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Dec 30, 2011

Help me by Helpful Corn at 8:17 PM (1,382 Views / 1 Likes) 35 replies

  1. Helpful Corn
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    I've just finished watching Firefly for the ~11th time, and once again I am filled with emptiness and longing. I finally completed Star Trek: Enterprise, and am left with nothing to fill my space drama void. I'm sitting here considering starting Star Trek: Voyager or Battlestar Galactica, two shows I know I don't like. Help me out with some recomendations, and please don't say Dr. Who.

    I prefer something with an ensemble cast

    Anime is ok if it fits the bill (and is in english, I don't want to read my tv)

    Must be somewhat believable, (no Death Note)

    Something that doesn't feel completely unfinished

    I like a good amount of humor

    I've seen Sliders

    Just hoping I've overlooked some gems, like I did with Firefly for seven years.
     
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    What was it about Battlestar Galactica that you disliked?
     
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    I've only seen an episode or two, mostly bits and pieces. It seemed too serious (lacking humor) yet I am considering it. Please do advocate why I should invest time in it, it's quite long
     
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    For me BSG remains enjoyable for the characters....there are a wide variety of them and most are well fleshed out (Baltar is far and away one of my favourite Sci-Fi characters). The story mixes up pseudo hokey Religious overtones with the human struggle for survival, and in the main it lacked real evidence of filler episodes.

    Yes it's serious (although again Baltar injects some comic relief) and has a dark tone, but i'd highly recommend you give it a go, at least for the first series, before you write it off.
     
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    It's dark sci-fi unlike your typical Star Trek affair. It's really good though if you like that type of thing.

    Star Trek Voyager is nice, I never understood the hate on it. Good ol' Star Trek show except it had a bit more of a constant plot line with it (kinda like Enterprise with the Xindi thing minus the whole being dumb part).

    A friend of mine is in love with Babylon 5. I watched the first episode and almost passed out from boredom. Seemed really dull for me. If my friend wasn't on vacation he'd probably be on here suggesting it to you. I guess you could give it a watch if you're desperate and form your own opinion.

    I'm sure you've seen Star Trek TNG and TOS. Although not seeing them is a true sin amongst hardcore sci fi nerds.

    Another friend (not the aforementioned friend) is really into Stargate. I've seen a few episodes and it's pretty good. Has your typical mix of sci-fi and corny comic relief but it's all good.

    Only anime suggestion would be TTGL (aka Gurren Lagann) if you really consider it sci-fi. Shit rocks although it's not anywhere believable. There's also like a couple hundred thousand different Gundam series to watch.

    There's also like a bagillion sci-fi films to suggest. You've got like Star Trek 2, 4, and 6 for the good TOS movies (5 is good if you want a stupid movie to laugh at and 3 isn't bad), First Contact is the best of the TNG films with Insurrection, Generations, and Nemesis from best to worst after it. Then there's the JJ Abrams Star Trek flick which makes me infinitely hard because it's fucking awesome.

    I tried watching Blade Runner but didn't like it at all. I watched the Final Cut version of it so I can't cough it up to bad editing. It was really boring and had too much projected meaning for me.

    Honestly though I haven't watched too much sci-fi minus Star Trek, Star Wars, and BSG. Maybe the Matrix too, the first one is one of my favorite movies and the other two are meh but watchable.

    Odds are you've seen all those though.
     
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    Travesty...Blade Runner is a scifi film noir classic!
     
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    I approached it with high expectations but I can't really see why anyone would find it a classic sci-fi flick over Star Wars or Wrath of Khan. There was like little mystery (I mean he was trying to find the Replicants or whatever but all you saw was him zooming in on stuff in a picture, then drawing a conclusion the viewer would never be able to draw). The environment and special effects were cool but some parts were just rather silly (such as Roy or whatever his name is shoving his head through a wall, which made my literally ROFL) and I couldn't find any of the symbolism or meaning. I watched the film with two other guys, one of which read the book beforehand, and we were all rather universal in our negative feelings towards the film.
     
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    lol, I've seen TOS and allot (but not all) of TNG, and all of the movies multiple times. I've read a ton of TOS books and I have the Trek insignia on my right arm, so you could say i'm a fan. Voyager is a good but not great show, the cast just isn't compelling enough compared to TOS, TNG, and Enterprise.

    Never bought into Stargate or Babylon 5, but it's more likely i'd watch Babylon 5 first only because I've seen less of it.

    Not really looking for films, but I also stopped watching Blade Runner three times before I watched the whole thing, it's pretty good in the end. Similar to Brazil in that it comes highly recommended but for some reason I can't really enjoy it.


    I'm gonna boot up the BSG mini series and see if i can get drawn in thanks to you guys. It seems I don't have many options. I'm also gonna check out Farscape. Thanks Nerds! Suggestions still welcome but it seems there is no Firefly type gem to dig up huh?
     
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    It's different from both Star Wars and Wrath of Khan as it's far more atmospheric and boasts much more implied subtext. Whilst the first two are both effectively action in space, Blade Runner is supposed to feel like a dirty, seedy and depressing detective film, making observations on what it is to be human. If you're looking for an action film then Blade Runner isn't it, but what it is is what Ridley Scott does best...he creates a living breathing world. It's dingy and oppressive, but believable at the same time....and the ending with the fact of between Batty and Dekker is a masterwork of a finale.

    Your friend read the book? The screenplay or the short it was based upon (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). It's very different to the short story in it's scale, but contains the same sense of emotion that Dick's works boast.

    Wrath of Khan is a classic too, although having rewatched Star Wars recently i must say i'm a little bored of the series these days.


     
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    Star Wars is for kids, Wrath of Khan gets too much credit as I like all of the Trek films equally, they are like my children. Blade runner doesn't deserve it's status either as it has been equaled or outdone by many films this last decade. I think we can all agree that Dune is the biggest overrated terd of a sci-fi film, and there are many others vying for that position. So why fight over films that are quality?
     
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    Dune was awful because the source material was just too bulky to be squeezed into one film and remain intact. Books (well the first 3) were good, film was a disaster...
     
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    Oddly enough I just re-watched all of Firefly again as well. :(
    Solidarity, brother.
     
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    @Vulpes: http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1SKPL_enUS430US450&aq=f&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=netflix+firefly

    there's a buzz about
     
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    I've heard about this. Nathan Fillion tweeted about it obscurely last week.
    (which means it got posted immediately in /r/firefly)

    Since I cannot recommend any good sci-fi you have yet to see; have you seen Game of Thrones yet?
     
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    hypothetically, if there is to be new season of firefly how would you go about it?

    DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN SERENITY

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    my favorite sci-fi movies are 12 Monkeys and Brazil
    you can try A Scanner Darkly or The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    for tv series there is Torchwood (doctor who spinoff but a lot darker and mature)

    Akira is really awesome and apparently Ghost in the Shell is pretty good (still haven't watched it)

    and if they make a new season/movie/something about Firefly I hope they continue from where they left off in season 1 and consider the film as something that eventually happen or that isn't canon at all
     
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    Brazil is great (and again pretty dark but laced with humour) but 12 Monkeys is pretty bad...
     
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    Through the mini series which can't be called such, it's really just a pilot. Starting season 1, this show is interesting enough but completely devoid of humor. It urks me, I don't care how serious a situation is people still joke and laugh, more so when things get tough.
     
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    we totally didn't see the same movie... why do you say it's bad?
    ok I missed this part before...
    you can try Eureka or Warehouse 13
    or there's Misfits which is pretty good but some people hate it for some reason...
     

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