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Subject:  Other Sci-Fi

02/01/2006 00:29 GMT

Hi Friends,



This question has probably been asked before... but I would have missed it 



What is everyone's Favourite Sci-Fi apart from Doctor Who?



I quite like Star Trek. Mostly, TNG, DS9 & ENT. VOY and TOS are ok. At the moment I am very partial to the new series of Battlestar Galactica, the new remake is very dark and quite dramatic



I am not a fan of Stargate.... too much American Properganda, I could just imagine President George W Bush at the Stargate handing out a free ticket to the gate and a gun YEEHAW!!!!



Some really old Anime, like Starblazers was quite clever for it's time (if you can count that as Sci-Fi)



What does everyone else like? Any Comments?

 
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Subject:  Re: Other Sci-Fi

02/01/2006 05:21 GMT

I have to admit that my all-time favourite sci-fi is H2G2, with Blakes 7 taking a second, and Dr Who following.  There's a few more that I wouldn't be able to rank though as I liked them reasonably equally.  However, I'm not a fan of Star Trek - Next gen, voyager, DS9, but I did like Enterprise, and Andromeda blows all the star Treks out of the water.  Farscape was good, and B5 was excellent.


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Subject:  Re: Other Sci-Fi

02/01/2006 05:45 GMT

I like most SF across most media (I don't collect merchandise so things like audio adventures I'm behind on).



My take on Star Trek is that the TV shows follow either an inconsistent model or they are very bland. The inconsistent ones are the old series, DS9 and Enterprise. They're worth suffering though the bad episodes to get the good ones.



The new Battlestar Galactica is exactly what we needed now--proof to the faint hearted that something can be innovative and successful even as a remake. The pilot episode was available on the net from the producers themselves and was a great success. The new Doctor Who was leaked and the poor old BBC had to grumpily accept that it was a runaway success--they appear to have learnt their lesson!



We had an animation themed meeting with Starblazers, Ulysses 31 and The Mysterious Cities of Gold. We've got one member who's into Stargate, I want to see the movie before I watch the TV show.



I avoided Lost on first transmission, but am watching it now it's in double episodes (three times this week!). Is it science fiction? Don't know, find out!



I'm not fond of fantasy.

 
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Subject:  Re: Other Sci-Fi

02/01/2006 23:48 GMT

Hey Zaphod,



Sounds like you have a lot of British influence in your favourite Sci-Fi H2G2 was excellent, they don't make Classics like they used to, do they?



I thought Enterprise was the best of the Star Treks, the dialogue and relationships between the characters was great, something that the other Star Treks lacked I thought. I always struggled to get into B5 though



Martin, I vaugely remember Uylsses 31,,, what was that about again? I can never remember. Cities of Gold was cool I do remember that



Lost is a mystery as to what genre it should belong to. Maybe when we find out what the secret is finally we will be able to give it a hat When you say you don't like fantasy, do you mean like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel? In that case I would have to agree with you I don't like them.



Or do you mean LOTR?

 
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Subject:  Re: Other Sci-Fi

03/01/2006 02:51 GMT

Uylsses 31 was a retelling of the Odyssey  in a scince fiction setting. It was a Japapnese/French coproduction, and shared creative personnel with TMCOG.



Fantasy is any story which uses the supernatual. It's particulalry clear in the LOTR type of story, but runs into other genres. SF literature entered a strange weak fantasy-oriented phase in the '70s, this infernal sub-genre is still alive (undead) today but the sheer scope of publishing means hard SF can flourish aliongside it.

 
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Subject:  Re: Other Sci-Fi

06/01/2006 15:35 GMT

Sorry to 'butt in' here folks, but I've got to put my bit in!!!!!



After Doctor Who, the other classic sci fi has to be (for me, that is!):



Blake's 7

Star Wars

HG Wells' late nineteenth century novels and stories



"Blake's 7" is classic good versus evil in allegorical form, with a bunch of freedom fighters clashing with a totalitarian regime in a galactic stting.



"Star Wars" has more allegorical subtexts than you can point a stick (or lightsbare!) at. With fantastic special effects, we are provided with the stroy of a hero's journey as he must come to terms with good and evil in the universe and within his own self.

There are knights that could pass for candidates as Samurai or for the Round Table (i.e, the Jedis), a cosmological perspective on existence and conscoisness that closely parallels some of the central tenants of Zen Buddhism and Christainity (i.e., the Force), there's romance, great battles, and plenty of action, suspense and intrigue................but let's please forget that Episodes 1 and 2 were ever made!!!!!!



