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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:17 am    Post subject: Firefly Reply with quote

I was curious how many of you know of, watch, like the series Firefly. I recently bought the series on DVD and despite being only 14 episodes, I found it to be one of the most delightful series I have ever watched. The fact that they make a full-length, theater-released movie of it says a lot for the show, if not for the fans. When I think about the garbage that becomes a successful I cannot help but wonder what values people have.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I typically don't watch much TV either, but I heard about the series and the DVD set was fairly inexpensive, so I took a chance and I am glad I did.

I am probably going to be watching more TV in the next few months as I recently got digital cable just for the baseball games on the North American Sports Network. It's the only way I get to watch games over here (other than mlb.com). I coach a little league team and in addition to enjoying a good game, I watch the games to get tips-n-tricks to teach my kids.

I saw the Sci-Fi 25 few days ago. Position 15 says a lot for a show that aired only 14 episodes.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote]You can take the boy out of America, but you can't take the America out of the boy. LOL

We've gotta have our baseball.[/quote]

You got that right!!!

[quote]While I like the movie "Galaxy Quest", I don't consider it science fiction. It's strength was to parodize the whole "Star Trek" franchise.[/quote]

[quote]I think it is still SF, since you are dealing with people from other planets, advanced technology, etc.[/quote]

[quote]
I know Doctor Who is a *huge* cult classic but I could never get into it.
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The only doctor I got into was Tom Baker. The show was typical brit SF, that is pretty campy in places.

[quote]Quantum Leap definitely deserves a place on the list. It does what science fiction does best, presents and discusses controverial social issues in the guise of entertainment, allowing those issues to be presented when they otherwise would not be received.

This is a lot of what Gene Roddenbury was trying to do in the original Star Trek series. Before that show, there was no such thing as a multi-racial group shown working together on TV. Critics predicted that Star Trek would fail for that reason...especially among Bible belt audiences. In fact, no one complained at all.[/quote]

Actually there were complaints about things like Uhura having a position of responsibility. Don't forget this was the mid '60s.

[quote]I'm shocked that the remake of The Thing was on this list. [/quote]

I actually liked it. I thought they did a good job. I am not a big fan of remakes, but this did have a lot of good elements.

[quote]While Star Trek The Next Generation absolutely belongs here, I would have picked Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country over ST II The Wrath of Khan (although, they are my two favorite films in the ST movie series).[/quote]

I liked ST IV because I grew up near SF and it was nice to see things I knew. Plus I love time travel stories and the humor aspect of the story was fun.

[quote]I saw Blade Runner exactly once. I found it confusing and overly violent (and I like "manly, action oriented" films). I remember reading the book the movie's based on "Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep" by Phillip K. Dick and it was far superior.[/quote]

I agree that the book was much better, but I have seen the movie over and over. Although the issues are not as controversial as in ST or QL, there was the important question of who each of is, what is our personal future, etc. To me it also brought up the question of where does one draw the line between human and non-human.

[quote]I've never seen the current incarnation of Battlestar Galactica and from the way I've heard the series described, I doubt I'll ever want to.[/quote]

I have seen a couple of episodes from the first season and it is definitely better than the original (not that hard to accomplish). I love Edward James Olmos in everything he does (he's also in Blade Runner) .

[quote]I didn't take a look at the list at first, but after reading it I can't understand why some of cartoons were included and something like Stargate: SG-1 was left off. Of all the Sci-Fi stuff I've watched it had to be my favorite.[/quote]

I loved the first few seasons, but then it went the way of ST:DS9 had this ongoing conflict that you [b]had too[/b] keep watching to know what was going on.

What I thought should have been there was 3rd Rock. It might be stretching it a bit to call that SF, but it does deal with an alien race and advanced technologies. Plus, it does address social issues in a very direct, if not unsual way.
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