|Baltar (James Callis), Six (Tricia Helfer), and the man I love to hate, Ron Moore.|
There is a universe of science fiction shows outside of the 'X-Files,' 'Doctor Who,' 'Eureka,' 'Warehouse 13,' and 'Battlestar Galactica.' In fact, there have been dozens of good shows that you may have never watched or even heard of. Shows for whichever reason never found the audience or perhaps the audience never found them. Below are the top ten most under-appreciated shows in science fiction. I have separated scifi and fantasy into two separate lists because I believe that scifi and fantasy are two different genres, although they are often confused with one another.
|First Wave Comic? Who knew.|
'First Wave' followed security specialist Cade Foster's attempt to uncover a massive alien invasion conspiracy. The aliens called the "Gua" kill his wife and frame him for murder. The Gua appear in human form and plan to enslave humanity. The Gua are the "first" of three "waves." This show had a low-budget 'X-Files' feel, as the series was created by one of the writers for 'X-Files,' Chris Brancato. Overall, I thought the series was worth watching and I enjoyed most episodes.
Alien Nation - The Fox Network--where good scifi shows goe to die. 'Alien Nation' was one of Fox's first victims. Before 'District 9' there was 'Alien Nation.' Based on the movie of the same name, 'Alien Nation' is about an alien race peacefully settling in our world. The "newcomers" as they are called deal with a variety of issues, like acceptance, bigotry, and discrimination. The series itself was a social commentary. But my favorite part is when newcomer 'George' becomes pregnant. Unlike humans, the newcomer males carry the babies. Sign me up.
|Farscape "Frelling dren" by coldangel1 - Deviant Art|
Mahershala Ali in the 4400.
|John Barrowman (Jack) and Eve Myles (Gwen)|
|Dominic Purcell in 'John Doe'|
|Terra Nova promotional art. I always thought these were cool.|
Unlike most shows, 'Terra Nova' started slow, but ended with bang--literally. What is particularly irritating is that 'Terra Nova' was not cancelled for low ratings. It was cancelled because one Fox executive was too lazy to renew the show. Evidently, the executive was supposed to give the green light by a certain date because the show took a lot of preparation. When he didn't, the show went caput. Fox is not the only network that cancels good shows, but it seems to be the only network that truly hates science fiction. All of the top five shows in this list were on Fox and cancelled before their time.
Space Above and Beyond - The re-imagined 'Battlestar Galactica' owes its shirt to this show. This show is the true predecessor to 'Battlestar Galactica.' Ron Moore clearly took notes. Unfortunately, the Fox Network didn't. The show was created by 'X-Files' alums Glen Morgan and James Wong, but only lasted one season. Despite being cancelled too soon, its become a cult classic.
'Space Above and Beyond' was set in the late 21st century and focused on a group of space marines. The human race has colonized other planets by travelling through naturally occurring wormholes, when suddenly an alien race called 'The Chigs' attacks and destroys earth's first colony outside of the solar system. The war wages as the space marines are outgunned. The Chigs appear to have some sort of faster than light (FTL) technology. It only gets worse for our space marines when a race of genetically engineered artificial humans known as "In Vitroes" rebels against them. Sound familiar?
|Adam Baldwin, Nathan Fillion, and Gina Torres|
'Firefly' is a space western show created by the one and only Joss Whedon. The series is set in 2517 and follows the adventures of the rag tag crew of the spaceship"Serenity."
|Scifi darling Summer Glau as Cameron in TSCC|
TSCC follows the title character of Sarah Connor, played by tough as nails Lena Headley (now on 'Game of Thrones'). The show is set in 1999 and Sarah and John are being pursued by what else, but a Terminator. Summer Glau plays a "good" terminator named Cameron, John's protector. Instead of going back in time, the three of them jump forward through time to the modern day. Brian Austin Green eventually joins the cast as Derek Reese, John's uncle. The show was so well-written and executed it felt like you were watching mini-feature films. If you happen to watch this show on Netflix, be prepared to rage at why it ended.
Honorable mentions: Sliders, Roswell, Stargate Atlantis, Fringe.
Next time - Most Underrated Fantasy Shows.