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March 6th, 2007

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allegedly great allegedly science fiction shows

www.boston.com, which I think gets its content from the Boston Globe, has a list of the 50 best science fiction shows of all time. Unfortunately, it seems like you have to click through the list one entry at a time, so here's a list of them all (without boston.com's helpful comments). (Also unfortunately the list is full of filler.)
  1. Star Trek (original series)
  2. Battlestar Galactica (current series)
  3. Star Trek: The Next Generation
  4. The X-Files
  5. Babylon 5
  6. Stargate SG-1
  7. The Twilight Zone
  8. Dr. Who
  9. Mystery Science Theater 3000
  10. Sliders
  11. Lost
  12. Xena: Warrior Princess
  13. The Outer Limits
  14. Star Trek: Voyager
  15. Logan's Run
  16. Flash Gordon
  17. Firefly
  18. V
  19. Dark Angel
  20. The Hitchhiker
  21. Quantum Leap
  22. Andromeda
  23. Tales from the Crypt
  24. Wonder Woman
  25. The Jetsons
  26. Stargate Atlantis
  27. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  28. Adventures of Superman
  29. The Six Million Dollar Man
  30. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  31. Alien Nation
  32. My Favorite Martian
  33. Lost in Space
  34. The Avengers
  35. Battlestar Galactica (original series)
  36. The Bionic Woman
  37. Space 1999
  38. Batman
  39. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  40. The Thunderbirds
  41. Futurama
  42. Science Fiction Theatre
  43. Nowhere Man
  44. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  45. The Greatest American Hero
  46. That Was Then
  47. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  48. 3rd Rock from the Sun
  49. The Wild Wild West
  50. Earth: Final Conflict
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brief notes to TV shows

Battlestar Galactica: Some really bad episodes lately, which just accentuate the sad fact that you seem to have lost your way. It says something about my diminished expectations for the series that I'm not really disappointed that all the mystico-religious stuff appears to be actually true. Still, it would be nice if you could decide what, exactly, you're about, and even nicer if whatever that is doesn't suck. It is cute how the show opening still pretends that the Cylons have A PLAN.

All may be forgiven if the human survivors do find Earth again, and it is revealed that it's 1980.

Lost: The Others were a lot more interesting when we didn't know much about them, weren't they? More focus on the folks on the beach, please, and also please make Kate kickass again. (Hey, didn't there used to be some caves or something?) I almost hesitate to mention this, but consistent characterization would be nice, and if you could make people stop acting like idiots for plot purposes ... OK, OK, I know, start with little steps.

Heroes: Congratulations on making it through an episode without killing a female character! (Not counting the one that died at the end of the previous episode who we saw dead at the beginning of this one. Hmm, I appear to have reduced expectations here too.) Also, it was nice to see Mohinder do something almost useful.

I look forward to the next episode, but I've still got my eye on you -- please don't do anything too mean to Claire's mom.
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