Sunday, February 14, 2010

Most Overrated/Most Underrated SciFi TV Series

Most overrated: Farscape. Okay, maybe this got better after the first season, which was the only one I watched before giving up on the series. The plot was slow and disjointed and I found the main character, John Crichton, to be a jackass. Yet this series seems to have an enthusiastic and sustained fanbase. Why?

Most underrated: Exosquad. This is not the first time that I've extolled the virtues of this early 90s cartoon. And it won't be the last, I assure you. This majestic cartoon with a great story arc was drawn and marketed to appeal to ten year-olds, but written at college level sophistication. It could have only been improved by expansion to a full hour and consistent animation direction.

What say you? What are the most overrated and underrated science fiction television shows?


Rich said...

Underrated: 7 Days. Actually, that should be more like under-known.

Overrated: The Star Wars Prequels. When Hollywood producers stopped giving George Lucas creative restraints, and his underlings thought of him as omniscient, it all went downhill I think.

John said...

Ah, 7 Days! I haven't thought about that series in years. I saw about a dozen episodes back when it was running. An odd series requiring a fair amount of suspension of disbelief (like Dollhouse). But I recall that it was well-executed.

Johnny Cat said...

I like what Chuck Klosterman says about labeling things overrated/underrated:

"It's too easy, and all it means is that somebody else was wrong."

DISH TV said...

I am agree with Rich. Star Wars is overrated.

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John said...

Johnny Cat, I kind of get that. Maybe it's too negative and I should have just invited "most underrated".

As for the Star Wars prequels: does anyone other than Lucas actually think well of them?

Rich said...

Lots and lots of eight year olds, as of a few years ago. Now? I dunno, though.

Brian J. said...

Underrated: The original BSG. Aside from the effects, I mean.

Aside from the Robert Hatch novels and the scenes they filmed but cut, the humans were chased by the robotic remainders of a lizard civilization that had a bone to pick with them. That's downright Existential.

And the series ended without resolution of any sort (Galactica 80 does not count!). Bleak.

Also, it had Dirk Benedict.

John said...

I watched some BSG when I was a little boy, but I never watched the new series. What did you think of it?