Monday, January 3, 2011
Top 100 Science Fiction TV Series, Part 2: 75-51
* The Voyager uniforms have had the most screen time of any Star Trek uniform!
* Tuvok never once successfully landed a shuttle.
(65) The Bionic Woman - Jamie Summers, a school teacher who can casually rip a phone book in half while introducing herself to her students so they don't give her any grief. Because she also happens to be a secret agent for OSI, with bionic legs, an bionic arm and a bionic ear! And as if that wasn't enough, she later got Maxilmillion, the bionic dog! Fighting evil Fembots, teaming up with her sometimes boyfriend Steve Austin against Bigfoot and his invading alien friends... yeah, I have a lot of good memories of this show.
(62) The Six-Million Dollar Man - The one, true original Steve Austin! Not that goofball wrestler-- I'm talking about the astronaut who crashed on re-entry and was rebuilt to be the world's first human cyborg! The man who fought lost space probes, Bigfoot, and William Shatner's toupee! Sometimes-boyfriend to and reason for the very existence of the Bionic Woman! My childhood MUST-SEE every Sunday night! Heck, I had Six Million Dollar Man SNEAKERS that said the word "BIONIC" on the tread!
The only other thing that even came close was The Bionic Watermelon on The Captain and Tennille Variety Show.
(60) Voyagers! - This show has the same thing going for it that the William Hartnell episodes of Doctor Who have-- it shows how there's plenty of drama in actual history without any need for aliens, spaceships or other supernatural things getting in the way! A Voyager's job was to travel the time stream, setting history right when it jumps off track. Voyager Phineas Bogg loses his guide book and gains young history buff Jeffrey Jones, and the two of them travel throughout history using Bogg's Omni, the time machine that fits in your pocket!
My main problem with this show is that when characters are faced with a choice of doing the right thing that would lead to everything working out, or doing the wrong thing that would obviously lead to disaster, characters always chose the wrong thing. People say to me "But that's what makes it so cool! It's so real, it's what people would really do!" But I feel no, in most cases it's what stupid people would really do. People who were actually trying to keep the human race alive would be able to pick the right choice occasionally. So after a while it just felt to me like these bad choices were being done for drama's sake only, which makes me unable to relate to the characters at best and unable to sympathize with the characters at worst.
But this show also got a lot right. They were masters at the twist ending. The ending to each season never failed to make me go "Oh, wow!" and come back next season. There were often turns I never saw coming. And this show had some of the best battle scenes in SFTV history-- I rewatched the Galactica jump into the atmosphere of New Caprica over and over. And the entire two-hour finale left me with chills. So all in all, even though I'll probably never watch the entire series again, it was well worth having watched the first time.
(54) The Real Ghostbusters - The writing on the first 65 episodes of this show was so good, this series could have been a live-action follow-up to the movie. It was totally easy to imagine Bill Murray saying a lot of Peter Venkman's dialogue. Even when the writing started to dip in the later seasons, the animation improved greatly. Janine's character also grew, as she helped the team out more and more and even got her own uniform and proton pack. And the best part is, it completely holds up 20 years later.
It's also unique in that I never once said to myself, "Oh, Quantum Leap is on, I need to get myself to a TV!" ...but if I happened to flip past it I was immediately sucked in. Every. Single. Time. Sam and Al were just such great characters, and you couldn't help but want to see what situation Sam had landed in this time and find out how it would work out.
We're half way through! Coming up next: 50-26!