Let us all take a minute to flash back to a decade or so ago. Do you recall that most geek TV was delegated to the Sci-Fi network and weird channels at odd hours? But the tide of geekdom has changed direction over the last ten to fifteen years and we have seen a change in how geek properties and ideas are being treated on the small screen (and big screen, too). The problem is, there are GREAT geek shows that have come and gone (by geek shows I mean sci fi or horror or nerd comedy or high concept) and not enough people have seen. Here are 5 amazing, under rated geek TV shows (some that still exist, most that don’t) that more people need to find, own, and adore. And remember the key rule here, just because you may not have heard of it does NOT mean it isn’t good. Just means it’s still a secret, until now anyway.
When people think of science fiction TV, seems most folks always bring up the same shows. Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Star Trek, and so on. While those are all amazing shows, I am often shocked by how some of the best sci fi TV I have ever seen just seems to get openly ignored by the masses. Yes, X-Files was fun (with reboot on the way), but there are some seriously twisted and original shows that seem to be missed by most the populace out there. Here are 6 overlooked sci fi television shows you need to start watching STAT!
When it comes to overlooked sci fi television shows, none are as marginally misunderstood and under appreciated quite as much as Black Mirror. Honestly, one of the best television shows ever made. A show that is like a modern day Twilight Zone that focuses on tech and future tech, Black Mirror shows us our own obsession with technology and reflects back to us how that will inevitably bring our downfall.
What sets Black Mirror apart is, each episode is like a stand-alone movie. It is a connected world, but each episode tackles new people and a new take on the future. In other words, you can start anywhere in the three seasons and work your way backward or forward, which is even MORE genius and just shows the level of ingenuity behind the show.
I always say to people that Orphan Black and Black Mirror are cousins. Which, if you know Orphan Black, you know how fitting that is. Orphan Black is a very Whedon-esque take on cloning. The thing is, I almost feel like the more I tell you about this overlooked sci fi television show, the more joy I will take from you first watching it.
I will tell you this. The lead of the show, an actress named Tatiana Maslany, is an absolute revelation. Just seeing what she does on this show shows you all other actresses on sci fi TV should bow before her. Trust me, watch it, you’ll agree.
Misfits is about as good as procedural TV can get. A show about a group of young social miscreants who gain super powers during a freak storm, it was like the show Heroes, only really f*cking good. Though Misfits does the ‘rotating cast’ thing, go in knowing no cast can touch the cast of season one through three. Once they lose Nathan (played with aplomb by the freakishly charismatic Robert Sheehan) the show suffers a bit, but it still better than most mainstream TV.
Also, keep in mind, shows from other countries like this show and Black Mirror do not have to adhere to the strict ratings of American TV, so oft you get headier, heavier themes, which are far more enjoyable to watch than most TV drivel we normally get.
How do I even explain this show? First off, do not sit down to watch Danger 5 the same way you sit to watch all the other shows on this list. While the others are intense and thought-provoking, be prepared, because Danger 5 is absurd humor in the best way possible. A satire of 70’s spy films, the reason I can justify this being on this list is in one episode, they fight Hitler AND Nazi dinosaurs. It is like Land of the Lost if it was made by Hitler hating adults who took a bunch of LSD.
It may look insane, and sound insane, but I can assure you the show will have your sides splitting from how much you laugh. Also, the show has some great cocktail recipes.
That comment might be lost on those who have yet to see it.
Better Off Ted
I don’t quite know why this show didn’t get the love it deserved, especially among the geek community. Sort of Big Bang-esque in how it tells its jokes. Better Of Ted was a show about a guy named Ted who worked for a corporation that had a lot of money and no soul. They also had access to some interesting science fiction toys and concepts. It might have been this geek humor that set it apart but also doomed it.
May not appear sci fi on the surface, but get deep enough and the real roots start showing themselves. Witty, smart, and funny, it’s a shame Ted got left for dead.
Perhaps leaning a bit more towards horror and Gothic than straight sci fi, Hemlock Grove deserves a nod for just how much it fits into its small package (sorry that sounds so weird). Werewolves, gypsies, Frankengirls, sex, death, and good looking teenagers feeling angst. A Netflix original produced by horror master Eli Roth, Hemlock Grove may not be all space ships and aliens, but it is pretty damn close.
If nothing else, these six shows can distract you from the same recommendations everyone seems to make when it comes to television and the science fiction and fantasy genres.
Best french kiss EVER!
Disclaimer: I was a Smallville fan. I accepted it for what it was, a teen drama that featured angst, romance, and a Lex Luthor that was too good for the show. Somewhere along the way, everything got muddled up and I stopped watching. I’ve been told that the series got much better as it was ending, but the heartbreak was too much for me. Will I ever see a superhero adaptation on my TV screen that I actually liked?
I grit my teeth through Birds of Prey. I mourned the fate of Heroes after its first season. I waited in vain for Wonder Woman. Then there came Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The former is fine; the latter, not so much, but it’s still too early to write it off. Now we have three distinctly DC superhero adaptations to look forward to: the CW’s Flash, NBC’s Constantine, and FOX’s Gotham.
