Monday, January 14, 2013
Sci Fi TV
So, here are my favorite Sci Fi shows, in no particular order. As before, this is my short list, and probably does not include everything there is. These are just the shows I like(d) watching.
The Six-Million Dollar Man
As a kid growing up in the 70’s, this was my all-time favorite show. I have probably, over the course of my life, seen 90% of the episodes, as well as the various TV movies that have come out. I wanted to BE Steve Austin. I had the 12” action figure with the spaceship. I had a burgundy denim suit that I used to run around in slow motion in. When I played “spy”, my boss was always Oscar Goldman. This was the “it” show for me.
When this show came out, I was riveted. The talking car that could self-drive; the turbo boost; the impervious paint; everything. The story was dramatic as well, with interesting characters, and a unique premise. This show also cemented my love for the Pontiac Trans Am (the seed first planted by Smokey and the Bandit). To this day, I still love those cars. I tried to watch the reboot, but it just did not grab me. Plus, they used a Ford Mustang. Ugh!
I have to admit that I don’t remember a whole lot about this show. I just remember that I loved it as a kid. I have watched a couple of episodes on NetFlix (or was it Hulu…?) recently, and it still stands up pretty good. It’s a shame that Jon-Erik Hexum accidentally killed himself on the set of Cover Up a few years later (another good Action show, btw), because he really had a good screen presence. I liked the idea that it was semi-educational, as well as entertaining. Who knows, this may have been the thing that subconsciously planted the seed for my love of History.
I only saw the first season of this show, but it totally rocked! Never mind the fact that Jessica Alba was (and still is) smoking hot, the idea of a girl who was so kick-ass, living in a post-apocalyptic/cyberpunk future just made for great storytelling. And with James Cameron at the helm, you knew it was going to be good. I’ve always wanted to go back and watch Season 2. But I heard it wasn’t as well-done.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Ok, I admit that when this show was first on, I avoided it like the plague. To me, the only Buffy was Kristy Swanson from the movie. But, after moving here, my wife got me into it, and we own the first two seasons on DVD. I liked the characters, especially Xander, and the expanded premise was interesting. It’s no wonder this one became a cult favorite, and cemented Joss Whedon as a Hollywood force to be reckoned with. Without Buffy, there would be no Avengers. Not as we saw them in theaters, anyways.
The original mini-series’, as well as the regular series from the early 80’s. I remember being in 6th grade, and they would run short clips of the show, building up a lot of tension and expectation for this show. When it first aired, I was amazed. It was really ground-breaking at the time, with the premise that an alien encounter may not be what it seems at first. Of course, the backbone of the story was the Holocaust allegory. But that just made the show that much better. And it had Marc Singer (The Beastmaster) and Michael Ironside. I never saw the remake from a few years ago, but I heard it was pretty good too. I might have to look for that one. I know this one really skirts the line between Sci Fi and Space Opera, as it did have aliens, and they did go into space. But really, the show was about the human resistance here on Earth.
The Bionic Woman
I know I am probably leaving a lot of shows out. Especially ones that have come out in recent years. Sometimes I think I should watch more TV. But then I always think “There are more interesting things to be doing” so I don’t.
Next time, Space Opera.