(25) Otherworld - Otherworld was a short lived series about a family that fell through a portal in The Great Pyramid and found themselves in an alternate universe, broken up into different Zones. Every Zone is strictly isolated from each other and vastly different. The Sterling family is traveling from Zone to Zone, learning more about the strange world they now live in, and how to get back home, with the Zone Trooper Kroll in hot pursuit. The premise is used well in the few 8 episodes that were made, with the family visiting a city of androids, a tropical paradise, a zone where gender roles are reversed, and one where the family accidentally unleashed the concept of rock & roll, with all of the defiance and rebellion that goes with it. For years after I saw this show, I wrote "OTHERWORLD" on the back of my $1 bills with an arrow pointing to the pyramid!
my review of the Max Headroom DVD Box Set about why I love this show, so what new can I possibly say? This show parodied television itself in biting satire, often taking shots at their own real-life network and sponsors. It's a world where corporations run everything, and the biggest corporation of them all is television. Where televisions are given to the homeless, where your consumerism matters more than your life. And the only shining light with a moral compass is TV reporter Edison Carter. Max Headroom himself is a computer download of Edison's mind, and in addition to providing the comedy to the show often provides the mirror for humanity, being the one unafraid to say what's really going on. Max Headroom taught me to keep a wary on what the media is trying to sell me, whether that's junk food, entertainment or the news.
(Oh, and "V" stands for victory, for standing up against tyranny, just like it did in World War II. Not Visitor. Period.)
tribute to Carl Macek. Robotech is a multi-generational odyssey about how the Earth is forever changed when an alien named Zor sends the last Protoculture factory to Earth, hidden away in an alien battleship. It was the first serialized story to suck me in and grab me, and I totally fell in love with the entire saga, and by extension the original Japanese Macross timeline as well. Anime purists will say this show is a butchered translation-- I say the Robotech universe is more than the sum of its parts.
Yet there are certain things that are universal about the Doctor-- his belief in justice, his curiosity and wonder. His desire to share that with his companions. And of course that old familiar blue Police Box, the TARDIS. And that no matter what phase the show is in, I'll find something to enjoy in it.
I have lifelong friends because of Doctor Who. I've spent at least one day a year watching nothing but Doctor Who ALL DAY for the last 14 years with some of them. So I have to ask myself, why isn't it #1? Because of...
(1) Star Trek - With the pendulum swinging on the Doctor Who side as far as new material goes, part of me really feels that Doctor Who deserves the #1 spot right now. But when I look deep into my obsessive little fanboy heart, I have to admit that I love Star Trek just a little bit more. And when I try to figure out which Star Trek I love most, it's always the original. So congratulations, Trek-- you are the top show. The animated version may be what introduced me to Trek, but it's the original show that turned me into a science fiction fan for life, and opened my eyes up to the excitement and wonder that really exists in the universe. When I watch a feed from the International Space Station on the NASA Channel I still get a chill of excitement. I say to myself, that's no special effect, man... that's the real deal. It's the same excitement I got when I discovered Kirk and Spock weren't cartoon characters all over again. And just like the original Trek, it never grows old.
In closing I'd just like to say THANK YOU to everyone who's been reading this and posting comments, both here and on Facebook. I'm glad you've all been enjoying this with me, and I'm grateful and honored that you found my list interesting! I had a LOT of fun making it, even when some of the choices were really hard to make! Our tastes change over time, and I'm sure this list is different now than it would have been 10 years ago, and 10 years from now it'll be different still. I was inspired by io9 making their list... now go make yours! I'd love to read it!!