We already featured the first set photos from The Flash a while ago. The first promotional photo of Matt Ryan as John Constantine looks pretty convincing too. But why are we looking forward to Gotham the most?Ben McKenzie as James Gordon Donal Logue is cast as Det. Harvey Bullock
We have Ben McKenzie as a young James Gordon, Donal Logue as old-school police Detective Harvey Bullock and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth onboard so at least we don’t have to worry about acting chops. (If you still think of Ben McKenzie as the guy from The O.C., then you probably belong to 80% of the world’s population. But don’t worry. He was good in Southland.)
It’s the closest thing to having Gotham Central on TV
Ah, Gotham Central. Here’s a quick story: I read every single issue of Gotham Central in the middle of my Batman phase (which I’m still technically in) and after I read the very last issue, I had to take a break from reading any other comic. Was it horrible? It was the complete opposite. I found it so good that the thought of going back to regular comics where the Dark Knight had the spotlight again just left me uninspired. I ached to read more about the world of the good men and women in GCPD’s Major Crimes Unit. Gotham is the closest we’ll ever have to getting it on our screens!Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
As much as I love the Joker, having him be the main villain in Gotham‘s first season would be a big mistake. Instead, we’re going to see a certain Oswald Cobblepot climb his way up the criminal underworld. Check out what the synopsis says about the first villains here:
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, “HawthoRNe,” Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” Another Earth).
The world of Batman has no shortage of fantastic stories that Gotham can take inspiration from. In fact, McKenzie tweeted a list of comics he’s reading to prepare for the role. Included were: Gotham Central(!!), Year One, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, and Batman: Earth One.
Got some reading to do. # gotham pic.twitter.com/ujRRy6YL1v
— Ben McKenzie (@ben_mckenzie) February 12, 2014
It’s not Batman-centric
My tolerance for Batman-related anything is nowhere near its saturation point. But when it comes to this show, I’m glad that we’re putting the focus on Jim Gordon and the GCPD. We’ve had enough origin stories for now. Plus, with the Batman vs Superman movie coming up, it’s not like we’ll be lacking in some Bat-exposure. Young Bruce Wayne will still be featured on the show, but hopefully he takes the backseat this time.
Though the early reviews of the pilot’s script haven’t been too optimistic, there’s still a lot that can be tweaked and improved by the good men and women producing the show. As a lifelong comic book geek, the glut of superhero shows and movies only makes me happier. For every ten Birds of Prey, someone’s bound to get it right sometime, right?Images via Blastr
Just because we’re getting the guys of Gotham on our screens doesn’t mean us fangirls and boys are satisfied! Here are the 6 DC Hotties Who Need To Be On Our TVs!
‘Cautiously optimistic’ is a phrase I like to use a lot when it comes to comic book adaptations in general. These first few photos of Grant Gustin as our favorite speedster, The Flash, make me feel the exact same way. Though I would have preferred if they kept the white background in his logo, I know that’s just nitpicking. The CW already has a hit superhero show with Arrow, so here’s hoping that The Flash will be just as successful.
Check out a clip of Grant doing a practice run in downtown Vancouver. This is from the first ever public shoot of Grant as Barry Allen in his new-yet-still-oddly-iconic costume.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres this week, and it looks like a sure hit. Before it arrives, let’s take a look at the long (and often depressing) history of superheroes on TV. [Read more…]
Big television anniversaries are being commemorated all over the net it seems. Doctor Who’s fiftieth will soon be upon us in November. Fringe just hit five. But September 10, 2013 was a pretty big anniversary in the realm of geek television as well, for this date marked twenty years since The Pilot for The X-Files first aired on FOX. The X-Files anniversary panel at this year’s ComicCon was once of the most anticipated, and of course, Hall H was filled to the brim with X-Philes of all ages.
Say the name J.J. Abrams, and you’re likely to receive a variety of reactions from those in various parts of geekdom. Some folks consider him the slayer of all that is good and holy in the Star Trek universe, and they are more than glad to tell you about it… (“The Butcher of Vulcan.” Really?) Others would probably carry him on his very own violet sedan chair, and they are called fanbois as a result of this level of unwavering devotion. Somewhere in between these two extremes are those who just love the work of his production company: The one and only–Bad Robot.
The major broadcast networks have announced their Fall TV ’13 primetime schedules, and it’s shaping up to be a very good time to be a TV viewer. Genre fans have plenty to look forward to, including superheroes, vampires, pirates, fairy tales, apocalypses, and cops. Lots of cops. Here are all of the 2013 Fall TV pilots you should get excited for now. [Read more…]
Here in the U.S., Fall is when TV networks try to win over viewers with new shows, and this season is gonna be a big one for us geeks. Here’s a handy guide to all the new shows you should know about.
Writing a time travel story is easy. Anybody can do it. Just think up a scenario where someone goes backwards or forwards in time, and interacts with the events there.
The tricky part is in making the time machine believable. Whether by science or magic, here are sixteen of the most memorably awesome (and memorably lame) time machines given to us by film and television.