For TV SF, I'd have to say that Babylon 5 is my favorite.
Good story, cool tech, believable ships, good quotes, lack of technobabble saving the day, etc
The Earth Alliance Starfuries have to be among the best designed starfighters out there. They actually pay heed to Newtonian physics, the lack of atmosphere in space, and the change in maneuvering style that such things necessitate.
While other universes'/races' ships would probably outmatch the Omega class destroyers in firepower, they still have the "just plain cool" factor going for them.
As far as other science fiction series and movies go, well...
I could take or leave Star Wars, really (although I do recommend checking out Darths and Droids
for an interesting take on the universe a la DM of the Rings).
Star Trek varies in style and quality.
I personally really enjoyed DS9, particularly once the Dominion threat was revealed.
I once heard TNG referred to as the "comfort food" of TV sci-fi. This doesn't seem too
terribly unfair, although it is certainly a broad generalization.
ST:Enterprise probably would have been a lot better had the first couple seasons never happened. The mini-arcs in s03 and s04 were quite good.
Battlestar Galactica, in its reimagined form at least, is good. It's a much darker and grittier view of things than you often find in TV sci-fi. It had a lot of potential, but I think it would've reached higher in that potential if the writers actually knew what they were doing all along instead of flying by the seats of their pants for a while.
David wrote:Most of my reading, however, is Fantasy genre rather than Sci-Fi.
Same. I tend to read Fantasy and watch Sci-Fi, although there are notable exceptions on both sides.
I'll have to post a list of what I've read sometime when it's not 3AM.
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