Yes! There is something new in town and that is TV! Once a month we will be talking about TV shows and since I have not seen many new ones, I will be going to older ones and doing my best not to pick fantasy or super heroes. This means I am choosing something more ..out there:) I thought of many shows but the ones below are close to my heart. If you wish to know what the other gals and guys chose, head on over to the brain child of this series, Wandering Through The Shelves, and check it out.
1. STAR TREK-THE ORIGINAL 1966-1969
I mean, come on! How can anyone not chose this great, great series whether it is the original or The Next Generation which I love, even more, I think. It has spawned Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise never mind all the movies. Talk about a series that made it into the stratosphere. Gene Roddenberry had a tough time selling it to the executroids until he sold it as a wagon train in the Stars (Westerns were all the rage back then). You have Kirk, the bad ass captain who always breaks the prime directive and kisses all the girls. Spock, the wannabe unemotional Vulcan who is the science officer and Kirk's right hand man and Bones, Dr. McCoy, who never trusts the transporter, or Spock but is right beside Kirk as well. You have Sulu, Uhura and Chekhov all very surprising for the day since one is Japanese, one is African American and Chekhov is Russian! This is during the Cold War, equal rights and general chaos of the 1960's. I love the episodes, City on the Edge of Forever, Balance of Terror and, of course, The Trouble with Tribbles but there are many others that are great from this first series. Which episode is your favourite?
2. LOST IN SPACE-1965-1968
We go from great to hokey but I love this show from its wobbly sets to that fun robot. This family with the space pilot, a stowaway and a robot all board a spaceship but something happens and they become lost. Now they must find their way home. Dr. Smith, the stowaway, is actually someone who sabotaged the ship creating the events that follow. He is befriended by the boy, played by Billy Mumy. His sister is played by Angela Cartwright who played one the daughters in The Sound of Music and the oldest is the love interest to Pilot. It's schlocky but so much fun and after an hour spent on the school bus, I would come in the door, put my stuff down and turn on the tv to watch this(and Gilligan's Island).
3. SPACE 1999-1975-1977
Oh, this was a show I would watch on the weekend on the old channel 29 when you had to have an extra knob on the tv to switch it to the UTV...if I remember correctly... if I don't, please correct me. Anyway this starred Martin Landau and Barbara Bain who, with fellow scientists, live on the moon when the moon is knocked off its orbit, due to nuclear waste gathered on the other side of the moon that blows up, and goes hurtling into space. Now they are trying to get back to earth somehow. During their adventures, they can go to different planets and meet different life forms including a vixen who can change into animals or anything else she decides to be. This was my foray into British TV since I never cared for Dr. Who( sorry to all their fans). It was fun to watch and had many guest stars from Joan Collins to many who ended up in Star Wars. I almost picked Blake 7 and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
What Sci-Fi TV shows can you think of that you like or liked when you were a kid?