HG Wells - the founder of Science Fiction..............................

we owe it all to his creative genius. He made stories of imaginative fancy plausible with "The War of the Worlds" providing us with a critique of Victorian Britain and its mighty Empire being brought to its knees by an enemy that used technological, biological and chemical warfare.

"The Time Machine" was the 'blueprint' for Doctor Who, and thr short stories that he wrote for the Pall Mall Gazette covered everything from parallel universes, out of body experiences, to artists exorcising their demons as they are tempted by Satan to engage in lucrative contracts while they paint their masterpieces...............there was no limit to Wells' imaginative genius.



Well, I've got that out of my system. Sorry to interrupt

 
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Subject:  Re: Other Sci-Fi

07/01/2006 22:52 GMT

So LOTR is out??? Well it can't really come near SCI-FI can it???



I don't mind a bit of Mystical Fantasy like LOTR, Willow, Narnia etc etc. Even PC Games like World of Warcraft bring you into a whole new realm of fantasy. But, still SCI-FI rules the day



I hate that movie (I don't think it is SCI-FI/FANTASY though) Wild Wild West with Will Smith!!!! What genre is that? And what year is it suppose to be based in with all the techno-sci-fi stuff???? What on Earth is it suppose to be about anyway????



Hey Jimmy, you are not butting in,,,, this is what the forum is here for.... discussion



Seems Blakes 7 is quite popular. I must really make an effort to view it since it comes with so many recommendations



Star Wars is really a superbly plotted Series, and doing the last 3 first and the first 3 last (did that make sense) was a stroke of genius... but why do so many people hate Episode 1 & 2???



I thought Liam Neeson played a great performance as Qui-Gon Jinn in Episode 1 I just wish someone would stab Jar Jar Binks in the eye or something to shut him up



I am surprised that no one so far likes Star Trek much??? Aren't there any Trekkies in the SFSA????



The new Battlestar Galactica is getting near to being my second favourite... I feel so engaged by the characters. I feel sorry for some of the Cylons, angry against the others, I like some of the crew, get annoyed by the others. Every character engages the viewer on an emotional level and draws the into the conflict.... and the story is quite good to

 
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Subject:  Re: Other Sci-Fi

11/01/2006 15:35 GMT

"Aren't there any Trekkies in the SFSA????"

Well, there's Tareth and Susan...........they're very Trekkie!!!!!!



I liked the Star Trek movies (up to the fourth one), but I never was a big fan.



"Blake's 7" is addictive. If you like Dr Who and Star Wars, it's quite like you'll develop a 'taste' for "Blake's 7". And it's funny to watch all the cast, sets and crew of Doctor Who reappearing in "Blake's 7". Really, "Blake's 7" got all the money that tight a** BBC management wouldn't spend on Dr Who in the 70s. And the show has more violence (but compared to contemporary popular culture, it's full of wussie action!!!!!!).



I think you answered the question for yourself re Star Wars episodes 1 and 2 - Jar Jar Binks was a pain in the proverbial and Anakin was totally unlikable. Can you really say that Hayden Christensen is an artiste?

(at least his terrible performance stopped us feeling bad that he became Darth Vader - with that kind of acting and carrying on about his Oedipal complex, he desrved what he got!!!!)

 
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Subject:  Re: Other Sci-Fi

12/01/2006 11:33 GMT

We must get Tareth and Susan on the forum so we can start up a 'Picard appreciation thread'



Hmmmm,,, I wonder if I can pick up the Blake's 7 Series on Ebay cheap???? Sounds like it will be worth a watch.... interesting you mentioned that Blake's 7 soaked the wallets of the BBC in the 70's while Dr Who went begging like a pauper. In the 1980's 'The Tripods' milked a far bit of the budget and how long did that last?



At least the purse strings are finally loosening at the BBC with some of the fantastic production values we have in the new series



As for Anakin Skywalker, I just wished that Qui-Gon Jinn would have given him a kick in the a** instead of a leap up into Jedi School!!!!!

 
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Subject:  Re: Other Sci-Fi

15/01/2006 03:22 GMT

Make is so.

 
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Subject:  Re: Other Sci-Fi

15/01/2006 11:39 GMT

Hey Mr President goto this link



http://tborgax.homepage.dk/audio.html



and download The Picard Song

 

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