But then something magical happened: in it's fourth and final season, Manny Cotto took over, and quickly made classic-Trek novelists Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens executive story editors. What we got was then was a true Trek prequel, with stories that not only explained many classic Trek mysteries (such as the change in the Klingons' appearance), but reconciled many things that felt inconsistent with Enterprise as a show from the start. The characters started getting fleshed out, and by the end of the season I found myself caring about them for the first time. While other shows on this list may have had their placings lowered because they went downhill, this show is just the opposite-- it makes it in the top 50 because it started out mediocre and became something oh, so special. (Just be sure to ignore the final episode.)
(45) Stargate Atlantis - Stargate SG-1's sister show about an international Stargate team that sets up base in a different galaxy on the lost Ancient outpost of Atlantis. While consistently a strong show, I definitely got more into it once SG-1 went off the air. One place where Atlantis thrived where similar shows like Voyager missed the boat was the show didn't depend on them being cut off from Earth; as the series progressed, they developed better and faster ways to travel back and forth between the Pegasus galaxy and the Milky Way galaxy, to the point where episodes could just as easily be set on Earth as on Atlantis. Add to that an interesting cast, a *ahem* sense of humor, and some cool Ancient tech and you had a show that complimented SG-1 quite nicely.
But that's really not what the show is about at all. What the show is about is fast, snappy dialogue, human emotions and insecurities, and love triumphing over death. It's a soap opera of the best kind, and one of the few supernatural shows I never missed.
Not to mention the fact that as a bi guy myself, it's rare to see a show where everyone in the cast is open to both genders. Granted, it's taken to such an extreme here that even I'm saying "Oh come one, now!" at times, but it's still nice to see it happen somewhere.
Umm, except me. Yeah, umm, I caught one or two episodes when it was first on and was just confused by it, so... I never really watched it. But then years later I got into Robotech, and you couldn't talk with anyone about Robotech without them bringing up Star Blazers, so once the series came out on VHS I started watching it. Then I saw what all the fuss was about and fell in love with the Yamato all on my own. Like I always say, it's called a classic for a reason.
Coming up tomorrow-- the grand finale: the top 25 shows!