Syfy channel has been bringing back the space related science fiction with shows like Dark Matter and Killjoys (which premieres tomorrow night!), so in the spirit of things, we're taking a look at where we've been with the genre in the past.
Whether an adventure into worlds unknown (hello Star Trek!), a space western, a space opera (there are many) or even an intelligent look at the genre that brings it right to the adults, we're betting you watched at least one.
“Take my love, take my land/Take me where I cannot stand/I don’t care, I’m still free/ You can’t take the sky from me…” This gone-too-soon Joss Whedon favorite redefined the concept of a cult TV classic. Set aboard the spaceship Serenity, this sci-fi space western starring Nathan Fillion as Captain Malcolm Reynolds only lasted for fourteen episodes, but that was enough to get us hooked and leave us clamoring for more of Mal & his crew after the show was unceremoniously cancelled. Lucky for us, the show-runners gifted the Browncoats with a follow up spin-off movie “Serenity” to close up as many loose ends as they could--and devastate us all in the process (Whedon-style).
This award-winning drama was considered one of the most complex programs
on television at the time. It featured stories that drew upon prophesies, religious zealotry,
racial tensions, social pressures and political rivalries that existed within the cultures of the
Earth Alliance in the years 2257-2262. This character driven show hoped to do for sci-fi
what Hill Street Blues did for cop shows, which was bring the genre into the world of adults.
The original series tells the tale of the crew aboard the Starship Enterprise on
their five year mission to boldly go where no many has gone before. The series debuted in
1966 and first aired on NBC. With all of the sequels, the movies and how amazingly
engrained in our culture Star Trek has become, it's hard to believe Captain James T. Kirk
and Spock only ran on air for three years, isn't it?
Battlestar Galactica was the epitome of a soap opera in space;
daddy issues, romance, mystery (who ARE the Final Five?), lies, handsome men (Apollo,
Helo...swoon), beautiful women who kick serious butt (no one messes with Starbuck), and
all of the drama unfolds aboard the Galactica, while trying to find planet Earth amidst a
robot war, and trying to rebuild human civilization. Oh, and let's not forget Cylons. So. Many.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek encompasses a huge franchise and has an equally huge fanbase—“TNG” is arguably one of the more popular incarnations of the starship Enterprise and its crew, spanning seven seasons and four films. Plus this iteration of the Star Trek formula featured some of the most memorable and enduring characters from the Star Trek universe—we’re obviously talking about Data, the android, the swoon-worthy Riker (particularly in bearded form), and the somehow bald Captain Picard (seriously, how had they not cured baldness by the year 2364?) Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on where your head’s at) this series hasn’t followed in the original series’ footsteps and been rebooted into a brand spankin’ new film franchise… yet.
The series starred Gil Gerard as Buck Rogers, a US Air Force pilot who
commands Ranger 3, a spaceship resembling the space shuttle. Because of a freak
combination of gases, he's frozen in space for 504 years and is revived in the 25th century.
There, he learns that the Earth was united following a devastating nuclear war in 1988, and
is now under the protection of the Earth Defense Forces, headquartered in New Chicago.