Discussion in 'Archive: SF&F: Films and Television' started by JekylHyde, Jul 6, 2011.
Could you recommend about GOOD space films or shows?
i think i saw them all
How are you defining space shows?
star trek is a good example (but the new shows rather than the first show...)
same with films
Blake's7 --the anti-trek, or dirty half-dozen in space
The Black Hole --campy, dated, confused script-by-committee, but still decent
From Earth to the Moon --re-enactment with some original vintage footage
Doctor Who --original and revival (series 5 of the new is a little weak)
Raumschiff Orion --if you can find it. German StarTrek from 1969
Sapphire and Steel --either the stupidest thing you ever saw, or a triumph of acting, directing, and writing over lack-of-budget (yes, it was made by BBC in the early 80s). I belong to the second group.
Battlestar Galactica --the 1978 (pilot) movie. Don't bother with any of the TV series.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century --just the pilot movie
12:01 --the good version of Groundhog Day
Andromeda Strain --any version. All of them have something to offer.
Ray Bradbury Theater --something like 70 1/2-hour episodes, each with something different. "Usher II" is one of my favorites.
The 6th Day --decent Arnie action movie
Alien(s) --really, if you haven't seen the first two... Heck, if you have, watch them again.
MoonRaker --James Bond in Space! not as bad as it sounds.
Tremmors 1 & 4 --2 & 3 suck
Trancers 1 & 3 --2, 4&5, and 6 suck
Space Hunter and the Adventures in the Forbidden Zone --Molly Ringwald in the 80s, in space
Hope there's something in there you haven't seen and can find.
I disagree. The rebooted TV series is definetly worth your time.
I'd also sugggest Frank Herbert's Dune and Children of Dune. Very good adaptations of the first three books of The Dune Chronicles.
Yes, I'm in the minority of modern viewers: we who didn't like the reboot. I accept this. Moving on...
i saw most of them
but i think you forgot i'm looknig for SPACE films
you listed a lot non-space scifi films there
If you are looking spefically looking for shows and series set in space, then you really ought to watch the rebooted Battlestar, if you haven't seen it before. Battlestar and Babylon 5 are the only sci-fi series I've ever seen with spacecraft that ACTUALLY fly like spacecracft.
SPACE: Above and Beyond
Sorry about that.
Which ones hadn't you seen?
I think I saw them all...Which is all?
My recommendation is Farscape.
Firefly and Serenity are a must. I don't know anyone with good tastes that dislikes them.
Star gate sg1
Star gate Atlantis
Buck Rodgers (the old TV series is hokey but fun!)
There's also another Stargate seires called 'Star Gate Universe' but i'm not a big fan of it (it seems to much like a soap opera to me but i thought i'd put it out there!)
StarGate Universe is emo angst posing as drama. With dashes of self-loathing for flavor.
Pretty much every character is an sphincter orifice.
It was an attempt to cash in on what they thought made the new BSG popular.
Let's see, I guess my list of good space films would be something like:
-Star Wars (obviously)
-2001: A Space Odyssey
-Solaris (the '70s one, not the remake)
-Star Trek II, VI, and VIII
-Woman in the Moon
I second Firefly and Serenity.
For space films you should watch the original Stargate 1994 movie.
Watch the rebooted Star Trek film it is better then the other Prime Universe part.
Watch all of the Stargate series it's awesome.
I suppose that's about it that's really of modern day interesting.
The funny thing about that show is that I loved it when it first came out, but then about a year ago I bought the DVD, and it just wasn't the same. I think it was so good back then because there wasn't nearly as much sci-fi on TV as there is now. It's still a good show though.
I'd also recommend Starship Troopers, Event Horizon, and The Fifth Element, although if you're looking for actually well-made films, they're probably not the best options. But I find them entertaining enough that I own them all on DVD and have watched them several times.
I also recommend Serenity and Firefly, loved them both. Pandorum is a newer movie that I liked. I'm not sure if Doctor Who qualifies, but I'm just starting to get into that and think it's quite well done. Star Wars, well if you haven't seen them yet I am insanely jealous. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the Clone Wars cartoon as well. The latest Star Trek film, directed by Abrams I think. The other Star Trek stuff was never really my thing, but to each their own.
Most space movies are no good. I like my space movie ideas though.
I highly recommend Planetes ( and that is the spelling). It is, generally speaking, one of the most realistic space shows out there, and I personally liked the main cast and conflict very much.
The main characters are all members of a corporation's space debris retrieval division. The first part of the story focuses mostly on them doing their job and developing their relationships, but eventually they get caught up in the activities of a terrorist organization opposed to space development.
That said, it is an animated show, and I understand that is not for anyone. Plus the characters do have their annoying and stupid moments and the politics can get really heavy handed. still, overall a very good show.
It's hard to recommend "space movies" because people tend to get ignorant about the visual effects. If they are use to just watching stuff from the past ten years, they might not tolerate something older without CGI everything or slower editing.
When I was five-years-old, "Battle Beyond the Stars" was as thrilling and as awesome as STAR WARS, especially since it was on HBO at that particular moment and SW could only be experienced in rare theatrical re-releases, and through the toys. I can still feel the same way when watching it or something else low-tech.
If I'm interested in a genre, I'll watch as much as I can and decide what I like for myself.