Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sci-Fi shows good and bad.

There have been many science-fiction shows that seem to be full of great potential, but either get canceled or fail to deliver on their potential.

Earth 2 (from way back) had potential, but it wasn't great and it got canceled after 1 season. I'm not sure if Falling Skies was ever that great.

Colony was fairly good, but maybe not outstanding, and it got canceled after 3 seasons. Dark Matter was fantastic, but it also got canceled after 3 seasons, which was a big disappointment.

Firefly was very good and a bit unusual as a literal western in space, but it got canceled mid-first season.

Stargate Universe started out a little weak but ended up very good. However, it was still canceled after 2 seasons. Stargate Atlantis was very good for 5 seasons, but it never got to finish its story.

On a more positive note...

Smallville was mostly very good, but it felt like it stayed on the air for too long. It wore out its welcome. I'm feeling the same way about Once Upon a Time.

The revived Dr. Who series started out a little weak in 2005, but by 2011 it was fantastic. It was still good in 2012 and 2013, but it went to crap in 2014 and it has been downhill ever since. I'm surprised that it is still on.

The revived Battlestar Galactica 2004 series was mostly a very exceptional show. The last season dragged on a bit and the finale was maybe controversial in the way it wrapped up. You could say the exact same things, doubly so, about the 2004 series LOST. The show was an experience like nothing else.

Some of the best Star Wars has been in the animated series Star Wars The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels, as well as the live-action series The Mandalorian. For the most part, these have been consistently very good.

There are some shows that are good and stay consistently good without ever becoming outstanding. I'm thinking of the 90's series Star Trek Deep Space 9, Babylon 5, and Stargate SG-1. I keep going back to these shows because I know that I am almost always going to watch a good episode.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

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