Lately there’s been a mini explosion of science fiction shows on TV. As a lapsed Sci-Fi Fan, I’m excited to dive into today’s otherworldly entertainment–and get recommendations from you all–but not before highlighting a few classics from back in the day!
(above) ‘Nuff Said.
1. V – This show blew my adolescent mind. All the characters looked like they belonged in a shows my mom would watch, but in my mom’s shows no one ever ate a live rodent! I was crazy about the original mini-series and continued to watch it when it turned into a weekly series. But I didn’t watch the recent reboot. Should I have? Or would it ruin all my nostalgic memories of flesh-wearing alien lizards?
2. Star Trek – I mean, obviously. Where I grew up, old episodes of the original Star Trek were sometimes shown back to back with old episodes of Batman. I know! Best hour ever, right? But sadly, I drifted away from Star Trek over the years. I saw a little Next Generation, but no Deep Space Nine or Voyager or anything else! What have I missed?
3. Alien Nation – Okay, so I liked aliens. I also liked cop shows and The Odd Couple. Check, check, and check. I’m sure this show taught me all sorts of lessons about bigotry and the pros and cons of assimilation for an immigrant community, but at the time I was paying more attention to how cool the aliens looked and giggling whenever they got drunk off sour milk. Because sour milk is gross. And gross things are funny.
4. Quantum Leap – A million other people have talked about how great this show was so I shouldn’t even try. But there was nothing quite as fun as the first few minutes when you’re waiting for Sam to figure out who he is. And it affected people more than the average TV show. Case in point: I have a friend who can, at the drop of a hat and seemingly without reason, recite the monologue that opens the show. Which is a little weird. And a little awesome.
5. Voyagers! – Some of my earliest memories are of sitting too close to my TV, watching this show. As a burgeoning know-it-all myself, I loved the idea of a young boy genius helping to save the world by ensuring historical events happened the way they were supposed to. This show aired when I was around 5, so the memories are a little fuzzy, but I definitely remember the souped-up pocket watch thingy that allowed the characters to time travel. And I remember how sad I was when I found out it wasn’t real.
Life: 1, Childhood Fantasy: 0.
That’s it! Anything between the late 80’s and now is a big empty wasteland for me, and I’m starting to realize how much I must have missed. So, in the interest of filling the empty void in my life, I’m soliciting recommendations from the more sci-fi savvy readers out there.
So where do I start? I’ve got a Netflix account and an empty weekend coming up just waiting to be filled with phasers and motherships and lost colonies. I’m counting on you guys. Help me out! Don’t make me have to go outside and enjoy the weather . . .
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