sean Connery is over-rated , he's like the UK's answer to John Wayne. really popular...not all that great....or perhaps he is the Scottish Michael Caine....shows up... phones in his lines like a pro, then goes home.


Or even John Malkovich.
 
2021-01-04 5:24:26 PM  

Stratohead: ...didn't say she COULDN'T act...just said her acting range is EXTREMELY limited. Sean Connery is over-rated , he's like the UK's answer to John Wayne. really popular...not all that great....or perhaps he is the Scottish Michael Caine....shows up... phones in his lines like a pro, then goes home.


Caine's not Olivier, but he's a solid actor. Zulu, Alfie, Hannah & Her Sisters...the guy's lazy, but he's got range.
 
2021-01-04 5:43:27 PM  

Xythero: Aeon Flux was great. It was such a weird little show. And I think I'm the only one in the world who really liked the Charlize Theron movie.


Nope, you've got company here.
 
2021-01-04 5:48:44 PM  

Excelsior: thespindrifter: Any "Terra Nova" fans out there? I had a love-hate relationship with Terra Nova and the shiat writing, but it had soooo much potential that once again was just coming to its strength when Fox shiatcanned it right when it was getting good. It could have been the new "Land Of The Lost" and was headed in that direction when it got scuttled and that will always piss me off. I think it's highly under-rated as newbie Sci-Fi shows go.

I liked Terra Nova overall, and the final episode was great.  Left a lot of open questions though, and too bad it never got a wrap-up.
The entire concept of using time travel to colonize earth millions of years into the past to escape from a dying planet is interesting, with humans finding out out the hard way they are no longer at the top of the food chain.
And being fairly recent (2011) it means that the dinosaur special effects are good/realistic enough to not detract from the story itself.


Another decent show IMO was the British show "Primeval" (2007-2011), which lasted for 5 seasons.
[YouTube video: Primeval: Series 1-2 Trailer]
(There was a Canadian spin-off called "Primeval: New World'' which was set in Canada, and lasted for 1 season... Weaker than the original)


Primeval was best when it stopped trying to be a children's show.
The New World Series was god awful.
It's on Hulu.
 
2021-01-04 6:40:45 PM  

AgtSmithReloaded: I loved Space:1999 when I was a kid and still do today.

Season One was dramatic and unsettling and explored many fascinating themes.  It had pretty damn good special FX for its time, too.  It hasn't aged well in all aspects, but there's still much to be appreciated about it.

Season Two took most of what was good about Season One, threw it in a dumpster, pissed on it and then set it on fire.  Popular characters were gone without explanation, sets were changed due to budget constraints, the trippy and dramatic score was replaced with a score so 70's in tone that you could see its flared pants, and the thought-provoking stories were swapped for Saturday-afternoon kids' show fare.  Some of it was still fun to watch, but in that so-dumb-it's-entertaining way, at best.


The reason for that is that some people thought that Season 1 was 'too cerebral' for the average viewer, according to the people who review TV shows.  So for Season 2, they got Fred Freiberger to handle running the show, with the direction to make it more 'action oriented'.  Which is why season 2 was so much less enjoyable (unless you like a lot of damsels in distress and 'lazers go pew pew'.
 
2021-01-04 8:10:24 PM  

boozehat: Xythero: Aeon Flux was great. It was such a weird little show. And I think I'm the only one in the world who really liked the Charlize Theron movie.

Nope, you've got company here.


Same, it was visually pleasing at least.
 
2021-01-04 8:32:15 PM  

acad1228: No love for "Dark Matter"?


Blakes 7 remake - I liked that Orac was an android in this version.
 
2021-01-04 8:33:34 PM  

Ginnungagap42: Let's just say I watched all of those first run except The Prisoner. The Space 1999 episode "Dragon's Domain" scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid.


A still image cannot do justice to the viseral horror of that scene.
 
2021-01-04 9:16:49 PM  
I've seen most of these.  Of the ones on the list 'V' is my favorite.  The original mini-series was fantastic.  A great look on how alien fascism takes over America and the world. They do it by controlling media and discrediting science.  I wonder where I've heard that before?  The second mini series was less good, and the TV series was pretty bad as was the reboot series.  I watched it religiously of course, because I was 10 and aliens and laser guns were my jam.

I find Firefly to be massively overrated.  It was ok, but nothing incredibly special like half the internet seems to think.

Missing from list:  Babylon 5, Highlander the series, Blake's 7, Misfits of Science, Buck Rodgers, Battlestar Galactica (original), probably a few I'm forgetting.

/Manimal!
//Not really
 
2021-01-04 11:07:32 PM  

Ginnungagap42: Underrated sci-fi TV shows with a cult following you need to watch

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
The Prisoner (1967)
Dollhouse (2009)
The Tripods (1984)
Aeon Flux (1991)
V (1983)
Space 1999 (1975)
Terrahawks (1983)
Star Blazers (1979)
Firefly (2002)


TFA's author sounds young.


Came to say "only underrated if you were born after 2001."
 
2021-01-04 11:11:21 PM  

criscodisco: I re-watched Fringe recently and it was even better on a second watching.


Even after the part where you're supposed to bail out? For the first few seasons I admired how they could run multiple plots at once, instead of dragging a mystery over several seasons it would be solved in about 3-5 episodes with other mysteries also beginning and ending so there was always a sense of progress.
 
2021-01-04 11:34:44 PM  
Went through all of the comments and didn't see a single reference to 'Starlost.' Kind of a shame, really. Worthwhile reading: Harlan Ellison's little essay on the business of starting production in Canada because the American writers were on strike. Fascinating.
 
2021-01-05 12:15:57 AM  

evilsofa: 2. The Prisoner (1967): Before my time, so I never saw it. I played the 1980 Apple II+ game based on the TV series, but at that time I didn't even know the TV series existed, so it was one of those surreal games where I never could figure out what the fark was going on. Kind of like watching Lost.


I don't know why I never ran across that game.  I had tons of them back then.  I'm finally playing it.
 
2021-01-05 2:35:58 AM  

Lord Bear: Missing from list: ... Highlander the series,


One of these things is NOT like the others.
 
2021-01-05 4:09:10 AM  

thespindrifter: Lord Bear: Missing from list: ... Highlander the series,

One of these things is NOT like the others.


There can be only one?
 
2021-01-05 5:34:07 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Yes, it's a stupid plot, yes, it's doomed to fail.  But there's a shiatload of tension and conflict and a framework for telling human stories.  Is it really any worse than any number of stupid shiat shows that made it onto the air?


It's not worse than Salvation.
 
2021-01-05 10:14:57 AM  

fluffy_pope: Stratohead: ...didn't say she COULDN'T act...just said her acting range is EXTREMELY limited. Sean Connery is over-rated , he's like the UK's answer to John Wayne. really popular...not all that great....or perhaps he is the Scottish Michael Caine....shows up... phones in his lines like a pro, then goes home.

Caine's not Olivier, but he's a solid actor. Zulu, Alfie, Hannah & Her Sisters...the guy's lazy, but he's got range.


Jaws The Revenge......

"I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
 
2021-01-05 10:21:38 AM  

fluffy_pope: Caine's not Olivier,


I used to think Olivier was a great actor.

Then I saw him in the film 49th Parallel.
 
2021-01-05 11:09:40 AM  

thespindrifter: Lord Bear: Missing from list: ... Highlander the series,

One of these things is NOT like the others.


Highlander was pretty fun.  It had some cool mythology and some great stunt casting.  It wasn't the greatest ever, but I would love a remake series without any attachment to anything else.
 
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