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Thursday, 23 August 2012

TOP 5: Sci-Fi Shows....

Sci-Fi shows are ten a penny but what about the forgotten ones that don't get the recognition they deserve, here's my top 5.....

5: GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART:
Here's a show that absolutely doesn't get anywhere near the credit it deserves. At first glance it's a run of the mill BBC sit-com starring 'Rodney Trotter' but what it actually is is the British Quantum Leap with a deceptively dark story line and moments that can stand toe to toe with classic Dr.Who and Red Dwarf. If only it had a more 'iconic' leading man this would be a Fan Boy favorite.


4. SAPPHIRE & STEEL:
This show like most British Sci-Fi benefited from having great writers, great actors and no budget. The adventures of these 'Time agents' are understated atmospheric affairs which would be impossible to recapture using modern filming and special effects techniques (so please no remakes/reboots ya goons) ....


3. SEAQUEST 2032:
Seaquest DSV was an under water rival to Star Trek:TNG and starred Roy Scheider (Jaws) and the best thing I can say about it is, it licked balls but for the 3rd (and last) series the show changed its name to Seaquest 2032, re-jigged it's story line (becoming more action based) and most importantly brought in the legend that is Michael Ironside as the new captain which instantly made it more appalling....


2. LEXX:
Barbarella meets Blake's 7 (oo-er!) this was unmissable sci-fi unfortunately the TV station which showed it did its best to make it as difficult as possible to become a regular viewer. offbeat hi-concept pulp Lexx is an example of the kind of Sci-Fi that is sadly missing in tv schedules fit to burst with sub-Whedon fluff and 'gritty' franchise action-eers....


1: STAR FLEET:
Originally titled X-Bomber, Star Fleet was a Japanese Thunderbirds/Star Wars mash up from the early 80's and featured the crew of the X-Bomber in their battles against the Imperial alliance.....

 Look In magazine ran reprints of the X-Bomber Manga which still looks the bees-knees and deserves a wider audience on it's own merit....
The British version also had a theme tune by Brian May & Friends who where:
Brian May - guitar, vocals
Roger Taylor - backing vocals
Eddie Van Halen - guitar, backing vocals
Fred Mandel - keyboards
Phil Chen - bass guitar
Alan Gratzer - drums


For more on this underrated gem Including all the comic strips featured in Look In, check out the SFXB web site you'll not be disappointed...

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