Something I really enjoyed about these three is that each episode follows and builds on the previous episodes. Some series like "Star Trek" do not always do that... excepting the development of personal relationships.
What are your three favorites? I watched all three of the above on Netflix. If you know your favorites are on Netflix, please mention this!
My roommate first introduced me to Firefly, and when we watched that episode with his cunnin' hat, she pulled out an exact replica of the hat she she'd knitted herself. It was amazing! Jayne is definitely my most favorite character. Although River had her funny moments too.
You guys rock! I thought I was the only one who remembered Firefly - for a TV show this was amazingly well put together. great writing, characters (including Jayne!) and acting. The sets and costumes were amazing too - Fabulous (credible) designs rather than usual 'futuristic' nonsense!.
What I like about all these is the human side, the character development.
Although Firefly was the most interesting and best put-together show, I like TNG the most because it imparted values as its main theme. In fact, despite its modernistic ideals, I learned many Biblical lessons that helped lead me to a Christian faith!
Alexander, that is really amazing. I have always noted Star Trek as a not-so-subliminal attack on Christianity. Almost every show in the original series presented some kind of mistaken worship in a god. Mostly, this was because the people were ignorant and just didn't have the proper science.
Once I understood that... I could no longer enjoy it. I still see the motion picture releases on the silver screen, however.
The part of me that joined the Marines likes Kirk best. The part that loves chess prefers Picard.
Yes, I know it's weird because there are a LOT of anti-Christian themes in TNG, but, Picard never gave up on anyone and often risked the entire ship to save one person (think: the parable of the lost sheep). He and the rest of the bridge crew stuck to their principles through any adversity, even when it meant sacrificing their own lives. The morals in TNG are not all worldly, in fact, I find that the morality of the 80's and 90's often still aligned with Biblical values and you can see that in TNG. The way they treated each other with respect and even love, is very Christian in my opinion. Hardly anyone pushed anyone else around. Worf fought his own primal urges to uphold Starfleet ideals, obeying the captain to work with Romulans and so on.
I'm definitely not defending the show's progressive stance on many issues, but maybe this sheds some light on why I love TNG. I agree that there were many many messages that were contrary to the way you and I believe - especially in the latter seasons, but my experience is that the heart of the show was about faith and sacrificing oneself for commendable ideals and loving your neighbor.
From my comment, you may be surprised that I am not only a fundamental Bible believer, but I am also a young Earth creationist!
And yes, the original series did hammer more on, "mistaken god worship," and TNG followed suit with the Mintakens (however you spell that), and those aspects are extremely aggravating, but those shows are still very watchable for me for the drama.
I never understood Kirk when I was younger, but I have come to appreciate him a great deal more as I grow older. But Picard is still my favorite because he almost never allowed himself to cross the line when his own values were at stake. I'm not sure Kirk had that many moral qualms to begin with!
1. Babylon 5 1. Star Trek Next Generation 3. Old Doctor Who (Pertwee for the win!)
But I also have to give a shout-out for Blake's 7. Never lived up to its potential, but what a radical departure from the SF of those days, and a fascinatingly sly response to original Trek. (The EVIL Federation!)
Edit: I meant to write 1, 2, 3, but that's a Freudian slip; I can't prefer one over the other.
My brothers got a replica of the yellow shirt that he wore in Serenity. He's also got a brown t-shirt with 'I aim to misbehave' on the back. I also liked Wash, such a shame he was killed off in Serenity, he was definitely the funniest of them all.
I refuse to accept that movie as a legitimate end to the series. It may have been that I was just angry about the end of the show, but I have some big issues with that movie. As far as I'm concerned, Wash never died. Denial is a beautiful thing.
Well, if I have to pick just three, I'll say, with little reservation:
3: Six Million Dollar Man (sorry, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for this one - also The Man from U.N.C.L.E and the Wild, Wild West which both had futuristic sci-fi elements. The original Doctor Who, too - My personal favorite was Tom Baker)
2: The Original Star Trek (and as an honorable mention, Deep Space Nine)
1. Babylon 5 (Bar none, the best outer space adventure ever conceived - nice blend of action, religion and politics. What more could you ask for? The remake of Battlestar Galactica was good too...just dragged at times which is why it doesn't rank in my list.)
I wouldn't really call those Sci-Fi, more just fantasy, not that I don't LOVE those shows! I guess that could make an interesting question on its own, what makes a Sci-Fi a Sci-Fi and not just fantasy?
My favorites: - Dr Who (UK show, been running since the night Kennedy was assassinated, random fact!) - V - it's cheesy but it's so fun. - Stargate - the original series is best (although Atlantis was good too)
JJ Abrams needs to come up with a sci fi specific show - his stuff is original!
This is really a great question. I have to go with Battlestar Galactica as the best Sci-fi series of all time. I can also say that Caprica is the most disappointing series. I am a huge Heros fan but I was shocked to see it cancelled.
1. Battlestar Galactica 2. Star Trek - The next generation 3. Lost
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