Tuesday, September 27, 2005


The Boston Globe is running a gallery of their picks for the Top Fifty Science Fiction shows of all time.

As with any lists, it's purely subjective so I don't usually bother with even arguing about inclusions, omissions, and standings.

But even so.....

An anthology show that leaned more toward mystery and horror - 'The Hitch-Hiker' was included, but 'The Prisoner' was not? They picked 'Voyager' to be added in, but not a far superior 'Trek' sequel like 'Deep Space Nine'?

How can they rave about 'The Twilight Zone' as being not only a great sci-fi show, but also as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and yet it gets no higher perch than #7?

'Doctor Who' just made the Top Ten, but had the new series been available to an American audience (May network executives be nibbled to death by ducks!), I'm sure the TARDIS would have landed even higher. And I know there will be plenty of very angry 'Red Dwarf' fans regarding its lack of any standing.

Granted, I have yet to see more than just the first episode of the new 'Battlestar Galactica' (I couldn't get my head past the killing of the baby by Number Six.), but I can't fathom it being considered the second best of all Time already.

But I do think the Top Twenty posting for 'Lost' was highly warranted.

At least off-beat shows like 'Futurama', 'The Thunderbirds', 'My Favorite Martian', and 'Nowhere Man' were remembered for inclusion. And I'm glad they remembered 'The Wild, Wild West' and 'The Avengers' did delve into science fiction with such themes as miniaturization, for example.

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