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General scifi thread, I'm going to assume we're allowed to talk about shows here as well.
I finished watched Farscape and thought it was good, I liked most of the characters but it all felt a bit jumbled, like trying to do too much in too little time. I also didn't think it was made clear which side Scorpius was on. I think there was a moment somewhere towards the end where he decided what he was fighting for but the whole time I was just waiting for him to backstab everyone else again like he did the dozen times beforehand. I think overall it had too many characters that it was trying to juggle around and they didn't really have time to flesh out any of the secondary characters as much as the primary cast.
Because of all that I think I like Lexx more, even for all the flaws it has in the later seasons. It kept it weird but simple, only a few real characters you have to keep track of and the much slower pace. The universe was also more interesting but they never really explain much of anything in it. I want to know more about His Shadow and the League of 20,000 Planets and how it was created, but after the first season it's pretty much mothballed and rarely mentioned again or explored in any kind of detail. Season 3 tried too hard to be 2deep4u and season 4 was a shitshow on all fronts, at least the finale was good though.
I have an endless craving for late-90s/early-2000s scifi but it seems I'm running out. What other shows should I watch now that my backlog is clear?
Hated where he came from as he was tortured by the other half of himself, as he was a mutated experiment, a bad hybrid. He was half peacekeeper and that made him run towards them and he thus was serving them but also only as a means to get revenge against the *looks it up because forgot name* Scarran, he hated Scarrans and wanted to be on the Sebacean side and also it shows him chimp out a lot when acting like a Scarran but was always trying to be more Sebacean as.. .well he was tortured and hated them. Do you not recall his story as a child? The only odd thing he did was the Scarran blood oath and they only did that to make a joke about le dracula jab Cryton or whatever it's spelled like kept making about Scorpius being 'Nosferatu' over and over again. I'd cut that out with how he hated them.
Also because he's Scarran it makes sense Scorp would just like torturing people due to the aggressive and cold hearted nature of that breed of which is why he's okay with the torture chair position and the bdsm shit in the show.
The Lexx was raunchy and awful comedy also. I could not get through it, but then again I kinda can't stand comedy.
Is the Max Headroom tv show worth watching?
Started watching Red Dwarf and Andromeda. I thought Red Dwarf would be a drama but that was dispelled in the first 5 seconds. It's a bit dated and some of the britbong humor goes over my head but I'm enjoying it. Andromeda is also good but something about it just feels underwhelming, though I can't quite say what it is. I'm still hopeful so I'll see where it goes.
>Andromeda is also good but something about it just feels underwhelming, though I can't quite say what it is.
That may be due to Andromeda being "from Gene Roddenberry, the guy who made Star Trek." It might be trying too hard to distinguish itself from Star Trek. It's been a long time since I watched the series, however, and I only saw it on TV when I was a kid.
I think I'm figuring it out, it's playing it too safe and too generic. It's not really claiming any new ground and the few new ideas it does have its not expanding on. A lot of recycled CG shots and space battles that barely last more than a few seconds before leading to an underwhelming explosion that comes out of nowhere. The same goes for laser fights, just lots of sparks that seemingly come from nowhere. The non-serial format is also annoying, nothing really changes between episodes. The characters have potential but none of them have gone really in-depth, instead focusing on moral issues that have been discussed to death in several other shows and in much better ways. It doesn't even have any of the sex stuff that's common in scifi of the period although Andromeda herself is a 9/10. I'll keep watching it but it's starting to become a slog, and I'm only halfway through Season 1. So far my consensus is
Lexx > Farscape > Andromeda
That's a shame. I do remember Andromeda herself being cute and there being some funny concepts due to her being a robot.
Ah, there's a series I've been meaning to watch for years but never gotten around to. I loved the puppets and animatronics, especially in the larger shots like markets or city streets. It was really nice to see a series use lots of practical effects like that instead of relying too much on CGI.